Part of our mission here at Daily Fuel has been to illuminate life and early career insights for our readers, and we're thrilled to announce that Sam Mooradian will be joining our current blogger, Christian Zilko, debuting Wednesday September 18th. We hope the sharing of their successes, failures, insights, and adventures will continue to inspire others on their journeys toward personal and professional fulfillment. Enjoy!

Back to the Grind

As of last month I have two part-time jobs. I’m in video production for an agency in the greater Detroit area, and I’m a server at an upscale restaurant in the suburbs. In the push to pave my way, less than a year out of university, this is where I am. I want to talk about these jobs in relation to my creative pursuits.

I hope to make music my career, so in my free time I’m working on building that up to a sustainable level. However, in the past several months I found it increasingly difficult to use my free time to make music. I could barely look at a screen when I would get home from a day of video editing, so recording went out the window. Picking up the guitar, then, seemed less
enticing. I thought I was just a bit burnt out, and maybe to some extent, I was.

Then I took this server job. Now what I’ve found is that on days that I’m at the restaurant, my drive to make music skyrockets. When I get home, I go straight to my desk to write, record, mix-whatever; and I’m able to get things done. The wildest part is that on days where I work in video production, I still feel burnt out. The correlation is absolutely apparent. I believe expending my creativity at the agency job leads to less or no creativity when I get home. However, the lack of creativity at my restaurant job leads to a plethora of creativity later.

It’s an interesting thing happening that I’m excited to observe; hopefully it will help me further hone a lifestyle that caters to my ability to make a lot more music.

Sam Mooradian

Guest Blogger:

Sam Mooradian

Creative and Musician
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I just don't think it's good to be around too much creative energy other than your own.
— Jack Antonoff
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