I landed a writing job last month, rewriting some script.
Although, it didn’t exactly pay a whole lot, I realized a huge lesson…
I was getting paid to do what I love to do. And as I polished the script, I was enjoying it to the full extent. I’ve had various other small writing jobs — but until now, I’ve never full understood the lesson.
Sometimes you have to sacrifice your artistic integrity and just push through it. The script may not be exactly what you would write, or perhaps the topic isn’t exactly what you would agree with. But I was getting paid to write.
Writing is something I’ve done everyday for the past two years — very often for free. SO when I saw that deposit in my checking account, all for sitting at my computer, with my tea, music in the background, typing away, expanding my mind, creating and imagining — I realized, all that hard work, all that reading and practicing, has paid off. Not in full, but it was a start.
And that should be everyone’s goal. Not just for writers. But for anyone with a passion. Learn how to get paid for what you love to do. And suddenly your problems won’t be so immense. Life will have a purpose.
Let’s face it: we need money to make it. We need money to live. We need money to write. And that’s the issue with most striving artists today — they stop being artists, when they need to pay the bills. But what if your art can pay the bills?
Strive to reach this goal. Whatever it is, master it and get paid to do it for the rest of your life.
That’s my goal.
Always be writing. Everyday.