I start a part-time job tomorrow . That about wraps up exactly 8 months of unemployment, and it was interesting to say the least.
This was not the plan.
I quit my last job end of April, thinking I would move eastside by June, at which point I would hope to begin a new dayjob wherever I found a place to live. One weird situation led to me living at home for 3 more months, until I finally moved to Lincoln Heights in August.
I'll spare the details, but I learned more and did more in the past 8 months than I did all of college. Attempting to live a freelance life without intending to quickly proved itself both fulfilling and stressful. One month I had 3 photography/video gigs and was working every single day, the next I was sitting in my bedroom searching for Craigslist jobs for days on end, the next I was on tour with a band, the next I made a enough money to cover rent in one single weekend.
There was no pattern to teach me how to plan for what might come next, or how I would learn to budget myself when I had no idea what the next month would look like, especially right now when I don't have the clientele that will actually allow me to go full time freelance. That said, I learned a few very crucial points:
Work hard, be kind, put yourself out there.
You know that saying, build it and they will come? Or something like that? Well I learned that if you post a Facebook status asking for work, work will come! Basically, the more I was throwing it into the universe that I was looking for gigs, the harder I was emailing and putting my portfolio in front of people's eyes, the more work I was getting. It's not easy, it's not simple. Work hard, and people might notice. Put yourself out there, and people will see you. Be kind, or else none of the aforementioned will matter.
Over the past 8 months I realized I haven't been creating my own art enough. I realized I could do whatever I wanted to do, learn any new skill I wanted to, be anyone I wanted to be, as long as I just did it. Wanna start a band? gather your friends, make music with them, and hey look! you have a band now. Wanna make buttons for bands? buy a button maker, tell bands you make buttons, and hey look! you have a button making business now.
Anything is possible if you work hard and be kind to others, in my humble opinion.