To all of the artists reading this part, please take it with a grain of salt. What can I say? Artists can be eccentric, laser focused, moody and complicated, constantly changing their minds about life. When your life is dependent on how creative you can be compared to the competition, these personality traits will find their way into your daily routine.
Artists are easy to love but when work is starting to get slow or a client rejects their vision, their partner has to be emotionally available to handle the uncertainty that they may be faced with.
Being a successful artist attracts groupies and followers because an imaginative mind is a beautiful thing. Bringing art into the home can be less expensive than purchasing an open space or a loft. But not everyone is accepting of life-size paintings in their garage or customers coming into your home to be painted or to pick up a piece of work.
Talk to your partner and ask them what they think about you becoming a freelance artist. Whether they do or do not support you, you have to be ready for the sunny and rainy days. Nobody ever said that living your dreams was always going to be easy.
4. Telephone Operators
Imagine spending Monday through Friday, 8 hours a day on the phone talking to people on the job. That is almost 40 hours a week of communicating. This might sound like a piece of cake for those that love talking, but it isn’t easy. If you are in sales, you have to do a lot of listening, ask questions and face rejection. That can be quite heavy on anyone’s mind after a long day of work.
There are breaks in between with the occasional 1-hour lunch, but it may not still be enough to save your sanity. Going home and complaining about your daily phone calls can be therapeutic, but also a turn-off to some men. As you step your foot out of the door at work, the baggage that comes along with being on the phone may not be easy to forget or let go of.
While a slightly different type of operator, Halle Berry starred in the movie The Call as a 9-1-1 operator and opened up our eyes about how one phone call and a mistake can have a negative impact on one’s mental health.