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How Coronavirus Lockdown Is Impacting Artists

How are artists coping with the coronavirus pandemic and how can the lockdown impact all those aspiring and/or popular artists out there?

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Spending an entire day at home and being with your family is the best thing in the world and a fun privilege we all love having from time to time. However, doing that because you have to isn’t fun at all, especially during a global pandemic. Fighting COVID-19 is hard and exhausting, and staying at home is one of the ways to do that, but this might sound easier than it really is. Being quarantined is particularly difficult for artists and people who are used to being active and always doing something new. So, how are these people handling this problem and how can the coronavirus lockdown impact all those aspiring and/or popular artists out there?

Writers

To be honest, these are the people who probably don’t mind having to stay at home. Writers are always struggling to find free time to write in their busy schedules, and being gifted the gift of time is the best thing they could get. Lots of writers simply love spending time in their rooms and focusing on their writing – maybe even write an entire book during this time – so this lockdown might not be such a bad idea for them.

However, not all writers find this time perfect for writing. They aren’t really concentrated on their work and can’t seem to find the patience to write when they know that so many people in the world are suffering. Also, they can’t go out, meet their readers and promote their work, which is why not all of them are happy with having to stay at home all the time.

Visual artists and painters

These are also the people who love being at home and doing what they do best, which is why so many visual artists and painters could actually be creating their best work as we speak. All they need is some free time – which they have right now – and some peace and quiet – again, they have these things as well – and they’re ready to work 24/7.

Again, the problem is getting their work out to the people and organizing exhibitions. With so many museums and galleries being closed, artists and painters have to find alternative solutions. Luckily, some of the world’s best museums – such as the amazing Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin, for instance – organize online exhibitions and give their visitors and artists a chance to work uninterruptedly. That’s why all those visual artists and painters out there can continue creating their masterpieces and show them to the world using the Internet.

Musicians

Unlike artists who love working alone and being quiet during that time, musicians can’t work that way – at least most of them. They love collaborating with other musicians and performers, and they actually create the best music when they’re surrounded by their colleagues. That’s why being separated and stuck at their own home might not be the best scenario for them, yet there’s a solution they can rely on.

First, this lockdown will give them an opportunity to work more than they normally would, and that’s always a good thing. And once they create some music, they can still create promote it online – creating videos and even staging shows has never been easier, which is one of the best things about the 21st century. All you need are some useful audio visualizers that will help you express your emotions in an easier and more effective way. This is ultimately the kind of emotion your fans will respond to, whether they’re listening to you live or online.

Actors

In the end, these are the people who are always surrounded by others – their co-stars, their assistants, their directors, their make-up artists, etc. – which is why being locked at home might not work for them at all. What’s even worse is that they, unlike writers, musicians, and others, can’t do their job during the lockdown – it’s not like Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie can get together online and create the sequel to Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood!

On the other hand, while actors can’t act, they can still do something – reach out to their fans. Some of these people have a massive fan base and they should use their influence to do some good. Reaching out to people and encouraging them to stay at home might make a huge difference in the way people perceive this pandemic, and that’s something we could all benefit from, one way or another.

Unfortunately, the coronavirus lockdown is impacting our lives on more levels than one, and it’s not all about being isolated from one another. Lots of people will feel the consequences and lots of artists will struggle to get back on their feet after all this is over, so staying focused on your art and working as much as you can is the only way to get through these hard times.

Peter is a lifestyle writer at Queer Voices magazine, living between Australia and Europe. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

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october 2020

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