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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.


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]


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 )
ThE-PrOpH3T Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Would you mind if I pencil sketched this?
YouAreViolentRed Jan 25, 2013  Student Photographer
I wouldn't mind at all! :-) I'd adore it if I could see it when you're finished!
ThE-PrOpH3T Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure! I'll contact ya when I'm done.
JackDenim17 Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'd like to see that too :meow:
dismaldaydreamer 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.
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
DanteSangreal Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just wanted to let you know I I've linked this image from [link]
YouAreViolentRed Oct 19, 2012  Student Photographer
Awesome, thanks for letting me know! My facebook is [link] if you wanted to link it in the credit :-)
DanteSangreal Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd love to, however I only shared the link to your DA image so I can't change it to include your FB.
YouAreViolentRed Oct 23, 2012  Student Photographer
That's all good :-) Just shared it in case you wanted to/were able to.
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