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QUIT YOUR DAY JOB

But not just yet.

You need a plan, right? Something to keep you afloat while you toil away working for the man?

BB, we feel you. And that's why FCF is dedicated to helping other artists and entrepreneurs GTFO of their day jobs and into their dream jobs.

But if you want to be a full-time #dreamer you need a plan that's dope af. You can't leave your life up to luck and timing. That's irresponsible. And leads us to our first part of Plan A:

Plan A - Getting Out Without F*cking Up Your Life

Part One: DON'T BE IRRESPONSIBLE.

If your plan consists of the noble trial that is saving up a bunch of money - and we do mean a BUNCH - and moving to NYC to be an actor, auditioning for three months straight, nailing life, getting picked up by a top-tier agency, getting cast on Broadway or in the next Scorsese film, then you aren't a dreamer.

You are delusional.

Which is GREAT in small doses, when tempered with responsible action and pragmatism. Delusions of grandeur are a great motivator as long as you understand that you are still living in a reality based on trading cash for shelter and food at the very least. Cash is king in this world. You're going to need a plan to get some green stashed away and get some more when you eventually decide to leave the day job behind.

Thus, you need an actual plan and actual paying gigs to start your career. Not just a dream.

Elizabeth Gilbert wrote a pretty great book called Big Magic in which she describes the limiting effect on creativity that stress has on the brain.

If your mind is constantly worrying about how the bills will get paid, it can't tackle things like an epic poem you are dying to write or that script that will make you famous. When you're well and truly stressed the f*ck out, you aren't going to be able to access the emotions that will win you an Oscar someday or sell that song about heartbreak that will get you a Grammy nod.

None of that is going to happen until you can take a minute to catch your breath. And if rent and the lack of cash flow in your bank account is acting like a constant stopper to your creativity, then how the heck do you think you're going to build that epic career? Winging it? Praying? A viral video of you dancing on the train?

No, baby cakes. Nah. You need a plan.

DON'T BE IRRESPONSIBLE. Resolve to make a decent go of your dream by figuring out a plan that could work for you and your individual skillset and then stick to it like your life depends on it. Because, pumpkin, I've got news for you: it does.

Part Two: MAKE A BUDGET.

Charts and graphs scare the sh*t out of people. Why, I will never know. But they really do. People get scared to make budgets for themselves, even simple household budgets, and instead of living within their means, they consistently overspend.

This is how credit card debt happens.

The best way to avoid this is to make a very simple spreadsheet detailing your monthly expenses vs. monthly income. You can download our free copy here.

In this spreadsheet, all you have to do is jot down what you make per month and all - ALL - of your average bills, rent, food costs, travel fees, insurance payments, etc. Then, total the costs of your expenses, subtract that from your total monthly income and find the difference. If you're in the red, you'll know how far beyond your means you are currently living.