Here’s how you show up for an artist friend or family member if you are broke yourself.
A Creative Type
So you followed my advice and now your kid wants to study art, film, music, or design as a career. You’re excited for them, but you’re also a little nervous, too. Your own company dismantled its design department. Your neighbor’s kid graduated college 15 years ago with a degree in mixed-media and works at a coffee shop. You want to support your kid, but not support your kid. Your retirement account took a hit in 2008 and hasn’t fully recovered. You’re going through a divorce and a bankruptcy. Your elderly mother needs around-the-clock care. What should you do?
Names have been changed to protect the identities of people living in a town smaller than my first high school.
A Pretty Good Education
In September 1994, I was a fourth-grader living in Birmingham, Alabama with my parents and my younger brother. We moved to Birmingham in 1985 when I was a baby and my brother was born there. Like many mid-to-large Southern cities, Birmingham was doing surprisingly well in its post-Jim Crow existence. The city had a strong black middle class even with the War on Drugs reaching its peak in the 1990s.
It took me a while to get into Instagram. I joined Instagram in 2012 and put some really basic photos on there just to keep the account open. My thought process was that Instagram was entering an already crowded social media world. I didn’t need one more account. I can share photos on Facebook.