How to move towards creative work today

If you dream of being a full-time artist, or a musician, or getting paid to be a poet, or to make your living by writing a novel: there has never been a better time in the history to make that happen than now.

Harvard Education Specialist Tony Wagner touches on why in his New York Times piece, Need a job? Invent it. Wagner tells us: “because knowledge is available on every Internet-connected device, what you know matters far less than what you can do with what you know.”

As access to the Internet becomes more and more ubiquitous, knowledge workers that take-up most of the middle class are going to be readily available. The value of being able to do something anyone can do is going to diminish.

On the other end, the value of your creativity is going to rise.

In the very near future you’re going to have limited options: become a high-end professional of something very few people have mastered, do small work for small gains, or do something with your creative abilities (which can never be duplicated by another person).

Fortunately the Internet makes it easier to start living through your craft too. Here’s

  1. Start an online store to sell your paintings, artwork, hand-made goods, etc.
  2. Publish your own book or magazine instantly. It costs nothing, but you can even sell your books on Amazon or in bookstores around the Nation for about $100.
  3. Start a free website and share your thoughts or ideas, or become an affiliate for places like Amazon and sell things you enjoy.
  4. Create a physical product with 3D printing, like a jewelry line, tools, phone accessories, or a phone stand worth $150,000.
  5. Create an app or a game and sell it for the more than 114 million people who use apps or play games on their phones every day.
  6. Get high quality prints of your photography (or Instagram photos) and then sell them online or just sell your photos.
  7. Turn your art into products, like hats or shirts or posters or mugs or stickers, or really anything.
  8. Start an online magazine and help change the world of publishing forever.
  9. Contact someone who can help you move towards your work if none of the above options feel right.

Now, more than ever, is the time to start making that push toward doing what you’re passionate about.

You don’t have to dive off the cliff and dedicate yourself 100% to living through your craft just yet, but you’re going to want to start moving that way sooner or later. So why not start now, today?