Ever find an activity you absolutely can’t go without indulging in, but don’t know how family or friends might react?
In my case, writing (and art in general) has remained a ‘hobby’ in the eyes of my family, all of whom work in the IT and education arenas. The often-heard question: “Can you ever really make a living off that?” as well as the statement: “That’s a nice hobby” have become commonplace from family, friends and coworkers alike.
Now while there are plenty of authors, musicians and other artists who do make a living off their work, it’s perfectly fine to indulge in your creativity with abandon while keeping it as a secondary gig, so long as you leave “business hours” for your day job to pay the bills. As a cyber security engineer who both loves my day job and role as an author, I lucked out – and yet, I wouldn’t be honest if I said I wouldn’t rather be a full-time author. The call to create art is real, and it should never be ignored.
I want to hear from you – how many of you write or create another type of art full-time and those who have a day job, what is it and would you choose to swap it out for your art, if given the chance?
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I wrote at night for years while I worked a day job. Now that I’m retired, I can write as much as I want and I just released my 6th book!
Wow, six books! What inspiring initiative! Makes me long for retirement already, too.