Make a Job of Pursuing a Hobby

Out of Work? Exercise Your Creative Muscle With a Side Project

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Ioana Filip
Ioana Filip
Losing a job shouldn't mean losing your creativity. And a great way to keep your creative mind active is by picking up a hobby. Most hobbies remain trivial, but some of them can become truly inspiring. So maybe you should consider this year's hobby as this year's job. And not just any job, but your dream job.

If you dream of your hobby becoming something big, you should assign goals to it. Know exactly where you want to get with it and do your best to fulfill that goal. Whether it's writing a book, painting, drawing, object design, paper architecture, photography, script writing, animation, comic books, sewing or lyrics writing, any creative hobby needs structure and planning.

Plan your hobby, work hard on it and make sure you perfect it. Consider it your eight-hour-a-day job. Set a realistic schedule to follow each day and give yourself at least a couple of hours daily to work on your creative hobby. You should also set a deadline for your project, if it hasn't already been set by an award festival or a producer. Consider the deadline a motivator; the payoff will be your completed work.

Deadlines should always be set according to your final objective. If you are thinking of exhibiting your paintings in a gallery next year, you may want to give yourself a longer deadline, because some goals are more difficult to achieve than others. Pursuing a hobby is creating outside the box, but try to stick to some real-life boundaries if you want to make something of your hobby.

Your first goal for your hobby may be winning recognition, a certificate or an award that will draw attention to your creative potential outside advertising. There are many advertising agencies around the world that are looking for creative people from all areas, so why not try to explore a different side of your creativity while you still have some free time at hand.

Here are some different goals that may help your creativity get noticed. Surely, the more original your hobby the more unique your goal should be, but this can be a starting point. Write a book. Publish a single edition of your own story online.

Write a play. Win a young scriptwriting award, produce a radio play with a local radio station or convince a local theatre to present it.

Try your hand at photography. Get your photos published in a magazine, have one exhibition by the end of next year, win at least one photography award.

Paint or draw. Have your own exhibition, illustrate a book cover, sell one painting, win a drawing award, produce one comic book.

Dabble in object design. Convince the manager of a concept store to display your objects, show your concepts to a furniture designer, build your own website where you can display your unique items.

Write lyrics. Win poetry awards, write songs for a young local artist, publish a poetry book.

And the list can go on. Many people have made a business out of their hobby; you should start by simply thinking of adding creative value to your portfolio. During this time you can still dream big. Use the time wisely.

Ioana Filip joined the internship program of JWT Bucharest in 2006 as a student and was few months later hired as a copywriter. Still at JWT, she's now working on the agency's international brands on all mediums. A graduate of communication and PR with a major in advertising and media in 2008, she's also a passionate screenwriter and a social-media addict, writing regularly about it on her blog,
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