Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Retail caricature, why we do what we do

Some folks see a street caricature artist, or artist in a theme park or at a mall working "retail" and think we bring home giant bags of money every day!

The truth is that some days, we bring home very few dollars, almost pennies...

Other days we take a lot of abuse from irate customers,bratty kids, street people, so called "real artists" who look down on us, law enforcement officials who give us hard times setting up, and other retailers who we have to fight for space! You feel like EVERYONE is using your backside for a target!

Then why do it at all? why not give up, and get a "real job?"

It's because of the FREEDOM!! of knowing that you are NOT taking a handout, NOT relying on Government aid, but making a living with your own two hands, your brains and your wit! Retail caricature tests your negotiation skills, your public relations skills, your marketing skills, and of course, your drawing skills. Everyday is a new challenge, and yesterday's work, means nothing today. You must show up for work and PROVE yourself everyday! That's satisfying and it's also AMERICAN! Ive left home without a dime in my pocket and have come back with hundreds of dollars, all because I took a chance on myself, and took advantage of what this country has to offer all of us, OPPORTUNITY. We're going through hard times now, but as long as I have a pencil and paper, I have the confidence that i will never go hungry!


Sean (53AN) Gardner said...

Hallelujah Reverend Elgin, Hallelujah indeed

Elgin Subwaysurfer Bolling said...

Truth be told Sean! i've had this discussion with many a person who hold so called "real jobs" on why I chose to do something so "unstable" It's funny, now that the bottom has fallen out on so many so called "stable jobs" "surprisingly" my phone is still ringing, and im still working!unlike traditional workers, those of us who do this must BE ON OUR JOB EVERYDAY and cannot slack off. We have a certain kind of discipline and dedication that the common worker doesn not have. Personally, i think they're just jealous because we have so much FUN doing our work, and "work aint supposed to be fun"
Thanks for your comment.

Kelly Gannon said...

Great insight Elgin! Love your blog!