Have you ever been in a situation where you revealed to somebody you’re pursuing a non-traditional career and receive backlash like this:
- “You can’t be a painter!”
- “How in the world are you going to pay rent as a writer?!”
- “Do you know how hard it is to make money as a YouTuber?”
People will spew out all sorts of myths to keep you miserable and unfulfilled like them. I remember when people tried to prevent me from my former acting path. They said it was hard, and only a few black people made it into Hollywood. Seriously, do I have to list how many successful people of my color are working in the industry?
Nowadays, there are still a few folks who doubt I can make it as a full-time writer. Too late, I already am (mentally at least). Nobody can demolish your creative career dreams. Nobody!
Suppose you want to be a fashion designer or a makeup artist for the stars. In that case, there will always be people who suggest you settle for lesser and safer options (the 9–5 cubicle shebang). Simply nod, and keep doing your thing.
Some people are cool with the safe and traditional, but you don’t have to. Sure, it’ll put food on the table and pay your bills, but is it worth dying inside over in the long run? Apparently, it’s the ideal life you should be living.
If you want to be limitless and make a living with your creativity, here’s what you need to do:
1. Always Be Creating
Whether you’re working on your next comic strip or shooting nature photos, you’d want to be always creating, preferably every day. Don’t forget to show off your creations on social media, your blog or website, and potential clients. You’ll never know where your creativity will lead you.
2. Find People Who Need You
Are you good at animation? Creating T-shirts? Creative writing? There’s always somebody in the world who’s willing to pay you for your creativity to satisfy their needs. If you’re a freelance writer, you can easily find people looking for your set of skills on Problogger or Freelance Writing.
Perhaps you have a knack for creating and editing marketing videos for small businesses. In that case, there are tons of companies in desperate need of your expertise. The possibilities are endless. Show them what you got!
3. Find People in the Same Path as You
If you want to make a living as a full-time YouTuber, you’re not going to get the right advice from your grumpy office coworker. More than likely, they’ll tell you to stick with your office job and wait until your next promotion or retirement (bleh).
Find people traveling the same path as you on social media, MeetUp, or your local associations. You’d definitely want to spend more time with successful people in your area. They figured out how to thrive with their creativity.
The old views of what a promising career should look like are out of the window in today’s world. You can make a living doing whatever the heck you want. As long as you’re using your creativity and offering it to people, you’re good. You can make the impossible possible.
Remember to find people walking your path, never stop creating, and always show your work. Create as if you already landed your dream creative career. The transformation begins in the mind.
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