How to Quit Your Job and Make a Living* Off Your Artistic Dream Job Despite Social Anxiety

*I am #honored to write this. But also will clarify that I am hardly making a living, yet.
  1. 1.
    Figure out what thing (or things) make you the happiest.
    Realize that your job is only a fraction of what makes you happy. Realize that you hate every other part of it. Feel smothered by time and how much of it you waste doing what you don't like.
  2. 2.
    Be #blessed enough to have dreamers for parents who always support you taking the road less travelled.
    And live in the garage at 26 years old.
  3. 3.
    Take boring illustration jobs to bring in a tiny income while you work on a children's book on the side.
    But, also be really bad at multitasking.
  4. 4.
    This is where social anxiety comes in. Talking and negotiating with the people who commission you. I always run things by my Momager™ because I'm most likely to say "oh... You don't have to pay me! Money is awkward! I'll work 4 free and hate life!"
  5. 5.
    Research the hell out of the career I want. How other people got published. The ins and outs of protocol. Publishing vs self publishing. Agent vs no agent.
  6. 6.
    Social anxiety also comes into play with Social Media. I am SO uncomfortable promoting myself. Every promotional word is likely followed by twelve self depreciating words.
    I'm constantly trying to find where the line is between confidence and cockiness. (Advice welcome.)
  7. 7.
    Comparison is the killer of joy. The minute I start comparing is the minute I can count on at least a week of depression and lack of motivation.
  8. 8.
    Daily battling my fear of failure and trying to toughen my skin to rejection.
    My first book is nearly finished and the idea of sending it out to publishers and agents is terrifying.
  9. 9.
    Picking yourself up by your bootstraps and trusting that if this is what's right for you... Everything will fall into place. 🙏🏽
    If I'm rejected.. This just wasn't the right book to start out with. So I'll write another and submit it again. And again. And again. I'll self publish. I'll keep going and never stop.
  10. 10.
    Being comfortable with any outcome.
    Will they be received? Will people like me? Will I make enough? This is the career I've chosen. If that means getting published and selling well - awesome! If not, I'll self publish. I'll make the most of what I can get. Success is trying your hardest. Being able to write children's books is my dream and success for me is following that dream.