Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Guest Post: Top Five Reasons Why to Date an Artist

Hi everyone!

My name is Melissa and this is my guest blog. In my heart I am a story teller and my blog is a collection of the good, the bad and the ugly stories that I have collected over the years. I met Larissa in the fall of 2009 when our stake was doing a musical and I volunteered to help with the costumes. Immediately I adored her. Since then we have become fast friends over a similar collection of people we love, and the Arts. It’s been awhile since Larissa invited me to be a guest blogger, but I finally found some inspiration this week…


Why should I date an artist?

Over the last week I overheard quite a few rants about why one should never date an artist. I fumed at their reasons. Their top reason? Money. Why? Because they (we) don’t have it, and in all realistic visions of the future we might never have it. Sigh. In my search to combat their asinine thoughts I read a “reasons to date an artist” but wasn’t impressed. So I have decided to make my own list. Not only as an artists point of view, but from one who has dated her fare share of artists. So here we go…

 #1. They are cheap dates. We’ll start with this one, as it seems to be their biggest downfall according to a majority of people. Truth is there is little money here. However the bigger truth is… they don’t need it. You don’t need to be wined and dined to be won over by artists. You see an artists’ creativity extends far beyond the canvas and you would only be lucky enough to experience this. At the very least they always know someone who can get you into places and meet people that will be hard to forget. All on a dime.


#2. They are passionate. You can’t go wrong with this term in any sense of its meaning. Whether referring to the sexual ideas behind being a passionate person or the strength in the ideals of working ones butt off for a cause you believe in—you win! They seek the thrills and chills of weak knees and a fast heart beat when you touch and they work hard if they believe in something, and if that is your relationship you better believe they won’t give up on it!


 #3.You will be part of the art. No matter what medium, you will become apart of it. Whether it is merely inspiration or you are blatantly the focus, you are the art. It is an honor to be an inspiration. Who hasn’t ever wanted a song written for them, a painting done of them or a performance dedicated to them? I have a friend whose wakes up to her husband composing music on the piano about his love for her. She is inspiring art and passion within her husband. One's relationship could not produce anything more beautiful than that.
#4. They love to have a good time! Artists lead exciting lives and with every new project there is something exciting on the horizon. Anything can and will happen. They have great stories and you will share in creating even more to tell in the years to come. Even if your relationship ends, you have epic dating stories. Additionally they find beauty in everything. If you are tired of being around negative people, date an artist.


 #5. They are smart. Artists soak in the world around them. The people, the places, the world. It becomes a part of who they are. For the projects they have worked on, they have done their research. They read. They write. They listen. They know what is going on the world. They are passionate people because they have done all of these things and are sincerely interested in the world. Interested in saving it, and interested in changing it one artistic moment at a time. Conversation will never lack with artists. Because of this they have extremely good taste in music, books, art, movies etc.

So don't be afraid of the passion or the heightened senses. Don't be afraid that you won't be taken to a steak house for dinner because chances are you will remember the homemade chocolates far longer. Artists will change your life for the better if you let them. So date an artist... but don't take my word for it... try it yourself.

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4 comments:

S.R. Braddy said...

Ironically, I think every single one of these reasons would be a reason why an introvert should NOT date an artist...

Larissa said...

Stephen - what about an introverted artist? Oh dear, the cruel irony.

S.R. Braddy said...

IS there any other kind of artist?

Singleton said...

I think most artists are secretly introverts.