31 January, 2010

The Day Job

The Times:

"I gave up the day job to become a scriptwriter"

"I am about to leave the security of having a full-time job and salary to give myself a shot at making a living from writing movies. I would love to sit in a cinema as the credits roll and see my name, and though it’s a distant goal I at least feel that I’m now doing something about achieving it, rather than just talking about it — so this week I am starting an MA in screenwriting and production."

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The Guardian

"Don't give up the day job - how artists make a living"

"How does the average ­artist make a living? If you're Damien Hirst, of course, you need only flog a couple of sharks in formaldehyde; if you're Tracey Emin, an unmade bed will do. If you're an actor, a well-publicised turn as Hamlet and near-omnipresence in the Christmas TV schedules, a la David Tennant, would keep the ­accountant happy.

But none of these scenarios will ring true for the average artist – who is more likely to be stacking supermarket shelves, waiting tables or writing ­advertising copy by day, and acting, dancing or sculpting by night."

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Writing World

"Balancing Act: Ten Reasons to Keep Your Day Job"

"If writers got a nickel every time they heard the dreaded advice "Don't quit your day job," most would be rich and wouldn't have to worry about a "day job." The fact that many writers would love to quit their non-writing jobs doesn't make it a reality for most beginners or even some seasoned writers. But there are many tangible benefits to holding down a steady job outside of your writing business. As a writer who has spent many hours agonizing over having to work my day job, I'd like to share the ten best reasons I've learned for balancing your writing with a secure line of work."

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Screenwriting Manifesto

"How to keep your day job from killing your writing career"

"Like most writers waiting for their big break, I have a day job. I have, in fact, had a day job for a long, long time.

There are many dangers inherent in leading this double life. It’s easy to lose focus and let writing take a back seat. This is because the day job is more immediate, though not necessarily more important. Plus, in a job you often have other people depending on you, whereas in the early stages of a writing career, the only person you’re likely to disappoint is yourself. And unlike the seemingly endless process of writing and rewriting, a day job often brings the immediate rewards of cash and a sense of accomplishment, of actually having done something."

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