Self-Sufficiency in the Arts Starts With Self-Creation of the Arts.

If you are an artist, are you making a living from your craft, from your creativity, from your art?

Do you feel that you have the skills to be self-sufficient?

Do you have to have a “survival” job? If so, do you find such a job to take up the bulk of your energy, time and focus?

Do you rely on others for most of your creative or professional opportunities? Do you look to your phone to provide you with job possibilities? Do you rely on producers, directors, agents, managers, galleries, sponsors, etc. to move you forward?

Are you tired of waiting? Are you tired of “survival jobs”? Do you crave more control over your professional opportunities? Do you wish you had the skills to lead yourself and invent a meaningful life and profession of your own making, coming out of your own sense of meaning, joy and interests? TITAN Teaterskole can teach you how to do just that. That is largely what TITAN is about.

What percentage of your creative efforts (your energy) are you spending in creating opportunities for yourself?

The Traditional Path is Over Saturated.

If you were traveling in your car and the road forked and the one on the left was a traffic jam and the one on the right was an open lane, which would you take? Would you fall into line and join the others in their stand still or “at a crawl” mode of travel or would you take a chance and take the road that the others fail to travel?

Most would answer that question by saying, “Depends on where I was trying to go”.

Well, there is more than one way to skin a cat. There is more than one way to travel. There is more than one road, leading to Rome.

Creating original professional opportunities for yourself can lead you in the direction you want to be going. Creating original work can lead towards a terrific feeling of self-empowerment, motivation and meaning. But more importantly, creating original work can lead to more work. Why? Because work begets work. The more you work, the more you work. When you are out of work, it is very hard to find a job. But when you are working, you have momentum. There exists potential for people to see your work and want to work with you.

The typical path that most artists follow is to drive into the heavy traffic lane. That lane does not move very fast and there are too many people on it. You might arrive at your destination of desire or you might find that the parking lot, upon arrival, is full. Think about all of those other cars.

If you are on a path, you are on someone else’s’ path. Create your own.

The International Theatre Academy Norway teaches you how to do just that.

Create your own path.

Jim Hart is the founder of The International Theatre Academy Norway.


2 thoughts on “Self-Sufficiency in the Arts Starts With Self-Creation of the Arts.

  1. Excellent post. I went to 6 years of formal arts education (bachelors and masters) and never learned how to be self-sufficient. I was always just taught how to do what everyone else is doing. Keep up the good work.


    • Hi Kel.

      Thank you for your response.

      You are not alone in that sentiment. Most artists today, despite the fact that they are paying tens of thousands of dollars for their education (I left Yale owing $80,000 and over 200k from undergrad) are not learning how to dramatically increase their chances of working.

      The key is in self-sufficiency, but most programs teach you to give your authority to others. I can’t fault the professors entirely, as they too, more often than not, are products of the same system.

      ACPA is leading a process of change. My graduates from my first conservatory, TITAN Teaterskole (in Oslo, Norway) are creating their own opportunities and are working a great deal. Some are hosting TV shows, some winning major film awards, creating theatre companies, touring all over with original productions, creating music videos, acting in professional theatres, doing stand up and a lot more.

      Thanks for your support. We sure appreciate it.

      Jim Hart
      Founder of Austin Conservatory of Professional Arts and The International Theatre Academy Norway.

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