How to Be a Good Creative, My Take on Making it as an Artist, Writer or Entrepreneur
How to be a good creative, can take on a number of forms, and as someone who considers myself something of a writer and an entrepreneur at heart, but one who has learned to look at his craft through a more conservative lens, I will tell you that it is much more profitable, and by definition makes you much more likely if you pursue your craft in this manner, than if you say, go all in on your dream when you are flat broke. And so, in this blog post, I am going to walk you through how I keep myself from becoming a starving artist, and of how I always make sure that I am pushing on my conservative career as much as possible, while going after my side businesses in my spare time. Read on or subscribe to our blog for additional details and information.
Among the list of ways that I keep myself going as a well balanced but also passionate creative include the following:
Using a Planner
Using a Consistency Calendar
Writing Every Single Day
Cleaning my Room
Maintaining a Conservative Job
Using the Lean Start-Up Model
Reading Political Biographies
And a host of other tips and tricks. In this blog post, I’ll show you how to be a good creative and how to never be a starving artist, and of why putting your time into a conservative career will actually help your creative glimmers rather than dim them. Read on or subscribe to our blog for additional details and information.
How to Be a Good Creative, Start With the Conservative Career First
So, we’ve established that being a starving artist is….like not a good thing. First of all, it does not lead to you being better at your craft because you are literally starving and are not able to pay your bills, and because you are so anxious all the time from being at the bottom of the dominance hierarchy that it deters you from focusing on your art. Not to mention it throws your schedule out of wack, does not give you time pressure, and is just not worth the struggle of being an artist from the bottom.
What I would recommend in this case, is to choose a conservative career track. Insurance Sales, Finance, Accounting, Programming, Engineering, etc. something that you can get a 9 to 5 at, focus on this as much as humanly possible, and do almost nothing but this for a really long period of time, as much as five years if it takes (check out some tax and insurance licenses you can get to start boosting up your resume) that long to get you there (that’s about how long it took me, give or take a few years to get on the somewhat solid footing that I now have in my 9 to 5). Still work on your art, your writing, your creative business, or whatever your creative desire is in your spare time, but make sure to focus mainly on your career. You need to get up to like at least $45,000 or $50,000 per year in a way that is somewhat consistent, in order to move yourself up the dominance hierarchy, so that you have two ways of making it, either your career works, or your book, artwork, business, etc. takes off.
How to Be a Good Creative, Pursue Your Passion on Nights and Weekends
Fail to do this however, and you seriously have your word cut out for you, and you have a seriously tough journey on your hands. I have gone all in on building a business before, with literally almost 0 in resources (I had like $2,000 and a website making about $4,000 per month in revenue, which was me barely making expenses, and I quit my job and school at the same time to go all in on my business…..it did not end well.) You will now have to use your artwork or your creative endeavors to FINANCE your living expenses…and good luck with that one if they are not already built up. Seriously only a handful of people on the planet ever really make any money with a business endeavor, and if you can do it for a really long time, you can greatly increase your chances of this happening. So what you do is build up a conservative career, and use this money to side hustle your business, working on nights and weekends as much as possible…now lets talk financing your endeavor.
Using the Lean Start-Up Model – Only Invest in Your Craft With the Money You Make out of It
So once you get to the point where you have a stable enough job, you can really start to dig into your side hustle. You now have nights and weekends to focus solely on this without freaking out about living expenses and about having to find a job like RIGHT NOW. This is a huge start, and if you are at this point, the sky is the limit from here. So now what you want to do is get yourself a solid emergency fund, for creatives, something like $30,000 to $50,000 in liquid cash should be your goal in the bank, this will give you enough of a cushion to fall back on should something happen.
Then, as far as throwing cash into your business, you are going to lean start-up model your business. Using the example of a website, say you are making $100 per month, take the $100 per month and throw it back into the website. The next month, if you are investing the funds properly, you should now have more revenue, keep doing this and working really hard on it to snowball your business exponentially. Do this for a total of 80+ hour work weeks for like 5-10 years, and you just might be able to pull this off!
Final Thoughts on How to Be a Good Creative, Why You Never Want to Be a Starving Artist
And that’s my take on being a good creative. Make it a career not a hobby, and boil your creative, fly by night mindset, down to a number of conservative processes, in order to actually make your dream become a reality. I have seen too many creatives that try to be a tapestry artist, or a DJ full-time, and have watched their “dreamer mindset,” instead of a Sigma Grindset, absolutely crush them. They think that they should go all in on DJing, when if they went all in on software or accounting, and did DJing on the side, they could indeed get good enough to be a DJ in reality, there’s no free lunch and everything takes persistence and hard work, sometimes creatives forget that. For more information on all things business, read on or subscribe to our blog for additional details and information.
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