The Streets are Always Watching by Jacqueline | May 16, 2017 | Creative prompt, Creativity | 3 comments 3 Comments Gwenn on May 16, 2017 at 8:50 am Interesting questions! When I was first starting out, the friend of a friend wanted to write about me for a new publication. The issue was all about labor and she wanted to write about an artist who was making art full time. I agreed to participate, but I warned her that I was living with my parents rent-free and that, while I was proud of that fact and grateful to my parents for their support, I wasn’t sure that I was a good fit for her story. She insisted I was, but then wrote a very convoluted piece, trying to avoid revealing that I was living with my parents but trying not to lie about it either. As soon as the article came I out, I wished I’d said no to the invitation. But in the end, it worked out. I learned right from the start that writers make portraits of their subjects, and, much like how the subjects of my painted portraits don’t always like the piece, I might not like everything that’s written about me. I learned that it was up to me to control the narrative about my work as much as possible, but also that I needed to let go once I’d done an interview and let it be the writer’s work. Reply Jacqueline on May 16, 2017 at 11:03 am Thanks for your response, Gwenn! I’m glad the prompt resonated with you. Your situation with the article sounds complex, so I’m glad it worked out in the end. Artists/writers seldom create work that pleases everyone, but authenticity is key! Reply AdeOla Fadumiye on July 20, 2017 at 3:54 pm Personally, I’m not necessarily worried about over exposure as much as I am of over saturation of myself in one creative work of mine over another. This is more an internal foreshadowing since I’m not famous lol. I don’t want to be known for just one thing and have my creative juice and work be saturated in just once space of recognition or creativity. So when I do get over exposed, I want to be able to take a break from whatever is overexposed and let myself navigate different forms and produce creative works on diverse platforms – articles, books, podcast, documentaries, poems. poetry album etc. Over exposure might actually open me up to a huge audience and lend itself to fragmenting my audience in determining who buys into the different platforms I engage on. People who love my book may not necessarily be drawn to my poetry album. I hope I’m making sense… Reply Submit a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.