This might sound like a bitter old man moaning about nothing and not understanding how good he’s got it, but nothing could be further from the truth. I’ve loved my life in creative industry, and I would change very little in my life even if I could. But the price the world sets for the privilege of doing creative work is very, very high. Employers view the fact that you are a key creative as a special perk given to you rather than an asset to themselves. In return they demand incredible amounts of your time without compensation or even so much as ‘thank you’. I’ve seen many, many prodigiously talented creative minds burned out completely by the demands placed on them.
Yes, me and the people I’ve worked with have changed the world and touched millions of people with the products we’ve created. But many of the creators have been broken by doing it, and discarded and forgotten. This is a high price to pay for doing something you love. I wonder if the ‘sensible’ people got it better: have family, raise kids, spend time with your hobbies and build your relationships, with their jobs taking minimal amount of time from their lives. Yes, they don’t ever get their 15 minutes of fame. But perhaps they get something more.
Very true. I also feel the calling of a "normal life". But I know I could go and embrace it if I wanted to.
But my guess is that when lying on our death bed, people like you can look back and claim that they had a good life, despite the sacrifices. Choosing an easy life will make you wonder "could I have done something different?"
After all, can you really go very wrong doing what you love?
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