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So I was browsing white dresses for my wedding at Forever 21 with my Mom and friends when a sales clerk walked up and asked if we needed any help. I explained that I was looking for a white dress for my wedding. She said, “You’re just going to wear a white dress?” I said yes and that my wedding is going to be pretty casual. She stared at me for a really long time… An uncomfortably long time. Like this:
I thought she was judging me for shopping for my wedding dress at a regular clothing store instead of going to a bridal boutique. Finally, she said, “That is the smartest thing I have ever heard.” And enthusiastically tried to find a bunch of white dresses in my size for me to try on. It was sooo funny! I seriously thought she was going to start lecturing me.
I didn’t find anything I liked today, but I have a better idea of what I want now. Hopefully I’ll find something on my next dress hunt!
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I hope that helps! :-)
While I don’t want to be the voice of reason that buzzkills your art dreams, the fact is few people can make a full- time living in this business. Fewer still can sustain a long term career in the creative arts.
It’s hard to know when to let something go. Or when to keep pushing through.
A full time art job is hard, scary and can be completely fucking heartbreaking at times. For all the people who want to do this for a living and make it their end-all, be-all ultimate goal- it is probably not the fantasy you are envisioning in your head.
I could go on forever on the harsh, terrifying realities of earning an actual sustainable living doing this but i really don’t feel like reminding myself of how tired, isolated and stressed I am most of the time in order to make it work. I love what i do but…. I’m very, very lucky i got this to be a thing.
A day job is not an art crime, guys.
To be honest, the only reason I don’t have a day job right now is because no one will hire me. I’ve been looking for part time work for the last year to no avail. The job market in my area is very poor and seems to be limited to truck drivers and nurses.
I LOVE making art full time, but I really miss a steady source of income. Some months are good and others are HORRIBLE. Having to decide between feeding my cat and paying the electric bill is not something I would wish upon on anyone.
If you like your day job, rock it! I only left mine because I was being bullied by my manager and co-worker. It was 100% the right thing to do at the time and my self-employment journey has been a life lesson I wouldn’t trade for the world. But seriously…. Don’t be ashamed of your day job. Steady income is a blessing.