“Of course you can go to New York, London, or Paris. Or you can move to a city with a tight-knit artist community and find opportunities sooner.”
Prioritize what you need to pursue your art practice
Photo courtesy of Scott Reeder.
“You wouldn’t self-fund a feature film in New York, London, or L.A. You would be insane to do that.”
“I wanted to be able to live…so that I would be able to do my work.”
Create your own opportunities
View of Ebony G. Patterson’s studio in Lexington, Kentucky. Courtesy of the artist.
“You have to give people a reason to come to you or you have to go to them. You can’t just completely become a hermit.”
“I like being a bit away from the coasts, to get some perspective. And for something weirder to develop.”
Grow your network and maintain ties with art world hubs
Tyree Guyton, The Heidelberg Project, Detroit, MI. Photo by Scott Reeder. Courtesy of Scott Reeder.
“I think social media kind of blew open that door for artists to take their destiny into their own hands.”
“Opportunity is everywhere. You just have to claim it from where you are.”
Header image: View of Lagos. Photo by Benson Ibeabuchi.