I'm having trouble balancing everything. I realized this a few weeks ago when I tallied up the hours I had worked on a piece and saw that I was spending a similar amount of time on it as I had on previous pieces I was working on when I still had a full time job. Don't get me wrong, I'm not just fucking around the majority of my days. It turns out that to become a working artist there's a whole lot more to do than art. Duh, Melissa.
Right from the beginning of this journey I knew that I needed to give time to marketing, meeting other creatives, learning new techniques, explore new opportunities, and seeing the work of others. I have given time to all of these things and I feel that doing that has only resulted in my benefit. However, all of those things take time. They take time away from actually creating...and I'm having trouble with this.
I think part of my difficulty with this is that my work is a slow process. Final products take a lot of time...a LOT of time. A big part of me wants to never leave the house until I'm done with a piece. Is that okay? Is all the other stuff just a distraction?
Often I definitively feel that I'm on the right path. I have had some wonderful opportunities come my way from putting myself out there. However, the other part of me feels that I should focus on the work and the other pieces can come together later.
*sigh* I know the "right way" to do things will be understood in hindsight. I hate how that works. For now though, it's time to stop blogging and get "back" to work.
Do you guys have insight for me? Understanding how other people balance their paths will perhaps give me an understanding on how to balance mine...which would make me forever grateful.