Inspired by Managing Your Side Hustle Without Going Insane
Figure modeling is picking up. I’m making more contacts, I’m working lots of evenings and weekends. Is this my passion?
What I like best is meeting artists, talking about and being around art. A painter told me he gets just as much from being around other artists as he does painting. That community aspect is a huge reason why I model.
In the art world, when I’m on the model’s stand, my energy is focused inward, and I’m in the moment only thinking of the next pose. I focus on the painting or drawing as a whole, and the flow of a sequence. In the business world, I’m outgoing, focused on building relationships, future oriented, looking to close deals, linear. Modeling is a completely different focus and flow.
Having two jobs that require opposite skills is a great balance. That’s why, when I start making art or trying to market my boyfriend’s band, it won’t feel awkward. I’m learning to focus my energy differently.
I really like making money from art. Money validates action in a way joy just can’t. Andy Warhol said “Making money is art.” It’s true that real artists make art no matter what. I don’t love figure modeling as much as making my own art- I wouldn’t do it for free. So maybe it’s not exactly my passion. But learning is my passion.