What compromise can you make to join your passion to your job?
Last month, I had my photograph taken at a professional studio. Inside the small industrial bathroom, the walls were covered with avant-garde photographs. The waiting room was also filled with artsy magazines about photography.
She was a photographic artist. But it was clear that the real money came in from taking portraits of stuffy business types, weddings, and the occasional local musician.
In a perfect world, she is an artist. In the real world, she is both: part-time artist and part-time commercial photographer. It’s probably boring, at times, taking commercial pictures. But at least she is using her craft.
What compromise can you make to join your passion to your job? A smart compromise can help you keep a bit of the artist in your life and ditch the starving part.
If you can’t imagine a life without scholarly books, consider becoming a freelance academic editor. Tweed Editing, for example, is a cool academic editing business. I’m sure that editing monograph after monograph feels like work. But it does allow Tweed Editing to still work with intellectuals, consider ideas, and make some money from academic knowledge and skills.
Thunderdog is an agency that brought L.A. street art to the masses. They began by taking art on city streets and creating limited edition books and toys. Now, they consult and create art for big brands like Puma and Pepsi, helping these brands use street art to create visual identities that appeal to urban clientele. Thunderdog has an aesthetic philosophy, cultural significance, and commercial vision.
Or consider LateralAction.com. This site was started by a poet turned business consultant. The founder is a intellectual and creative person and has carved out a profitable career by selling his knowledge of creative processes to companies. This is creativity in the service of profit. It’s not perfect, but it leads to a comfortable and partly-aesthetic life.
Michael LaRocca, a freelance editor that I interviewed, writes novels (his passion) and edits for a literary publishing companies, as well as does freelance editing for businesses. I’m sure he’d rather just write his own stuff all day, but it is that compromise that allows him to be a writer and live a comfortable life. (Read about how to start a freelance editing business here).
You might not get to read Proust all day AND make a living. But the proximity can keep you happy.
How to Find a Career With Your Humanities Degree in 126 Days
If you are at a loss of what careers you can get with your BA, MA, or PhD in the humanities, then you are not alone.
How to Find a Career With Your Humanities Degree in 126 Days is a 18 week challenge (126 days) where you are shown the exact steps and actions needed to get out of ‘liberal arts career limbo.’
The 126 Day challenge begins right where you are–broke, no idea of what you want to do, working a crappy job, and nothing more than a degree on your resume.