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  • Writer's pictureM.A. Hayes

If you're going to get up, you might as well do something.

Updated: Sep 2, 2019

It wasn't too long ago that I was a college student waiting to graduate. During my 4 years in college I would sometimes wait on the teachers to give me an assignment for me to make art. Nowadays, since I am graduated and working, I often find myself waiting on clients. However the more work I do for others, I'm finding, the less I do for myself. In school, I might get an assignment that would bore me so I would make multiple pieces in my style to make up for it. But now...finding the time and balance between running a business, doing community projects, working 2 part time jobs, and doing art is somewhat hard to do.

I love what I do, and wouldn't change it. Well, maybe just a little. I recognize that I do have to get a tighter grip on time management and prioritizing, but I also realize that I have morphed into an artist that likes working in series. Working in series, depending on the topic and materials, can often take a while to create.

I found myself gasping for a breath of fresh art air when I felt unfulfilled in my personal art making and it was hard to get motivated to start on it. Out of sheer frustration one day I planned a creative photoshoot for my older sister April. She has always been supportive of me, and gladly agreed. I had a cheap photography studio set that I had purchased from amazon, and it worked beautifully. I did hair, makeup, and wardrobe. All the ideas that I had bottled up for weeks, I took it out on the shoot. The photos came out amazing and both my sister and I were pleased.

I was more than pleased, I was joy-filled. I felt as though I had stretched my limbs after doing a 20 minute cardio hit session. It was exhilarating and I was happy. This experience made me realize that I shouldn't let something bother me to the point of not being able to function properly. I told myself, "If you're going to get up, you might as well do something." And so I did.

Whether it's art making or even writing a blog post, it's more than nothing. it's something.

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