Don’t be an employee. Be an artist.

Posted by: Diana Zaharia
on November 5th, 2013 No Comments

When have you ever heard of a cantor or any artist turning anyone down when he is strongly urged to perform?

Many times we glorify artists’ lifestyle. We think of their life as something unreachable, often unfairly rewarded, in comparison to our normal status. Frankly, what is so interesting to say about going to work every day , sitting at a desk, go from meeting to meeting, eating our sandwich in front of a laptop during the lunch ‘break’.

We get easily demotivated by our life style and our daily To Dos and start believing it is almost unfair what artists get to experience instead. But before you even think of not giving it 100% to your job, let’s look at what artists do. Their whole life is about ‘performing’, isn’t it? And good artists …they always nail it!


As an artist, you always want a reaction back.

How many times have you detached from your work? Start to put a meaning in what you do! Start to care! When you put your self-expression in whatever you do, you will want a reaction back from your audience. You will want to hear them back. And those will be your clients, happily coming back to you for more.

It’s easy. You have done it before…

Creativity and self-expression have always been essential to our humanity. Our earliest creative expressions were recorded in petroglyphs, cave paintings, and ancient sculptures. One of the first things kids do is draw, paint, and use their imaginations to play. So you have done it before.  Why stop now?

An artist is a hungry man

An artist keeps looking for ways to get better, to improve his work, to shine. There is a hunger for knowledge, for excellence, for getting better every day, making sure that whatever it is that he or she is trying to transmit is full of meaning and relevance.

Put this ingredient into your work, and there will be immense satisfaction. And it’s not because you need to impress your boss or your colleagues, but because you feel it and it makes you a better professional each day.


Stop looking for an interesting book or a movie out there and start making your own life interesting. If you cannot be an artist while doing your current job, go find other stage to shine on, as long as you have a strong ‘reason why’ to perform, you will be advancing your career at high speed ahead.


However, sometimes it’s good to just keep in mind that “it is the artist’s business to create sunshine where the sun fails.”

Are you an artist at your daily job? Let us know.

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