I talk about applying our fannish and geeky interests to our careers. This brings up a subject I haven't really discussed:
What is SUCCESSFULLY applying your fandom to your career?
It's one of those things that seems obvious – until you really think of it – so I wanted to classify and clarify what I mean.
What is successfully applying your fandom to your career? I'd say it's the following:
- When your fannish interests have a place in your life that you're aware of (it may be only to blow off STEAM due to your career).
- When your fannish interests provide resources – from knowledge to contacts to more – that you effectively and consciously leverage in your career.
- When your fannish interests and career are not in conflict but support each other (perhaps at some point they may border on the indistinguishable).
That's successful fan-to-pro to me. The two support each other and you're aware of how your fandom can be used in the bigger picture (again, if only to relax you).