Lolita, our passionate and beautiful Composer of Music for Art (www.audiosparksforart.com) aspires to supporting herself from her art – her composition and writing. She sometimes feels ashamed of her reliance on a day job. She feels it speaks to weakness, a lack of courage to pursue fully her passion.
Needless to say, Deuce, her loyal Spaniel Muse, has counseled patience and caution with the concept of giving up the 9:00-5:00 (8:00 to 4:30 actually), even though he agrees that the ideal would be independence to produce creatively throughout the day. Deuce’s concern is that many artists have not achieved the endurance and skill to actually work productively at the art full time. There is the risk of counterproductive activity – actually moving backwards on projects because of too much time available. There are of course the obvious challenges of bringing in regular money and of dealing with isolation. Further, a bit of reliable income enables some social life, some time away from the easel, some opportunity to refresh the mind for the demanding work of creative thought and execution.
Lolita and Deuce were browsing recently through comments posted by composers on the www.looperman.com website, a fairly large composer community where loops and tracks are shared, critiqued, etc. The essence of one musician’s comment was that he had too much time on his hands and he was destroying his composition. So there you have it in a nutshell – the non-economic argument for a dayjob. It’s not even about having food on the table, rather it’s about having an enforced limitation of available time for your creative work. This, so you don’t destroy what you’ve made through that familiar obsessive spiral which is fed by having nowhere to go and nothing else to do.
There are certainly arguments for struggling to make the art pay your way. When you are hungry and the rent is due – you will work a little harder to sell something, find a gig, etc. And this may work for many. But for some of us, the self-esteem, comfort, and security of that day job, until and unless the big bucks roll in from the creative works, fosters a healthy evolutionary approach to our artistic development.
Of course you know best what works for you. You know that welcoming something new sometimes requires that we let go of something old. But you temper this truth with the truth that readiness comes with the fullness of time.
And you enjoy the gifts available to you today.