Klein describes this as the difference between vision and strategy.
"Vision is the stuff that's nonnegotiable; the need to make art . . . On the other hand, strategy is up for grabs and should be molded to serve the artist’s purpose."
. Art is not a career; it's a calling. We expected to work a "day job" forever so that our art would not be "tainted" with commercialism. Most artists didn't dare dream of making it--or if they did, they didn't talk about it, and many felt ashamed for even desiring such a thing
. It will happen for you when the time is right. Neither the "it" nor the timing were adequately explained, and I think that's because the professors then didn't have a clue either. It was a carrot perpetually out of reach.
. Just in case you got too ambitious, there was this one: Selling your art is selling out. For well over a decade I had a studio in a building with a number of older artists who followed the "rules" of their generation. Most were unknown, and all had studios crammed floor to ceiling with a lifetime of art they never sold
. The dealer is your enemy. Oh, the challenge: to approach someone we needed who was the very last person we were encouraged to trust. If we were unsuccessful--that is, if we faced the inevitable rejection--everything we learned was prophecy fulfilled. If we were successful in securing exhibitions and representation, we, too, became "the enemy." And if a friend got what we secretly wanted, we publicly reviled him for "selling out"