I don’t know about you, but it seems like I’m always cooking up a new side project. I have a line of greeting cards and stationery fueling my passion for paper.
Now that I have an 8-month old son, I’m working on a new line of baby goods (onesies and baby/mama stationery). And don’t even get me started on the several books I’m working on. As a creative person, having lots of side jobs is second nature to me—I can’t imagine life without it.
And it seems I’m not alone. I was lucky enough to have my line of greeting cards and stationery featured in the inaugural Sidelines column of HOW Magazine and I’ve enjoyed reading subsequent columns featuring other designers with creative side jobs.
Imagine my delight when I read an article in Fast Company magazine called, "How to Lead a Creative Life" about someone else who also enjoys juggling multiple side jobs: Martin Scorsese.
The prolific creative talks about how it’s good to find another creative outlet—or in his case, eight. Here are just a few of the side jobs that Scorsese, who turned 69 in November, has been involved in over the past two years: (Seriously, can we even refer to these as mere “side jobs?”)
- Director and executive-producer of Boardwalk Empire, HBO's epic gangster series set in Atlantic City
- Director of Living in the Material World, a George Harrison doc
- Founder and chairman of The Film Foundation, which has restored more than 550 old movies, salvaging the silent-film era.
Scorsese believes these types of projects are vital. I wholeheartedly agree. While most of us love working on client projects, sometimes you just want creative freedom. Freedom from the restraints of corporate budgets and multiple decision makers. Or as Scorsese says in the article, “I just wanna make the movie I wanna make.”
And more importantly, as I mentioned in my Sidelines column, your side job can inspire your “day job.” For example, a color palette I‘m brainstorming for a greeting card design might be perfect for a new client project or vice versa. This is one of the reasons I always have a sketchbook and colored pencils handy!
So, what’s your side job? Share in the comments!