Office workers by day, artists by night

How four creative artists are ‘making it’ part-time.

I used to think professional musicians, artists and writers were the epitome of creative success. They’d bypassed nine-to-five monotony and were travelling the world, being recognised for, and making a living from, their craft.

Twenty years on, I’ve started noticing different kinds of artists, a different kind of success: friends with “normal” jobs and “normal” lives who are still driven to create. Their ages mean they’re past their so-called prime; their circumstances mean it’s hard to find the time. They may never “make it” in the sense of fame and fortune, and they’re well aware of this – but they’re making anyway.

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Emma Wilkins is a Tasmania-based journalist and freelance writer. Topics of interest include relationships, literature, culture and faith.