3.19.2009

Creativity On Hold

I reaaally hate to do this now, considering the awesome painting streak I've been on for a month or so now, but sometimes life just manages to get in the way. Here's the thing....I've been fairly miserable and stressed at my full-time job, managing a frame shop for a big arts and crafts corporation whose name starts with M. Ive never been a fan of corporations, always try to buy local, but when I started with the company, they went out of their way to take care of their employees, and it was refreshing. Not so much anymore. In fact, they seem to be, in my opinion, using the "economic recession" as an excuse to fuck over their employees now, cutting hours and positions, making it very difficult to give good customer service. They say they are in good shape, that their profits are up, but dig a little deeper and you'll see that their sales are actually down, which tells me that their profits are up because they are taking $ from us, the hard-working employees. Ive come extremely close to shooting my mouth off at the corporate muckity-mucks, and this week reached my boiling point. So I've begun to look for other work. The sooner I get out of this job, the better for my overall health. So I will be devoting my spare time to....something..........job hunting? (not going well)....Trying to market prints of my art?....maybe, but will it be enough to support me, pay the bills? Ugh....I know theres something better for me out there, I just don't know what it is....and until I figure something out, there probably won't be too many posts appearing here. I'll try to check in, keep everyone posted. Keep your fingers crossed for me and my happiness...

14 comments:

Sven Bonnichsen said...

Oof. Fingers crossed, bro!

jriggity said...

Good luck man!

definately dont waste your time being unhappy....lifes short right.

jriggity

people in gorillasuits said...

All the best for all your future projects ! Ubatuber rocks ! And your woodcuttings (Jenny Greenteeth) ARE great ! Same for all the other picutres too. You've got your own style, your own colour pallette... Personally, I like the woodcut of Jenny Greenteeth the most. And Hey _ I sent the link to some friends of mine, and the comments were all: 'Respect !', 'Who is this guy ?' and so on...

So all the best again ! You'll make it !

UbaTuber said...

Thanks guys...Words to live by, Justin...

Gorillaman, thanks so much...and hey, I've got a few more copies of that Greenteeth woodcut lying around, if you want, email me your home address (Austria, yes?) and I'll send you one :)

people in gorillasuits said...

Mr. Ubatuber: Wehn I read your comment, I was completely overwhelmed. And I still am completely overwhelmed. And I will be...
Ahm... this... I'll write you an Email...

UbaTuber said...

Email received, print on its way to you across the pond :) Its the least I can do, thanks for all the support!

Darkstrider said...

Wow Jeff,

It's really hard to read this.... no more posts from you on the Ubatuber blog???!!

No job??!!

These are really tough times we're living in... it seemed to just creep up on us a little at a time, and now all the companies are cutting back or shutting down... jobs are next to impossible to find. And even to keep. The same kind of thing is happening to me where I work.

I've always worked hard to keep myself among the most valued employees, because if time to cut back ever came up I didn't want to be anywhere near the top of that cut list. And I'm not, but now I find they're cutting back in other ways.... where there used to always be two of us working together now I work alone most of the time, and the work has gotten more difficult AND they keep piling more on.

Lately I've had a couple of times when I almost just quit.

but I don't know how that would work.... the bills would pile up fast and bury me, and I know how hard a job is to find just now (I have a friend who's been looking for many months now). So thus far I'm just gritting my teeth and bearing the pressure... one of these days things might just change as they have a way of doing and some of the pressure will ease off. Even if it doesn't happen, keeping this job is probably a lot easier than trying to find a new one.

But that's me, it might not work that way for you. As I find myself saying a lot these days, ya gotta do what ya gotta do, right?

Keep on keepin on, ma brotha, whatever you choose to do!

UbaTuber said...

Thanks bro...Thats basically whats happened to me too, Im one of the hardest workers there so Im the one facing the brunt of the cutbacks, not personally but by having to keep the shop running with less hours and fewer part-timers....we're slowly falling behind on production of our framing orders, which pisses off customers, so theres that to deal with too...and calls from the corporate office wanting to know why, and not accepting my answers...not to mention that it was a year-long struggle when I started after the storm, just trying to pull us out of the hole, 2 months behind with 1,000 orders in the shop....I worked weeks of overnights by myself because I was the fastest framer, to get us caught up, and it hurts to watch us falling behind again...I havent done anything rash (except make the mistake of telling a few people that I was looking for other work)...I wont quit until Ive found something, you're right, I dont want the stress of piled up bills (not that i dont have some already)...
I've spent the last couple of days setting up an Etsy shop, once I have some items for sale I'll post about it here on the blog....also, Juli is going to pitch some of my prints to her boss, see if he'll let her put some on the counter at work and at his shop in the mall, which sells a variety of knick-knacks...if I can drum up enough business than I can conceivably go part-time somewhere, which would be nice....

I know I should be thankful to have a job, that I should suck it up and be responsible, but theres this wacky notion of pride and integrity thats making it difficult...I'm still gritting my teeth too, but they're starting to crack :)

Shelley Noble said...

On hold?--hell no! Make the wold's most creative job search!

mefull said...

Hang in there Jeffery. I never understand how big corporations can be so short sighted. Work their people to death, treat them like crap and wonder why they are unhappy and want to leave. Its just stupid.

Don't take it personally that they are not treating you like a person. It sounds like a bad case of they don't know what they have till its gone.

If you are going to stay you have to change your attitude and focus on the good things you like about the job however small that may be- tune out the bad stuff as much as possible. If that doesn't work its better for your mental health just to move on.

I hope things change for the better one way or the other.

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D. Carlson said...

Eh,

Email me if you want the gist.