I went to Chicagoland’s annual Self-Employment in the Arts Conference (SEA) for some much-needed direction and it really got me thinking!
Aside from all the rich, successful presenters giving us starving artists hope for a brighter future, there was a lot to learn about starting our own businesses, self-promotion and making money doing what we love.
Everybody’s dream, right?
Only problem is, what if you love to do a lot of things?
Sometimes, I think deciding what hobby to turn into a career is like taking a big ol’ tangle of yarn and trying to separate your favorite colour.
Luckily for me, there is one thing more than anything else that I love and want to do for the rest of my life.
Sadly, I’ve been so caught up with a thousand-and-one other jobs and responsibilities that it’s been kinda shoved in the closet.
One of the presenters told me that if taking pictures and making videos is what’s making the money, I should reconsider what I’m actually good at.
That stopped me in in my tracks.
I thought the whole point of freelancing was the freedom to choose passion over profit!
Writing has always been a part of my life, and seen me through some tough times.
Sure I didn’t consider it seriously as a career until college, but those creative non fiction classes and journalism articles really opened my eyes to the possibilities.
Especially when I answered an ad for bloggers at my college radio station.
Looking back on those eight months I blogged twice a week, writing about whatever came to mind, whatever was happening or interested me…it was very rewarding.
I miss it.
And you know what? I still enjoy reading those posts when I need a pick-me-up.
Now that I have my own blog and radio show, the motivation is sometimes hard to find.
Especially when a passion becomes work.
So here’s what I took from the conference: If writing is my career choice, I need to embrace it completely.
As fun as being a “Jill-of-all-trades” is, I only got into media so I could be a better journalist and more appealing writer.
With that in mind, some things are going to change around here:
No more reviews of shows that have no plot (*cough*Boys Before Friends *cough*), no more stressing over academic topics.
I’ll write about what I enjoy.
A moment of honesty here: I’m not the best at keeping up with current events. The news, movies, anything with dates are not my forte.
So I apologize in advance for the sporadic organization. It’s just me learning to be a better journalist.
And some day, I won’t have to choose between my passion and a profitable career…
…Because I’ll have both!