As an artist, you can opt to either practice your art on a full-time basis, or on a part-time basis. Many people imagine that the ideal situation is that of being a full-time artist. But the truth of the matter is that there are advantages and disadvantages to the option of being a full-time artist. In today’s blog post, we will be focusing on the latter: that is, the disadvantages of being a full-time artist.
One disadvantage associated with being a full-time artist is in the fact that it is often very hard to make a comfortable living that way. The arts simply don’t pay well: except for the top-most elite artists. This is how you quit a well-paying job today to become a full-time basis, only to end up, a few months later, having to go to a website like www.sunbiz.org, to try to register a business company. In this case, you have a situation where you have to register the company in question (at Sunbiz.org) after realizing that the arts don’t pay well enough to sustain you. Actually, if you took the trouble to follow up, you’d soon realize that quite a good number of the people who seek to register new companies at Sunbiz have these sorts of stories. In other words, many are the people who have tried to make a livelihood out of full-time art — and failed miserably. They have therefore ended up having to try other pursuits.
Another disadvantage associated with being a full-time artist is in the fact that you often end up getting bored. If the art is what you have to do for 8 or 10 hours a day, day in day out, you soon get to a point where you start being bored. The art stops being something you enjoy: it becomes something that you have to endure. Someone may, of course, argue that if you have a genuine artistic talent you can’t possibly get bored with the art. But that is a naïve viewpoint: because anything and everything you have to do on a day in day out basis soon starts boring you. Furthermore, as a full-time artist, you end up in a situation where your livelihood depends on the art. Thus art becomes something you do to earn money, not something you do for enjoyment. And you soon start resenting it.