my cat has figured out that i love it when he purrs and meows at the same time so it comes out like a little gurgle and now he DOES IT ON PURPOSE TO GET MY ATTENTION
THE BEST CAT NOISE, ALL THE TIME
So, let me tell you a quick story:
My grandpa on my dad’s side came over from China when he was pretty young— grew up in Chicago. He was in high school when World War 2 broke out; he joined up, and was put in the 407th Air Service Squadron. It was part of the famed Flying Tigers fighter group, and one of the first all Chinese-American units in the military. He fixed planes. He also shot at them when they strafed the airfield. With a pistol.
He was there when the Japanese officially signed the surrender, and was honorably discharged soon after. The very first thing that he bought with his stashed up pay was a sterling silver bracelet with his serial number on it.
I keep it within sight of my desk at all times.
After the war, he went back to Chicago, but his father was already housing too many Chinese immigrant workers (up to this point, most Chinese immigrants were single men because of strict immigration laws and quotas), so he had to move to Detroit to live with an uncle and finish high school.
One of his high school teachers noted his artistic abilities, and recommended that he use his GI Bill to go to art school. Of course, his dad wouldn’t have it. So, he worked in laundromats, owned his own grocery, and later worked as an insurance salesman instead.
70 years later, I’m the graduate of an art school, and I’m taking a break from drawing to write this out.
I guess my point is this: the time that you use to pursue art has to come from somewhere. At some point, a sacrifice was made by you, or others, to allow you to have that time. Illustrators try to make a living in that intersection of art and commerce in an effort to lessen that sacrifice. There are some that are doing quite well at that. There are many, many more that are not.
Even those artists who we view as extremely successful have to sacrifice time. It just comes from other places: relationships, health, or family, etc. The real struggle then, is to find that balance on how you are spending your time.
If you know that a life spent making art is your ultimate goal, then doing things you don’t like aren’t really frustrations. They are necessities that must be done to give yourself time.
I think this is why I cringe every time I hear someone say that self-righteous creed of the “creative class”: “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” That statement discounts all the hard work and sacrifices that you or others have made to be in that situation—what on Earth would entitle us to only work jobs that we love?
I don’t do this because I love it. I do it because I must.
It’s in my bones.
Ernest and Celestine US dates and theaters:
Los Angeles, CA – The Landmark
Pasadena, CA – Laemmle Playhouse
North Hollywood, CA – Laemmle NoHo
Claremont, CA – Laemmle Claremont
Irvine, CA – Regal University Town Center
Laguna Niguel, CA – Rancho Niguel 8 Cinemas
New York, NY – IFC Center
Rancho Mirage, CA – Cinemas Palm D’Or
Burbank, CA – AMC Burbank Town Center
Long Beach, CA – Regal Marketplace 6
Camarillo,CA – Paseo Camarillo Cinemas
Salt Lake City, UT – Tumbleweeds Film Festival (thru 3/16)
Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma City Museum of Art (thru 3/16)
Montpelier, VT – Green Mountain Film Festival
Akron, OH – Akron Sparks Family Film Festival (3/23)
Seattle, WA – Landmark Theatres (TBD)
Portland, OR – Regal Fox Tower
San Jose, CA – Camera 3 Cinemas
Washington, DC – Landmark E Street
Boston, MA – Landmark Kendall Square
Philadelphia, PA – Landmark Ritz at the Bourse
San Diego, CA – Landmark Theatres (TBD)
San Francisco, CA – Landmark Theatres (TBD)
Berkeley, CA – Landmark Shattuck
Cleveland, OH – Cleveland International Film Festival (3/29-3/30)
Austin, TX – Regal Arbor Cinemas
Salt Lake City, UT – Broadway Theatre
Santa Cruz, CA – Nickelodeon Del Mar
Chicago, IL – Music Box Theatre
Phoenix, AZ – Harkins Camelview
Dallas, TX – Angelika Film Center
Baltimore, MD – The Charles Theatre
Houston, TX – Landmark River Oaks Theatre
Minneapolis, MN – Landmark Theatres (TBD)
Atlanta, GA – Landmark Midtown Art
Denver, CO – Landmark Theatres (TBD)
Orlando, FL – Florida Film Festival (thru 4/7)
New Orleans, LA – Prytania Theater
Chicago, IL – AMC River East
Northbrook, IL – AMC Northbrook
Skokie, IL – AMC Village Crossing
Portland, ME – Nickelodeon Cinemas
Las Vegas, NV – Regal Village Square
Louisville, KY – Baxter Ave. Filmworks
Tucson, AZ – The Loft Cinema
Raleigh, NC – Raleigh Grande
Asheville, NC – The Carolina Asheville
Honolulu, HI – Kahala Theatres 8
Charlotte, NC – Regal Park Terrace
Knoxville, TN – Regal Downtown West
Santa Fe, NM – CCA Santa Fe
Pittsburgh, PA – Regent Square Theatre
Columbus, OH – Gateway Film Center
St. Louis, MO – Landmark Plaza Frontenac
Indianapolis, IN – Landmark Keystone
Cincinnati, OH – Mariemont 4
Sarasota, FL – Sarasota Film Festival (4/12 - 4/13)
Omaha, NE – Film Streams Omaha (begins 4/12)
Durango, CO – Animas Theatre
Waterville, ME – Railroad Square Cinema
Mobile, AL – Crescent Theatre
Buffalo, NY – Amherst Theatre
Salem, OR – Salem Cinema
Spokane, WA – Magic Lantern Theatre
Philadelphia, PA – Zoetropolis (4/23 - 4/27)
Providence, RI – Cable Car Cinema
Wichita, KS – Tallgrass Film Festival
Bellingham, WA – Pickford Film Center
Detroit, MI – Landmark Main Art
Albuquerque, NM – Guild Cinema (begins 4/30)
Gainesville, FL – The Hippodrome
Tallahassee, FL – Tallahassee Film Society
Lincoln, NE – Mary R. Ross Film Center
Just wanted to give a heads up, as this charming film may not get as much awareness as the other big productions out there. This is the english language version. If you have a chance to go see it…(via rufftoon)