by Arnie Fenner
One of the things I've talked often about here on MC through the years is that having an art career is not easy. Desire isn't enough, nor are education or skill sets. "Fair" is a fairytale and no matter how much you might want success, recognition, respect, or the ability to support yourself and your family as an artist...there is simply no guarantee you will achieve your goals or, if achieved, be able to maintain them over time. What does it take to have a sustainable, satisfying career? What does it take to "make it" as an artist?
And yet, in its own way, it is about everyone.
The views shared are unvarnished, the stories a mix of idealistic enthusiasm and hard truths. Making It talks about what we've all felt as artists at one point or another, the elation and the disappointment, the bright optimism and the cold pessimism. Even if we don't necessarily agree with every opinion expressed or the conclusions drawn, there's a sense of shared experience that is ultimately encouraging. "We're not alone." Making It is thoughtful and heartfelt; it is a sincere film.
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