I come across articles from time to time that outline the day jobs of famous creatives, which I always find to be fascinating. Who were the people just like me, struggling to pursue their creative dreams with all seriousness while trying to balance artistic and, perhaps, familial needs? This morning I came across this article about the day jobs of six famous writers. It gave me hope that perhaps hope is not lost because I (still) have a day job. It reminded me that despite not relying on the arts as my main source of income, I can and should maintain focus and motivation. Perhaps this was an unintended consequence of the author’s who might have simply been sharing some interesting facts about our favorite writers and honor them on Labor Day, but it helped me get through my day-job morning.
What is your day job?
How do you balance your day job with completing your creative work? The latter, something that artist, Jeremy Willis, referred to as “unrequited labor,” on a recent Facebook post:
Been thinking a lot about labor this labor day. There is the labor that we all have to do to pay the rent, which is often a drag. And then there is the labor we do because we want to. The unrequited labor. Theater, art, music, poetry: the things that our culture no longer rewards financially … .
I think he makes some good points. Do you agree?
What is your artist story? We are seeking written or video submissions for our upcoming online library, a social justice project, and would love to hear from you.
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