Yesterday, I wrote about remembering who you were as an artist, as a creative, as a person, before the "real world" came in and convinced you to buy into it's own values. In my mind, it is absolutely imperative to be able to do this in order to produce that which is most native to ourselves, the most inherent to our own nature. It's a pathway to creating true art.
But then, at this moment where we, where our art is the most precocious and self involved, another element has the opportunity to be introduced. Doing it for money. Is it possible to cradle our art, giving it the love and attention it deserves while releasing it into the cold, uncaring world of commerce? The answer...yes. And a bit of a "no".
Commerce usually demands creating "for" something and basically being able to do so on command. This, in it'self can become a task, requiring the creative person to be primed and ready at a moments notice to do our best work. Also, we are expected to be open to, even enthusiastic about other's opinions about what we should create.
At first, this threw me. My precious little world of beautiful little preciousness was being imposed upon.. But then I snapped out it. I realized that, for the vast majority of the creative geniuses in our modern culture and in our storied past all created for benefactors..basically for money. Hell, even Beethoven - one of the very first composers to demand being freelance, took commissions. He didn't do to badly for himself either.
The point is that there has to be a balance, and it's all predicated on how you both approach your life and your work.
An artist needs to be ready to do their best work at a moment's notice? Then you, the artist, had better find ways to keep yourself always interested, always inspired in some way or the other to be primed for such work. Such is the mark of the truly world class.
Worried about having to collaborate? Have some faith in your own abilities as a person and allow your ego (sometimes disguised as the "purity" of the art) do let go, in order to allow something new and different to come into existence.
Your art can be pure and unadulterated. But it's private, like your relationship with your body. Then, you must push it out into the world, where it's relationships form what it will become.
Such is the nature of art and the nature of life.