Trying to live your dream SUCKS!!

Like all budding young artists you dream big when you’ve just stepped out of school. The world is your oyster and you’re the next best thing since sliced bread.  You go onto bigger better things and start your life anew awaiting the massive amounts of success that await you once you begin your career.  All I can say is HOLD YOUR HORSES loves!!!  Slow down unfortunately it’s not all that easy.  I hate to burst the bubble but people don’t become a success overnight.

I myself when I was younger succumbed to the illusions of overnight success, a new life in a new place it was all great, but unfortunately in my line of work you soon discover that there are about a bigillion (yes I know it’s not a real number) other people out there who are more experienced and much better than you are.  Now this isn’t to say you’re crap, far from it.  It’s just that they’ve been in the industry a lot longer than you have so thus they have more skills under their belt than you do.  SO you start small, a little job here a little job there just to get you by whilst you start to gain experience so you can finally play with the big boys (or girls).  But sometimes in the process of gaining all this experience things in life will start to weigh you down.  There are bills to pay, rent, food, time, social life and many other factors that will eventually begin to slow you down and soon enough like many other people with immense amounts of talent I’ve seen, you’ll settle.  Well I’m telling you DON’T SETTLE!!  Sure you’re tired, lacking sleep, poor health and teetering on the edge on insanity but by golly you’ll get there!!  All this is part in parcel of what everyone who has succeeded in life has gone through, it’s tough work and the road is long but eventually you’ll get to where you want to be.

I’m saying all this and encouraging it all because I too had gone through all this and was considering ‘settling down’ but after reading up a few articles and other blog posts I discovered a lot of people were going through the same situation as I was.  So for those out there who are in the same boat, keep on trucking and don’t give up.  You’re not the only one out there who’s in it for the long haul.  Keep trying and be patient and most of all keep up your motivation!  It takes years, in fact many years to achieve your dreams and lots and LOTS of hard work.

If you’re an illustrator here’s a blog about the road to becoming a freelance illustrator that you may find helpful, link.


1 Response to “Trying to live your dream SUCKS!!”

  1. 1 Elizabeth Holloway 09/07/2011 at 1:27 pm

    I say focus on what you want and not what you lack. Gratitude for what we already have is a great way to make sure that we are staying in a positive place to help make our dreams come true. Thanks for this post!!!!

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