don’t give up the day job

don’t give up the day job

Meaning:

  • a usually humorous way of telling someone not to pursue something full time as he or she is not good at it
  • way of telling someone to continue doing what they are good at, rather than trying something new which they would probably fail at
  • a somewhat sarcastic but mostly¬†good-natured comment for criticizing someone’s lack of talent at something

Example:

  1. I watched your performance at the theater today. My advice is don’t give up your day job.
  2. You want to try your hand at writing a novel? I’ve read your drafts and I advise you not to give up your day job.
  3. If I were you, I wouldn’t give up the day job; you’re never going to be a dancer.
  4. You are not a very talented actor, so don’t give up the day job and pursue it as a hobby.
  5. Don’t give up your day job – you won’t go anywhere with that kind of music.
  6. “Did you like my singing?” “Well, don’t give up your day job.”

Origin:
The origin of this phrase in unclear.

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