Artbiz with Dean Bartlett

Mar 3, 2017   //   by admin   //   artbiz, News  //  No Comments


Artbiz explores that middle ground between “art” and “business”. How genuinely creative people manage (or do not manage) to carve out a living doing what they love. How they juggle dayjobs, families, real life, relationships, paying bills and doing their craft/art.

Artbiz plunges the depths of nepotism this time round, with my cousin Dean Bartlett. I identify strongly with Dean as someone who follows his passion while also being a loving dad, caring husband and a reluctant wage slave. Cheers to Dean for talking with us.

Q1 First can you introduce yourself? Who are you? Do you have dependents? Do you have a mortgage? Are you the sole income earner?

Dean Bartlett, I am married have two children, girls, aged 3 and 6. I have a mortgage and I’m the sole income earner.

Q2 What do you do creatively? How long have you been doing it?

I am a gigging musician, bass player, and have been playing for 29 years.   


Q3 If you have one, what’s your day job? How long have had you that?

I work in a factory, blue collar worker, machine operator in a steel factory, been there 11 years.

Q4 What are the benefits of your day job?

I know what time I finish, overtime is optional, it’s not mentally taxing which gives me time to think/daydream.

16244546_10212095335638136_600360123_nQ5 What are the drawbacks of the day job?

I work with zombies, and it can be torturously repetitive.

Q6 Your art/craft is it a hobby/ a side gig/ your dream job/ your full time job?

Side gig and still a dream.

Q7 How much of what you do creatively is dictated by commercial consideration?


Q8 Have you turned down commissions? If so, why?

Yes, usually charity gigs.

16295213_10212095336318153_1169102216_nQ9 Do you have a long term plan? A series of short term plans? Plans, never heard of them?!

No plans I rather stumble through life, in a good way.

Q10 What do you think of your “industry”?

My industry depends on audience, who can become apathetic, but I stay positive that people will always enjoy live music.

Q11 Is there anyone out there that you aspire to be like? Why?

I have heroes but I prefer just to be myself , however always trying to get better.



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