The Worst Advice You Can Give Artists, Musicians and Makers

Please stop saying this to creative people

Joe Cardillo
4 min readJan 14, 2022
Photo by Jr Korpa on Unsplash

You should be glad you don’t do what you love for a living. Let it be something you do on the side, otherwise you might grow to hate it.

Has anyone ever said this to you? I’ve heard this countless times. Both directed at me and others.

Sure. I get it.

We have to make a living and art doesn’t always pay. Fine. But is this really the best way to get that point across? To tell someone they should be glad they don’t do what they love all the time?

That’s like telling a fish they shouldn’t swim or they might get tired of it. Or a bird it shouldn’t fly because they might get bored.

A passion is something woven into you. You can’t escape it.

When you love something, it hurts to not do it. Sure they’ll be times you need a break. Burnout is real. But just because burnout is a thing, it doesn’t mean you should heed this advice.

When we say this to creatives it’s usually because we’ve personally failed to make our passion our career and we don’t want to see others suffer the same heartbreak.