Things that are different from the norm, take time to be loved. If an idea is new, weird, controversial, our human nature encourages us to reject it. Understanding new things requires effort, and bravery.

It takes years for eventually  famous  artists to reach notoriety. The public fails at spotting genius in unknown things. And it’s up to art critics, art critics and magazines to put a spotlight on artists.

Are we just afraid on new things? Or just that our choice wouldn’t be approved by other?

Artists become billionaires from one day to the other. One day their art is worth just as much the canvas it’s painted on, and the one after its worth millions.

That’s what happened to Roy Liechtenstein. It took him 20 years to achieve fame, and it all happened overnight. As the American art critic Robert Rosenblum once pronounced: “For most of the world Lichtenstein was born at the Leo Castelli Gallery in Feb-March 1962.

But he wasn’t hiding anywhere. It took just a gallery to believe in him. The rest is history. 


Star Rating Sought: 1 Star ★ - Status: Pending 

Project Description: (Objective & Outcome)

Objective: For this assignment, I had to interview a professional in my field of study and create a podcast. The criteria for the podcast was for it to be at least two and no more than five minutes in length. My video is 5:07 minutes long. The podcast transcript is available as well. I was also allowed to ask my own questions. Below were the mandatory questions I asked:

  • What do you see as the role of the visual arts in society today, particularly in your profession?
  • New communications and media technologies make imagery almost instantly available. Do you believe that this is having a positive or negative influence on your field/ industry (provide an example)?
  • What popular images do you see that are frequently repeated throughout your industry?
  • Who is one of your favorite visual artists, and/or what is your favorite style of visual art?
  • How has your knowledge of famous artworks influenced your creative process?

Outcome: I received insight on this professional’s thoughts on visual arts. My guest was CT Fox News reporter, Crystal Hall. 


 Feedback Received:

Instructor Feedback: “Martine - Nice work on this! I liked the introduction to your podcast and the way you creatively formatted your podcast. Thank you for giving some background information on Crystal. She is right to note the power of images when it comes to how we see the world, this is especially true when it comes to news reporting. I think that Crystal is right to note that learning about and looking at artworks is a great source of inspiration for anyone working in a creative discipline. Your project was very professional.” - Lauren Branzei, Art History Course Instructor

Peer Feedback: ”I really enjoyed your interview podcast! Ms. Hall’s story is very interesting and that is clear in your video. I love that you made it a conversation. The fact that we can hear the background noise of the cafe gives us (the viewer) the feeling that we are part of the interview. I also thought your idea to name it Podcast Episode 1 and pointing out there will be others to follow was clever!” - Rosanna V. 

Resources Utilized:


  • MacBook Pro
  • Sanson Go Mic
  • Panera Bread Cafe Booth


  • Microsoft Word
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Audition
  • Adobe Premiere Pro


Team Members and Roles

Martine St. Hilaire – Interviewer/Podcast Producer

Crystal Hall - Interviewee

In 2010 my and a dear friend of mine , @ivbentaqiy / @ivbentaqiyart and I put together a #artshow to showcase some of our life’s work - every since then he has grow tremendously in the #artindustry , do to my prior obligation to @thedntnbrand I have focused more on the #fashion it’s self .. Missing the very piece that is the reason for me starting a #clothinglabel I’ve decided to take another stab at expressing and sharing my pure #visualart skill with the world - for and upcoming #SOLO #ArtShow this #Fall , stay tuned for me info. And check out some work at


From a very early age I knew I had to be in career that dealt with the arts. I could not and would not have it any other way. I recall asking my Dad, “If I went to university for arts, would you get mad at me?” and I remember him clearly saying “No, I just want you to be happy with what you are doing and to able to survive on your own, and if that means you have to work at mcdonald’s to do that, then you have to accept that.” and I answered “I do.” That was that to the conversation, and he nor my mom ever questioned me going into arts. 

I know for a fact that I have been blessed with parents who are extremely accepting of the fact that I want to be a part of the arts community. For this, I will always be thankful.
I also know that I am not motivated enough to push to be an artist. 
I prefer more of the structured behind the scene stuff that makes things happen for artists. This is why I worked my ass off to get into arts management.

Flexibility. This is one of the major reasons why I love my program. I am not limited to working in the arts community. Most university degrees have this characteristic, but what I find so special about mine is that you don’t have to sacrifice passion for money, especially speaking from the perspective of someone who is in love with the arts. 

For many, the idea of a career in the arts is a gamble, which in a sense it is. For instance if you are a freelance artist and you don’t push for work enough, you lose. But honestly, it might be your own damn fault if that happens. What I tend to notice is that some parents are completely ignorant to how the arts industry functions, thus the prejudice. However, ignorance can be fixed with education.

It is understandable that many do not know about the inner workings of the arts industry, much less arts management. It’s not a heavily advertised or even known in comparison to other careers and programs like management, business, doctors, or NURSING. However, I do not understand why you would not want your child to get a university degree, especially when they are so passionate about the program.  I do not understand why as a parent you would tear them down when they struggled to tell you that they wanted to purse a higher degree of education in a program that is much more flexible, and highly regarded than a college diploma. I struggle to understand how a parent will be so stubborn, especially when their child is trying to educate and inform them about what they are suggesting, but the parent will simply refuse to listen. It will always surprise me when a parent will be so unsupportive of their child when that very child had sacrificed what they loved to make that very unsupportive parent happy by going into a program that they hated. 

Everything that I had previously said may not seem like my business but it is. Everything these parents have said about the arts community, especially about how the arts is dead-end, is not only hurtful to my friend but incredibly offensive to anyone who is in the arts or is in a program that relates to the arts. Most of Canada’s GDP is supported by the arts, and the arts and culture industry alone offers 1 million jobs to Canadians. I could go on about how the arts is not a “useless” as they think, but that would be a full paper or two.

…to sum it up, I’m mad >:(

(also, how is it that my friend’s younger sister who is doing what I am in school for, is acceptable, but for me and my friend it is extremely frowned upon though we’ll get a degree in the end. someone please how this works)