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Too many pies

September 6, 2017 Uncategorized 0
Too many pies

Is it possible to have one’s fingers in too many pies?

This is the question I’ve been asking myself for the last couple of months.

As you might guess from browsing this site, I like to have several things on the go at once. It’s perhaps a consequence of being split-down-the-middle in terms of job-related passions. I have the misfortune of being both a writer and an actor: an absolute misfortune because they are two of the worst industries if you want to make enough money to do things like eat, and also because they are the two jobs that sound most wanky together. You may have had this conversation multiple times, particularly if you live in Melbourne:

‘What do you do for a living?’

‘I’m a writer and actor.’

‘…Oh.’ *crickets*

…Because every second person is a ‘writer’ or an ‘actor’, and often both.

But I’m different and special because I do actually do both professionally. *Smiles winsomely*

Regardless, I do like to have several projects going at once. For example, at the moment I am:

  • Operating my usual digital content and communications business
  • Designing a social media course that will be presented through Telstra
  • Co-operating a growing theatre company and trying to grow its corporate arm
  • Running a toasted-sandwich pop-up cafe from my window
  • Publishing erotica on various platforms
  • Testing out Fiverr.com as a sales platform
  • Planning an accessories/design business
  • Developing a new show for TBC

Plus a couple of other things here and there.

So I thought I’d investigate whether I really am crazy to attempt all these or whether it’s a decent strategy to spread yourself around like this.

The results? Well, I wrote it up properly in a LinkedIn post, which you can go and read at your convenience, but in short:

  • If your time is being split doing stuff you hate, you’ll only get stressed
  • If your time is being split doing stuff you love, you’ll probably achieve more and be more satisfied.

So there you are. I managed to find evidence to support what I wanted to do anyway.

What I’m listening to: Massive Attack, ‘Protection’

What I’m reading: Fight Like A Girl by Clementine Ford


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