I have been a junior C++ developer for a year since graduating in engineering.
I am also pursuing my creative dreams on the side. However, I feel like my current lifestyle is not sustainable.
My job and commute take up 50 hours a week that I can't devote to creative work. I try to dedicate the rest of my time to my passion. However, whenever I have any other responsibilities(to family, friends, health, maintenance), my time gets immediately drained. I have no free time at all, which can feel demoralizing.
I want to know how I can get the best of both worlds -- a secure livelihood that I enjoy, with more time to pursue my art. I am willing to sacrifice pay for this.
There are several options I know of that may accomplish this. I just don't know how achievable they are.
- Find a part time software job.
- Becoming a freelancer
- Find a 30 hour software job
- Find a remote job.
- Save money and quit my job for X years
- Ask my current manager if I could work fewer hours at my current job
Which of the above options is most attainable for me as a junior developer, and what strategy can I use to avoid hurting my software career?
Update: I live and work in NYC, where I am able to attend a free prestigious arts program, and there are a lot of opportunities for artists in my field, so living elsewhere would hurt my arts education. Rent and health insurance are expensive, but I can be on my parent's plan for two more years. I am willing to live on less, but I am nervous to give up a good health insurance plan, though I am healthy.