While most of my days are spent drawing in my home studio, some nights of the week I am somewhere else entirely: behind a bar.
Becoming a full-time freelance Creative-of-Any-Type does not happen over night. It requires endless hours of hard work while looking far ahead to that tiny light at the end of the tunnel. For me, reality dictates that I work another job to pay the bills, so I tend bar part-time.
I have been in the service industry for 6 years, and bartending for over 3. I started while I was in college as a full-time student. And let me tell you: it has been the best part-time job EVER.
As with most jobs, there are plenty of downsides: you kiiiiiinda turn into a vampire (my hours are crazy), and sometimes humanity can really disappoint you with their behaviors whilst drinking in public.
But the bottom line is the benefits far outweigh the downfalls. For one, the money is great. Not just good, but great. I work a few nights a week, and the rest of the time I can sit at my desk and dream fantastic Unicorn dreams and draw to my heart’s content.
Secondly, working with the public allows me to have some very important social interaction. This is possibly just as important as the money part, because as a freelance artist, a great deal of your time is spent sitting at a desk. Alone. Talking to…….no one. Working in the service industry really allows you to develop that part of your personality called “Gregarious” and prevents the onset of “Social Awkwardness”.
So, I’m off to work tonight. And next time you’re out (especially in a town like this, where you can’t throw a rock without hitting a creative type), chances are the person who just dropped your plate of food is probably in the same boat I am: eyes fixated on a certain vision, and dreamin’ a dream.
Have a great weekend!
Oh, and on a side note guys – as a result of the amazing response I received on my 90′s Hand-Lettering post, this article is peppered with a few word pictures of my own. Thanks for all the great comments, and to WordPress for featuring my article on Freshly Pressed.