‎”You Don’t Have a Real Job” — Setting the Record Straight.

Sandy Coelho is a friend and a very good writer. Being a writer, she has much in common with many of my followers and readers who, like myself, are also writers. Sandy found herself in a touchy, difficult situation but she is not the type of person to let misconceptions lie.

Her current blog post gives powerful arguments for why writers do in fact have a Real Job. Writers, I  hope you enjoy Sandy’s arguments.

For non-writers, I hope you’ll consider the points Sandy makes. Have you ever heard the parent of an artist or writer ask their son or daughter, “Why don’t you get a real job?” or “Why don’t you study to be a doctor or lawyer?” Here’s a counter to that logic.


May 4, 2012 · 12:11 pm

13 responses to “‎”You Don’t Have a Real Job” — Setting the Record Straight.

  1. Hi Rich,
    Thanks for linking my post. I grew tired of the misconceptions which seem to abound towards anyone who is in a similar position. We need to stand up for ourselves. A job should not be defined by the amount of income it generates, rather by the effort you put in to it.
    Thanks again. I hope your readers find it interesting!

  2. You had me at the title. 🙂 Amen!

  3. Thanks for pointing out Sandy’s latest post Rich, very very frustrating to have what you do devalued by the ignorant…

  4. This is so true. Being an artist and a graphic designer can relate to this. Good post!

    • That’s unfortunate. The written word and art have the potential to influence generations beyond our lifetimes; whether prose, poetry, a compelling design or fine art.

      • I agree, it is so important, if the media and school would support the arts more people would be educated and touch by so many talented writers and artists. More and more writers are using social media, blogs and other resources to reach a broader audience; things are changing.
        We must keep going at what to do, anything will help.

  5. Hi Doris, Rich,
    Thank you! I agree with you both. Doris, I see a change as well, but it is not happening fast enough. Too many artists are becoming frustrated and giving up because they are tired of running into the same brick wall.
    We need to continue to stand up and let people know what we do is just as important as what they do. We may not be making as much money as some but we are making an investment in our work.

    • Sandy, your strong support for the creative community speaks for itself. Art in all its forms requires persistence, diligence and backbone.

      Ongoing support and encouragement by friends and loved ones helps.

  6. i can relate to that
    they used to make fun of me when i started blogging but later on when my blog took off people realized they were wrong

  7. congrats
    i wish you all the best 🙂

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