How many of the pressures come from without, and how many from within?

10Sep12

Throughout Media Work, Mark Dueze references the vast diversity of Media Workers across fields of journalism, advertising, video production and video games. From an imaginative standpoint, I like to envision these types of profession as vicarious roles or contemporary forms of traditional artists; a journalist is a poet, a video game designer is a painter and story teller, advertisers are performing artists, etc. As creatives, these professionals rely on the ability to move within and across skill sets and disciplines. The organization or company is simply an agent or rep for the craft they deliver.

In the Help Desk article from DailyServing.com on September 10th, Bean Gilsdorf examines the question of “[i]s there a way to turn down opportunities and quell the beast of the “artist’s ego” in order to lead a more sane and relaxing existence?” Perhaps more importantly, is the implied idea that the the work itself is no longer fulfilling and the anxiety or stress of the craft has surpassed the pay off of reputation and the “artist’s ego”.

In Hesmondhalgh & Baker (2011), the psychological affects of socializing vs. isolation of a media “artist” is consistently referred by Media Worker interviewees as anxiety ridden, dangerous, and hedonistic. Gilsdorf suggests to a presumably exhausted yet commercial successful studio artist to evaluate the source(s) of their possible discontentment of their work with, among many other questions, “[d]o you have artist friends that you see regularly, or are you stuck in the studio?” Furthermore, proceeding one’s assessment of professional practice, Gilsdorf provides an alternative to the “pub-culture” of Hesmondhalgh & Baker study by “attending as many openings, lectures, and events as you can stomach. Sometimes the energy of inspiration comes from looking, thinking, and talking about art; …[t]ake time to connect with the other artists and art professionals in your community.”
As a creative, I personally have resolved my own anxieties as a freelancer through a route offered by Gilsdorf. “[T]here’s no doubt that you have a lot of hard-earned wisdom that you could share [and] nothing satisfies the hungry ego like a weekly meeting with a roomful of admiring students.” So I look towards T505 as my roomful of artists as inspiration and shared experience to learn from and reinvigorate my passion for the craft of media work!

-Garrett Poortinga

Bean Gilsdorf’s Article: http://dailyserving.com/2012/09/help-desk-giving-up/

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