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3/10/2014

Risks worth taking

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

There's a romantic notion floating around that once you find your passion, you must drop everything to pursue it. I agree that finding one's passion is important, but one also has to be careful about getting to it.

Graffiti wall by  Risk MSK AWR, Bio TATS CRU, and Mear WCA CBS on Sunset Junction in Sunset Boulevard. More info here.
Artist and author Austin Kleon talks about his own decision making process. In it, he distinguishes between two different kinds of risks that often get conflated in search of one's passion.

What I’m trying to do is this: take less risks (or more calculated risks) in my life so that I can take more risks in my work. 
Risk in life is shooting heroin to see if it’ll make you more like Lou Reed. Risk in life is blowing your savings on an apartment in Paris so you can write The Great American Novel. Risk in life is quitting your job and losing your health insurance just so you can live some Mythical Art Life. 
Risk in work, on the other hand, is risking humiliation—risking putting your work out there, risking being wrong, risking being laughed at. Risk in work is writing something that scares the shit out of you, something that might make your mother not speak to you for three years. Risk in the work is following your whims to wherever they take you, to risk not knowing where you’re going, and risking that you’ll lose members of your audience along the way. 
These, I think, are the risks worth taking for art.
Read the rest of the post here. It's worth the explanation.

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