Friday, January 19, 2018

When Are You Going to Get a Proper Job?: Parenting and the Creative Muse by Richy K. Chandler - Book Review

35232850When Are You Going to Get a Proper Job?: Parenting and the Creative Muse by Richy K. Chandler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published November 21st 2017 by Singing Dragon

"Drawing pictures all day. Nice work if you can get it, eh? I suppose you haven't had so much time to focus on a proper career..."


This witty, insightful graphic novel explores the challenges faced by artists in today's society, through the life of a comics creator named Tariq. Creative block is the least of Tariq's worries, as he struggles to be a `good enough' father while pursuing a career that is underpaid and underappreciated. Swapping notes with other parents in creative professions, and driven by his artistic muse, Tariq maps out a plan for making his art and his other responsibilities work together in harmony - most of the time.




Related to it as an artist, not so much as a parent (because I'm not one). Though the parts about balancing your work and parenting were insightful (and a bit discouraging if I'm being honest), especially since at some point in the far off distant future that might probably be me.

Remove those parts (even though I know they're the point of the book) and it's a good look at the life of a freelancer. Just because you don't have kids of your own doesn't mean you won't have to deal with people (or their kids) who demand your attention because "You're not really working." Often times the muses have to be put on hold just because, to some people, not going out to a place of work means availability and this makes a great point of that. 

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