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Flakey, snobby, dark and brooding. Do these stereotypes make any sense?
I got a huge kick out of the article “Who Art Thou? Artist Stereotypes” by Alexandra Gjurasic on Pyragraph and recommend it as a “must-read” if you suspect you may fit a stereotype or know others who do.
The most prevalent stereotype is that artists are “flakey” which is defined by the Urban Dictionary as:
An unreliable person. A procrastinator. A careless or lazy person. Dishonest and doesn’t keep to their word. They’ll tell you they’re going to do one thing, and never do it. They’ll tell you that they’ll meet you somewhere, and show up an hour late or don’t show up at all.
Hmmm … well, there are plenty of flakey people out there, although they certainly aren’t all artists.
Still, there seems to be a general consensus even in the art community that many artists are a little “out there.” Recently I spoke to a gallery owner who said, “You know, working with artists is like herding cats.”