Few weeks ago, I had a e-mail interview by a Hong Kong Baptist University student who have been studying the International Journalism program. The interview is about the circumstance of artists in Hong Kong, I think the questions are suitable to post in here for a FAQs section in this web site, if any wants to know more about Quit Job Make Art, this page is a good start.
Below is the interview link of the web site.
A. It was a joke when I was chatting with the professor of City University of Hong Kong. I thought this name would be a brilliant idea to start up a company. Afterwards, I found this could be an attitude to implicit those people who eager to search for their new goals or prospects by giving up what he had before.
A. Most of the people have the similar purposes or determinations to get a daily job as our parents have been doing. I chose art because I love art; and it is an intuitive decision when my previous employer laid me off few years ago. When someone who gets a dream job that is perfect. It just likes the TV drama The Greed of Man which have many golden words, one of these is “ did you find your place?” So I think this is not all about dream or realistic, it is about where is belong to you? When you are in the right place, you will feel more satisfy and happy to devote.
A. I am a kidult like to play tech stuffs and reading, learning new playful, sci-fi things, like fashioning technology, humanoid issue, bio-robotic, implanted technology. The new art form called Hybrid Art has been developing till now. There are many interesting art projects and researches are combined with cutting edge technologies. I may say I am still an artistic and conceptual driven guy in terms of creating artwork.
A. I used to shared a studio with my friend in Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre (JCCAC) before I moved in ADC Artspace, I found JCCAC has diverse kinds and number of media artists but it is also hard to communicate with all. Here in ADC Artspace is a tiny space but we can get closer and get more interaction.
A. ADC Artspace surely help me to have a space for two years, I think it may arrange or connect with more art galleries for promoting more potential tenants to them.
A. There is always a dilemma situation for an artist who wants to pursuit into a broader artistic and career pathway but can’t ignores the reality’s difficulties. Indeed, most of us have to take time for having a daily job to get survives in Hong Kong. For instance, should I only concentrate on being an artist and strive for the goal in a period of time in order to bear the risk of poverty? Or divides my life into being a full-time/part-time worker and an artist at the same time for gets longer surviving but less efficient in artwork making?
A. I think being an artist is the most risky career in Hong Kong. I always worry about my uncertain future. It is risky because you can’t predict how much does this career would cost you and how long you could bear it. It just likes running a business without a comprehensive business plan for certain years. My cost may be I lost my previous and consistent job experience.
A. We may need more art lovers who really know how to appreciate arts, maybe a marketing expert, who knows art and is willing to promote Hong Kong arts.
A. I wish I could be not only an artist; I would like to step forward to be a creative entrepreneur. And it is really a dream.