I'm a teen. I hate admitting it because I've felt like I've been 23 since I turned 11. But yes, I am 16, and I live in Cape Breton. Cape Breton is an alright place to live (sometimes) and while the arts are very prominent here, representation for teen visual artists is severely lacking. If you're an actor, there's the Savoy, the HAT, lots of different drama programs. If you're a singer, the teen music scene is hopping and there's lots of opportunities in school and out of school for you to preform. Dancer? We've got lot's of dance studios all around the island! But visual artists? Maybe through school you get into one very small gallery put on by the school board? But outside of school. Good luck. Luckily, I've created art that appeals to the masses (no matter how emotionally and creatively draining it is for me). I can sell at local craft shows all around the island for $20-$50 dollars a table. And that's only if you don't go insane listening to the same 4 vendors say the same thing to Every. Single. Person. who breathes in their direction. And sometimes, you go to these vendor shows and they're DEAD. You sit there for 4-8 hours trying to make one sale and nothing comes of it, but people around you selling stuff they haven't even spent day and night working their asses off on and they're making two, three times the amount the table cost. And that's what REALLY pisses me off. See, for me, Halifax seems like heaven. Every time I turn around there's something going on there for artists, and even better, stuff for con-artists and comic artists. Except for Capercon and the Island Anime Picnic, there's NOTHING. N O T H I N G. And I HATE that. There's no opportunities for visual artists. Lumiere? Sure. But you better have a great idea and a will to live and a bus-load of money to do that. The occasional CBU art gallery. Minus Lumiere, nothing for visual artists is ever covered on media. I can count on one hand how many times I've seen something for visual artists in Cape Breton on the news. We need to create more opportunities. The geek community, the ridiculous school board (also, a big HATS OFF to them for getting rid of art classes in elementary school). So PLEASE. Commission teen artists, share their work, BUY their work, tell your friends, it takes 3 seconds to comment that you like something and that can make someones entire day. So, thank you for reading. Be excellent to each other.