I also left the corporate world to become an artist, and I, too,
have a studio at home.
Because of my business background, I already had the discipline to
go into the studio and work. What I found out after a while, is that
I needed more discipline, to STOP myself at times. It is truly a
double edge sword and maintaining a BALANCE between work and play is
If I am in the studio for too long, it becomes unproductive. If I
schedule visits with friends, it actually becomes a “reward” to look
forward to. I work harder when I know there is something (fun)
scheduled outside the studio. It is so important to breathe in and
Look at the advantages of working at home:
(1) NO COMMUTE!!! I don’t know how far away from home you worked,
but I’m thankful every day that I do NOT have to get into my car, or
get on a train, or deal with traffic and type A attitudes.
(2) You can take a siesta in the middle of the day if you are
(3) You can listen to your favorite music while you work.
(4) You can make your own hours (double edged, again) - I remember
a conversation with another artist regarding this. A customer was
discussing the advantages of setting your own hours - The retort was
"Yes, I can work a half a day every day - it just depends upon which
12 hours I want to work."
Balance is the key, and that becomes a dance …
There is the creative force which all of us deal with - especially
when there is a business at stake. There are days I walk into my
studio with a plan. Then I spot a stone that speaks to me (NOT in
the plan), and suddenly the day becomes all about that stone. I used
to struggle with this, and try to stick to my original plan. What
I’ve learned is that I lose all productivity when trying to stick
with “the plan”. I am my MOST productive when I simply go with the
The holes in the inventory still get plugged in for the next
deadline. I don’t really know how it all happens, but it’s all part
of the dance. I believe that when you are doing what you love, all
the details truly fall into place.
I don’t know if you consider yourself a “people” person (as so many
artists do not seem to enjoy doing shows). I love doing shows and
dealing with the people (most of the time!!). However, when I return
home, I’m totally depleted. (Time to breathe in!)
The dance (which we all do) requires a certain amount of resilience.
The rhythm is unique to each person - and is the balance between
the creative force and the required business/paperwork/PR that needs
to be done in order to make a living. I think “hunger” is a big
factor in setting the pace (literally or metaphorically!).
Any unsolved problems also interfere with the rhythm. I’ve become
a much better problem solver, as my reward is the creativity that
follows. It takes time for my energy to balance out, but the dance
always ends up in the studio - and I start all over again!
Most of the problems you face (with a studio at home or away) will
remain the same - it’s all about the dance and balancing your life.
Why complicate it by adding to the statistical probabilities of a
commute, rent, etc. etc.
Please contact me if you want to discuss any of this. I’d be happy
to contribute whatever I can.
Hope this helps!!