However they do it: balancing a day job with their art, educating themselves towards a more stable career path or monetising their artistic flair in perhaps less than ‘pure’ ways compromises have to be made.
SURGE spoke to three artists trying to figure out how best to survive in the modern world.
California Janson is a Brighton-based illustrator. She is currently balancing film school and part-time work with her illustration.
SURGE: You study film but illustration seems to be your passion, how come?
SURGE: What gives you hope you’ll make it?
Stephanie Gibson is a Glasgow-based photographer. She is currently working full-time alongside her photography.
SURGE: How are you managing your day job and your photography?
SURGE: Photography has been your passion for a long while. Would going full time risk losing that passion?
Van Tastik is an Edinburgh-based musician. He is currently a full-time one-man-band playing gigs, covers, and hosting nights of music.
SURGE: What have you learned so far from your life as a full-time artist?
SURGE: How are you managing the financial side of things?