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Don't Give Yourself Away by YouAreViolentRed Don't Give Yourself Away by YouAreViolentRed
This self portrait turned out much more serious-looking than I intended it to. It was supposed to be a bit funny but looking at it finished, I wouldn't call it that at all. All I am trying to say with this photo is that I find it so sad how many people who could be great artits/musicians/actors/writers give up their dream for a more 'sensible' and 'reliable' field, for fear of failing or being poor.

I remember telling my dad when I was a kid that I wanted to be an actor, and his response every time was to raise his eyebrows and say matter-of-factly; "Lotta actors out of work". It made me forget the dream for a long time. Luckily, for some reason I was never told not to pursue photography, but many, many people have been. I went to high school with a girl whose parents had taught her that you literally couldn't get a job as an artist. As in, those jobs actually did not exist. Being an artist for a living, to her, was literally like being a dragon for a living. You could pretend and have fun but an actual career was make-believe. She really liked art, too. We were both sixteen by the time I found out, and told her that there were many jobs out there for artists.

I think it's awful that people would lie to their kids to mold them into something they believe is more likely to achieve success (read: money). If your dream is risky, work harder. Don't give that part of you away.

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This photo is from day 7 of my 365 project! I haven't decided yet if I will post every photo on deviantart, but if you'd like to see them all together, have a look at my 365 Days Project set on my Flickr! [link]

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28/06/2012: I also want to thank everyone so much for sharing their stories in the comments section. It's amazing reading how people feel differently and similar, and hearing the specifics of either your struggle or otherwise. I haven't replied to every comment but I really appreciate reading about each of your experiences :-) so thank you
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Given 2012-07-16
With profundity, the message portrayed is extremely thought-provoking in this self-portrait. The suggester says, "The message is really meaningful", and though some say photographs should stand by themselves, the story behind this particular piece is a truly poignant one.

Don't Give Yourself Away by ~YouAreViolentRed ( Suggested by TeruKun and Featured by 3wyl )
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arachnopavel Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
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Seriously though. Regardless of the original intent, the photo is very strong. That's how market affects human curiosity and creativity, that's where both science and art are struggling together, being measured and judged in market terms of profitability. I think that the disappointment in social and technical progress in the modern society is mostly, if not entirely, driven by the fact that we let the market perform the expertise, that supposed to be _social_ in the first place, to decide what's worthy and what's not. But fortunately for art, it doesn't take big money, expensive equipment and many years of work to exist in all its diversity - at least not as often and as much as the modern science does... I hope we won't let the copyright madness take this remaining freedom from us, in the end. And excuse me for politics in this comment, maybe it's too much.
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penguinlove2506 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So, in school a while back, the guidance counselor had us do this weird thing where they had us think about what we wanted to do when we grew up. After that, we did this silly worksheet, and I had raised my hand and talked to the counselor one on one. I told her that I wanted to be an artist and she said "Not many artists make it out there. They mostly live in apartments and don't make a whole lot if they aren't that big." I nodded, thanked her, and sat there, staring at my paper, aghast why she would have ever told me that. I thought, Well, there goes my dream. Wait no, it's still here. It's just shattered on the floor in a million pieces in front of me. But now, looking back on it, I feel roe inspired to draw than ever. I don't know if it;s just because I want to prove her wrong, and that I can become a good artist or what, but it's a passion that's risen up again. Heck, that's part of the reason I joined DeviantArt, to be inspired and to get better. I may have given up a bit then, but I sure as heck am not giving up now. As we're young, we get so many people telling us our dream jobs so to speak are foolish, impossible, or No, you're not cut out for it. Well guess what? To all those people who keep anyone down or tell anyone what can and can't be: screw you. 
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YouAreViolentRed Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Student Photographer
It's a nice idea to be driven solely by the desire to achieve for yourself, but I honestly think that proving the bastards wrong can be just as good a motivator! It's fantastic to see that she didn't extinguish your fire!! <3
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ThE-PrOpH3T Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Would you mind if I pencil sketched this?
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YouAreViolentRed Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Student Photographer
I wouldn't mind at all! :-) I'd adore it if I could see it when you're finished!
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ThE-PrOpH3T Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure! I'll contact ya when I'm done.
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JackDenim17 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'd like to see that too :meow:
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dismaldaydreamer Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We creative types are something special and should pursue jobs that let us display our talents. That's what we're good at, after all. I say save the ordinary jobs for the ordinary people.
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archangelsintic Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
love it man, im currently working to enter the field of graphic arts (in my case, photoshop) and this really does just get to me. the story you put in the description reminds me of a friend too. anyways, great post
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DanteSangreal Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just wanted to let you know I I've linked this image from [link]
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