Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Drudgery Is Almost Always Invisible

Jewelry By Jessica Production, originally uploaded by Poundstone.

There is a certain amount of drudgery in every job. Even in jobs that seem terribly glamorous. Artists who create amazing work still have to spend time cleaning their equipment, trying to get people to buy the work they’ve made, entering their sales into a spreadsheet, ordering supplies, etc. Writers must edit and re-edit themselves, then submit their work to multiple edits by others, some of which they probably don’t agree with. Running your own “cute little boutique,” means dealing with many vendors - some nice, some nasty - worrying about profit margins, cleaning the shop each night, and re-stocking shelves. Etc. etc. etc.

Recognizing the entire cluster of tasks required to succeed at an endeavor is, for me anyway, the first realistic step toward actually deciding whether or not that particular endeavor is for you. As a whole, the best case scenario is that the enjoyment you get out of it more often than not overshadows the stuff you must do to make it work.

For me, more often than not, the excitement of coming up with new designs and color combinations for jewelry that people actually like to wear does overshadow the drudgery that comes along with cutting all of the plastic pieces, drawing on them, painting them, varnishing them, scraping paint off their edges, affixing their findings and cords, making sure each clasp is sound, trimming out their tags, blah, blah, blah.

And hey, at least I can do all of that while watching old episodes of Northern Exposure on DVD.

To reiterate this post's title, while drudgery is almost always invisible, it can sometimes be beautiful (see above picture).

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