Tholispani.Space is a website specifically for young people looking to follow their creative passions. We believe that art, fashion, and music are the glues that bring communities together. We oftentimes speak with young people about their creative outlets and something that we hear often is, “Art is dead.” Not only is this untrue, but it’s a dangerous statement to tell young people.

Art is one of the most popular creative hobbies amongst young people. This goes for all forms of art, as there are many. Everything from painting and drawing to pottery and tattoo work are forms of artistic expression.

While many people have artistic hobbies, very few people pursue their hobbies as careers. This is likely due to the many negative stereotypes about art as a profession. In this article, we will discuss some of the most common myths about art and why they aren’t true:

Art is not a profitable career: Statistics have shown that talented and professional South African artists can make anywhere from tens of thousands of rands to millions of rands on a single piece of art.

Art is easy : This is the most laughable stereotype! While art is a skill that some are blessed with, it require practice, patience, lessons, and sometimes even professional training.

Artists are lazy: Artists are some of the most hardworking people in the world! Ask any professional artist about how much time they spend on their art in any given week and we guarantee you, it will blow your mind.

Successful artists today are living testimonies that art isn’t dead- nor is it an easy, lazy, or unprofitable career.

There are many successful, happy, and wealthy South African artists that are fulfilling their passions. Some include Irma Stern, Omar Badsha, and Blessing Ngobeni. If you are passionate about any form of art, 2019 is the year for you to pursue those passions. Don’t let negative stereotypes about art keep you from reaching your full potential. The only voice and opinion that you should listen to when it comes to your art is your own. Many of the successful artists listed above were told the same stereotypes and myths about pursuing art- and look where they are today!“Photo creadit for all photos in this article goes to @SusiroodArt on Instagram”

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