Posts Tagged ‘Money’

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “Do what you love and the money will follow.”  I have.  Many times.  And in many ways I believe it, but I also understand when people are skeptical…I’m skeptical too.  I don’t have a great answer when clients ask how they are supposed to pay the bills while they make a movie, write a novel, pursue athletics, work with immigrants, teach, and on and on.  And yet, I still believe it’s my role to push people to do what they love.

Last night I was reading an article in the New Yorker (September 5, 2011) about a Dutch artist, Theo Jansen, who does what he loves.  He makes giant beach animals out of plastic tubing and they’re in a commercial for BMW.  What popped into my mind the minute I read that fact was:  he’s making money by doing what he loves.  And no one could have predicted that.

For me, it goes to show that you really never can tell what will happen.  Theo Jansen and those around him could have (and possibly did) come up with a million reasons why making moving beach animals wasn’t practical or worthwhile, but he went ahead and did it anyway.

As I engage in mental dialogue with myself in the coming weeks and months about what is worthwhile and how I can help more in supporting my family financially, I’m going to remind myself of Theo.  I’m going to keep doing what I love and believe anything can happen.