Anyone in the creative media industry knows the difficulty in building a successful career in an industry where you have to sell your talent. Creators have to ordeal a number of sacrifices and hurdles; one being the financial struggles dealt by majority of creative individuals to be able to fund their craft as well as the difficulty in publishing outstanding work that is sure to reel in attention. The enemy? Time.
There are a few individuals who are lucky enough to turn their passion into a career from the start, but there are some who need to work jobs for income in order to fund their passion. If you are someone aiming to work in the creative media industry, you would know how long it takes to work on projects as only with enough time can quality of the work created can be retained and when time is not on our side, we tend to lose the quality of our work.
To bring balance, there are a few baby steps to help you achieve a more balanced work and passion ratio, starting with reflecting on your lifestyle and the commitment towards your passion. A lot of people who have compromised their passions for a secure job end up feeling frustrated in the long run. (Shyam, 2012) Once you realise that you are willing to commit, then you move onto organization. Allocate a time slot to working on your passion by creating a to-do list and nurture your passion by grabbing opportunities to help be on the radar. This slowly helps you prioritize your passion more, and you will soon see results from such changes in your lifestyle. “If you listen for it, it will speak; and if you nurture that passion, it will grow.” (Woehler, 2015)
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