Must-read for any artist.
If you’re a creative person, you might have dreamed of one day making it big with whatever it is you love to do. After all, everyone tells you that you should follow your passion and do something you love. That sounds much better than being stuck in a dead-end job.
Unfortunately, if you want to make a living from doing something creative, it often means you need to get past the gatekeepers of the industry. You need approval from the people who decide what’s in right now and that you’re worth the support they can give you. If that sounds too difficult, there is the option of taking things into your own hands, like with these creative pursuits.
You don’t have to look far to find someone who’s working on a novel or maybe a screenplay. Some people will eventually finish their creative masterpiece and get it published or produced. Most won’t. Even if you are a productive writer or produce lots of pieces, getting anyone to pay attention can be so tough.
If you’re struggling to get noticed, you can do your own thing. There are several ways to do this, from running a blog or starting an online magazine to self-publishing a novel or teaming up with some other creatives to make short films. There are lots of ways to fund your passion too, from crowdfunding to sites like Patreon where people can sponsor you.
Arts and Crafts
If you’re more of a visual artist, getting your works into galleries doesn’t have to be your only goal. You can sell your works without the approval of industry critics, especially now that the internet makes it so easy. There’s no need to to get your art or crafts into a physical gallery or store when you can list them online instead. Sites like Etsy are ideal for anyone creative who wants to sell their work but isn’t so keen on trying to get an agent. Some people see the art world as being too elitist anyway and would rather try to make it on their own.
There are so many musicians who would love to be recognized for their work. But only very few will ever make it as a household name, and that often requires sacrificing your artistic control. Doing it yourself means you can do what you want and promoting your image online helps you survive without a label to help you. You can use sites like Soundcloud to upload your music and Nationwide Disc to create physical copies. Many people build a loyal fanbase by promoting themselves and producing good music.
Keen photographers might prefer to take artistic shots to hang on people’s walls, but it’s one creative pursuit that you can easily turn into a career if you have the skill. As a self-employed photographer, you could take wedding photos and travel photos, do fashion shoots and explore lots of different areas of photography. Perhaps it’s not your ideal, but it’s still a way to turn your passion into money.
You don’t have to wait for some big-wig to tell you it’s your time to shine. If you want to make a career out of your creativity, you can do it yourself.
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