Quitting Your Day Job

Published on Apr 9, 2015

I recently received an email asking for advice on how one quits their day job and starts an independent career in art. It’s a question I get from time to time, and I thought I’d take a moment today and give some advice to people who are thinking about it.

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Be Unique – Be You

I don’t know if I believe in Fate, but I do know when the universe is nudging me in a certain direction. While thinking about today’s blog post for EBSQ I stumbled upon two things: a wonderful calligraphy message from illustrator and designer Fathima Kathrada and a quote by Seth Godin.

Message by Fathima Kathrada

 

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Of course it’s difficult…

Students choose to attend expensive colleges but don’t major in engineering because the courses are killer.

Doing more than the customary amount of customer service is expensive, time-consuming and hard to sustain.

Raising money for short-term urgent projects is easier than finding support for the long, difficult work of changing the culture and the infrastructure.

Finding a new path up the mountain is far more difficult than hiring a sherpa and following the tried and true path. Of course it is. That’s precisely why it’s scarce and valuable.

The word economy comes from the Greek word for scarcity. The only things that are scarce in the world of connection and services and the net are the things that are difficult, and the only things that are valuable are the things that are scarce. When we intentionally seek out the difficult tasks, we’re much more likely to actually create value.

Seth Godin

Both messages essentially say the same thing. Be you. Be unique. I think we all need to be reminded of this from time to time, but artists especially. We are surrounded by other amazing artists and all of us at one time or another have thought, I want to paint like that! But if you want to stand out–make a mark for yourself–you need to be unique. You need to be you.

Friday Five: Words of Wisdom

Kiwi: Polish Pottery LXXXIII by Heather Sims
Kiwi: Polish Pottery LXXXIII by Heather Sims

1. Whether you Make it or Not is Never about Talent by Yuko Shimizu

There are ALWAYS going to be people who are better than you, and that is totally OK. It is an unnecessary distraction you should never focus on.

2. Ten Rules Every Artist Should Live By by Grant Goodwine

The people who don’t give up, no matter what life throws at them, are more likely to make a name for themselves in whichever creative vocation they choose.

3.  Freedom of Sketch by Lauren Panepinto

Freedom of speech is a right that trumps freedom from being offended. Every time.

4. On Managing Time, Insecurities, and the Magic Mirror Gate by Guiseppe Castellano

I don’t know of any artist who wakes up in the morning and says, “Yeah, I’m as good as I want to be.” There will always be room for growth. The key is to keep moving.

 5. “Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” — J.K. Rowling

 

EBSQ Friday Five

Lunga pausa di silenzio by Alessandro Andreuccetti

1. Art Seen: Lunga pausa di silenzio (Long Silence) is a beautiful, dream-like watercolor by Alessandro Andreuccetti. The contrasting colors pulled me in!

2. Artist Guide: PACT published an excellent article this week by Armand Carbrera on copyright – Protecting Copyright.

3. How To: “How to Video Your Art” Part 1: Camera Guide – I know some of you have been wondering!

4. In the News: The Case Against Art Show Entry Fees – Let me know what you think in the comments below!

5. Exhibits: We have two exhibits this month, Naked Trees and Airships. Don’t miss out!

 

EBSQ Friday Five

Zombie Pumpkin by Jordana Hawen

1. Art Seen: This Zombie Pumpkin by Jordana Hawen is soooo creepy cute! He’s on the front page now. Go have a look!

2. Inspiration: EBSQ’s Sherry Key shared a link to Danish artist, Lise Meijer, blog post on how to get unstuck. Her #1 one way is the same as mine: ‘move the body.’ Going for a walk or anything that takes me out of the studio and gets the blood flowing is my best fix for any problem I’m having a with a painting.

3. Artist Guide: Muddy Colors has an excellent post by Greg Ruth titled, The Art and the Artist. The article is a guide for how we present ourselves as creators in this digital age–our online and offline presence and actions.

4. Learning Resources: Tip #116 from Cathy Johnson – Studio in a Backback. This is a must read if you’re planning a holiday and want to bring along some art supplies or if you’re on a mission to capture that hidden watercolor off the beaten trail.

5. In the News: If you’re lucky enough to earn a living from your art, you’re probably white. The thing about racial diversity among working artists in America is that it pretty much doesn’t exist.