This is Andrew. He’s one of my best friends, a business partner, and a fellow creative. He had some encouraging words for all fellow artist out there so check it out:
"Once upon a time, I made a decision that I didn’t have to make. I stared adult life down and was told that I had to make a decision between being a successful corporate guy and being a photographer / writer / web designer.
I sold my camera gear. I was embarrassed of my past as a creative and had a hard time resolving it with my newfound corporate identity. I was afraid that people would find out about my creative past and I would be written off as a hack in the world of finance. I was told I had to be one thing and that one thing didn’t include toting a camera and pontificating on the future of photography.
I’m the son of a financier and a stay at home mom with incredible artistic skill. I was born to be confused, born to be stuck between worlds.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized one thing: one doesn’t have to make a choice. When asked if you’ll be an adult or a creative, answer simply “yes.” Art isn’t a lifestyle of dreadlocks and dropouts - it’s the commitment to creation. No matter what your art form is, whether spreadsheet or sculpture, the artist is more important than ever.”