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18 ..M2016 By Isabel Herrman Those who dedicate their lives to a path filled with creativity are all too familiar with professional diversity. Having multiple jobs to fill the financial void that a blossoming art career cannot provide. This does pose the question How do you identify yourself when asked what do you do For me the answer would always be exactly what I did I write I paint I do comedy I bar- tend The list goes on and on depending on what projects I take on. My professional lifestyle is far from uncommon especially for the millennial generation. Lets talk about the hustle. Now a days if you are hustlin you are working hard and putting focus into a variety of facets to earn a desired income. 20 years ago hustling would have been negatively associated with back door deals and under the table pay. How did this become the desired motif for this gener- ation Is being an artist considered the new taboo Talking with a fellow comedian he told me that he avoids identifying himself by his craft because he fears people would view him as broke. So he would say that he did comedy on the side. Yet comedy is his passion. What about telling people that you ARE a comedian is embarrassing I guess because its always asked when I was at work in the coffee shop. It was like Im not successful so therefore I have to do THE ARTIST IDENTITY random paying jobs. I dont want to feel dis- couraged by what I do best. Whats in a name A title of a job al- lows others to grasp an idea to your value. What you are worth. Society places value on positions and it comes down to income earning potential. To be a pillar of the com- munity you need to contribute the more you are worth in money the more valuable you are to society. Would you rather be known as a contribution or a broke asshole I got to the point where I dont want to be identified by anything else and accepted that Ill have to live on low income to fulfill my passion. The creative life is definitely not one for the light of heart. There is a lot of judgment and a lot of false ideas about the work and real contribution artists have on society. Our generation has been fortunate to grow up with higher education as a norm. However the importance placed on a devel- opmentally appropriate age to get a job after experiencing college is still the direction we are led to follow. Artists are the people born with ideas that change these directions. If I were to START following my dream when I graduated from college I probably wouldnt be bartending in my 30s. I cant help but laugh when I tell my mom this however there IS an element to developing as an adult