As artists, it’s always a dream of ours to do our craft for a living, however for many of us, it doesn’t always end up that way. For those of you who have been following my blog, you’ll know that I’ve had struggles with finding and keeping a job for a length of time. This is usually due to the fact that I’m only in a temporary position or the job didn’t work out.
But I recently got a new part-time job that works with my schedule! Now, I’m not going to lie, I was super nervous the first day, in fact, I felt really sad when I got home. Before you ask, no it wasn’t the job’s fault. I’ve actually grown to love what I do. I was sad, simply because I was feeling the weight of balancing two jobs. One which paid me weekly and the other which paid per Comic-Con or event.
At this point, I had been out of work for a year and was solely focusing on my writing, so taking on a new “project” was daunting, to say the least.
The next day, my mind did a complete 180! Somehow sleeping on this minor issue gave me a whole new perspective on my situation. I started to analyze my “balancing act” a bit more and realized that this new 9-5 job was actually a really good thing. Not because I was getting a steady paycheck, but it would also provide a break in between writing. This wasn’t the only “pro” to my new job. It would allow me the weekends to focus on my writing—it gave me the opportunity to manage my time better.
Here’s how I see it. I go to work, Monday-Friday and while I’m working, I can have in the back of my mind what I want to get done on the weekend. Doing this for five days gave me a clearer vision for my book goals! And let me tell you, if I didn’t have this new job, I wouldn’t have been as organized.
Sometimes opportunities come into our lives that, at first, seem impossible to take on or balance. That’s if we look at the BIG picture. As artists, that’s practically all we look at. We see ourselves on the red carpet or our own art gallery…or some big shot in the future. That’s totally natural! But, once in a grand old while, it’s best if we just sit back, analyze our situation, and list all the pros rather than the cons.