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First corporate role and I’m beginning to very much dislike my job and finding it hard to concentrate. Is it a bad idea to quit and focus on what’s important to me in life atm? I love writing and photography so I would go heads down on producing that work instead. I’m also in a strong position to climb the corporate ladder otherwise and don’t want to “throw it all away”.

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On the same boat. I wouldn’t recommend quitting anything unless you’ve got a hefty amount on your savings acct.

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Depends on your financial situation, I think. Could you afford to take time off and maybe go back to school? Start hustling hard to make your hobbies into a career? What are you ultimately looking to get out of life? A bit of advice from a creative person working in an analytic role; pursue your passions outside of work and treat your job as what it is - a job. Not everyone will be happy with that arrangement, but as someone who tried to turn my creative endeavors into my livelihood and ended up resenting it, I say there’s absolutely no shame in having a day job to pay the bills while doing what you love outside of that. It’s brought me a lot more happiness and clarity since I realized that I am not my job.

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Ultimately, I don’t like feeling forced to create for other people. With my writing, I resented editors asking me to change my voice. With my paintings, I dreaded commissions. I felt a lot happier when I stopped stressing myself out over “having” to be creative to survive and started just enjoying it because I had a more stable source of income.

Pursue what you want as early in your career as you can. Moving up the ladder is an old school mindset that doesn’t always deliver. It’s helpful if you like the work.

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I wrote and did photography full time before going corporate. It takes someone with a lot of grit, adaptability, humility, good health, luck, and drive to make it work as a “working artist.” I have no regrets going this route for the first half of my career, but these past few have been less stressful for me. Just know that getting into the biz later is no cakewalk, but if you can survive as a creative on your own, you’ve got the skills to get your ass back in the game when/if you want to later on.

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Did you find that risk to pursue photography and writing ended up helping you in your career rather than set you back?

Also, side note: since I came into advertising later in life due to my earlier careers, I’m older than most people I work with. That is a mental hurdle for sure too.

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