For a time I did quit my day job and focused just on art. Overall, I am happy I did it. With the experience I have now, I can also see how I could have made more of the experience.
An article written by Lara Ryan in Progress Magazine called, "My mother's daughter"shares what you need to make a success of quitting your day job and in thinking back on my own experience, I feel she summed it up perfectly.
"When I finally decided to leap into self-employment, I was confident that my skills and networks could support me. I was also fortunate that other business ventures had positive revenue streams. I measured the risks and decided to go for it."
An artist has a great advantage if they've built up a substantial body of work. The more the better, in other words 20 knock out pieces is still on the low side inventory wise. This artist is also ready and raring to go if they are fast enough to produce at least 5 paintings a month, have a support system, and have a positive revenue stream coming in.
If you're like me and you don't have all that criteria going for you right now you might be surprised to know how many other artists haven't quit their day job. This isn't failure. Just know it takes time and is part of paying your dues. You haven't bought into the 'starving artist' mentality ;) If you're an artist, like other businesses both large and small it's smart to have support before taking the leap.