Advice to a young artist

(I wrote this to a former student and musician who posted on FB a cool bit of music video of him playing a work in progress. He called it “trash” and, well …. This happened.)

Stop calling your contributions to the world “trash”. War is trash. Pollution is trash. Rape is trash. Overpricing is trash. Ripping people off, whether by gun or pen, that is trash. Lying to people for political purposes or personal gain is trash. 

Coming up with a melody and putting it out into the world is not trash. Creating a pleasant sound or sight or story is not trash. Art is not trash, it is a gift offered to the world, and each of us are allowed to take what touches us as we wish. 

Art is love, my friend, and love is never trash.


About chrisryanwrites

My name is Christopher Ryan. I am a former award-winning journalist turned high school teacher, and I have written since reading S.E. Hinton's THE OUTSIDERS when I was in elementary school. I have independently published an award-winning debut novel, CITY OF WOE, plus the prequel short story collection CITY OF SIN, the sequel novel CITY OF PAIN, a high school thriller novel GENIUS HIGH, and several high adventure novelettes for the Rapid Reads series featuring Alex Simmons' African-American adventurer BLACKJACK All are available via, as is my children's book, THE FERGUSON FILES - THE MYSTERY SPOT. Additionally, I was nominated for a supporting actor award for my work in the multiple award-winning independent film, CLANDESTINE, from Feenix Films. I blog about writing, life, pop culture, the journey of learning to promote my independently published work, my efforts to secure a traditional publishing contract, and my career as a teacher.
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