How did you get into debt?
Several life situations : seeing the need to continue school & not affording it, marriage, divorce, metal health issues from deaths of loved ones, but most of all circumstances including a sudden car accident leaving me with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a hospital for over a year. This effecting my frontal lobe, where I was already a highly creative right brain thinker, made left brain tasks impossible. Hospital bills made part of the issue. Many car related issues with inability to mange it, even not having time working side jobs, creating over 10k in tickets in 5 yrs. Although this has forever changed my life, making managing personal finances alone impossible at times, my ability in arts & making has been elevated.
How does your economic reality effect your art?
If I didn't have to use this money to survive & live, even creating circumstances, I would have more sanity, time, & money for the quality & materials I need to make works -- & contributing more to community as well.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Yes. Less time working to pay bills off & more quality time making.