5 Things That Happen When Your Hobby Becomes Your Job

Updated on April 22, 2019
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Jessica has been a professional entertainer for 14 years and loves all things creative in the world of entertainment, crafting, & cosmetics.

Have you ever wondered what it is like to turn that passion or hobby of yours into full-time employment? I would venture to say that almost everyone has dreamed of that and some of us are fortunate enough to get to at some point during our lifetime. Sometimes it comes early in life and then we move onto something else that is more practical, either through necessity or by choice. Sometimes it takes years to turn a dream into a reality after years at the grindstone. Often, we can imagine what it would be like so well when we dream about it that we can literally taste it. But do you really know what it is like?

As someone who has done just that, I will tell you a few things that are everything you have ever dreamed about, as well as things you wouldn't expect.

1. "You Never Work a Day in Your Life"

This is very true but not in the way that you might think. A lot of times, when your hobby is your living, you may actually put in more hours, more heart, more effort. However, when you love the "work", happiness, fulfillment, and joy will often follow and that makes it feel less like work because it is enjoyable. As a full-time performer, I often work six days a week, holidays, and weekends. I get no paid sick time or vacation pay, health insurance, or 401K. However, I make a living doing what I love and, personally for me, it's a fair trade. So it's not that I don't work, I very much do, but I couldn't be happier to.

2. It Can Become Mundane

A major misconception when you have a "fun" profession, is that it is exciting everyday, all the time. The truth is that anytime you do anything over and over, it can feel mundane at times, and that is okay. As with any job, you will have good, bad, exciting, and typical days. This is true in any line of work whether you love it or not, whether it is a career or entry level job. It's just a reality of anything.

3. You May Have the Desire to Find a New Hobby

After a while of doing what you love for a living, you may feel like you need to find a new hobby or passion. In my teenage years and early 20's, I dreamed of being a performer. After years of performing full time, I felt like I didn't have a hobby anymore, because I really didn't. A hobby is defined as an activity that is done in one's leisure time for pleasure. Therefore, once your hobby becomes your profession and the way you make your living, it is technically no longer a hobby. So I can totally understand why the desire to find a new hobby may come up. I felt a little guilty when it happened to me, but it shouldn't be. Why shouldn't it be perfectly awesome to, not only, love your career and have a hobby that you enjoy. It's a win-win!

4. Your Passion for it May Change Over Time

Much like a marriage, you will fall in love with it in different ways as the years go on. Often, when we get into a line of work, we will feel one way and choose it for certain reasons. After years, or even decades, feelings may change about what you do. I love performing in a different way now than I did when I started, not more or less, just different. I am happy taking a backseat to someone else, whereas, when I started, I wanted to be a "star." I have learned over the years, I don't want that much pressure. This will be different for everybody.

5. You'll Always Think There Is a Day When it Will End

It will be a natural fear for many of us who do what we love for a living that we will wake up from this dream. The truth is, it may not be forever, but it can also last a lot longer than you have ever dreamed possible. This is a price of being fortunate enough to do your passion for a living is that it can go away a little easier than other things, especially anything artistic. People who have steady, seemingly "regular" jobs, sometimes won't understand that there can be such uncertainty. But that is a price we pay.

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I would love to hear from you! What are your hobbies? Have you ever earned money or hope to someday? Do you make a small income from it or is it your full time employment? Comment below.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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      • Jessica Beasley profile imageAUTHOR

        Jessica B 

        3 months ago from United States

        It really does, and it can be so hard to find people who understand. I wish you a speedy recovery and much joy in whichever direction this takes you!

      • Ellison Hartley profile image

        Ellison Hartley 

        3 months ago from Maryland, USA

        There are definitely pros and cons of making your hobby your job. I teach horseback riding lessons and can't ride currently because of an accident. but before the accident, I hardly ever had any time to spend with my own horses! It changes your perspective for sure.

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