don’t give up your day job
I’ve landed myself a part-time job behind the bar of a very cool music venue and pub and I realised this is my first job to support my writing instead of writing being something that I do on the side of another career. It made me curious and I found out some interesting occupations that writers have had.
William Faulkner worked in a post office – until he was fired for reading on the job.
Haruki Murakami ran a jazz club until he started writing in his thirties.
J.D. Salinger worked in a meat-processing factory and then on a Caribbean cruise ship.
Franz Kafka worked for an insurance company.
Raymond Carver juggled writing and jobs as a hospital porter, textbook editor, dictionary salesman, petrol station attendant and deliveryman.
William S. Burroughs was a pest controller and a private detective.
Mary Gaitskill was a stripper.
Phillip K. Dick worked in a record store and briefly as a disk jockey.
There aren’t many writers and artists out there that can live off their craft alone, some continue to work even after fame and success.
Do you work a day job? I’d be interested in hearing what people do to do the thing they love.