Ten percent of Americans consider themselves artists. Of those 32,000,000 Americans, 10,000,000 make at least some money from their art. Only 2,100,000 consider themselves professional artists. The median income for artists is 20% below the national median. The income for female artists is 20% below the male artist median. Effectively, this means that being an artist requires other benefits and aids, whether that means creating art while living a life of privilege, or finding other jobs that allow time and resources for art. The concept of the starving artist is very real for people dedicating themselves to their art.
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