Time Over Money or Money Over Time?

This decision didn’t seem debatable to me until now. How do you measure the value of either if they both go towards fueling the same goal? What do you choose when you need time to work on your art yet you also need money to fund it?

A Case For Time

Inevitable and undoubtedly necessary. You can’t create art without time and if you do, you’ve learned a more superior skill which is making time (outsourcing), although there is a school of thought that will argue that if it was outsourced it can’t possibly be art, it’s more so a collection of other people’s work.

It’s with time that the best wines are made, that the best work has time to flourish and truly blossom into it’s most stunning form. It’s with time that we have the possibility to grow through mistakes and not rush to the finish line and for some types of art, this finish line isn’t clearly defined in the beginning but more so something you stumble upon while you work.

The existence of time also tends to implicate the non-presence of exhaustion, be it physical or mental and one could argue that pristine mental and physical form would, according to science, equate to better quality of work, or on the other hand, according to what history has proven time and time again, time, in excess, could lead to imbalanced states of mind that have led many a great artist to creating their best work. Whether it’s the former of the latter, time and it’s presence is an inevitable need.

It is only with the presence of time, free time, that man can focus on beauty and art and philosophy and pondering on the human condition. Without it, something is always more pressing.

A Case Against Time

Yet, haven’t we all fallen into the trap of having so much time to obsess over minute detail and unreasonable ideals of perfection that nothing gets done? Have we not all fallen prey to the illusion of the preparatory phase that never seems to end? Or infinite tweaking because ‘it could always be better’? Or even yet, deluded ourselves by believing in such things as ‘I’ll start tomorrow’?

Wouldn’t the lack of time force us to prioritize what’s important and not obsess over unnecessary things and thus lead us to creating faster and more effectively? Are fast and effective even things that can be used to describe art? Or am I automatically, by using those terms to describe art rejecting the artistic standing and turning my ‘art’ into a product?

Will more time allow my art to flourish free of constraints, un-rushed, more pure? Will it drag me into the bottomless pit of procrastination? Will the constraints of having less time drive me to focus on the important things thus creating art without time for excuses? Will the exhaustion of the things that leave me without time cause me to constantly prioritize other things besides art?

A Case For Money

Necessary? Sometimes. Essential? Not always. Would it help me do what I aim to do? Definitely. Is there a minimal effort activity that could bring it to me? Yes. The only thing it asks of me: time. Not too much time, not in the grand scheme of things.

A Case Against Money

The time spent acquiring it wouldn’t be spent on an activity I particularly love. But who the hell said you have to love everything you do anyway? Isn’t sacrificing for the greater good a thing? Maybe focusing on money isn’t really the way to go about it, or maybe I’m just trying to find an excuse to avoid working for someone else.

Will money really make creating my art easier? Will exchanging my time for money be a sensible choice? Is it even necessary? Will chasing money distract me from my art? Is avoiding the chase just an excuse to bypass hard work?

My choice?

It might not be what you think.

(To be continued)

[This is part 1 of a 3 part series about a situation I recently dealt with. These are mostly journal entries and I wrote them as the events progressed. They highlight my change in thought, perception and outlook from beginning to end, while trying to find an answer to the question: ‘how much are you willing to sacrifice for your art?’. If you haven’t yet, please read parts two and three here and here┬árespectively. Enjoy!]

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