So, what do you do in your spare time? Any special hobbies that are unusual, astounding, exceptional? Most of the things that I come across, especially at this time of year, are connected with Christmas in some way: people suddenly come out of the woodwork with wonderful festive creations they have spent the entire year working on and gain, especially in regional news, a few minutes of fame, alongside admiring or similar comments from newscasters or editors. Miniature dolls houses, ceramic reindeer, cats by the thousand, lace work, the selection literally knows no bounds. And many hope that what they are creating will not only bring joy to those who come see, but also add a few dollars to their purse in one way or another.
But can we all turn our hobby into a business, even on one or two days of the year? It seems to me that many of the old traditions, the handcrafts which our grandparents might have considered normal, have disappeared from public view. They are only seen at special conferences, certain times of the year, when someone decides to film a weird occupation. Some of them, let’s be honest, are less a hobby or a business and more of a fanatical obsession, often shared by few but enjoyed by many.
If anyone is thinking of turning their hobby into a business, and walking that stoney path towards fame and fortune, they really need to do a bit of research first. Is the plan that they have really viable, or are they going to need to keep that day job for the rest of their lives? Is anyone else out there doing exactly the same but as a mass product for a larger market, and at a considerably cheaper price? Is what you’re doing something that the world needs, or is it just a thirty-second news-filler on some local channel which is going to die and death and only harvest amused comments from the presenters?
I cannot, for example, imagine anyone really succeeding, as our film shows, as a professional pencil sharpener. Is that even a professional trade? Of course, I suspect that this short film is really more tongue-in-cheek than anything else, but, well, you never know!
Love & Kisses, Viki.