“Hi, My Name Is Sarah Dope and I Don’t Work A 9-5 Job.” pretty much explains every creative out there. Including myself.
My job never stops. Nor does it stop for any of my fellow artistic friends. When the inspiration strikes, it strikes. When you love something so much, you drop everything in order to flush out your ideas. I’ve often had to pull over and write out my ideas on my phone. I have friends that make voice memos or write in their notepads.
The work/life balance can be difficult, but as I’ve grown older, I’ve come to learn when it’s time to work and when it’s time to play. You also learn that there will be haters no matter what you do — creative or not. At almost 24, my friends and I are all in the “transition” period, learning to get used to the non-school life. I’m lucky that I know I have a core group of girls to sit down with me without checking their phones and discuss the ups and downs of work. We’re older and instead of speaking about school, we’re speaking about work. And that’s totally normal. But it’s also nice to be able to disconnect and leave that behind. Time and place for everything.
You see, some of us can’t just clock in and clock out, as Sarah Dope explains. Some people can understand that, some can’t.
I love being an artist. I love waking up every morning knowing I have the power to create and tell stories. If you can’t hang with that, you most certainly can’t hang with me. It’s a beautiful thing being able to love what you do — even if it means sacrificing some of your personal relationships. It doesn’t matter because, at the end of the day, those who matter will stick around.