You Can't Make Money Doing THAT! | Creative Ravens | Maryland Small Business Blog



You Can't Make Money Doing THAT! | Creative Ravens | Maryland Small Business Blog


Have you ever heard the discouraging words "You Can't Make Money Doing THAT!" after proudly proclaiming the plans you have in store for your future? If you're an artist, I'm sure that somebody at some point in time has said that to you with sheer confidence. They may have even appeared to take a hint of joy in it. Perhaps this never happened to you, but what about this...

Have you every felt guilty about wanting to make money from your art? If it wasn't something that you felt internally, has anyone ever guilt-tripped you for wanting to make money? Did they tell you that "it shouldn't be about the money. It should only be about the art itself"? Something along those lines?

Or, did you ever doubt yourself? Have you ever felt like you weren't good enough to make money while honing your craft? That you needed to charge well below what others in your industry charge (which has proven to be quite detrimental to many industries), or to not charge anything at all because you're still learning? Have you sabotaged your own success out of fear of failure?

My friends, we are here to tell you (and ourselves) to cut that crap out, and to stop listening to the ill-advised, unsolicited advice of those who may shoot you down before you ever even try! As cliche as it might sound, life is entirely too short not to at least put some solid effort into your dreams. As artists, we're often questioned about what we're going to do if following this dream of ours doesn't work out. To some people, it's smarter to have a Plan B to your Plan A: "Something to fall back on if things don't work out". Working a steady job in order to pay the bills comes first before following some dream that may or may not come to fruition.


And to that I say....you could also do it your way.

Obviously, you have to be smart about it. No one is suggesting that you just up and quit your day job, jump in your car, move to another state and sort of just "figure it out" (although this has been successful for a choice few). But your your passion should always be your main focus. People can throw out suggestions all they want, but no on should be in control of your future...of your destiny. Be willing to sacrifice what you have to in order to put all your blood, sweat, and tears into your work, and you will be successful, and not just financially.

It's not an easy road... but ask yourself this: Which one sounds better - creating your butt off, saving your money, doing it your way, and pushing your art as hard as you can for a few years, eventually reaching success you never imagined...or settling for having a regular job that's unrelated to your passion (and most likely unrelated to that college degree you were told to get many moons ago) and that you can't afford to leave, which also doesn't really allow you to express yourself creatively...all because you listened to someone who is not an artist tell you that there's no money in art? Think about it. Do you have any inspiration advice as an artist to offer to fellow artists? Feel free to leave them in the comments. Someone may need to read your words today!

Comments

  1. I love the idea of getting back to our creative juices and making money. Nowadays the idea of working for others is less and less like an option. Great points made, i definitely see myself making money in something I enjoy doing.

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  2. Love this so much! We need to be encouraging people to follow their dreams and stop being afraid to demand what they deserve. My advice is to be confident, research the market, and then charge your worth.

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  3. I am definitely on the conservative side of keeping my stead job until I prove I could make money doing something else. I tend to look at things that have the potential to provide full time income and treat them like side hobbies because I'm fearful that they couldn't be as profitable as my "real" job.

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  4. The majority of people I come across are stuck in a job they hate so why not do what you love if you can make money doing it! I'm all for it. I love hearing when creative people succeed

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  5. This! I love this post. I can completely relate as this is what I am finding myself doing in life as we speak. I've decided to put more focus on my personal goals and passions and simply run with it! This was a great refresher on why I am doing what I am doing!

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  6. I guess 'pushing your art as hard as you can for a few years, eventually reaching success you never imagined' should be the dream of every creator..But only very few can make t a living out of heir passion.. A great and thought provoking post!

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  7. Very inspiring! And totally agree. More people should follow their passion in whatever field they go into and not just accept a “job.” Well said.

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  8. Definitely follow your dreams. If you work hard enough, you will be able to make a living doing what you love.

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  9. I'm what my husband calls "multi-passionate". For me, it's never about money...it's about what makes me tick. Some people just don't get that mentality sometimes.

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  10. This doesn't have to be just a dream for people, it can be a reality! When you chase money, you put yourself in a position where your happiness comes second instead of first. This is why you can't take everyone else's advice all the time, because your dream and your happiness need to be at the front of what you do and why you do it.

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  11. I feel like there has been a tremendous shift over the past 20 years in regard to 'the artist's way'. At least in my world- my parents, friends are much more supportive of creative career paths instead of the same old-- lawyer, teacher, plumber, do your art as a hobby vibe.

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  12. Spot on....creative work and other art is very valuable. It should be honored and supported the same as other work.

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  13. This is a real life course that should be thought to the younger generations. Many people are stuck in a job they hate just because they are under pressure to make a living. If you start working and honing your skills when you're under less pressure, then you will make tons of money doing it.

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  14. It's about following our dreams yet monetize it to give us the freedom to pursue it without really having to bother about how to make ends meet.Your tips would be great for an artist.

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  15. Preach it! There's is so much truth here! I was an art major in college. Loved it and studied to be a commercial artist hoping to one day draw and paint what I wan ted. It is something I may be able to get back to but many years have gone by. It's a struggle now to begin again. Don't give up on your artwork if you really have a passion for it. Stay true to your art. Great read.

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  16. I really needed this pep talk right about now...it's just hard to shut out all of the opinions sometimes.

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  17. It really is just about moving forward! It’s hard work though and those damn negative thought! But I think if we just keep going it will all work out. Hopefully!

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