The ‘Time Quality Money’ triangle offers you anything good, fast, or cheap. I don’t want to spend any more time dreaming about making art, I want it now (fast) and I want it to be good (quality), this means that it’s going to cost money. This month, Christina Ying (Writer), Amy Thorstenson (Writer/Producer), and I share 9 creative ways we’re financing our art.
1. Quit outsourcing jobs
Every time the newspaper prepared to publish a special edition, our editor became a broken record: “I don’t want no freelancers; I already paid y’all to write.” More contributors meant less profits.
Be like the newspaper, quit outsourcing jobs.
Fire your chef. Amy says, “Learn how to cook. It's not just another fun way to be creative, it’s cheaper than ordering in or going out every night. See if you can't sponge off your mom's CostCo membership.”
Christina says “I also meal plan and cook all of my meals at the beginning of the week for lunch and dinner. This is has saved me a ton of money.”
I get that many of you hate or can’t cook. Still, doing chores really is a great way to be physical, and allow your subconscious to find solutions to the project you’re working on. So be like me, find a partner (or roommate) who will cook for the both of you.
Other jobs to keep in-house: maid, personal trainer, seamstress, hairstylist, etc.
2. Outsource jobs
You can’t do everything yourself. “To bring in the finish date (time), you could spend more in resources (money) to finish the work faster or cut features (scope) so there’s less work to do before the new deadline.” -- The Project Triangle.
Hire a supervisor/accountabilibuddy. An official whip cracker who checks in regularly, ensuring progress is made. A fellow creative may have a better understanding of your challenges -- however, having to overcome these themselves -- may make them enablers. A non-creative may be too profits-oriented, turning them into inhibitors. Regardless, they must play bad cop and call you on your BS.
3. Value your time
Written by Onicia Muller
Miserable at work? Dreaming of Hollywood? Want to escape to a Caribbean island and become a professional street artist? Listen, your current job is NOT holding you back from a creative career. Your nightmarish, soul-crushing desk job could actually be preparing you for the artist’s life. Here are 7 ways to be creative while working a full-time job.
1. GET AND KEEP THE JOB
My career track: editorial / journalism internship, freelance contributor, and finally staff reporter. I was living the dream as a paid writer. I even had health benefits! Problem was, I had severe performance anxiety and experienced several panic attacks. I stuck it out and showed up to work until it was time to start grad school. Working 6 days a week as a crime reporter gave me confidence that I could start and finish my creative projects. I can never again claim to have artists' block. Surviving the fast-paced newsroom life means despite lacking sleep, I can write quality content quickly.
2. BOUNCE BACK FROM FEAR AND FAILURE
Chicago-based improv and sketch comedy artist Laura Bowers says mastering “bounce back” is key to recovering from the rough times. "If you have a bad set you can’t just complain about that set for a month... you just have to get up and pitch another one. I'm working with clients all day long. People are reacting to you differently with every single call. Some people love you. Some people are frustrated. You learn to not take everything personally. Do your task, and move on.”
The nature of habits is that they are formed through repetition. You have to keep taking risks to become comfortable with fear. “I’m very introverted, and I don’t like small talk. This job has trained me [network] and now I do it without thinking,” Laura says. “I dive in, do the small talk, and connect with people. A career in comedy - and a creative career in general - you are advocating for yourself all the time. You have to be good at networking and connecting with other people. [My job] taught me to get over my anxieties.”
A creative with type-a tendencies. I come from a family of artists and entrepreneurs. While I wait for my big screenwriting break, I share my BA in Communication and work experiences to help fellow artists get organized and put more art into the world.
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