I hope you all had an amazing week! Last weekend's post was really personal and this one will be too, but only a smidge. I promise! Yesterday was my dad’s retirement party. Wooh! And for this weeks Blog I’d like to talk about careers and the lessons I learned through my dads.
To start off, no, my dad wasn’t an artist of any kind. In fact he was a truck driver, for UPS. He worked for them for over 30 years. And he had a love hate relationship with the job. For the most part he loved getting paid to essentially work out. But it wasn’t all driving and making friendly deliveries.
As a lot of us know most careers call for sacrifice. And my dad gave the company a lot of his labor and more importantly time. You see, he didn’t exactly have set hours. He had a regular start time, but his day didn’t end until the truck was empty. What this meant was a lot of missed sporting events, late dinners, and one very tired man.
But my dad didn’t give his time away for free. His time was valuable, so even though he couldn’t make every game, my siblings and I always had fresh new gear each season. And plenty of food on the table for the dinners that followed. Which at the end of the day was my dads goal.
In a lot of ways I can relate to this as an artist. I have a set time to start but often can find myself working past my intended stopping time. At the end of the day I’ve made art, which is part of my career goal as an artist.
But dad didn’t start out with the greatest pay, weekends off, and his own parking spot. He worked hard to get those benefits. By being dedicated. The people on his route loved him, he got presents all the time because he went above and beyond to give good service. And he was a great employee so he was rewarded. He worked hard because he had financial aspirations to provide for the family.
Being dedicated and slowly working your way up can easily be applied to being an artist. You’ve got to hone your craft and give the time and effort it needs to grow. My dad had the responsibility of a family, but there are other ways to hold yourself accountable.
Setting deadlines, participating in challenges, submitting your work for display, or out right asking peers for critique.
Career can be a scary word. But really it’s all about what you want out of what your doing. For me my biggest goal is telling stories, and telling them well. So at the end of the day if I think I’ve done that and the next day I feel like I did it better, I’ll be happy.
What are your guys career goals? Let me know in the comments!
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