“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do. ” – Bob Dylan
If you ask artists and creatives what it is they want more of, the answer you’d expect would be: fame and fortune.
It turns out that the one thing most artists really want is: Time. Time to create.
Most artists I know work harder than anybody else; early in the morning, before their daytime job, late at night or in their lunchbreak.
I followed that work ethic for a long time. In the weekends I would play guitar, in the evenings I was always drawing, writing, studying or teaching. I was doing well financially, was successful in my job and started to have creative successes as well.
So why change? Everything was growing. More of everything. Except I didn’t want more, I wanted less. I wanted to work on my own creative projects.
After almost 20 years of rushing home from work and doing these “creative things” on the side, I felt it was time for a change.
So, last year in 2014, the year I turned forty, I asked my boss if I could take a whole year off, from January to December, without pay. If I didn’t try living as a full time artist now, I knew it would bug me for the rest of my life.
In the coming months I will write about my experiences and what I’ve learned in my one year of art.
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