Meet Carissma Fizz!
Hi! I’m Carissma, but my friends call me Cari. I’m really looking forward to meeting you, Peridot. Hm… I should probably let you get to know me shouldn’t I?
One of my main passions is painting. You can find me behind an easel at any time of the day. I also love to crack jokes all the time. I think I have a good sense of humor but I guess we’ll see if that’s true soon enough ha ha. Being a comedian and artist aren’t my only talents though! I’m very good at making friends because of my easy going nature. I try not to dwell on the negative unless I’m channeling it into my art.
My one vice? I absolutely despise electronics. Everyone is so consumed with texting and watching Netflix that they hardly appreciate the beauty around them! It’s ludicrous to me so you won’t ever find me with my butt parked in front of a television set.
I hope you can look past that one itty-bitty thing though, because I’d love to build a family someday soon with someone special - hopefully you.
Inspired by every student whose told they can’t be an artist because it doesn’t “make enough money”.
this is a very easy thing to say of you’ve never been totally skint
money doesn’t buy happiness, but I’d rather be sad and able to feed myself after paying rent
'it doesn't take much to live comfortably” is a naïve statement to make
I agree, this is very…out of touch. And, it certainly does take a lot of money to “Own a yarn shop!” Plus, “loving to knit” has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with owning that yarn shop. Owning a yarn shop is maintaining a business wherein you buy yarn from suppliers and pay people to help you sell that yarn to other people who, oh, say, aren’t spending their time running yarn shops…
Plus, you have to pay for the lease on the shop space itself, pay for the electricity to run the lights, more electricity or maybe the gas to heat the place, advertising to let people know about it, pay the ridiculous prices for the cash register and attendant software (because that’s a niche racket for independent shops), pay for the water and sewer bills because the space will have those somewhere, pay for the maintenance of that entire retail space, pay for the security system services, pay for other little things you might not realize, like, say, if you want to play music legally, it has to be licensed and not just the radio or some music you have—I worked for an independent toy store and saw a lot of this firsthand…
I love comics from people who don’t actually live in the real world where responsibilities and consequences happen. They’re always a fascinating insight into a realm where you can just live happily on hobbies, wishes and pixie-dust farts.
Especially at the absurd prices the yarn stores get for pixie-dust farts today!
Look, I don’t mind this kind of advice, but they need an addendum: you have to understand that you may not be able to make a living doing the thing that makes you happiest in life. It’s worth looking into. It’s worth trying. But you might find out that it’s not happening for you — or that you can still enjoy your passions as hobbies (maybe even ones that bring in a little extra income as a bonus!) while you get another job to pay the bills.
I’ve spent most of my adult life following my creative passions, and I’ve had some amazing opportunities because of it. I’ve had jobs that people go “oh my god that must be SO FUN”, I’ve had my work on store shelves. I’ve officially written material for Transformers, G.I. Joe, Spider-Man, Kingdom Hearts, Mega Man, and more. I’ve done comic work both written and art. I know industry pros, I’ve gotten to travel, I’ve done some work that makes me and others happy. Fuck, we’re making a toy line, for crying out loud. Stuff that my high-school self could only dream of.
I’ve also spent good chunks of my adult life working annoying, soul-sucking, physically and mentally strenuous, thankless jobs in retail, offices, and food service between-slash-during those “dream jobs”, because “dream jobs” aren’t automatically self-sustaining, never-ending projects. Companies close. Markets shift. Rights-owners contract elsewhere. Upper managements change and have their own favored people to work with. Shit happens.
I still keep at my passions. Aside from the ongoing work on Transformers and the aforementioned toys, the last couple years I’ve been fortunate to do work with some amazingly talented people who are putting their passions on screen in the online video realm, and they’ve inspired me and best-friend-slash-creative-partner Trent to go at it ourselves, and it’s been very rewarding… creatively. Financially, well, it’s a little bit of lunch money, I can get some cheese and bacon on my fast-food burger. But not once have I got it into my head that the best idea evar would be to not work some other job that sustains me financially as I work on things I love because YOUR PASSION HAPPY IS MOST IMPORTANT EVAR
I fucking CAN’T. The real world keeps shitting in my cornflakes and I’ve got fucking financial responsibilities that could have dire consequences if not taken care of, and a goddamn Blip check for a few bucks a month ain’t gonna cut it. As it is, I’m pretty lucky to even be where I am now, as I kinda owe my family a LOT for helping me through rough years in several ways (and frankly I hate that I’ve had to but I kinda like living indoors and eating first-hand food). I’m fortunate I haven’t had some kind of medical emergency, because there’s some shit that’ll financially ruin you for a long long time.
I’m not saying “don’t follow your passions”. Your hobbies and passions should help keep you sane, lift your spirits, give you release. And I know several people who DO make a living by doing the thing they love. It IS worth looking into.
But comics like this virtually never have any grounding in reality and just barf up a message of extreme lack of self-awareness. I legitimately wonder what kind of life the people who make these live, socio-economics-wise, how much they got from their parents. How old they are. The people I know who are making their livings on webcomics or online videos or in video games or whatever by and large not only went through the “shit job” phase, the reason they make their living now was because they WORKED DAMN HARD at their passions for a long time to get it there. I see the production schedules they keep and it’s staggering. And a lot of them STILL work damn hard and are amazing talents but still need that extra boost because well, shit happens.
Just because you can knit a baby sweater doesn’t mean you can successfully operate a damn store that will forever sustain you financially.
Follow your passions, but not over a fucking cliff. Not everyone was given a parachute.
The lesson I can impart to anyone who wants to actively pursue their passions in a job that’s focused around your creativity and something you really enjoy doing?
DON’T BE AN IDIOT.
I didn’t get to make Atop the Fourth Wall my job overnight. In fact, I was still working at Barnes and Noble for about a year or two before I finally decided to make the videos my priority. And why did I make that decision? Because at that point, I was making more money doing the videos than I was working at Barnes and Noble. The decision was justified in that I could make more money if I focused my time exclusively towards the videos.
And even then, I WAS still living with my parents at the time as a safety net. I wasn’t going to be an idiot by just burning my bridges and expecting to become crowned-king at this.
YES, pursue your passions and dreams… but don’t be a friggin’ idiot about it.
The other thing I don’t like about this is that it devalues work. Work is important, work needs to get done, and if you look down on everyone who has a job doing something that needs doing instead of “following their passion,” then you’re looking down on the vast majority of the population AND the things that need doing. You’ll notice if your roads are crappy because the highways folks decide it’s more important to be painting canvases instead of filling potholes. You’ll notice if your trash doesn’t get picked up because someone would rather make art installations. You’ll notice if you can’t reach a plumber when your pipes are frozen because all the plumbers are off doing interpretive dance. And you’ll sure as fuck notice when the stores that sell you your supplies for your art go out of business because people would rather make art than work retail.
If you’re lucky enough to make a living doing what you love, awesome. Good for you. Don’t you dare look down on the rest of us. Check your privilege and realize how many people have to do menial, unpassionate jobs to get you where you are and keep you there.
I honestly think a good portion of the “entitlement” people keep accusing millennials of is because we’ve been told this shit so often that we aren’t willing to “settle” for a mundane job because we’re supposed to be “pursuing our passions.” Fuck it. The jobs need doing, and always being miserable because you’re not doing what everyone told you were supposed to have been able to do isn’t a way to live.
Thank you, commentary. Pragmatism MUST win over passion in the long run. What’s the use in doing something you love if you’re homeless and starving?
Additionally, it may turn out that you like doing something that you wouldn’t have considered. Me, I enjoy working retail. It’s not something people pursue, not something people aspire to, but I find it fulfilling enough and it leaves me plenty of room in my life to spend a lot of energy on my hobbies, which are my passions. And it’s a thing that needs to be done.
I tried to translate a hobby that I loved into a job. I loved making beadwork - intricate stuff using a millionty tiny beads stitched together. Can’t sell it for anything like what it’s worth (not even minimum wage will cover it). But I worked in a store that sold beads, and taught classes to make beadwork, made patterns and handouts, and translated my passion for it into my job. I was great at it, customers loved me, my boss loved me, and it was great.
You know what was the last fucking thing I wanted to do when I got home, or on the weekend? Beadwork.
And you know what I’ve done all of -once- (as a favour to my best friend for her wedding) in the past TEN YEARS since I left that job? Beadwork. I still have the supplies for it, I still do other crafts. But I no longer have that passion for it, and it just sits in a box in my attic gathering dust.
If you CAN get a job doing something you enjoy, for fuck’s sake, please don’t make it what you love. Make it something that you like, that you don’t mind doing every day, which is fulfilling and interesting and uses your skills and brain in ways you find enriching… But if you love knitting, don’t open a fucking yarn store. At least not without taking a few small business classes first, and realizing that unless you fill a very specific niche, you’re gonna get blasted out of the water by online-only shops that don’t have your overhead. (I have a friend who owns a yarn shop, and she fills a very specific niche, in a very busy, touristy town).
I specifically chose the thing I’m doing - doll-making with 3D printing - because I like those things and find them interesting and won’t mind doing them every day, but I also don’t LOVELOVELOVE dolls so much that I would mind getting a bit sick of them.
Find your passion, find a way to do it, but don’t expect it to be your career. It may ruin your passion, and that’s just heartbreaking. Don’t spend your life stuck in a job you hate either, but ffs, you don’t have to monetize your passion to be happy.
Rhyse: What are you doing, silly?
Graham: Getting acquainted with the toys for our new addition, of course
I’d honestly love to see how this looks converted for sims 3, I think this hair is so adorable, though I can definitely see it not working out for sims 3. Idk its so cute though!
This is literally my haircut if someone converted it I’d cry from joy
Rhyse spent the night catching up with her friend Taryn
Home from his first day of work, and he plants his ass in front of the T.V.
Rhyse and her sister-in-law get along swimmingly c:
Meet the fourth
unauthorized child of gen one even though its over???
Beck Winters :)
Other than her looks, Sunbeam also shares her mother’s love the outdoors, having grown up on the pristine isle of Cold Coast. To her siblings, she’s a terror with a temper, but in truth, picking fights is her way to show she cares. Besides, it’s good to remind them from time to time that just because she’s the youngest, doesn’t mean she’s a runt. Go ahead, call her a loser. She dares you.
Vote for Sunbeam »here«
Rhyse was going to announce her pregnancy, but instead found out her brother had a kid already????
Graham inevitably had to stop sucking face with Rhyse and leave for work. So, she decided to pay a visit to her brother, Charlie, and his wife.
Rhyse: Damn, this is a nice house. Did he sign a contract with Satan?