Maintaining a balanced life while trying to build an art career is very difficult. It's even more difficult when you work a day job or two like I do. It's really funny. I sat down to write some musings on work/life/art balance but ended up experiencing something extremely rewarding to my art practice that made me really feel like it's all worth it.Read More
I was serving my civic duty back in November, and had jury duty. There was a moment when, in front of a courtroom of about 170 people going through jury selection, I had the full attention of the room as the judge asked me vetting questions. Below is a bit paraphrased, excuse my memory.
"What is your occupation?" the honorable Carrie Panetta asked.
"I'm an artist." I replied. There was a bit of a mumble.
Smiling, Judge Panetta asked for some more details.
"Just an artist? You're able to make money?"
"I have several freelance jobs -- I do social media, graphic design, and music videos for a local musician, I sell my own art, and I work as an assistant to someone who makes small sculptures and jewelry, and I manage my family's farm website." I replied (though probably at the time with a lot more uhm's and stumbles for words).
"That's really great, I don't meet many artists who manage to get paid," was her smiling reply.
Then she went on to ask me all those lovely vetting questions pertaining to the case. At some point I must have mentioned my school because two different men came up to me to talk about Humboldt State and how awesome it was to be a Lumberjack. I heartily agreed.
I didn't end up serving on the jury -- there was an embarrassing moment when the defense lawyer mistook me for someone else and asked how old my children were. I must have made a bold facial expression because I was shocked, and the whole court started laughing. I managed to muster out "I don't have any". I have a tendency of wearing my emotions LOUDLY across my face! The defense lawyer excused me.