Occasionally young artists ask me for advice on how to be an artist — or at least how to make one’s living as an artist. And today, at no cost to you, I am prepared to tell you the secret. Here it is: "Low overhead” Yep, that’s the secret --- that’s how you get started. Keep your expenses low. Don’t have much and try not to want much. Want only time. Time to make the art you want to make. Live cheaply. Try to find a inexpensive place to live. Only have a car if you really need one. Don’t spend all your time and money on booze. Try not to get into debt. The less money you need to earn just to get by, the more time you have to make art. All the ‘stuff’ will come later. And anyway, if you’re truly an artist, then time is the only ‘stuff’ that matters. (People matter too, of course). The fewer financial constraints you have, the freer you are to make the work you really want to make, without as much concern for whether it will sell or not. Make it now, worry about selling it later. If you have the option, work the least-difficult day job you can so you’ll have energy left over in the evening to work on your art. Draw during your lunch break. Have a social life and friends and love someone but sometimes leave bars and parties early so you can go home and draw (or make whatever you like to make). Live cheap. Buy time. Make art. I’ve made my living as an artist for 25 years and this is how I started. Over the years things change — I, along with my wife, have been able to afford more nice things: a house we love, a couple of cars, I even have two pairs of shoes(!). You know, that stuff. But beyond my family and friends, I don’t want stuff. All I really want is time. Time to make art.