So there I was:
Early 20’s, New York livin’, and one paycheck away from poor.
It seemed like no matter how much money I made, or didn’t make, my bank account was just constantly looking at me in disappointment.
Finally, after months of self-pity, I decided to take control of my life, money, and future by following the advice of one of my trusted mentors, who always told me:
“You have to make your art your business.”
With nothing else to lose, I decided to do just that. And so, I did the following, in this order:
1.Quit My Job
After working as an assistant for over 2 years, I decided it was time to stop assisting people and get in the game. Strategically, I built my portfolio while I was assisting, and spent countless hours reading and studying my superiors, taking notes on what I would need to do to secure a role at the next level.
Tip: When you’re working at the assistant level, there is a salary cap on your position, which doesn’t help you, or your confidence. If you’re in a position to be promoted at your current employer, try and see if that role is a good fit for you. If not, work there as long as you need to, gain the skills and experience necessary, and then, BOUNCE.
2. I Set Expectations And Stuck To Them
Tip: Don’t be afraid to ask for what you’re worth. Take note: Every industry is different, however, most industries pay their employees according to the standard and based on their experience. When searching, set your job search filters to your expected salary range and experience. If you’ve got the experience, GO FOR IT. If you don’t, go get it.
3. I Made My Art My Business-For Real
Tip: Take a serious look at all of your skills and put them to use. If you’re crafty, start an Etsy. Love to bake? Sell your cakes! Whatever it is you’re good at, hone that skill, build it’s credibility, and turn it to a hustle. There’s no point in investing all of your talents into everyone else’s bank except your own.