In defence of day jobs

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Madeleine Dore

Cleaning chicken legs or delivering pizzas because you can't afford to be a full-time creative might be a blessing in disguise.

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When T.S.Eliot penned The Waste Land, he was also dutifully employed as a clerk in a London bank. Image: Wikipedia

Ai Weiwei frequently makes the list of the world's most successful living artists but his resume includes work as a carpenter, house painter and even a professional blackjack player. The great American painter Jackson Pollock worked as a babysitter for the children of  a now much lesser known artist, Thomas Hart Benton. Keith Haring was a busboy before he became an iconic artist and activist. Poet T.S. Eliot worked in a bank.

About the author

Madeleine Dore is a freelance writer and founder of Extraordinary Routines, an interview project exploring the intersection between creativity and imperfection. She is the previous Deputy Editor at ArtsHub. Follow her on Twitter at @RoutineCurator