“How to save the creative arts” sounds like a topic that could fill numerous pages and contain an infinite amount of advice from all corners of the world. The truth is, it’s actually quite simple and requires only one key thing: support.
In today’s world, entertainment has become far too disposable. The audience – myself included – is constantly chasing down the flavour of the week, and never finding the time to stop and appreciate the efforts and passion of those who bleed their heart and soul into art. We consume a piece of content, chuck it to the side, and instantly move on to the next gratifier.
It’s the state of society at present, and it’s unlikely to improve as the world becomes faster paced and content becomes more freely available (there’s no point in arguing it – whether it’s legal or not, all forms of entertainment can be acquired for nothing). Although, in a way, we are actually living in one of the purest eras of art. Why, you may ask? Well, since there’s hardly any money in art, those who continue to create are doing so out of love for it, rather than monetary gain.
However, the biggest crippler to the industry might not be the lack of money, but the lack of support. I have seen so many fellow artists giving up, because they feel that no one cares and everything is for nothing. It’s disheartening to see talented people throw in the towel when they feel their efforts are being ignored.
While it’s easy to lay the blame at the audience’s door, that just isn’t the full picture. A lot of the fault lies within the creative community itself. No one is an island, yet self-entitlement and apathy run rampant throughout. Artists refuse to support each other, and everyone is out to get to the front of a race which doesn’t even exist. At the end of the day, it becomes a very lonely place where the waters become still, because of an inexplicable fear of sharing the pond.
I’m sure you’ve heard of the saying “strength in numbers” – well, it rings true for every facet of life. Look at the US glam rock scene of the late 70s/early 80, for instance, where the bands, promoters, media and fans built up a scene and community together. Sure, some bands stood the test of time and went on to be more successful than others, but the community was powerful and so many people prospered because of it. Through community, they became a part of history. It’s a lesson that we can apply to any period of time: we can either be an active, positive part of history, or just stand on the sidelines and lazily hope for a legacy.
In closing, I truly believe that the world needs more artists, less hate. We need to inspire, support and motivate each other. Only together can we make our creative community even more incredible than what it already is.