Your career is one of those labels you will wear throughout your life — and like most labels, it's bound to come with a variety of inaccurate stereotypes and cliches. This can definitely be said for people who hold artistic jobs, many of whom have experienced firsthand the misconceptions about people who work in creative fields. It's easy for misguided notions to abound when the work we do is often outside of the box and hanging around in that gray area, following its own unique set of rules. Unfortunately, these misconceptions often mean that creative employees and solo artists are frequently reduced or diminished by others — put in a special category of people who don't have "real jobs." In reality, though, nothing could be further from the truth: Of course artistic jobs are real jobs, and of course the people who do them are just as hard working as those who work 9-to-5s in a cubicle.
Creative workers help the world go 'round. They're part of the reason you have a smartphone to play on all day. They helped create your car. That Unicorn Frappuccino you're drinking? Someone creative must've thought of that, don't you think? People working in creative fields are all over the place — we're multiplying! — and we're not going anywhere anytime. So, while we're here, let's cut to the chase and nix some of these incorrect understandings once and for all, because they're getting kinda old. Hold my beer.