Succeeding in an artistic field can seem nearly impossible.
Why shouldn’t it? Society consistently paints a reality where the only way to succeed in art is through chance or by some bizarre miracle that suddenly makes the individual unbelievably famous and successful.
I write books for a living, and I’d like to act as proof that you don’t have to wait on a miracle, and more importantly, that success is what you make it out to be.
The movies almost always get it wrong.
The coffee intake levels are probably appropriate in most films, but that’s about as realistic as it gets when it comes to making a living as a writer.
I’m not here to tell you to quit your job and chase your passion.
Of course, if you have the financial ability to do that, by all means.
What I’m here to tell you is that you don’t have to quit your day job to make art. We love to push this idea of it being impossible to make art or write books without throwing away your crummy old day job and just flat-out pursuing it.
That isn’t always possible, but it also isn’t necessary.
Your job in life is to find what you’re passionate about. That might be one thing, and it might be a lot of things. My advice to you is to find something that speaks to who you are as a person and pursue it under any circumstances.
This does not mean quitting your day job to write a book, although it can.
When I say find it and pursue it, I mean you find something that you love and you do it regardless of what you think might be standing in your way. I’m talking about your crappy day job. I’m talking about the kids. I’m talking about the laundry that needs doing.
All of it.
Life is always going to be there. There will always be something that you need to do, something that you feel might be a more “practical” use of your time, but at the end of the day, you need to commit to your passions.
If you want to know the difference between wanting to be a writer and being one, it’s the commitment.
The chance that someone is going to knock on your door and offer to pay you to pursue your passions is probably pretty unlikely, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t pursue them.
All that it means is that you have to be willing to put in the hard work. The hard work isn’t always going to be spending the hours writing your story, but rather working all day, making dinner, feeding the pets, and then spending the hours to write your story.
It’s hard, but it’s the only way that you’re going to get better, and getting better at your craft is the best thing that you can do for a future career.
At the end of the day, my advice is to pursue your craft and pursue it hard. Get better. Make your art. Do your thing.
Get out there, do your best, and then share it with us.
I can’t wait to see what you make.