This week I found a new podcast that, while it isn't directly aimed at artists, is definitely relevant to unpacking the psychology and mythology around money. "Bad with Money" tackles all of the layers of anxiety, guilt, confusion, and fear that characterize how many of us experience money.
Episode 2 talks about the fascinating idea of "money scripts" - those beliefs and habits about dealing with money that we learn from our family. Example money scripts include: money is morally wrong, I don't deserve money, there will always be enough money, I deserve an expensive treat because I worked hard. These scripts can be productive or destructive, but, because they're often unconscious, they often contradict our rational minds, and can be really hard to change.
What "money scripts" do we artists learn from our peers, professors, mentors, models? Which ones are productive and which are destructive?
Listen to Bad with Money here:
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