Join the Conversation! My Question Answered on Rebel Creative Episode 5
My good friend, Deane Ogden, along with his partner-in-crime, Scott Haskin, have started a new project this year called Rebel Creative, answering questions submitted by listeners on every subject under the sun related to being a professional creative, be it music, writing, art, photography, dance, popsicle stick street pop art sculpture interpretive poetry, or whatever it is you do. I was really excited to have my question answered in Episode 5 last week: "How do I transition our of my day job for my artistic career?" This has been a huge source of frustration for me over the last few months as the number of jobs that have come my way have suddenly started to snowball and I experience an increasing conflict between needing to meet creative deadlines and needing to get to that day job to put food on the table. A lot of people suggest throwing caution to the wind and quitting right away in order to use the pressure of poverty to propel oneself into success, and claim that keeping the day job only hinders any potential of success. But this isn't a tenable solution for me as I have a family to feed. Turns out, this isn't the only way to success, and not always the best way, either. Of course, your mileage may vary, but there are definitely many paths one can take.
Deane's answers to this problem were really thought-provoking and really helped me change my perspective on my current situation to turn what seems like a formidable obstacle into a highly useful resource that will help me succeed. Knowing that I don't have to throw myself into the abyss of uncertainty in order to succeed in my creative career, and can instead take the time to focus on the projects that will best move me towards my goal while still keep my family fed and warm is really encouraging. In fact, it may work to my advantage, since time management is key when there are only so many hours outside of the 9-5 to finish those creative jobs, and that in and of itself becomes an incentive to really focus and be selective about what I choose to take on. I long ago surpassed the phase of feeling the need to take every single project that came my way, and I feel that taking that on again in order to keep a roof over my head would be a step in the wrong direction.
I've been really excited about Rebel Creative ever since I first heard about it. I think it's going to be an invaluable resource to professional artists and I highly encourage everyone to go check it out!
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