I know I’m not the only one who has been depressed on repeat because I haven’t been able to swing the location-independent freelancing, content-creating lifestyle–so I know I’m not the only one feeling some relief reading all these posts that have been popping up about how it is really hard–like, financially, physically, etc–to quit your paid work in a brick-and-mortar location to put yourself at the mercy of your talents and your clients.
And how if you don’t have or can’t acquire some capital to float you through the beginning or lean times in the future, you might never be able to make that leap.
And how if you don’t ever make the jump, you aren’t a failure. Everybody’s gotta eat, even some of us who are compelled to create.
Also I always never really grasped how some people make a living telling other people they could become bloggers who tell other people how to make a living become bloggers who tell other people how to make a living becomebloggershowtellotherpeoplehowtomakealivingmakealivingmakealiving…
That’s why this blog is called Amateur Vagrant and not Professional Vagrant.
Here are some links that might make you feel better about yourself if you’re feeling trapped because you’ve been convinced doing anything but your art or being anywhere but the beach makes you a failure.
Nah, man, it just makes you a multi-dimensional human.
Real Artists Have Day Jobs
Before there was a book, there was this post to tell you that if you are compelled to make art, you are an artist, even if you need to have a side gig to pay your bills.
Quitting Your Job to Pursue Your Passion is Bullshit
“Quitting your job to pursue your passion is bullshit. This messaging is only beneficial for privileged people and very dangerous for working class people.
The statement alone reeks of privilege. It confirms you had a full-time job to begin with. It confirms you had time to develop a passion (that you can capitalize off of, enough to meet your cost of living). It confirms you had the option to pursue something different because you feel like it. There are more challenges to being self-employed than just mental perseverance and grit. We are predatorily luring working class people into an entrepreneur lifestyle as the answer to living a meaningful life and loads of money. It’s the new American Dream.”
3 Compelling reasons why it’s not a good idea to quit your day job
Are you an aspiring entrepreneur? Don’t jump the gun and give up your paycheck before your baby business is strong enough to support you. Your day job
1. Gives you money.
2. Gives you time (in the form of money).
3. Keeps you sane (because you don’t have to worry so much about money).
And here you can eavesdrop on a conversation with two of my wisest friends:
A: I think all the stuff we read about quitting our day jobs leaves us with the impression that were not supposed to be content doing what we’re doing. If you’re happy teaching and writing at home, that’s okay. It’s actually great!
B: I remember reading a piece geared at photographers saying, basically, you can’t be an artist and a professional photographer at the same time. Because as a professional you’re stuck doing photo shoots to the specifications of clients. And that you’re better off as an amateur who can afford to take risks and play around with your style, etc. I think the same holds true for writing.
Me: I’ve been coming to that conclusion, slowly. I actually remember you talking about your dad before and his reasons for not baking pies full-time. And at the time, that made no sense to me. But I realize now I could probably be and could have been a freelance travel writer and like write for content mills, etc. But I know I really don’t want to do that so I haven’t explored that area much. And I realized like man, if I wanted to make ends meet as a freelance writer, that would be so much of what I had to do. And then what you said about your dad came back to me and I understood where he was coming from. He wants to bake pies, not run a business. That makes so much sense.
B: That said, I would still love to open a barbecue stand in Munich and drink beer all day.
Me: Dude, I wouldn’t even mind that gig and I know nothing about barbecue or beer.
B: Maybe that’s the key: Quit your job to do something you’re a little ambivalent about but that sounds fun. A way longer title for an article.