How to leave a corporate job for a creative one

Sometimes we have a dream to leave a corporate job for a creative one. But how on earth can we do it? For this podcast I was lucky enough to interview Bree Noble who did exactly that. She left her corporate job as a Director of finance to pursue a career in music.

Bree talks candidly about the journey she took from University, to the corporate world, and then finally leaving to fulfil her dreams of a creative career.

Bree was able to carve out a successful career, not only as a musician, but as a podcaster, and as a supporter of other musicians through online courses, sharing the tools that worked for her.

Listen to the podcast to find out more, and you can follow these links to see more of Bree’s work:

Women of Substance Podcast

Female music academy 

Bree’s own website

When we decide to make the transition from a corporate job, to one that aligns with our dreams it is normal to be filled with apprehension. The corporate world offers us security, and to take that away can feel very scary indeed. I’ve been in your shoes- moving from the corporate world to a more creative one. Before you go and quit, here are some things to take into consideration before you make the jump…

Look before you jump

We all want to follow our dreams but we also need a dose of reality in there as well.

  1. Do the figures. Make sure you have at least 2 months worth of rent and expenses saved before you take the leap. You need to think about what you will do if that runs out and you haven’t been able to get enough clients or gigs. Don’t jump blindly into it, be prepared and have a plan B if it doesn’t work out how you want it to.
  2. Give yourself time. Everything takes sooooo much longer than you think it will. It can take 2+ years to make a success of something.
  3. Have a clear goal. Having a goal is one thing, but having a clear goal is the way to succeed. Saying you want a creative career isn’t enough. You need to be specific about the industry, the role you want, how much you want to earn, who you want to work with etc.By being specific you can work out who you need to connect to, and create a clear blueprint of how you will achieve your goals.
  4. Get some support. Make sure you have some support (and not just your mum and best friend!). Signing up to an online course like one Bree provides or The business Of Creativity by the CWI, (the full course launches in September 2017) will help you to keep focussed and gain some support.Online groups like the CWI Facebook can help as well, as you can connect to other women going through the same process.
  5. Try and try again. Sometimes it won’t work out the first time. Try not to get disheartened. Look at what did work, or try to figure out what went wrong and then plan to try again.It takes work to build your dreams. 

Let me know in the comments below what you need help with to launch your creative career. 

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