When you think about pursuing your passion, you probably imagine yourself having the time of your life and feeling fulfilled. It’s OK if you only earn a couple of thousand pesos a month; as long as you get to do what you love and share your gift, you’ll be fine. However, there’s more to being passionate about life.
Filipinos often romanticize the idea of the “starving artist.” You get to chase your creative dream, but it’s always at the expense of financial growth. There’s this lingering idea that pursuing artistic dreams won’t generate much money compared to becoming a doctor or lawyer. So, talented young artists usually pick between practicality and passion when choosing a career path—not knowing they can have both.
The truth is, the starving artist trope is a common myth. Yes, it’s possible to follow your passion without going broke. You only need to make the right moves.