From the book “My Name is Mark” by Mark Ulriksen.
I am ever fascinated/inspired by people who get into art “later in life,” say after another career, as Mark Ulriksen describes in this short book. Of course, the bravery of those who go with their instincts/follow their creative dreams/ignore parental or other warnings/etc. from the get-go is admirable. But the stories of realizing the NEED to make art and having the courage to, more or less, jump ship and embrace some completely different (and potentially very risky) life course just touch my soul, to put it dramatically.