A quote so nice I blog about it twice. It's a quote from an arts teacher
"I would tell my students to go pursue their dreams of being an artist and then the devil would take them, tempt them, and make them become a banker, or a middle manager, or whatever. Now the devil is just tired and the good news is there are no jobs, so you might as well do what you want."
By some measures (the U-6 rate), the real unemployment rate in this country is around 16%. That isn't even considering people who work at places they hate for whatever reason.
Those safe jobs that thrust people into the security of the middle class are gone. Many of them never to return. It's like my man Seth says, "We all live in Detroit now." We are all going to have to work harder then ever to carve a career path for ourselves.
So you might as well do what you love.
Now don't get all stupid on me and quit your day job to devote your time to sculpting or writing the next great novel. It's hard to do great art and dodge eviction notices at the same time. But you might as well try to see if you can integrate your art into your life. Maybe it gets to the point where you make a living from it, maybe not.
Making an entrepreunerial living at anything requires a mixture of skill, strategy, luck and courage that some just can't manage. There is no shame in that.
But if you're not going to try, even if it means mixing it in with a day job . . . then what's your alternative plan?
I'll tell you secret, as a guy who sells something (and thus engages with the marketplace) almost every day.
Placing your art in the market can be fun.
Seriously. It doesn't always suck.
That's not to say that it's easy. It isn't. But it can actually be an enjoyable, educational process, no matter what the outcome.
So if you believe in your heart that you have the skills, the smarts and the willingness to work for the long haul . . . you might as well give it shot.
Because your alternative may be far worse.
Oh, and the "We Live in Detroit" quote comes from this YouTube Clip