Inspired by every student whose told they can’t be an artist because it doesn’t “make enough money”.
This is literally so inspirational to me right now.
I needed this really badly right now.
Money will not follow you to heaven. Your happiness will.
This comic is really inspirational. Ugh i’m thinking very hard to go to art school after i finish this course.
If money were no object I would spend every day hanging out with Zandr and playing video games and eating cookies. I guess I’ll just quit the minimum wage job I was lucky enough to get after months and months of job-searching (despite having a college degree I’m still paying for and ten years of experience in administrative settings). I’ll just get a loan and open up a store where I sell Xbox controllers and cupcakes.
How about instead of telling people to pursue their passions and create work out of the things they love, we move toward a culture where work is respected because it needs doing, and people are able to earn enough money from one full-time job to pay for basic necessities like food and shelter? Instead of shelling out privileged advice that ignores the realities of a harsh economy, we work toward a culture where everyone knows that there is a difference between earning a living and having a life.
I understand the intent was good. But maybe being an artist doesn’t have to be tied to financial gain. Maybe it’s okay to work a job that you don’t like because it’s honest work and/or it lets you have enough money to own a home or raise children (or in Z’s and my case, six cats). Sure, it’s great for those individuals who are lucky enough to have jobs that are personally fulfilling, but not everyone can have that. Some jobs need doing even though people aren’t passionate about them. And your life can still have meaning even if you spend 40 hours a week processing invoices for cardboard box orders.
Also, while I appreciate the intent for sure, don’t fool yourself that making a living from your passion is hard work. Her example of “love knitting? open a yarn store!” boils down to this: having to come up with at least $50k to stock inventory and sign a lease and just get your doors open. Not hiring anyone, just gonna do it yourself? Look forward to working whatever hours your place is open, no vacations unless you want to lose money in sales. You’ll also need to learn the basics of accounting, marketing, and sales. Also, no health insurance, and only getting paid once your bills are taken care of for the month.
People talk about doing work that feeds the soul - and you should do that, but sometimes, a paying W-2 job provides you the ability to do the work that feeds your soul by paying the bills that feed your body.