This 2010 video is called Australian artists still struggling.
From the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia:
A Griffith University study found Australia’s creative types have levels of anxiety, tension and insomnia well in excess of the general population.
Headaches, muscular and back pain and skin problems also dogged the painters, musicians, dancers and film makers in much greater numbers. …
The questionnaire study found about 25 per cent suffered headaches and muscular and lower back pain, and about 15 per cent had insomnia, hayfever, indigestion and skin complaints.
But more alarming were results showing that almost half, 48 per cent, suffered from anxiety-related symptoms – more than 10 times the general population.
Economic instability, poor working conditions, low incomes, irregular work and lack of professional recognition all contributed to their poor health.
The recently published Falling Through the Gaps: Our artists’ health and welfare, by Dr Mark Williams, starkly exposes the worsening social conditions facing the overwhelming majority of performing artists and technical support workers in Australian theatre, radio, television and film. The small book is one of Currency House’s Platform Papers quarterly essays: here.
The death of worker and artist Marvin Franklin in New York City: here.