[More thoughts from The Book Of The Ignored etc.]


When you’re just starting out, the big issue is finding enough time to make your art, while still holding down the day job (bartending, waiting tables, working 9-5 in an office etc).

But when you finally great established and start selling your work, then you have a different problem: you still have bills to pay, yet your work still takes *forever* to make.

Your landlord doesn’t care how long it takes. Neither does the bank. Neither does the IRS. Neither does the client who wants it all done by Tuesday.

And the more successful you get, the more people there are, lining up to make demands on you. And because you don’t know how long this good fortune is going to last, it’s hard to say “no” to people.

The trick is to pace yourself, or course. Gunning it at 110% looks sexy at first, but after a few years this will literally start to kill you. This is why so many rock bands crash and burn after only a couple of albums. The full-on, rock star lifestyle just isn’t that healthy or sustainable.

If only artists had more time (to make rent, to finish the project, to do other non-art things, to recharge their batteries etc), our lives would be perfect. Alas.

The big issue of being an artist isn’t the money, it’s time.

This reality will never go away, this will always find a way to bite you in the backside, regardless of how well you succeed, regardless of how badly you fail. Just be ready for it.