Wednesday, May 09, 2007
It May Not Be Your Passion If:
#7 - You go into debt because the financial costs of practicing it are way too high.
I've spent quite a bit of money pursuing my playwriting/screenwriting career. I haven't kept exact track on how much (I knew it would hamper my creativity at the time), but I can estimate the costs as follows:
$1000 on writing seminars
$600 on airfare to Los Angeles for opening and closing weekends of Dearboy's War.
$200 on rental car fees in Los Angeles.
$250 for screenwriting software.
$150 on copying scripts.
That's $2200 - and it's a rough estimate. Granted, that's also over a number of years. Let's look at how much money I've directly made on this passion:
$500 award from the Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation.
Now it's not like I was in danger of going into debt. But as I've gotten less and less satisfaction out of writing scripts, I've certainly felt it in my wallet. Especially since those writing seminars here in DC have doubled their fees!
#1: You're in love with the idea of your passion, but you can't stand the component parts.
#2 - You and your passion have a long distance relationship (and you aren't willing to move.)
#3 - Pursuing your passion clashes big time with your personality.
#4 - In pursuit of your passion you end up doing things that might be hazardous to your health.
#5 - You say it's your passion, but you spend 100% of your "free," non-work time doing just everything else BUT working on what you say you love.
#6 - In considering your passion, you experience "Klondike Thinking."