Should I quit the 9 to 5 and take up a creative career full time ?

Karmanyevaadhikaaraste ma phaleshu kadachana |
Ma karmaphalaheturbhurma te sangostvakarmani ||
~ Srimad Bhagavad Gita

Your right is to perform your work, but never to the results. Never be motivated by the results of your actions, nor should you be attached to not performing your prescribed duties.

Most of us who have the creative inclination ask this question at least once occasionally. Be it musicians (I’m one), artists, animators, filmmakers, adventure enthusiasts and all those who fit under the huge umbrella of “Creative workers” do think about taking up their art full time.

What bothers me most is the there is never a fixed answer. Some people talk about taking the long leap of faith and on the other hand some talk about staying in the day job for financial support and growing your passion on the sides.

The problem with the first scenario is the inevitable financial crunch till one finds recognition and/or a revenue stream. This could last a year or five unless you’re lucky enough to land contracts quickly.

There is risk, like no other.

Then there is the second scenario which is basically a drag. You continue your day job, you earn enough to make you comfortable. And often, too comfortable.

This is scary as you might lose track of your real goals. Continue doing the job, become institutionalized, lead a “normal” life.

But, you end up having this huge void inside you of not having pursued your passion fully. That old guitar lies there in the corner. That animation project you started is somewhere inside “My Documents > Project folder” untouched.

Let’s face it. Jobs in the non-creative fields pay. Jobs in creative fields, not that much. Not initially, not in the growth phase where you have the maximum creative energy!

Is there a solution ?

There is one. Although, it may not suit everyone, but it is worth a try.

Start a micro-business!

Manufacture a small product that people use regularly. And by manufacture, I mean make it at home. That small! For instance, a designer T-shirt, a painted/arty mug, a cap, a wallet, mobile phone cover, customized jingle for important occasions!

Basically, anything that is bound to sell. It will take very little of your time. This will allow you to hustle a day job and your creative vision alongside.

Now, I know it isn’t easy to compete with bigger brands out there selling the same stuff. However, here is where your creativity comes in. Use your learnings in your art and apply it here.

Within a year or two, you’ll begin having a small revenue stream. With intelligent investments and diversification, you’ll have a larger income doing this. Having said this, you must work on your art in the side and really develop it.

While, this small business flourishes, you can quit your day job at the right time.

As for me, I’m going to start with the customized ringtone creation business. I hope to get some clients and some revenue generation. Don’t know if it will work out, but I’m sure as hell going to try.

And as the quote says, I do not have the right on the results, only the work.


Check out ! Sukrit Gupta has some crazy ideas about starting up and life in general. 




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