Did anyone leave tech to a completely different industry say music, arts, travel, agriculture, community service, food, etc? I know the pay is great here for the work but I started to get bored of 9-5 job, my colleagues, the whole concept of working in tech( for that matter office life) feels too systematic without challenges. I'm a 25yr Indian and a h1b visa holder with an approved i140.
I'm in the job for money to travel to places and I feel that it is time to leave this and return to India and work on my interests seriously. I'm not greatly talented in my other passions like screen-writing, cooking, photography, music but want to consider trying them without too many plans like getting degrees in them. I would consider myself hard-working on things I like.
Is it too much leaving a somewhat stable but boring life for an exciting and unstable one? Did anyone take such risks? Share your experience if you did!
Why did I make the switch?
Well, I lived in Idaho and my girl lived 1400miles away in Arizona. I wanted to ask her to marry me, but there was no way in literal hell her parents would approve because my income was inconsistent, at best. I don’t fault them for being apprehensive, I understand and respect that. So, I needed to rebrand myself at 22years old when all I had ever done was art. I saw a ad for a dev boot camp and convinced myself my experience in music would help me be good at it (NOT TRUE. Lol). But, hard work and dedication landed me a nice job and I was able to ask my girl to marry me, confident that I could provide for her.
Do I regret leaving the arts as a means of making a living? No. Not at all.
I still paint, draw, sing, write, but there is no pressure to make money via my art. My advice would be to continue your day job and either A. Save up until you have a fat savings to sustain you as you embark on your artistic venture, B. Keep your day job and moonlight your passions (moonlight is the concept of working on your passions at night or in the morning, slowly growing them AS you maintain a steady job) or C. Go Freelance/Fully Remote Full/Part time to give yourself more time to explore these other avenues, while sustaining your financial stability.
If you want to chat more, hit me up in the dms. Blessings.