The Art of Art
 
From Leslie: 

The difficult thing about following your passion is figuring out how to fit it into your schedule. Unless you’re just really passionate about accounting, no judgement if you are, chances are you need some way to fund your passion before it can become your full-time job. If you are one of those people who are passionate about accounting, be you. The world needs you. 

One of the things that I’ve found most difficult is balance. I’m trying to hone the skills I already have while learning new ones. The problem is I have four jobs. Five if you include the work I do for Patreon. Two of them can be accomplished two days during the week. One of them I can do on my own time and from home, which sounds ideal, but it is also very demanding. The problem job I have is the retail job. It takes up 6-8 hour chunks of my time during which I can accomplish absolutely nothing. The hours are sporadic and I am always exhausted afterwards. 

Don’t get me wrong, I take pride in all my work. However, I find it somewhat demoralizing that I spend the majority of my time doing the job that pays me the least. Once my pay picks up at one of my other jobs this is the first thing to go. Sadly, currently, I need the pay. 

What this means for artists such as myself: you must learn time management. You must not procrastinate. You must not trivialize the work you do simply because it’s not lucrative (yet). You must be able to prioritize this work over other, more temping uses of your time. 

What I have found is that I have to be okay with delayed gratification. Hanging out with friends, going for a night on the town, sneaking off to see my significant other, are all forms of instant gratification that are all too enticing at times. There have been plenty of nights I’ve found myself at a bar spending my hard-earned money that would be better spent elsewhere. This isn’t to say that I should let my personal life take one for the team, I simply mean that I need to work it into the rest of my commitments. 

This is a delicate tapestry I’ve woven, easy to tear, easy to crumple. But if this is something I really want, then it is imperative that I don’t forget any of these important components. 

When I find the solution to this problem most artists face I’ll write a bestselling book and become a billionaire. Until then, the short answer is I don’t sleep.