Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

Award winning Japanese illustrator based in New York City and instructor at School of Visual Arts.

Art, Fame And Money

Tony Cenicola: New York Times
Tony Cenicola/The New York Times (This photo is borrowed from New York Times site)I was in shock this morning reading the New York Times article about the current financial situation of Ms. Annie Leibovitz, one of the most established photographers of our time.

I don’t think a week would pass by without seeing Ms. Leibovitz’s works somewhere, on the Louis Vuitton advertisements or in Vanity Fair or in Vogue. (In fact, there is a giant LV ad on the same section of NY Times.)

We all logically know that grass is not greener on the otehr side. We are adults, right?  But then, be real, when you hear that the artist is making the salary of 7 figures from Vanity Fair alone, don’t you kind of fantasize to be in her shoes?

Well, this article proves that you probably better off not to, and that other artists’ lives are probably not better than yours just because she/he has more fame and money.

However the article is full of teaching lessons for being a freelance artist, so I wanted to share with you here. No spoilers, I will let you read the story.

And, let’s all hope that the things will turn out well for Ms. Leibovitz.