How do I achieve creative freedom?

David Andrew Wiebe
4 min readMay 7, 2015

Wouldn’t you love to spend more of your time doing what you love to do?
Whether you’re a writer, musician, or artist, work has a way of getting in the way of what you’d rather spend your time doing.

Over the last six years, I’ve been exploring the idea of creative freedom on my website. I’ve been thinking about what it would mean to have more time to do what I love to do (in my case music and travel), and how to get there.

While I’m not going to suggest that the options presented here are comprehensive by any means, each of the avenues has the potential to provide a degree of freedom in your creative pursuits.

Let’s get into it.

Find a Job You Love

Perhaps the ability to spend more of your time on creativity is just an opportunity away.

There are plenty of jobs out there where creativity is an asset — just look at trending markets like content marketing, copywriting or social media.

If you don’t have the skills you need yet, don’t worry — there’s plenty of information online, and if you’re determined enough to invest your free time into self-education, there’s nothing you can’t learn and pick up.

Upsides: you get to do something you enjoy by day, and you get paid to do it too.

Downsides: in essence, you’re not freeing up more of your time, and you’re still trading time for money. You must work on the projects you’re given, and you don’t have any added flexibility.


I’ve spent a lot of time as a freelancer. I’ve handled everything from ghostwriting to sales pages, and got paid good money to do those things.

I have found that there are plenty of freelancing opportunities out there, and as you build your skills in different areas, people will begin to seek you out more frequently.

Of course, if you have absolutely no skills, then you must develop abilities that others place a value on.

In short, how well you do as a freelancer depends on what skills you have and the people you know.

Upsides: you can set your own schedule, work from home, and choose what jobs…

David Andrew Wiebe

Award-winning composer, best-selling author, podcaster, musician coach. See what I’m up to now: