As a magician, I appreciate wonderful magic, like the kind performed by Boris Wild, pictured above. Wild, who is a French magician who performs all around the globe, worked in marketing for a toy company in France before embarking on a full-time career in magic.
I had the opportunity to interview Boris for a cover story for The Linking Ring, the official publication of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. As I generally do when I interview successful magicians, I asked him what advice he had for someone who was contemplating whether or not to become a full-time magician.
The advice Boris gave is relevant to all hobbyists who are doing something they love, but not on a full-time basis. For you, maybe it is blogging or painting or performing in a band.
His advice was basically put off going full-time as long as you can. Why? The day you become a full-time magician is the day it is no longer fun and games. Magic becomes a business. So, every day you have to be concerned about marketing yourself, booking shows, working on magic tricks you can sell to other performers and searching for opportunities to lecture to other magicians about the craft.
I think many of us would like to make money doing what we love. We would love for nothing more than for our passions to turn into profits. But, are you willing to say good-bye to your hobby and hello to a business?