Studio 747 - A Lifestyle Blog for Creative Minds: Inspiration For Artists and Entrepreneurs: Living an Unorthodox Life

Monday, July 31, 2017

Inspiration For Artists and Entrepreneurs: Living an Unorthodox Life

Captain Fantastic

Have you ever seen the movie "Captain Fantastic"?

It's about a man and his family who live an unorthodox life. Some call it the hippie or "living off the grid" lifestyle. I like to think of it as living with the flow of life. Anyways, in the movie tragedy happens and the family goes on a mission. Their relatvies never really accepted their way of life, so it becomes a challenge for Captain Fantastic trying to prove that his lifestyle is just as viable as "normal" society's way of life.

As artists and creative individuals we go against the grain of what would be considered traditional or what everyone else is doing. Going against society is going against "normal".

Living Life on Your Own Terms

For the past 20+ years I've lived what I consider to be the artist's way of life. I used to be caught up in the matrix of the 9-to-5 grind - working just to pay bills. Then I woke up one day and decided that I didn't want to waste anymore time doing something that I didn't love. Actually, up until that point I did work in industries that I liked. I was a manager for a popular clothing company before venturing into the travel industry and working for a tour company based here in San Diego. Then I worked for Nordstrom, which taught me alot about customer service and making connections with customers.

However, I wanted to be my own boss and call the shots. I wanted to wake up and do things that I absolutely loved such as write, paint, and make jewelry. Most of all, I wanted to sleep in whenever I wanted to. Those who know me know how much I love my sleep...

A New Mindset

There were many hurdles to overcome on my way to becoming a full-time entrepreneur and artist. First, there's that old mindset that you have to "starve" to be an artist. That's a crock of shit. I have no idea who started that idea, but I'm here to tell you that you can be a thriving and abundant artist if you set your mind to it. Getting over that mindset took awhile because I had to battle that on top of living in a place like San Diego. In case you didn't know, it's not exactly the cheapest place to live in the U.S.

When you choose to be an artist/entrepreneur you also have to deal with friends and family who do want the best for you, but want to impose on you their traditional ways of life. They want you to have "security" and jobs with benefits. Meanwhile they're moaning and groaning about waking up early, going to work and having to deal with coworkers.

A Life Full of Surprises

Being an artist or entrepreneur is NOT boring to say the least. It's full of creativity and spontaneity. You're blown away every once in awhile when a creative idea wanders into your mind. You'll often wake up wondering what the day will hold and what creative adventures will show up.

Granted, it's not always lollipops and roses, but the rough times build character and inspire you to do better. And if you're only accountable to yourself like I am, you need failure every once in awhile to learn the lessons and continue on this magical journey.

In a world full of zombies and robots we need more people like you who continue to inspire others to do what they love. You are the warriors who continue to put creative energy out into the galaxy so there's always something new to see and experience. For that, I thank you.