I genuinely think the world would be a better place if everyone followed the passion in their own lives. It would get rid of this envious voyeurism that seems to litter artistic communities. I will be very clear and state that I support all artists, I support all art and I support all creative expression. I will do what I can, when I can to help local artists out which is sometimes something as simple as providing a phone number to get an exhibition or designing posters. If I buy a gift for someone I ALWAYS look to local artists first and I spend in the direction I want to see change. I go to as many exhibitions as I can fit in and as many gigs as I can support, which although I know isn't as many as I would like the intent is there! I would urge you to support what you can, when you can. Believe me even sharing your local artists link on your social media can put a smile on their face and help bring them business.
In a time when the bottom dropped and local musicians suddenly stopped making money I saw some competitive and disgusting behaviours. Now the shock of all of that seems to have subsided and we seem to be regrouping and learning that cooperation serves better than competition. I am seeing many more artists put on nights and help each other. It's inspiring to watch and be a part of. I am a typical DIY artist, musician and all the bits in between and working with people benefits both rather than working against someone which grates against both. You have a choice as to whether you help or hinder. I have watched recently as competitive artists seem to be increasingly isolated and those that focus on helping those around them are benefiting. It helps to help. Move from self serving just to plain serving.
I do all I can to support, respect and honour artists and I'm glad that we tend to be people who never lose that child-like desire to change the world. There is a part of me that refuses to let that go and I'm grateful for it! I know artists and art has changed MY world and I do all I can to remain inspired and share that with whoever crosses my path.