Last we looked at the “6 Pros: Day-Job for Artists” this time we will look at the cons.
- Energy – As we get older our energy is limited. If you use it up at your day-job, there is nothing left for your art.
- Time – A day-job can eat up your time, especially if you take your work home with you mentally.
- Commitment – Having a day-job is seen as not having a true commitment to your calling as an artist.
- Quality – Both day-job and art can suffer by spreading yourself too thin and not being fully focusing on either.
- Rut – Being in a tough routine can wipe you out both mentally and physically can make your creativity stifled.
- Security – It can be easy to get used to the illusion of security of a day-job, making it easy for one to loose their identity as an artist all-together.
Least we forget we are not alone in the struggle, a number of successful artists have also juggled a 9-5 quandary at one time or another.
- William Faulkner wrote “As I Lay Dying” in the afternoon before working at night as a supervisor at a University Power Plant.
- Joseph Heller (Author of “Catch 22”) Did magazine advertising by day and was a write by night.
- Joseph Cornell (artist and sculptor) worked 9-5 in a Manhattan Textile studio.
- Keith Haring worked as a busboy.
- Jasper Johns was employed as a bookstore clerk to make ends meet.