Joel L. Gold
How did you get into debt?
This debt is to the IRS. Difficulty in paying taxes and surviving.
How does your economic reality effect your art?
The weight of dealing with money and debt can become the work. However, since I improvise, a panorama of subjects flood into my creative reservoir. The process keeps me weightless ideas flow no matter the circumstances. I am lucky because of the talent I have. What I see, hear & remember always finds the words. However, having rent, food, circus money and all of the basics that survival depends upon has a choke hold on my day/night creating an insecurity that permeates everything. At my age this fear is never far from what ever I am doing. It is a weight I carry and the one outlet I have is my work. Life would be much different if the dollar wasn't so heavy. I would have the freedom to be open to other worlds other linguistic adventures. Money burns a hole in my consciousness.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
I am a writer and improvisational spoken word artist. The subject matter would certainly be different. Debt hangs like road kill and infiltrates every breath I take.