Scenario 1: You are meeting people in a social situation of any kind. Someone new comes up to you and says, “So….what do you do?”
You hem and haw, and feel that strange, slightly apologetic and defensive response come forth. “I am a writer. (or singer, or composer, or artist, or fill in the blank)” You use a subdued voice, looking towards the floor slightly.
“Wow. Can you make a living with that?” Only the truly bold acquaintance will muster that, but you feel it just the same, no matter the words or expressions chosen.
“Well, I am working on a novel, or art piece, or album….” Your voice trails off and you anxiously look for the exit to this conversation. You skillfully turn it to another topic and breathe a sigh of relief.
Scenario 2: Same setting. “So….what do you do?”
You stand up straight and smile. “I am an artist. (or writer, or singer, or composer)”, said in your normal happy speaking voice. Direct eye contact.
“Wow. That’s cool. I wish I had the guts to try something like that. Can you make a living?”
You smile again, letting them know within that smile that, no, not quite yet, but yes, it doesn’t really matter at this point.
They realize you aren’t going to answer that question, as it is immaterial. “Tell me about it. Sounds awesome.”
Just a bit of encouragement to all you artists, musicians, writers, etc. out there. No apologies. You are created in the image of God, who happens to be extremely artistic and creative Himself.