"why don’t you just quit your job?"
Someone had reposted my recent commissions post and made a comment inquiring why I don’t just quit my job to do art full time. I’m sure there was no slight intended, hell it was probably complimentary, but this comes up from time to time. The short answer is this: "because i’m an adult with debt & responsibilities who realizes walking away from 40k a year job to doodle for others is selfish". I’ve never understood how steady income, insurance, etc is seen as failure. Chase dreams but sleep comfortable I say. The fuller answer tho I think is worth a share, so if yer curious read on for
THE ECONOMIC REALITIES OF BEING AN ARTIST IN THE YEAR AFTER THE YEAR OF LUIGI ACCORDING TO RUSTY after this here jump
This is such a good read. The part about being able to create stress-free really hit home. Before I went freelance full-time, I was much more productive creatively, in comics, art, writing and music. Now, I only produce what I can get paid for. I’m not complaining, but it’s reinforcement for what @tabletopfetus is saying here.
SO MUCH THIS!!!
I cringe every time I hear a girl or woman retreat into the dungeon of self-effacement when someone compliments them on their work! Own what you make! Be proud! Be loud! Take credit for your awesomeness!
I grew up proud of my writing, probably because I had a mom who always told me what I wrote was the shit. The proudest mom, always and forever.
So I always say thank you, and I never question a compliment about my work. I do, however, question compliments about my outfits sometimes, mostly because I know whatever I’m wearing was probably on the floor of my closet twenty minutes before.
I have certain friends (and you know who you are) who have this lack of confidence in their writing. And to those talented ladies, I say this: PUT IT OUT THERE.