The worst time to pursue an art career is when you’re desperate – desperate for money, desperate because time is running out, desperate for attention.
If you’re laid off from a day job, it’s tempting to think “Now I’ll have time to focus on my art.” I've been hearing this a lot over the past two years and it worries me.
It's okay not to run out and find a job right away and to dedicate the newfound time for your art as long as you have money in the bank.
I remember reading somewhere that you need at least three years’ worth of income to start any business. (Trust me. I made the error of not having enough capital when starting my own business.)
Building an art career takes time. Lots of time. It also takes extreme dedication, discipline, confidence, and, above all, hard work. You're going to be working your a** off.
You have to take care of yourself and your family first. Get some money coming in and work overtime to get that art business off the ground.
How about you?
Has being laid off from a job led you to a new art career? How have you approached it?