“Sadly, some people never get beyond the box stage in their creative life. We all know people who have announced that they’ve started work on a project– say, a book– but some time passes, and when you politely ask how it’s going, they tell you that they’re still researching. Weeks, months, years pass and they produce nothing. They have tons of research but it’s never enough to nudge them toward the actual process of writing the book.”
I think everyone knows at least one of these types of people. The Trent Lane (sorry, Daria was a defining point of my adolescence) type that has all the desire to be a professional creator, but none of the ambition or motivation.
I think every “professional” artist who opts to make their studio work the focus of their career – as opposed to choosing a more understandable path, like teaching – has heard some variation of how they don’t have a “real” job.