Why You Shouldn’t Be An Artist is a short film directed by Simon Cade that explores some of the reasons a person should not become an artist. In listing these many cons of having a creative career, the film actually comes up with a monumental reason for creating and putting art out into the world. The questions gradually become a type of answer in trying to decide whether art is worth all the trouble and inconvenience it demands at times.
Something I liked aesthetically about this film was how minimalist the structure of it was. This film is just two minutes and 34 seconds of a monologue. The words could’ve easily become too lengthy or sounded too commanding to be taken seriously. Instead, the entire monologue has this beautiful rhythm and flow to it. It actually sounds more like a poem and not just because of the moments certain words rhymed. There was this brilliant strength to what the narrator was saying and how the words tied together naturally. It didn’t sound like someone complaining about life. It sounded realistic, important, and extremely relevant to all the other artists out there who feel the dame way about their creative careers.
Also, the setting was kept fairly simple with no big change in locations. The film’s background is gray skies. Gray is such a dull color that often encourages the feeling of limitation rather than possibility and opportunity. So, I believe that image was chosen to express the negative side of creativity. There are no characters and no plot in this film. It’s all one art piece that is sending a message about the purpose and the struggles of art. That message is that the questioning and doubting are all irrelevant and small in the presence of raw passion and creativity. When someone creates something, whether it’s a song, a poem, a drawing, or a film, there is a little spark that ignites. It really isn’t and shouldn’t become about attaining other people’s approval and praise. It’s about physicalizing emotion, taking all the craziness that is brewing on the inside and turning it into physical form and sharing it with the rest of the world.
Some of the reasons given for not being an artist are not enough time, lack of money, poor work ethic…etc. What I found most interesting about all these reasons to not be an artist were that they all have to do with the person and how they will be viewed. These reasons are ordinary concerns that all people, whether they’re artists or not, have. Insecurities are universal. Yet, with art, it should have less to do with the artist and more to do with the piece they created.
Another thing I enjoyed about the film was how it used the box the cover up the screen slowly and portray that message of feeling completely limited in life. With all the questions and doubting, the screen became more covered. The point of that was to explain how we can often write ourselves off as too little or too much of something. If we do that, we take away from our individuality and we simplify our lives to suit the rest of the world.
“Recently I’ve been distracted, wasting time instead of being constructive.” I found this quote relevant to my own life lately. Instead of just creating something and not worrying about its worth, I often overthink. My mind turns the thing I was creating stale in the process and I end up not completing what I had started. It happens more than once where I’ll come home after a long day’s work and I just sit and do nothing instead of working on my writing or my art. I question why I do that other than to be lazy. The best answer I have is fear. Fear always holds me back just a little too much and I end up not following through with some of my art pieces because of it.
The reason I really enjoyed this film is because it gives the message of hope. It encourages us to ask Why not? Nothing in life is 100 percent guaranteed. It changes all the time and everyone’s circumstances and sense of fortune is different. There are a million reasons and more to not be an artist. The reason that matters the most though is the why. Why do we create anything and put it out there into the world? For myself, I’ve always found that a big part of who I am is connected to creativity. I use my emotions to guide me through my world and the things I create become significant markers for me in my life. They challenger me and reveal new skills. I draw and I write for that feeling I get that feels like the closest thing to magic in this world. Creativity is a gift and it should be treasured and taken seriously, not disregarded and viewed as a waste of time. It’s one of the best, most self beneficial ways to utilize time.