I’ve gone pro with my skills twice.
Once as a writer, once as a photographer. I went pro and I went freelance since that’s what pros do. I managed to make it to around $20 000/year with my writing as a freelance (yes, that’s more than you earn working minimum wage – but not much). With photography I realized quite early that yes, I enjoy photography but no, I won’t enjoy making a living out of it. In fact, if I do make a living out of it I’ll enjoy it less, to the point where I’ll quit enjoying it at all.
Why am I writing this? Because I do enjoy writing. I enjoy it to the point where I do make a living from it and still keep writing.
I’m not sure that I want to reach that point with my game designing. Which isn’t something one should write on a blog about game design, a blog a potential employer, or partner, or publisher might read and decide that, no, we don’t want to hire/publish/work with this semi-pro bozo.
See the sacrifices I’m making for my craft?
Seriously though, there’s a very important point in knowing whether you want to design as a hobbyist, a semi-pro or a pro. Read More