It’s so gaddamn liberating to drop out of university & quit your job & move country to pursue an idea or a project. All the hours are yours to focus on your craft. It’s the best dang thing.
But artists & writers & creatives too, gotta eat. And so Dan & I have to get jobs to live and so we can afford to spend time and resources on our crafts. This breaks my head, a little and my heart, a lot.
At first the job hunt was kinda cool. But then it started to hit us how much of our time world be distributed to someone else’s idea that we probably wouldn’t be inlove with. And it takes us back to square one.
We got pretty bummed out about the reality of living as a young creative person who has to work lousy second jobs. But the more we’ve talked about it the more we’ve been able to frame it up for ourselves in a way that doesn’t make us want to buy one way-tickets and live out of our backpacks in mexico or something, idk.
Things to help you not want to cry over your second job:
- GET A SECOND JOB RELATED TO YOUR CRAFT
- STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST – One of our long term projects is to build a cafe around sustainability, upcycling & health. Working in a cafe maybe not so aligned to these values will give ideas on what to do alternatively.
- DO SOMETHING CREATIVE ON YOUR BREAK – Take a notebook to release some creativity on your break. Write down all your ideas & thoughts from your shift.
- FIND A PRODUCTIVITY TIME OUTSIDE OF WORK HOURS TO DO YOUR CRAFT.
- CONNECT WITH YOUR CO-WORKERS & CUSTOMERS – You never know what people are into outside of work or what ideas they have. Conversations. Network.
- ONLY GET PART TIME WORK (if you can afford to).
- IT’S ONLY TEMPORARY (like your existance, so do great things).
That’s it for now folks. Everything sucks, some of the time.
(Artwork credit: Natalie Foss @natillustration)