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What It's Like To Be

What It's Like To Be

From postal worker to film producer, what is it like to do what you do?

  • Freeman Baker
    Published 8 days ago
    Hardships, communication, and balance in the kitchen

    Hardships, communication, and balance in the kitchen

    Great food and serving others make cooking such a valuable skill, and multi-tasking is a must. Anyone who thinks it is easy you watch too much Masterchef and are in love with the art, not the process; there is a massive difference between the realities of tv and real life in a commercial kitchen.
  • Freeman Baker
    Published 8 days ago
    Cooking and the cost of art

    Cooking and the cost of art

    It's early Monday morning, birds are chirping, and the fog is in the air as I make my way to the restaurant to start my first shift in a commercial kitchen. I wait in the car park nervously before entering fresh out of high school; the idea of working is an intimidating experience. I walk into the pub. The smell of beer lingers in the air as if it is a permanent part of the air. I walk to the kitchen and introduce myself to the chefs, hoping that they won't be too scary or mean.
  • Kassondra O'Hara
    Published 9 days ago
    9 Things I Learned Becoming a Help Desk Analyst

    9 Things I Learned Becoming a Help Desk Analyst

    I recently ended my career of 15+ years in emergency service communications to transfer to a “normal person job”, meaning 8 to 5, Monday through Friday, lunch breaks (I had NEVER had a lunch break before!) and holidays off.
  • Michelle Kaldy
    Published 12 days ago
    A Story of Creative Block from a Broken Filmmaker

    A Story of Creative Block from a Broken Filmmaker

    I guess the first thing to address is the term “Broken Filmmaker” and what that means. I don’t think I can call myself a filmmaker currently. 2020 has been a massive punch in the guts and I understand hearing that has almost become a cliche.
  • Anhar ali
    Published 13 days ago
    My journey as a contortionist

    My journey as a contortionist

    I went through exciting times in my childhood, times where I would push myself to extreme measures and encounter activities beyond the ordinary. Bending and twisting my body in unusual positions in a way of relieving stress but also resisting pain. By doing these extreme activities may look painful to the spectators but I don’t feel any pain at all, I feel very relaxed whenever I do any contortion moves. This made me question myself as to whether I was built different, do I have hyper flexibility, do I have a spine or bones and is this a unique superpower. I always loved the creative aspect of my body as well as wanting to explore more in what my body could handle, exceeding the limitations of my body. From fitting into tiny spaces, to compressing my body in unusual shapes. But also, entertaining the spectators. By performing, this created unexpected and overwhelming reactions towards an audience. I got a lot of reactions and praises from street performing and dance classes which I felt really proud of. I began my journey as a contortionist at a young age in Russia as a I knew that I had a hidden talent and natural flexibility. I felt I could unleash this talent and transform myself into a stronger, limber person which would benefit me both physically and mentally. Through years of intensive training, I realised that in order to achieve anything extreme as a contortionist, it requires lifetime workouts and continuously fighting against pain. It was slightly painful at the start when I practiced doing the splits. 1 week later I managed to do both front and middle splits as well as extreme over splits. I also needed to be aware of the balance in my body. Balancing out both back bending and front bending to avoid any injuries. So I also stretched my body in front bending workouts which gave a great impact on my flexibility. This goes to show that Pain is not going to stop me from accomplishing my goals, so I ignored the pain and stretched the limits my body could encounter. I started travelling through many countries including the US, UAE, Qatar, Poland, Canada and the UK where I originated and many other countries. I took on many levels of training and performances which required intense training. From gymnastics and acrobatics, to Aerial arts and circus performance. Travelling in many countries was a joy as I began to experience different cultures and meeting new people. This was an incredible experience for me as I danced in the air and doing tricks upside down. I was most excited about aerial hoop and aerial silks dancing because of the way I can spin high in the sky while doing crazy flips and tricks. For me, the aerial silks was challenging because of the way I spun and dropped from a high distance and speed was nerve racking, but it was amusing to experience. I loved this whole experience and I intend to carry on performing aerial arts by expanding on my abilities. This made me think that life is better upside down. What I have learnt so far in this journey is that it’s never too late to accomplish your dreams, as long to commit to your goals and take small steps at a time. In addition, it’s mainly based on the amount of effort you put into a certain task so you need to keep pushing yourself to achieve what you want. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. Now, I am still continuing to stretch and strengthen my body and becoming an extreme contortionist. I find that bending and twisting my body helps me keep motivated and stronger in life, by using stress and pain as a motif to fight against it.
  • Robert Webb
    Published 15 days ago
    Writing, Resistance and Your Deeper Calling

    Writing, Resistance and Your Deeper Calling

    The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.” - Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
  • George Swagger
    Published 16 days ago
    Easy Ways to Earn Money as an Artist Online

    Easy Ways to Earn Money as an Artist Online

    Art is subjective. There are many ways in which one can make money from it, depending entirely on the person, and the market to which they are catering. Art can range from portraits, music, to sculptures, and everything in between. One cannot define art, nor can one say one piece of art is better than another. We will do our best on this page, however, to explain a few ways in which one could earn money online as an artist, through a number of different styles and techniques.
  • Magnus Budge
    Published 19 days ago
    Red hot iron: Perspectives of a young blacksmith

    Red hot iron: Perspectives of a young blacksmith

    My name is Magnus Budge, Of England. I left school at 16, Trained at college as a blacksmith and now I am employed as a Blacksmith near York. Red hot Iron is going to likely be a weekly "blog" about a certain subject - Although this week has two articles; the introduction (This article) and one on Materials in a modern blacksmith's workshop (coming later this weekend).
  • M'chelle Nicole
    Published 20 days ago
    Being a Deaf/HOH Entrepreneur

    Being a Deaf/HOH Entrepreneur

    How it began: Dec. 2011, I had just graduated UT-Arlington with my MBA, and realized I had zero prospects for employment. Twelve job applications and zero call backs later, I began to panic. As I faked happiness during my graduation ceremony and dinner, my anxiety was at an all-time high, but I didn’t want anyone to know how stressed I truly was. For that reason, when my college friend congratulated me and told me about an internship at her job, I jumped at the opportunity (not caring if it was an unpaid one).