Hi there and welcome to the Pensions For Artists website! Glad to have you here.
My name is Aidan Stanley and I run this website. I have been a lifelong painter and entrepreneur. If you’ve taken a similar path in life then you’re probably aware of the struggle that comes along with it.
In one sense, we are living out our dreams. I feel alive when I’m able to create. Whether I’m working on a new painting or putting together a new website, it’s a magical feeling to give to the world. There are so many people that live their entire life through consumption. That is, they consume the “stuff” that we artists (broadly speaking) create work the world.
On the other hand, we are subject to the risk that comes along with this lifestyle. Our paychecks are not guaranteed and working harder doesn’t always solve the problem. Just because I spend more time painting doesn’t mean my work is worth money in the marketplace.
I believe we take the artistic route (or entrepreneurial) for two main reasons:
- The top 1% earn and live a lifestyle that we dream. I’m not saying that we desire to be rich and own material goods, but rather, that we are enabled to create at our own pace. In other words, we are chasing a world of financial freedom.
- To create a legacy. Simply stated, we want to be known for something after we are no longer on this Earth. We have to take the leap in order to have a chance with this.
The Purpose of Pensions For Artists
The site will blog about all things related to the following:
- Artist Pensions
- General pension discussions
- Success Stories
- Financial Freedom
- Saving Tips
- Anything under the sun
Being an artist isn’t easy. Essentially, the world values you on your creativity; if they like what you offer they will reward you with praise.
I openly discuss my early days with anyone that’s willing to listen to me. After my parents split, I was a wreck. I started hanging out with the wrong type of people. They were grinding and smoking marijuana and drinking heavily (and so was I).
I became depressed. I wanted to give up on my dream of becoming a famous artist.
During this time, I met a painter that was doing well in his career. He listened to my story and could tell that my life was turning down the wrong path. He said he faced the same challenges and was heavily addicted to all sorts of drugs.
He told me that you need to rise above the noise. He said people will always judge you, but that you need to be the one that dictates your happiness. It wasn’t easy at first, but from then on I decided to put myself first. Eventually, all the noise (what people were saying) disappeared; I started listening to the voice in my head that said, “I’m amazing”.
I’ve been clean, happy, and motivated from that moment. For that, I thank him.
If you’d like to connect please send me a message on the Contact page.