How to Keep Crafting a Passion

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Art, art line My Name is Dannika. I’m a fine art photographer, writer and instructor of photography at the university level. I’m also a graphic designer and the owner of my own business. Being creative is not like a 9 to 5 job that you can just put on hold when its time to go home. It’s something that you have to immerse yourself in all day long. I am so passionate about what I do, but it started out as just a hobby. I didn’t quit my day job until 9 months after starting my first Etsy shop.

Designing is what I love doing most of all and it brought me much joy to create custom pieces for people, but with selling on Etsy comes work and responsibility for your product. When you’re running an online store, you need to be there to answer questions about your products, send them out and make sure they arrive on time. There was no way I could do this full time without neglecting other aspects of my life such as family and friends, so I decided to find a way to keep crafting AND make money from it.

Today, I am really happy and proud of myself for having been able to turn something that brings me so much joy into something that helps our family financially

Have you ever had a hobby that you love, or a pastime or even a small business that was your passion? Do you have a creative urge that you would love to turn into a living, but don’t know how to make the transition?

Then this blog is for you. I’ll show you tips and techniques I’ve developed as I’ve turned my passion for creating art into a career. Maybe there will be something here that will help you turn your creative urge into a business.

I regularly hear from people who have a passion for something but feel stuck in their current job. The passion is so strong that it’s all they can think about during their workday, and yet, the more time passes, the more they worry about their ability to make a living doing what they love.

Justine Smith is a freelance writer who is passionate about crafting. But she also knows that it takes more than passion to make a living. She has learned the craft of writing and freelancing, and she hopes to share her knowledge with others.

If you are looking for new ideas and inspiration, visit her blog and be sure to check out her ebooks as well.

I’m going to give you a list of ways to make your life more interesting. It’s not meant to be exhaustive, but it will be a great start. Some of them are things you should have done years ago, and some of them are for people who just need new things to try out. The goal is not to read the list and say, “I’ve already done all this,” because if that were true, you’d already be a millionaire.

I want you to keep doing these things. If you do all of them at once, great! But if you do one or two every week, that’s fine too. Just do something every week.

I want to make something clear from the outset: this isn’t going to be a post about how to “make it” in the art world. It’s a post about how to make it in your own art world, whether that’s as an artist, writer, crafter or whatever.

My point here is not that you should have a career as an artist. My point is that you can have one if you want it. You don’t have to put up with what I put up with—a day job that isn’t at all related to making art and never will be—in order to be an artist. You can do what I do and work on your art in secret, or you can work on it publicly but outside of the “art world” and still have a real liveable life doing it.

Of course, there are also options like working for yourself full-time and making a living off your art alone, but that’s not really my story either (yet). Mostly my story is about how I came from being someone who didn’t think she could possibly be an artist to someone who makes things almost every day and doesn’t mind if people pay money for them.

I didn’t come up with any amazing new insights by the time I

“There’s no business like show business” is an old saying, but one that remains true. In 2012, the top ten money-making entertainment franchises were worth $50 billion—and that’s just box office revenue. The combination of art and commerce is irresistible to many.

As an actress, there are two jobs that you must do: you must act and you must sell yourself. You can be the best actor in the world, but if you don’t have a great agent or manager or publicist or lawyer, then you won’t get many jobs. And even if you have a great team behind you, no one will hire you for a role if they don’t think people will come to see your movie.

It takes a lot of work to get to the point where all your decisions are based on what will make your career grow and last. And it’s a constant balancing act between giving up some control versus keeping control of your career and life.

This blog is about how an actor can create a long-lasting and successful career in Hollywood through smart choices and hard work.

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