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juneau

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2011-02-08 18-08-22

Seeking advice in the form of a poll Lots o' "creatives" on here. My quandry is... I am an aspiring author-- currently without a day-job. (Backstory: I live at home with the 'rents because Dad has multiple health issues including Alzheimers and epilepsy; I provide assistance. Symbiotic relationship has developed... BTW/FYI: I'm deeply encouraged by all the Alzheimers' related comments & threads-- lets me know I am not al So, thanks for that, y'all...) Getting back to my question: Is a day-job in a related field recommended? (I.e., publishing or a magazine/journal-- the idea being that can develop contacts, etc.) Or, is a day-job in a completely unrelated field recommended? (I.e., security or retail-- the idea being that can devote off-hours completely to one's passion without chance of overkill and/or burn-out and/or jaded cynicism, etc.) So my poll is... For creatives (and allies, and those who love them): Do you recommend supporting yourself "in your field," OR do you recommend supporting yourself with employment in a completely different than your passion (to keep said passion intact)? Many thanks for your assistance at this crossroad. PS I was recently considering Vet Tech, but volunteer work is showing that to be more of a passionate avocation, rather than a full-time aspiration. Writing has always been my first love. Then I could write about critters!
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holian

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2011-02-09 3-08-28-

I'm a writer, and... It's the only thing I can do, so I've had no choice but to try to make a living at it. I'm 58 years old, and my net worth is about $120k. So, even though I am very good, it's pure hell to try make a living doing it full time. And, over the years, all I've ever written is business crap. Stephen King and JK Rowling take ALLLLL the creative money, leaving about 11 crumblets for the rest of us to share. Uh-uh. It's like trying to be a career actor or ballerina. Only a tiny handful at the top "make it." Just my 2 cents... your mileage may vary.
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  • Qainsp

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    2011-02-09 22-49-07

    I'll be many folks here would be very pleased to make 120K, period, let alone doing something they love.
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    zelinski

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    2011-02-10 5-58-02-

    net worth is a lot different from salary 120K isn't much to retire on, and at 58, she's 10 or fewer years away from retiring.
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    2011-02-10 13-31-52

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    scardina

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    2011-02-10 14-39-57

    writing business crap is not the gateway to millions. Technical writing has never been a big money-earner, but if the OP has a knack for creative writing, she should pursue that.
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    Jaclyn

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    2011-02-11 7-18-14-

    Precisely correct! It's just that I have no choice. I can't sell, suck at math, lose my knees at the sight of blood and have mild (yet high-functioning) Asperger's Syndrome, so I'm awkward in a corporate setting... I don't understand politics, maneuvering or strategy. I'm "too" truthful/blunt and constantly surprised that people take me "the wrong way." I like to write, but I don't love it. Again, it's just the only thing I can do!
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    2011-02-11 19-32-58

    you are fortunate to have done technical writing then
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  • mchargue

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    2011-02-12 1-41-53-

    Yes, well only if... ... you do not insinuate "a fortune" within the word, "fortunate..."
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    borowsky

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    2011-02-12 17-29-24

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    2011-02-24 22-10-38

    Welllll... It's only because I own my tacky little house. I have about $200 in savings and about $4000 in credit card debt. I'm just saying for a lifetime of effort ... (I am 58.) I think most people here who do "normal things" for a living would/should exceed a net worth of $120k by the time they are 58/60-ish.
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    brownlee

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    2011-05-10 11-03-56

    Should.at x yes, but not always true, same boat Not x yet,my net worth is okay. But I am far from able to retire and live as I do now. I love my job and make good money.Writing is tough, my brother is an author and he is my older brother, and far from able to retire on his writings. His net worth is likely triple mine though. (bought houses to supplement)
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  • caruana

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    2011-07-07 17-17-46

    write for fun I did a brief stint as a stand-up comic during my coming out process, just to get what I'd written *out there* and heard by people other than myself. Find a job that provides for your physical needs, but does not drain your creative juices. I used to be able to get up at xam and write for an hour before getting ready for work... (not in the last x years though). Join a writers group - you can all submit for contests together and read each other's work. That can be fun! Write free-lance for magazines and organizations you care about. In short, try to get your writers fix in a way that feeds your soul and doesn't tax it. A few professional writers I know of ended up getting into technical writing (as did I) and it can really drain your creativity and satisfaction.
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  • Tsugio

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    2011-11-27 8-54-03-

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  • Cosetta

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    2012-02-01 16-58-39

    Not sure I'm the best to give advice but here goes. I spent x years in day jobs before succeeding in my creative field ( don't want to go in to details on the internet). I decided to have unrelated jobs for the exact reason you mention, that I didn't want to drain my focus. I could come home from work and while I was tired my mind was still fresh so I could work on my own work. There were both pros and cons and as a Libra I'll tell you both. Cons: I had no network in my field. If I had worked in related jobs I might have been in low-level positions where people looked down on me but at least I would have met people. So you will have to network somehow. I was a political activist for a year working in my community and I actually met people in my field that way. Years later of them "hooked me up". Also related jobs in a creative field can be more pleasant because they are creative and not corporate. Sometimes they pay better or offer more time off if you have degrees in your field. Pros: Some unrelated day jobs bring new skills or benefits you would otherwise not have. I worked in financial services. So while my jobs were miserable and hectic I did walk away with an IRA and a free mortgage. Time management is important as is getting any negative people who don't support your creativity out of your life. Any number of people told me to give up either because they felt sorry for me or because they had given up on their own creative endeavors. So it takes luck to succeed in creative fields but it also takes hard work and focus so you are ready when luck comes along.
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    2012-02-05 1-26-18-

    send a story to reader's digest! sometimes i wonder if people make those up, anyway.
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    2012-12-30 1-20-58-

    excellent! i'm still waiting for something extraordinarily funny to happen to me so i can write about it and send it in.
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