Sometime in the last few years, it occurred to me that the majority of people I know in Los Angeles are in some way creative. They’re writers or musicians or photographers or comedians or something that simultaneously gives them life and drives them out of their minds. This is, of course, one of the great things about this city — most people seem to come here to chase a dream. For obvious reasons, sure, but also because in comparison other American cultural centers, it’s actually possible to live here — and live well, in fact — on a limited budget.
That seems to be changing though. After years of being scared off by the specter of life-destroying traffic, Hollywood douchebags and all plastic everything, outsiders are catching on to the fact that we have a good thing going on here. And costs are rising accordingly. I’ve long wondered about how working artists balance making art with making a living, and now as the economics change, I’m wondering about it more than ever.
These interviews are intended to shine a light on the realities of being creative at the apex of capitalism. My goal is to talk to a variety of people, from those who make their living off their art to those who do it just for the joy of it and everyone in between. This is about money, to be sure, but it’s also about ambition. And in case it’s not clear, it’s about me figuring out how people balance all these things so that I can better understand my own work and motivations. Think of it as self-help under the guise of exploration, and bear with me as I stumble through.
And if you are interested in being interviewed or if there is someone you’d like to see interviewed, email me at sara.campbell AT gmail.com. Thanks for reading!