I found this video by Ze Frank earlier today and I’ve watched it a few times since then. In it he talks about having a creative career and that if you want to be something, then you need to start being it. He uses the writer career as an example, saying simply that if you want to be a writer, then write. Don’t put it off because you’re afraid for whatever reason. Just do it.
Things like this are really speaking to me at the moment. Most of the advice he gives are things that I’ve heard before, but sometimes you let the most simple advice slip away from you without realising it and it’s useful to hear it said out loud again. Since I’m at the beginning of a new career it really is helpful to listen to people I respect talking about things that are already going through my mind. It makes me feel a little less stressed about building this career knowing that it’s something that everyone in the creative world goes through.
I’m still trying to find the balance between doing something creative that I’m proud of, and doing something to pay the bills. Building an income is a major factor in my career at the moment, and one I am exerting almost all of my energy on, but I shouldn’t forget the reasons I started this career in the first place. I wanted the freedom to be creative, and to begin projects I’ve been thinking about for a long time. I wanted to be able to get involved in other people’s projects for the simple fun of trying something new.
Mostly, I just want to write, and I haven’t been doing enough of that.