Many creatives feel as though they are less than if they aren't working their business full-time. This may very well be because more people are using the "full-time" label in their marketing. The thing is, just because someone is a "full-time" creative doesn't necessarily mean they are making a livable income or possessing a lifestyle others wish they had.
"Full-time" doesn't mean there isn't a partner or roommate helping with expenses. It also doesn't mean a creative claiming this title is able to pay for things above the basic necessities that may be important to you, like health insurance and retirement. On the other hand, just because someone is "part-time," doesn't mean they aren't making a livable income.
In reality, most creatives do not make 100% of their income from their art, craft, or service. In fact, it's very rare. Most, whether part-time or full-time, diversify their income. They may sell products or services, teach in-person or online courses, work with galleries, wholesale their work to stores, and offer accessories and goods featuring their work. Others may have another job or business alongside their. business, creative or not.
That isn't to say that there aren't creatives who have created full-time careers that supports themselves 100% solely with their work. It's just that it's rare. Even some of the most famous artists in history did not support themselves solely with their art. If you are part-time, don't feel alone - you are part of the majority!
If you're still finding yourself playing the comparison game, the first thing to do is to ask yourself this:
"What does a full-time creative career mean to ME and does that definition mean the same to others I am comparing myself to?"
The second thing to do is to remember:
The hours you devote to your creative business make you no less or more of an artist. Whether you are part-time, full-time, or doing your creative business just for fun, you're still a creative putting amazing things into this world!
It's important to define what type of business YOU want and what success means to YOU and to not worry about what everyone else is doing. Success comes in many forms and is not always monetary. We most often find it when we keep our eyes on our own paper.
©Becca Basic, LLC
Becca Basic is an artist who's passionate about helping other creatives learn the business skills to live their dreams.
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