Recently I was thinking to myself, “Self, what separates you from the rest of your fellow artists?”. It may be the racially slanted humor, it may be because I was lucky enough to land a domain and a comic with a name like “Secret Asian Man”, or it may be because I’m gainfully employed outside of my artistic endeavors.
Sure, I’ve published books and have found some modicum of success with this comic strip, but I am also creative director for a major publication (*cough* Beer Advocate Magazine *cough*). I think this separates me from a ton of my colleagues who tend to be in the “starving artist” category.
Not that there is anything wrong with that, since I try to devote as much time as possible to my craft. I don’t want to sacrifice my art for the all mighty dollar, but you have to pay the bills (and a retirement plan doesn’t hurt either). The problem I see with a lot of my fellow artists is they are in a situation where it is either one or the other, and no in-between.
Thankfully for my I was able to find a real job that is also a creative position. This allows me to not only pursue my craft (which might or might not pay off in the long run, but I do it anyway) as well as pay the bills and put a little something away for a rainy day. It even means my credit score is as high as it’s ever been (I checked it at CafeCredit.com, if anyone is curious). The difference between my situation and, say, a waiter or waitress, is that I get to be creative in my day job as well as my independent endeavors. This is really the best of both world.
So why do artists have bad credit, but I don’t? I guess it’s because I’m extraordinary. Or it could be because I have a day job that is creative as well as (somewhat) lucrative.