I’m currently a broke artist.
Money is a necessary evil that all artists must face at some point in time. Why is it that artists, as creative as they are, have difficulty taking care of themselves and paying rent? I think part of this is simple to explain, to be an accomplished artist you need to invest time into your art, time is money, and to have money (until your art pays your bills) you need a job or source of income. So you get your job, and you now have money, but little time to work on your art. You quit your job to have time to work on your art and now you have time, but no money. Are these our only choices? Time or money? Maybe, maybe not…
So, getting to the point, the past few months my goal has been to invest my creativity into finding ways to produce income. My mission has been, find every potential revenue maker that requires NO OVERHEAD to start. The one thing that sucks more than your idea failing, is investing a ton of money in your failing idea.
What have I tried? Scrapping (Cans, electronics, etc), Ebay, Craigslist, internet surveys, Internet search and win sites, Istock contribution, Zazzle, freelance videography, Monster gear and rewards, and Coke rewards.
Now before I continue, you may ask, why am I spending all this time trying all of these things, some of which yielding no profit, instead of getting a job somewhere? And, the answer is simple, yes I could get a job somewhere fairly easy, and yes I would have secure pay, but damn it’s boring. What I’m doing is in fact fun, sometimes frustrating, but for the most part I wake up every morning with a smile on my face knowing that I have no clue what to expect from the day ahead of me.
It’s called adventure, and it’s something most people only experience in video games.
For those who want more detail on my successes and failures I will give it to you. If anything I hope that you learn from my mistakes, but ultimately I hope I will encourage you, the reader, to take that plunge. To do that one thing you’ve wanted to try, but haven’t because of the fear of failure.
Lets get this out of the way for you, YOU WILL FAIL! But, it doesn’t end there, you get back up, dust yourself off, and keep trekking! One thing I’ve learned is if you stick with something, you will get better, but god do you suck at the beginning of it all.