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start; starting
& the state of artists -
a collaborative zine

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IN THE BEGINNING ON 2024 I FELT ABSOLUTELY DEFEATED. 
I WAS WORKING AT A BOBATIME PART-TIME, CONSTANTLY TAKING GIG WORK, AND JUGGLING MY PERSONAL PRACTICE WITH MOVING OUT AND PAYING BILLS FOR THE FIRST TIME. I WAS EXHAUSTED AND CONSTANTLY RUNNING BETWEEN TASKS, BUT AT LEAST I KNEW I WAS VERY MUCH NOT ALONE.
SOMEHOW - IT WAS COMFORTING KNOWING EVERYONE ELSE WAS ALSO STRUGGLING, BUT TIRING AND HEARTBREAKING TO BE HAVING THE SAME EXACT CONVERSATION OVER AND OVER WITH SUCH OUTSTANDING CREATIVES.

I GOT TIRED OF TALKING.
I WANTED TO VENT. I HAD A FEELING OTHER PEOPLE COULD ALSO USE THE OPPORTUNITY -
SO I REACHED OUT.

 
24 ARTISTS TOOK UP MY OFFER, RESPONDING TO THE OPEN-ENDED PROMPT OF "ANYTHING RELATED TO ART PRACTICE, CAREERS, POST-STRIKE, POST-PANDEMIC, HOPES FOR THE FUTURE, VENTING ABOUT THE CURRENT STATE, A REFLECTION OF PAST PRESENT FUTURE, WHATEVER AND HOWEVER YOU CHOOSE TO EXPRESS YOURSELF THROUGH THIS IDEA."

SOME ARE CURRENT STUDENTS.
SOME ARE INDUSTRY VETERANS.
SOME HAVE LARGE SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWINGS.
ALL OF US HAVE BEEF.
CREDITS:
CREATED, CURATED, AND LAYOUT BY ELLIE REIS
DRAGON FLY BY ANDREA MONTUFAR
ORCINUS CONSTELLATION BY PEACHIE
TIPS FOR WIZARDS BY GRIFFIN GIERSCH
CATHERINE SALISBURY
STUDYING TOGETHER BY ELLYCE WHITEMAN
EVAN
WOES OF A FREELANCER BY KINA LEE
ED GASKEW
THINGS THAT ARE NOT DICKS BY GERMPRINT
DAILY CYCLE BY ERNIE B
WHICH WAY KID? AND MY LOVELY DISTRACTIONS BY GRETA BUTLER
THERE IS NEVER ENOUGH TIME BY MICHAEL BOTTCHER
KYLIE BULCAO-MOORE
COLLEGE LETTERS BY Z[]E REISMAN
STRENGTH BY ZURAWIE
JOURNEY BY PAUL HUR
MEMORABILIA BY RYLEE M
SPENCER
THE NEXT STEP BY ALEX UNTORIA
BROKEN PIECES BY JACOB BAMBENEK
SEE MY VOICE BY MOZZ
RIP AND TEAR BY MARY HUBBERT
CAT WISDOM BY ANDREW EDWARDS
PRICE OF LOVE BY BRE UPTON
 
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