On Thursday during the afternoon, I attended a talk with several of my classmates in Binns Merrill Hall located on Alfred University’s campus grounds. The talk was held by a 2001 graduate, “Desiree Des” would earned Bachelors in Fine Arts from Alfred U. The talk that Des held was about how she was how she experienced being an artist in the real world. For example, the examples and struggles and obstacles she experienced.
Desire Des talks about her experiences of being an artist in the real world. In terms of living, she lived in the Big Apple, New York City. Now everyone knows that living in New York, especially living in one of the 5 burrows is expensive and Manhattan won that category hands down. She stated that she lived in a small apartment and turned one of the rooms into her own studio. With the information, she later stated that working in that small space. As for employment, she worked as a secretary and as a personal secretary while attend and after graduating from Hunter College. When it came to galleries, she used her own apartment or sometimes one of her friends apartments as the location for the gallery.
Working in small room, she couldn’t get much of her projects down but continued to pursue them. Even when she graduated from Hunter college with her masters, her projects had positive results on the community, including the “don’t honky if your horny.” Des made bumper stickers and passed them out to cars held in traffic in Manhattan. The outcome is very positive making the artwork a success. One more art piece that she did was having local civilians compare her art work from one view to the other. She saw her piece on a billboard and made small pocket sized versions of said artwork. When people looked, they were amazed to see it and notice it that it was in front of theme all this time.
Overall, hearing what Desiree Des had to say, it gave more insight on how i thought it was going to be like being an artist in the real world. She is successful because she knew the right people and went out of her comfort zone to get the connections she needed even dealing with anxiety issues. In a way, it was the people she meet that helped become successful, like the famous quote, “it takes a village to raise a child.” From listening to her story, I know that being an artist and making your mark in today’s world is very difficult but then again, we all knew it was going to be like that. Honestly, I hope that after I graduate from Alfred State, I too will find the right people to help me make my name known in today’s world.