Some people would have you believe if you want a profitable business in a creative field, something’s not morally right with you.
Sadly, in certain social circles there’s some stigma attached to wanting to make money so you can afford nice things and take part in the recreational pursuits you enjoy.
As someone who is self-employed in a creative role, I’ve sometimes questioned my motivation, purpose, and the rates I charge upon reading articles and social media posts that hint we’re misguided if we’re looking out for our bottom line.
Starving Artist Reality Check
There’s no shame in wanting to come out ahead and have the means to provide for yourself and your family.
Not every creative professional finds glory in “starving artist” status. While the creative process is enough to satisfy some writers, painters, photographers, and other artistic sorts, others of us want to make a decent living and have a little extra for our trouble and talent, as well. We want not only the satisfaction of creating, but we also aspire to achieve and sustain a desirable standard of living.
Don’t let anyone fool you. Wanting to do well financially in your business of being a creative doesn’t make you greedy, self-centered, or unethical.
To the contrary, it demands you must be even more fair, customer-focused, and responsible.
Running a profitable business in a creative field doesn’t mean you’ve sold out. It instead shows you have the heart, soul, and determination to not only survive but also thrive when doing the work you love.
Think and share your thoughts: Have your love of creativity and desire for profitability ever collided? How have you struck the right balance?
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