Looking for regular work in the creative sector is no easy task. If you haven’t heard about it already, we’ve got a recession on and Michigan has not faired particularly well. For a time, I considered being a hobo-drifter but they’ve fallen out of fashion since John Steinbeck finished Of Mice and Men. I guess that the book didn’t romanticize the concept of wandering the country looking for work without any friends or money particularly well. I would much rather be a starving artist anyway, and for a time, I was.
I once left a job because I spent the majority of my time dissatisfied. There was no professionalism, no direction and no reason for me to continue working there. I watched competent co-workers get penalized over trivial matters by a vindictive supervisor who lied habitually through phony smiles. I don’t think she meant to be so unbearably awful or to hinder the office so heinously, but I often had trouble looking her in the eye. It was probably due to a lack of respect but she also had a lazy eye, so that didn’t help. The bottom line was that most of us want a position where we can be appreciated, effective, innovative and she stood in the way of that for me. No matter what you are doing, do it well with pride and professionalism. If, for whatever reason, you cannot then it may be time to move on.
However, when you do decide to move on, ensure that it is to pursue something important. Don’t waste more time than you have to. There are many reasons not to do something but rarely any good ones. I’m proud of anyone who completes a dream, no matter how small. In fact, I recently did some cover art for my friend’s album that I’m quite fond of. The entire album is free to preview and, if you decide to buy it, all the money is going to charity.