Have you been thinking about turning your passion into a career? To be passionate about what you do is to live a life creating work that you’re excited to share with the world. When I first embarked on my writing journey, I never imagined that it would turn into a full-fledged career, and every day I wake up wondering what more I can do to improve.
The road to building a successful creative career takes effort, dedication, and above all, consistency. If you’re not willing to put the time in, you won’t be able to grow as a creator. When you’re at the start, you might not have figured out what it is you want to do, whether it be freelance writing, building your online business, or self-publishing your first book. Though, I will tell you that your first creative-career decision doesn’t have to be the one you’re stuck with for the rest of your life.
You get to decide what you want to share with the world, how you’re going to provide value to your audience, and what will inspire them to keep coming back for more. Laying out a plan, and having a few key steps will help you get accustomed to introducing new processes into your daily routine that will help you reach your creative-career goals.
What Do You Want to Do?
Where will your main focus be? If you’re starting as a freelance writer, for example, your first step would be finding out where best to showcase your portfolio. Building a website that reflects who you are and what your business is all about is incredibly important. Creating a platform for yourself will help your audience engage with you, and get a taste for the kind of content you’ll produce or products you’ll sell.
Don’t be afraid to test the waters with different options, and don’t get discouraged if things do not go your way the first time around. It took me months of writing to see a single read on any of my posts, but by establishing consistent writing habits and learning to change up my content, I managed to grow over time. Now, ask yourself, what do you want to do?
How Are You Going to Be Different?
This is a tough one because you’re experiencing content on daily basis from so many different mediums, it can be hard to keep up. If there’s one thing I’ve learned while being a writer in the digital space it’s that your voice is your most powerful tool. Your experiences help inspire others even if you don’t think they’re truly a story worth telling.
Allow yourself to be authentic and to create in a way that showcases your personality. Take the time to learn, inspire yourself, and outline what sets you apart from the rest of the creators out there trying to do the very same thing. You may not think that what you’re working on is any different than those who have already built their platforms, but you’d be wrong. Your perspective is what drives your content, so don’t let it get lost in your work.
What Does a Typical Day Look Like?
Creating a daily routine that works for you is an essential part of developing your creative career. When I first started writing, I didn’t take it as seriously as I should’ve because I was convinced that no one was ever going to read what I wrote. I didn’t have a schedule, make a list of content ideas, or even understand my niche.
Planning ahead will save you a lot of time especially if you’re trying to integrate building a creative career with your already busy schedule. Taking your work seriously and treating it like a job will keep you on track. Set strict, realistic deadlines, and don’t be afraid to start small. Even if you just plan to sit down and brainstorm, it’s one step closer to creating content than you would be if you didn’t.
Here are some things to keep in mind
1. If you feel overwhelmed, make an actionable plan, and write out every step as detailed as possible.
2. Don’t worry about failure, because every creator faces rejection, but it’s when you pick yourself back up to try again that you’ll eventually succeed.
3. Take your creative work as seriously as you do your other responsibilities in your life because that is how you’ll see genuine results.
4. Create a balanced schedule and plan ahead, so you can free up time to improve your skills.
5. Don’t lose your voice or your authenticity as you set out to build an incredible creative career.
I hope these tips help you get started on establishing and maintaining your creative career!
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Anisa Nasir is a freelance writer and aspiring novelist. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and family. She’s the writer behind As She Writes.