If you want to ditch any paid work then something like a veggie garden or a physical pursuit etc can provide the tension. Part of your first year will be discovering your routines, cycles, rhythms etc to establish the balance you need to avoid burnt out of sorts. There are plenty of things like Julia Cameron's 'The Artists Way' type of self directed course. No harm in writing a journal etc etc
indeed , I'm thinking of at least 2 other activities :
- getting back to drawing and painting (I was kind of talented when younger, then ditched it for music as I had no time to keep on both while making my student course)
- learning "bricolage" (I don't have the right english word), i.e, rebuild the old house I'd be squatting (roof, isolation, install heating, electricity basics, anything that would be useful for all my life). I got some talented friends in this area, while I'm a total dumbass when it comes to use my hands for other things than writing, drawing or composition...
I forgot to say, and I think it's really important : I would not make this all alone, but with the friend I'm making music with since about 10 years. We kinda complete each other, and I guess that would also be of a great help, while being also probably another source of tension maybe sometimes... (we never shared a house, just some max-5 days periods some years ago when I was quite unemployed and free to spend several days in a row for fun and music..)
It also doesn't hurt to try and live in a State/Country with as much Socialism as possible.
In that way people like me can essentially fund your dream for as long as it takes.
I'd love to know exactly how much you personally would be contributing for someone like Supamonsta to do this. Even if he got benefits for those full 4 years, My guess is it would be less than you'd give to buskers in the same period.
for good or bad, I would not be able to benefit from "people like [loopstationzebra]", because I'm an independant worker and If I "quit" my job, there will be no money for me from social aministrations. I could register to the searching-for-a-job-people-list, but then I'll have to prove I'm searching for a job, come to regular appointments in that administration, and have to accept some jobs here and there, that I don't want.
@Loops : what do you mean, by "people like [you]"?
I am actually thinking about quitting music and get 100% into job. Anyone did it?
Yes I do it every morning when I wake up and prepare to go to work...
This last batch of 4-5 replies does warm me up (and not warN me up), thanks all of you.
Maybe my first posts were a bit nebulous, and you now see my point better.