Achieving Escape Velocity

Many artists become artists because they realise they were in the wrong job and instead of spending the rest of their lives pursuing that, they make a change in career and become artists.  That’s not an easy transition to make, especially if you have financial and family commitments.  You just cannot go from having your steady full time job and income, however unsuitable, to being an artist in one jump.  There’s too much danger of crashing and burning.

I liken the transition to achieving escape velocity.  When a rocket is launched, it’s a heavy thing and to escape earth’s gravitational field, a lot of energy is expended to reach the so called “escape velocity”, when the rocket is going fast enough and has enough forward momentum to overcome the forces of gravity.  It’s like that when you are changing careers.

In the first place, you have to be prepared for the fact that you’re going to burn a lot of energy – perhaps most of it – getting to the point where you can safely change from day job wage slave to independent artist.  There will be constant drag, but the more momentum you build, the less the drag affects you.

You are going to have to have enough energy applied consistently, without hesitation, to reach escape velocity in one burn.  There is no second chance.  There has to be enough fuel in the tanks to make the distance.

It’s going to take some time.  You cannot go from a standing start to escape velocity in an instant.  You have to build up to it, accelerating gradually and expending tremendous energy.  Lots of that energy will be wasted, consumed by losses, such as being fatigued and tired out by the demands of your existing occupation.

There will be a lot of noise and vibration and things will fall off, on the way.  The process is rather violent and disruptive and you’ll definitely be noticed while you are doing it.

If you burn all that energy and don’t reach the required escape velocity, it’s unfortunately true that you’re going to fall back down to earth, perhaps in a battered and beaten state.  It may be some time before you can attempt a launch again, if ever.  It depends on how bad your landing was.

The best you can do is to prepare carefully for launch.  Gather the necessary energy and plan to burn it brightly and brilliantly, in a determined push for the moon.  If you do and you reach escape velocity, maybe there will be another bright shining star in the heavens.

About tropicaltheartist

You can find out more about me here: There aren’t many people that exist in that conjunction of art, design, science and engineering, but this is where I live. I am an artist, a musician, a designer, a creator, a scientist, a technologist, an innovator and an engineer and I have a genuine, deep passion for each field. Most importantly, I am able to see the connections and similarities between each field of intellectual endeavour and apply the lessons I learn in one discipline to my other disciplines. To me, they are all part of the same continuum of creativity. I write about what I know, through my blogs, in the hope that something I write will resonate with a reader and help them enjoy their own creative life more fully. I am, in summary, a highly creative individual, but with the ability to get things done efficiently. Not all of these skills are valued by the world at large, but I am who I am and this is me. The opinions stated here are my own and not necessarily the opinion or position of my employer.
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