Hi everyone! I'm looking for advice on something that's only a little bit art-related. I'm sorry if this doesn't have a place in this forum, in which case, just tell me to remove it.
Here's a short backstory:
I've been coming to this forum off and on for the past half year or so. Once in a while I've commented and uploaded pictures, but as soon as anyone comments back I get nervous and leave the site.
Sorry to the people I left hanging.
This communication issue that I have, it's because I'm autistic. (not the extraordinarily talented kind, unfortunately)
For y'all who don't know what that is, it basically means that my brain developed differently and now I'm great at detail attention and focus, but I struggle with connecting and communicating with other humans. I've gotten better though, since illustration has taught me how to read body language and facial expressions. I can even use emojis now!
Now to my problem:
I've been contemplating for a long time whether or not to disclose of my autism on social media. That is, the social media I use to promote my art.
I want to ask both other artists and other autistics (they have their own forums) for their opinions. Maybe some of you guys are autistic as well, in which case, your opinions would be extra valuable.
My biggest reason for wanting to "come out" is that autism awareness is (obviously) a very important cause to me. I would hope to spread awareness through paintings and comics, and maybe I could even encourage other autistic people to pursue an art-career, and show that it's possible, even with the social handicap. I think that the more of us (the autistics) that can be open about it online, and sharing information, the more prejudice we can erase, and gain more understanding and acceptance from the world around us.
Now that's a big reason not to tell anyone about it. That there are so much prejudice on autism. I've had good relationships with people that, as soon as I told them I'm autistic, suddenly went to great lengths to avoid me.
I'm afraid that if I come out, I might lose clients or be sorted out from job opportunities because of my condition. That no matter how much effort I put into every project, the autism-label will outshine it all.
I would suspect that a few people would get more understanding of my social errors, and there is a small possibility that I get subjected to hatred from anti-vaxxers. Though I have no idea how many potential clients would back off at the sight of the word "autistic".
What do you guys think? Do you think clients would discard me if they knew about my condition? Would you?
Would you risk losing clients for a cause that's important to you?
I really don't know which way to go here.
Sorry this became so long. Thank you if you managed to read through it all, and if you have an opinion on the matter, thank you even more!
Happy monday y'all!