Artists are no strangers to working multiple jobs-some good, some bad. In your plethora of jobs have you ever had one where you felt over worked, underpaid, and unappreciated? My guess is you’ve probably had many jobs that fall into that category and quite possibly you are working one of them now. They are what we would call thankless jobs and man, is it hard to be thankful this time of year when you work a thankless job!
As artists, we are often fortunate when we find work in our field and can make a living or at least part of one doing what we love. Usually we see the fruits of our labor. We get praise and glory when we are successful. I don’t know about you but I’ve had thankless jobs within my field where I got to see the fruits of my labor and yet in spite of all that I still felt overworked, underpaid, and unappreciated. It dawned on me that if I have those feelings in a job that does receive accolades, how much worse is it for those in jobs that receive none?
I recently saw La La Land in concert with my Mom and sister. It’s a phenomenal film that’s basically every artist’s story and then to see an orchestra play it live only added to the artistic factor. In watching the film again, I think one of my favorite parts is when the main character, who has recently become successful after years of struggling to make it, gives an extra tip to the girl working in the coffee shop that she once worked at. I think it’s important to remember where you started.
There’s always something or someone to be thankful for or appreciative of. If you’re successful, thank the ones beneath you. If you don’t feel like you’re successful or where you want to be, go ahead and thank the ones beneath you or along side you anyway because you know what it feels like to be in the grind.
I didn’t realize until I actually did this, that some people are never thanked for what they do. Whether we have a glamorous job or not, every job is needed so go and thank someone for what they do and in doing so you spread gratitude amidst the over worked and underpaid and you may even find yourself feeling more positive as well.
Who can you thank this week?