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Anonymous asked: Hey Edmund. You're a super cool dude, and I totally want to copy you. How can I make a living working on my own projects (games, or otherwise) instead of having a typical 9-5 job? I'm just looking for general advice, but I'm currently a professional programmer if that makes any difference.
so 1st off i want to smash the illusion that its at all reasonable for someone to instantly make a living off their own work.
it took me roughly 10 years of very hard work to be able to support myself off of my own projects. these whole 10 years i was living very cheap and working tons of shitty jobs for a few years at a time, i worked at block buster, game stop and many other random retail mall jobs.
there was one point for over a year i gave up working on my own projects because it felt hopless and got a “real job” as an animal control officer. i worked that job 9-5 for well over a year before i got fired, beat myself up over it, lost the apartment we lived in and eventually pushed myself back into game design full time.
even when things were “booming” for me with Gish, triachnid, spewer, aether, coil etc. i was still needing to do contract work to make ends meet.
so, im advise to you is this. do your normal job and take time every day to work on your own projects, it might mean lack of sleep, or half assing your 9-5 job and even putting a big strain on your personal relationships but if you take a least an hour every day to work on something you are passionate about, you will eventually end up where you want to be.
Good advice for any career, not just creating great games!