How did you get into debt?
BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Came in as a transfer student but somehow still had to do all four year--out of state tuition the entire time. Parental guidance was not available throughout this process.
How does your economic reality effect your art?
I cut corners and work in the cheapest way possible, often forsaking crucial elements of a performance because it seems "wasteful". I feel like I don't spend enough money on my work to have it be taken seriously. It doesn't look like high art, because I can't afford it to, or I don't know how to fake it well enough.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
^__^ As an artist who works in a dramatic medium, it is safe to say that the production value of my art would only improve with more available resources. Documentation would be better, allowing me access to more competitive grants, etc. Also traveling to showcase my work would be more of a possibility, both because of the cost, and the difficulty with taking significant time off of work. In my current state, many of the ideas I have in my head remain there, un-executable, unaffordable. They remain on the shelves of my thoughts until I see another artist with more resources make them a reality. Living thrifty leads to thinking thrifty, and this habit of undervaluing your work is hard to break and directly related to living with a cloud of debt over your shoulders.