Last month we had a big party for my father’s birthday, where among many other attendees was a somewhat well-known author whose presence always ensures that there will be at least some wry and witty conversation happening. Upon discovering her identity, one of the other guests gushed something like “Oh wow, it must be so satisfying to make a living doing something you love that is also a creative passion.” The author chuckled and said, ” I’ll let you know after it sinks in a little…I’ve been doing this for twenty years and just started making a living a few months ago. Before now, I just hustled.”
I loved that she said that, cause it is so true for most people who pursue a passion. Unless you are very lucky, you can expect to spend many, many years doing odd jobs on the side, working at what you love for ridiculously low pay, or no pay at all, and not actually achieving a very high level of visibility. Before I had my daughter, when I was still performing around the Boston area with various small dance groups and companies, I was a florist/teacher/baker by day (or night). It was great, but not a lifestyle that could be maintained now. Now I am running a small dance school which gives me just enough (uh, time..? money…?) to give the whole food-writing thing a shot on the side.
I am sure there was a saner way to do this, but I am glad I went this route: it’s a fun sort of crazy that is definitely in stride with who I am.
I am telling you this because I just completed my first assignment for an online food publication, hurray! You can check it out here and thanks to those of you who have been so supportive.