Saturday, December 4, 2021

Working Creatives: 7 Reasons NOT to Stop making Art when you are Promoted in a Managerial Position

You are an artist and you have many dreams about being an artist like pursuing an online business and when stable, leave your 9-5 job.

But what if in the midst of you reaching that dream, you’ve got promoted to a higher position in your company?

This means more work load. This means that instead of thinking only about yourself and how you can contribute to the success of your company, the management trusts you with a team you can gauge towards success.

Would this mean you stop creating art, stop sharing to social media, stop YouTube and stop blogging about it?

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You have a lot in your hand to work on and you are overwhelmed with work to think more about your dream art business. After all, you do not have time to finish that one small painting you have since last week.

This is exactly what happened to me. The appointment to be a Supervisor was so abrupt and there was no onboarding stage to even transition from my former position to that position.

I am writing this now after two weeks of wrestling to find out what to do with that new job. There’s so much to learn.

Within these two weeks, I can’t post to Instagram and Pinterest. I can’t even blog or create a new watercolor painting.

Despite of it, I’m here to say that you must NOT stop creating and here’s why:

#1. This will become your means to survive the stress brought about by the new position. 

I’ve transitioned into different jobs within my company, then I became an SME prior to becoming a Supervisor and I can say, drawing and painting became one of the sources of healing for me and a means to de-stress. As your position becomes more challenging and difficult, all the more you need to paint to relax. This has been a proven help for me and it will continue to be one that can keep me going amidst the challenge. My paintings, no matter how it deviates the standard of arts, are still a great source of healing and energy for me. I live and continue living because of it. This is the driving force that makes me survive my day to day job and chaotic life.

#2. Creating now even at a smaller amount of time per day can still bring you to your lifetime goal. 

No job is permanent, you know that. You may not be capable of leaving your job right now because of finances but digging your foundation while having your job would still bring you to having an established name in your field in the long run. A little practice a day could make you master your craft and become knowledgeable with it. Sharing your work of art even weekly could still give you followers that may help bring revenue later in life.

#3. Think of the people who follow and believe in you. 

You are an artist, even when you don’t believe in that word you are, because there are people who follow you. You are accountable to these people from the moment they decide to click that follow button in your profile. They follow you because they believe in you, they want to learn from you, and they want to see more from you. It is your commitment to not bring these people down.

#4. You can’t just walk away from making art. 

Why? Because you’ve been doing this for years. It is engraved in your system. It is rooted deep in your habits. Your mind and body will always look for it to get done. Your creativity will always prompt you to express. You are made to be creative regardless of how much you believe in this ability or not.

#5. Your passions can be a great inspiration that brings enthusiasm to your job.

I’ve heard this from the leadership training I have in my job a few months ago. This came from a good leader who loves cliff jumping and who brings her passions and happiness on the job. Her weekly cliff jumping sustains her during the week when she has to work and handles her job and this results in better leadership.

#6. There are ways to keep on creating despite being busy. 

If the thought of not having time is your problem, you can create an hour every day after work or set aside a day in a week for batch work.

Don’t be pressured by posting every day, just be real and go for posting quality and memorable work once a week if that’s what will work for you. Go for the “slow and steady” process. In Anne Lamott’s book Bird by Bird, she recommends looking at your creative work as short assignments. If you say, “I’m just going to sit in the chair for ten minutes and paint this one small section”, it’s much easier to get started.

#7. Making art while working can be fallback when things go wrong at work. 

I can say this again and again, our jobs are not dependable specially nowadays. During the time when the pandemic entered our country, I was temporary out of work and relied  only to the 50% salary provided by the company. 

It took us six months before they'd allowed me to get back to work and that was a work from home. The 50% allowance though stopped after three months. Out fear, I tried several online jobs only to find out that it's not that easy to earn money especially when you need it right away.

I realized that in order to earn online, you will need to invest years to be able to gain some tractions of viewers and followers that may become your customer. 

I will never forget that experience that is why I know that the best time to dig your foundation and experiment is during the time that you still have the job to tied you in the financial crisis. 

And making arts, improving them, and sharing them to the world are your best choice to do this because this is where you are good and passionate at. 

I hope these reasons are sufficient for you to keep on creating. Knowing your priority, having a system that works for you and being organized are your allies to keep up on painting even when you are promoted in a higher position with so much workload.

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