In this part, you will determine what you need so that when a project presents itself you can be ready to advocate for your financial, health and wellness, family as well as your social and communal needs. This is the second article in the digital guide: How to Select Your Next Project. I created this series of articles because I believe that the difference between a successful artist career and an unfulfilled one lies in the ability to decide what to work on. There is no reason why artists in all industries should not be living a life full of creativity, wealth and peace.
5. Health & Wellness
Good health cannot be bought.
“Working in a bad job is not good for you. It’s not good for your physical health, and it’s not good for your mental health. And nearly everybody accepts that,” said Tarani Chandola, lead author of the International Journal of Epidemiology study and professor of medical sociology at the University of Manchester. “But there is some backward ‘Oh, at least you have a job. Any job has got to be better than not having a job — so being unemployed must be the worst thing for your health there can be.’ It’s an assumption that people make, but not many people actually test this assumption.” He and co-author Nan Zhang, also of the University of Manchester, decided to test it. They surveyed 1,116 people in the UK aged 35 to 75 years and found that those who transitioned from unemployment to a poor-quality job had higher biological indicators of stress than people who remained unemployed.
Your health while working on this project is central to your ability to perform as an artist. To evaluate this and future projects create a Health & Wellness Practices List. This list consists of the things that you do for your health and wellness. For example, “Attend Bikram Yoga 3x a week” is on my list. Once you have this list ask yourself:
- How will this next project impact my health and wellness?
- Do the producers share my vision of what it means to work in a healthy work environment?
Once you have evaluated the project’s impact on your money, health and relationships, you are one ste closer to selecting the right project. There is more to consider so be sure to check out the next article where we will evaluate the project’s impact on your professional development.