The Working Artist

March 25, 2012



Whenever I get insecure or scared or overwhelmed or simply tired in my newfound role as a creative entrepreneur I think about my brother. Donny (aka Donny Vomit) cut his teeth as a professional sideshow performer on the boardwalk of Coney Island. He was in his mid-20s when my parents encouraged him to give it a shot – to leave Oklahoma and make something of himself (and his unusual talents) in New York City. If I’m being completely honest, I’ll admit that I thought he’d be crawling back home within a year.

But 8 years later Donny continues to work hard every day to make a sustainable living (in NYC no less) hammering nails into his head, swallowing swords, juggling chainsaws and eating glass. He makes it looks so easy – because that’s his job. To make it look easy. We’re not privy to the artist blocks and anxiety that washes over him prior to an important show.

So yeah. When I start to feel exhausted by the hustle that comes with being an artistpreneur I find a little strength in thinking about the non-stop work and energy that Donny puts into his job. I feel a little bit like we’re in it together.

Lately Donny has been touring with The Pretty Things Peepshow. If you’re lucky enough to be in a city along the tour route you’ll see how easy this troupe makes it look. Every night they show up and they do the work – after long days of getting from here to there in a deteriorating RV, on broken toes, and sore bones – but you would never know it. All you see is a really great show full of really talented performers. Their endurance and professionalism is admirable.

I don’t usually do this but if you have a few minutes please check out and support their Kickstarter project. My favorite is pen pal postcard package for $75. Jeremy and I will be donating an additional $1 for each blog reader that supports The Pretty Things Peep Show Tour Bus or Bust Kickstarter project. Just comment below or shoot me an email to jeremyandkathleen [at] gmail [dot] com to let me know you donated. Thanks in advance for your support!

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