Tuesday, October 18, 2011
nyc? or not.
Ack, my brain is spinning. We are seriously considering moving from NYC. The reality is that for my husband this is not the place for interesting jobs. He is a software engineer and loves cutting edge work and NYC is so not tech. But to even consider this is huge, huge, huge. We have officially lived in NY longer then any other place as a couple.
In some ways I would be so happy. We could have more space, a porch or even a yard, and he, aka husband, would be happier. Not to mention our finances would be happier.
But as an artist it is SCARY. I mean NYC is the place, it is the epicenter of everything. At least that is what we are taught to believe. The idea is you HAVE to be in NYC to make it. Intellectually I know this is bulls**t as many of my favorite artists do not and have never lived in NY. They have successful careers and are making amazing relevant work.
But it is impossible to not think that maybe all the good things happening for me are because I am here and will all those things go away if I am not? Does it really matter if you are in NY for your art? In some ways it might even be easier to make a living elsewhere, grants and galleries are less competitive- aka money in the artists pocket.
The good thing is if we did move we would not move so far that I could not maintain my relationships, contacts, and even some of my gigs in NYC. But I am having a hard time even wrapping my brain around the possibility.
What do you think? Do you have to be here? Does it better your career in the long term?
Posted by Joetta M. at 8:53 AM