Melanie's Question of the Week

Being an adult is really, really, hard.

It’s sometimes difficult to tell people you’re an artist—especially if you’re waiting tables or sitting at a desk staring at an obsolete computer screen all day. It sounds fake when it flies out of our mouths. For many artists, we do not stay in the studio all day, every day, and create, create, create! It’s much different than that.

For me, personally, much of it is struggling to get out of bed in the morning and flying down the highway to get to work. I shake martini’s all day and pretend that I know the difference between rye whiskey and bourbon whiskey. I leave work a little drained, come home, throw on my pajamas, and plant myself in front of the TV while snacking on Cheez-It’s. I find that in the blink of an eye it’s suddenly 10pm and I think to myself, “I should have drawn today…” And then I go to bed. 

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As artists, we are constantly looking for new ways to balance our day job with our creative job. But how do you balance your creative time with your actual business? 

We spoke with Carina Tenaglia (@dcbrushesandstrokes), a full-time law student, who had quite a bit to say about this!

“I like to brainstorm all the time, and keep notes on my phone that I’m constantly updating. I like to plan a few hours here and there each week to create and mess around with some new techniques. It’s a little challenging to meet that goal, but I do my best to stick to it,” says Carina. 

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A lot of times I’ll even try to brainstorm business ideas while doing cardio at the gym.
— Carina Tenaglia

We all work at different paces. Some of us are constantly in chaos between our studio and organization, and some of us are a bit more put together and prompt. You need to divide up your time is to understand and accept the way that you personally work best. As Dolly Parton said, “Find out who you are, and do it on purpose.”

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