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\"My Art Is Better Than Your Art\" Part Two

Youíre going to grad school to be famous? Youíre goiní about it all wrong, sister. If youíre going for the degree then I say stick it out and schmooz with the bigwigs and work the system to your advantage. While youíre at it MAKE WAVES!!! Youíre talented, smart, pretty, you make awsome art and your writing is phenomenal! Donít let them bring you down. Photograph how you want, in your way and if you donít like what theyíre saying to you, fuck Ďem. Itís your money.

My situation doesnít really compare to yours so I doubt it would be of much help. I left mostly because I have anxiety about owing money and I had no one to lean on if I lost my job among other things. I couldnít take the schedule either. I also found that that program was hindering my creative flow. It made photography lose its luster for me. I felt brainwashed. I understand now why they preach the things they do but it defies the reasons for creativity. ARTISTS BREAK THE RULES--you canít break the rules by following a fucking pattern or formula for how to make great art. You might as well hang it up if youíre going to copy everyone elseís ideas and make them your own (which is what a LOT of people are doing now sadly). Itís true you donít need grad school to become famous but the connections help and if you can keep focused on what makes you a great artist and stick to your own code, then just USE Columbia to your advantage. You can certainly break the rules because youíre an artist. Do it your way and donít listen to anyone who tries to tell you youíre wrong. Itís art for crissake! And itís your money.

The only people you should listen to are the ones who give you constructive criticism. Take this time to refine your ideas and technical abilities and donít let the negativity of others influence you to second-guess yourself. That's what the program is foróto give you a thick skin and courge to face the brutal art world.

The situation with your mom is easy. Just nod and say ďyes motherĒ. Youíre lucky to have parents who support your artistic talents and to have them encourage you. Do what you feel is right for you and use your own good judgement and everything will fall into place. Weigh the pros and cons and then make your decision. Also make sure you have a backup plan, thatís always good. Fuck fame and do what makes you happy. fame will take care of itself.

I want you to know that your writing (what Iíve read of it) has inspired me. Just the fact that you post it up for people to see is inspiring. You obviously have something to say. Say it in your photographs too!

If you don't get candidacy, don't let that bring you down. it's not the end of the world, only the beginning

of a long hard fight. you'll get it eventually. you just need a solid argument.

hope that helps!

-charlene

5:56 a.m. - 2003-10-21

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