November 18, 2021

Supporting a Fledgling Career in the Arts

It is the dearest ambition of so many creatives to shed the responsibilities of their current jobs and hurl themselves into a career in the arts. However, for many this dream is far from possible and completely unsustainable on its own. This shouldn’t discourage the pursuit of a career in the arts, however, as there are other ways to support yourself as you chase a satisfying career in the arts.

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Working in the Arts

Historically, artistic fields are some of the most renowned and respected in the world, and they are also some of the historically least lucrative areas you can get into. In fact, often even the most renowned artists were dead broke during their own time. That didn’t stop them from chasing their careers in the arts, and neither should it stop you. Passion can lead you to incredible things, but only if you let it.

There are some important points to getting started in the arts. Regardless of whether you are trying to become an artist, a writer, a musician, or anything else, you will need to begin building an audience. A group of people who will support your creations and follow your progress. This is where your career as a practitioner of the arts begins.

Working Freelance

In order to help support your artistic endeavors, you are going to have to work to bring in an income in the early days. After all, you can hardly create art if you cannot put food on the table, let alone purchase any supplies you might need.

Work Away From Your Art. One of the best pieces of advice you will ever hear is to work away from your art form. Look into courier jobs, ask around at bars, inquire about becoming a receptionist. The idea is to find work that doesn’t drain your creative ability, and instead allows you to work, finish, and leave it behind. You don’t want a job that follows you home either.

Keep Up the Hustle. It can be difficult, attempting to start a career in the arts even while you are working another job to keep the money flowing in, but it will be worth it once you have made your start. Dedication and persistence are key to almost any field. You have to be willing to keep pushing, keep working at your art until you don’t need to work on anything else, and then keep working on your art.

Living Frugally

Finally, one of the best things you can do to help yourself during this time is to live as frugally as you possibly can. Spend as little as you can, so you can keep your paid work to a minimum and focus on your craft.

Make Sure to Save. However, you absolutely need to be certain to save some of the money you are earning too. You never know when you are going to fall on hard times, and the last thing you want is to lose your job and find yourself without any reasonable recourse. So, save. You won’t regret it.

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