Sometimes people call you a “sellout” if you get sponsors for your blog or sell something you made or in general tie any degree of financial compensation to your dream.
It can also happen if you change the direction of your craft. I’ve heard countless musicians called “sellouts” because they connected with a new producer and evolved the style of music people originally knew them for.
Although sites like Etsy have helped changed this negative stereotype, it still occurs from time to time.
If this ever happens to you, if someone ever accuses you of being a sellout, I want you to do one thing: Remind them of two other artists who could not have made art without financial support and patrons.
Their names were Michelangelo and Da Vinci.
And if you’re going to follow in someone’s artistic footprints, you can find a worse pair to follow.
Have you ever gotten paid for your dream?