Mar 26, 2010
commented on Slings and Arrows
Um, to return to an earlier point, how many bands make a living playing music? Not many. Most of them have day jobs--even a lot of the "famous" ones.
At the same time, how many artists of one kind or another are employed in our era compared to those in the past? A lot. They might be employed writing scripts for video games instead of plays. They might be employed sculpting maquettes for cars instead of gargoyles on cathedrals. They might be writing music for a television show rather than a noble family. But I'd say that a creative person has a much better chance of making a living doing something related to their talents today than at almost any other time in history.
Let's also not forget that most art produced in any era is garbage that gets immediately forgotten.
Also, there's absolutely nothing wrong with serious theater surviving as a hobby pursued by amateur enthusiasts. Just because some people happen to like theater doesn't mean they should get paid to do it.
If you want to get paid to do it, learn some skills, entertain your audience, and make it worthwhile for someone to spend $15 and an evening on your "art." What play could not be improved with some juggling, fire-eating, or a few good songs?