A majority of my friends are musicians, and (like me) a majority of my musician friends are trying to piece together some form of living from their art as independent musicians. Why am I bringing this up? Because in this photo set I'm wearing a band shirt produced by my Duo Partners band Trouble in Paradise, which kind of leads me onto my topic for this blog post: I have artsy-fartsy friends! How do I support them doing the thing?
First and foremost, the best way to support your mates passion/future way of life is to go to as many of their things as possible. In 2018 this doesn't just mean the physical events, it also means their digital events (such as released videos and live streams)
This is another fairly obvious one: Buy their merch! I keep track of who's releasing what in my friend group, and try to purchase whatever it is they've put out so they can continue putting out more amazing stuff! (I recently caught up on my bandcamp purchases. BTW, if you're going to buy music, always try to buy from bandcamp. It's best for the artists, and also our best bet at bringing control of the thing back to the people who created it!)
This isn't as applicable in my circle, but also consider supporting your mates on Patreon . It's basically like an ongoing crowdfunding campaign, and makes sustaining an artistic career just that tad more sustainable.
"But what if I'm time and or money poor?!" I hear you cry? Well, I'm in the exact same boat. I have approximately 0 time to attend things (although, when I do happen upon some spare time, you can bet your bottom dollar I'll be at something somewhere!) and often am strapped for cash (music as a career is expensive yo!). This has lead me to create a small set of personal "social media helpy helpy" goals. If a friend posts something about their creative efforts I'll like, share, and (if applicable) subscribe. We live in the age of algorithms, and as a small artist, the algorithm is always stacked against you. Every like makes whatever it is my mates are doing more likely to be favoured by the algorithm gods.
It's so important to support small artists/musicians/creators making authentic art. It's what makes us human, gives us hope and lets us escape this crazy crazy world we live in. I personally will continue to support my friends artistic pursuits for as long as I live, because in a world full of creators we all win :)
Speaking of creating things :P I released this cover to youtube recently. Check it out if you want to :)