How To Be An Artist Without Losing Your Mind? You might have read this title and thought one of two things. One. I’m not an artist so isn’t for me. Or two. I’m artist and this is exactly what I’ve been looking for! Either way if you have any side business or dreams for the future this is in fact is for you. You are an artist, a creative person, aka an entrepreneur.
I’m came across this little neon book in the library by JoAnneh Nagler. The full title being How To Be Artist Without Losing Your Mind, Your Shirt, or Your Creative Compass. It’s all about how how to balance you day job with your dream job while keeping your finances in check. JoAnneh talks about whatever field of art you are in that it is important for you and everyone else.
“The point of artistry is to get it out of our head and heart and into the world.”
The Gift of A Day Job
Ever had a day off and have all these things planned and done nothing? Imagine that every single day. That’s what a lot of us would probably end of doing with that much free time. Nothing. Not for lack of wanting or meaning to. It’s just that it often doesn’t happen that way. JoAnneh talks about how our day job imposes a schedule on us forcing to do the things that we really want to do before or after. Basically until we master our time overall, we aren’t ready for free days everyday!
Your Second Job
We wouldn’t show up to our job and check email, YouTube, Instagram for five hours. Well the same goes for our dreams and businesses that we’re working on. Just because we’re not getting an hourly or salary wage right now, doesn’t mean it’s any less important. In the end it will probably end up being far more valuable to us and our future if we stick to doing it.
The Struggling Artist
Lots of people think that unless you are the top in your field and making hundreds of thousands or million then you might not be doing so great. A generalised stereotype of an artist. Neal Aronowitz said in our interview “I have no desire to be a struggling artist.” I don’t think any of us do. Jon Shaw also mentions how he built his way until he was able to do his painting fulltime. Balancing our job and our art gives us some peace of mind until we reach that fork in the road. Just make sure you’re saving along the way!
JoAnneh Nagler gives some really practical tips on showing up for yourself and your art! Your creation whatever that might be. She also makes a point on not getting down on yourself because you’re not doing your art full time. There is no rule that says that this is how an artist should work. An artist is artist regardless!