#WeekendCoffeeShare: Strangers/Friends Will Support You Before Family
While this may not apply to every single artist, blogger, content creators, or person in general, for the most part artists of all lanes tend to experience this a lot. Parents who tend to have an old school mentality think that being an artist is not a real job.
Professions such as Lawyers, Accountants, Doctors, Firefighters (you know... something that sounds uppity) are the careers that they want their kids to obtain. Even if they themselves (the parents) do not hold a job in any of those industries, I have seen many (even my own) constantly try to push an artist away from their passion.
The thing about being on the receiving end of this situation is actually adjusting to it. Personally it took me a little time to adjust to the fact of understanding my friends were simply more supportive than the people I grew up with. I remember when I started my journalism & photography businesses 6 years ago. When I told my family there was no real excitement there (excluding my older brother, he was the only one happy about it). Everyone else in the family made it seem as if our entire family is full of entrepreneurs (which it is far from it).
However, when I told my friends in college they were so excited, it felt like I won the Super Bowl or a Grammy! At that time I knew it was going to be a rocky road trying to run a business, work for someone else, and go to college full-time. While steam didn't really start picking up until last year for me (business wise) the journey is what made me and my businesses what they are today.
To this day I don't think my family will even get what it means for me to be an entrepreneur. In their mind, it would be better if I just worked for someone else just like they do. Instead of doing what I am passionate about on my own schedule, my daily routine should include a 9am-5pm schedule with a 30 minute lunch break.
That life sucks and I will never work for anyone else again in my life. I don't care if my family thinks that I should have just stayed down the road of working for others because it is some "safe net" (whatever the heck they mean by that). I am happy with what I have going on and at the end of the day, I know my friends will be there to support the forms of artistry I am passionate about and keep on pushing me.