See the Mundane Jobs of Famous Artists, Writers, and Poets in “Day Job”

As much as we’d all love to be full-time authors one day, the creative industry is a tough profession full of rejection and little money, which is why Charles Bukowski toiled away at a post office for ten years and T.S. Eliot worked as a bank teller for eight. Everyone has to start somewhere, right?

Illustrator Natalya Balnova‘s book project Day Job is an illustrated look at famous artists, writers, and poets and the mundane jobs they had to work to maintain their creative careers. Done in Balnova’s colorful drawing style, the book is a compilation of sketches, quotes and surprising facts. For example, did you know author Ken Kesey worked as a human “guinea pig,” participating in CIA-sponsored drug experiments? The hallucinations that came as a side effect from the drugs inspired him to write One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Maybe some day jobs aren’t so mundane.