What a professional title, huh? To be honest, I’m only 20 years old, so not exactly the best source for life information, but that’s also why I call these Non-Tutorials—you guys don’t have to do anything I tell you. These are more like open journal entries with my own experiences, how I figure these things out, and to be honest, these blog entries keep me sane in the morning at work anyway. I was just thinking about this topic and wanted to bring it up to you guys since that’s exactly what I’m doing: pursuing my passions as careers.
Now, how can you start getting paid for your work? Good question—does anyone have any pointers? Really, though, there are many ways to get started. It’s a matter of looking for what works for you. Over a year ago, I signed up for a freelance blogging site called Blogmutt where you can sign up for paid writing gigs, but you have to write specifically for certain topics, and none of them were topics I felt passionate about. It was also very competitive as well. That was back when I was on unemployment—worst six months ever. That aside, Blogmutt is very professional. You fill out your W-2s and all that like you’re applying for a regular job, and then you work at your own pace until you get hired by somebody, but here’s the thing—I never wrote anything. I actually still get bi-weekly emails asking “is this the week you’ll start writing for Blogmutt?” and I haven’t touched the site in over a year.
It might work for some of you, so if you’d like to give it a try, maybe do some research and check it out! It just didn’t work out for me.
I looked all over for different writing gigs to see if I could start getting a regular income, but everything I looked into was stuff I simply wasn’t qualified for. In the end, I ended up getting a regular job. I worked in retail for a month before I was re-hired at the call center I currently work at, and I’ve been here for over a year now. It’s not glamorous, but I have some cool co-workers, amazing supervisors, and I never feel intimidated working here. Stressed, yes, but never intimidated or scared.
The next thing I tried was actually quite recent. I started a Patreon page, but I never had time to complete it or promote it. Working 9:30am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday proves to make it difficult to get anything else done if I also want to eat and sleep. I’ll find time eventually, but there’s no need to rush. I’m not forgetting to rest and take care of myself, though I do want to start working out so I have more energy in general. Once I get proper tennis shoes, I’ll join the gym my entire family goes to and work out for about an hour each morning or maybe at night. Yeah, night would be better since I take showers at night. (TMI, I know. Moving on.)
So, with all my attempts at finding a paid writing gig and making a Patreon page down the drain, what did I decide to do? I decided to just keep at it all! I’ve been writing like a man possessed, I’ve been composing some freaking amazing music at a superhuman rate, and I’m programming my game at an excellent pace! It actually feels like the game it was meant to be, and I love it so much. I’m honestly excited to release it publicly; I’m that confident about it.
My plan is to release the game for free, but sell the soundtrack for people who want it, because I want everyone to have access to the game, and if it gains a large enough audience, maybe I’ll make the next game cost about $5.00 or something cheap like that. I also have my books out for sale and I make about $5.00 off each sale of my newest book. In a way, I’m already doing my passions as a career. I just don’t make enough for a living wage yet, but I’ll never stop trying, and neither should you! I hope you have a wonderful day, and definitely go for what you’re passionate about… as long as it doesn’t harm others or yourself.