From freelance writer, blogger and generally creative person Kelly Diels:
You know this drumbeat: Ditch your job. It’s a prison. It’s shackling your artistic impulses.
Well my trumpet has a clarion call answer to that:
IF your job IS a prison and it’s killing you, then by all means ditch it. Just have a way to eat. Starving won’t serve your art.
Sometimes it is better to quit. Better to exit the profession that’s killing you and find a temporary gig that’ll keep the bills paid while your Real Career begins to blossom. Better to paint all day and sling beer in a bar on Friday nights than serve time five days a week as a ___________.
Having a day job, having an interim career – or a decades-long one – that keeps you fed and clothed and watered and well WILL serve your art if you let it. I find freedom in security. I created a business and grew my skills as an artist while working five days a week in an office job. And knowing that each month my bills were paid (and then some) is what allowed me the freedom to create. It also allowed me to buy books and tools and courses and coaching and childcare.
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So: you don’t have to quit your day job to be an artist or an entrepreneur. You can do both or all three until someone in the threesome demands more – and offers more.
Offering more, and being more is an answer. Doing more just to do more is not.
Contradictory, yes? Perhaps even paradoxical, since I just said, do more. Do your day job and your art and your business all at once.
Link to the rest at Cleavage
Thanks to asrai for the tip.