Making Magic

Scholarship Entrant: Meris from Sarasota, FL
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
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My passion lies both in fine art and illustration. The former is an arena where big questions can be asked, and it incites vital new perspectives on contemporary social issues. Art has always been on the forefront of society, and it has the power to change the direction this world goes in.
Illustration is my way of spreading my passion for art onto younger generations. Beautiful storybooks were the reason I was so excited about art in the first place. Art can make our youth laugh, cry, and sparkle with wonder and excitement about life, and I think a little excitement could do us all some good.
At a time when people so frequently ignore their creative passions for the pursuit of financial stability, it feels like an important step in the right direction to pursue my own as a way of making a living. It’s not nearly as difficult as societal rhetoric makes it out to be. There’s no need to be a ‘starving artist’ if enough research and effort is put into the practical nitty-gritty. I have written and illustrated a children’s book and have begun the extensive publication process. I have shown in fine art galleries across South Florida. If I can continue connecting with others and keep an eye on the workings of the business side of things as I refine my craft and ideas, I have no doubt in my mind that I can support myself solely on the efforts of my creative endeavors.

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