I've come across this interesting theory or rather beliefs that are shared across those people trying to do creative living while still paying the bills. This is the links of the original blog.
On its simple description:
The creative person basically has two kinds of jobs: One is the sexy, creative kind. Second is the kind that pays the bills. Sometimes the task at hand covers both bases, but not often. This tense duality will always play center stage. It will never be transcended.
When I further check different links I found out that it was part of the book Ignore Everybody by Hugh MacLeod.
I know a lot of people(including me) wish they could do fulltime on the things that enjoy doing—aka creative living or maybe entrepreneurship and working on your own product(sex) and at the same time, my work would help them to sustain their bills(cash).
I found a relief that at the beginning, it's okay not to force yourself to work on your own thing full time since it will take time before your product helps you financially. And just do it on the side while you have a full-time job so that you will not put too much burden on your art or any creative living you have.
This is somewhat similar advice that I've got from the book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear: Elizabeth Gilbert. One thing that I remember about her book is that goes like this:
"..It's okay to keep your day job while you are working on your creative works on the side. Since you don't want to put too much burden on your creative side.". Even if one of her novels took off, she still keeps her day job.
It was oppositive advice with the motivational speaker and entrepreneurship guru on the internet that always saying:
- "Do it now"
- "You only live once",
- "There is no tomorrow"
and the media's story about entrepreneurship where "founders survive on nothing but ramen for years then suddenly become billionaires" is deceptive.
There point is to quit your job you hate now and start working on your own. I realized it was really freaking dangerous advice (although I strongly hold this belief before I realized it was bad advice since it doesn't assess what's your current situation.).
In short: It's okay to keep your work that pays the bill even though it's not that sexy while you work on your creative sides. It might not be sexy and plausible decisions but it will help to sustain your creative sides for a long journey.
How about you? What's the strategy that you have in your sleeves to keep you afloat while working on your own thing?