What Is an Artist’s Time Worth? [Podcast]
By most measures, time is priceless. But as mere mortals, we still need to take practical matters into consideration when it comes to selling our time, managing expectations, and paying bills.
On today’s podcast, NOT REAL ART founder and host Scott “Sourdough” Power is back to weigh in on the value of time in an artist’s life. “From a spiritual perspective, time is priceless and it’s precious and we need to honor it and guard it,” he says. “It’s sacred. We shouldn’t waste it. This notion of the preciousness and the sacredness of time has guided my life in many ways.”
Scott opens up about his own experiences with the complicated concept of time, explaining how living in the wilderness changed his perception of temporality. He also shares a hilarious anecdote about a certain time management seminar that should make listeners empathize while they howl with laughter. Ultimately, Scott sees time as a precious resource that deserves priority in our lives. “We need to be way more thoughtful and considerate and disciplined and rigorous about how we use our time and the choices we make and who we give our time to,” he says.
A measured consideration of time will look different from person to person, especially those with creative careers. Scott encourages artists to think of their time as an investment that will yield health, wealth, and happiness with small, incremental steps. “We talk about return on investment,” he ponders. “What about return on time? What are we doing to get time back? How do we make choices, how do we invest our limited resources of [time, treasure, and talent] to actually get time back to perhaps make more art or be with our families or be with our friends or go for a walk on the beach?”
Tune in today’s podcast to hear how you can get the best possible “return on time” from any project, activity, or investment.