I’m one of those people who lives for his work more than his relaxation. When your work is your life, you’d better enjoy what you’re doing, and so far I’ve been pretty lucky. I’ve focused on working jobs that I love with people I love being around. I’d rather get my hands dirty generating sawdust and painting foam blocks into rocks. Who wants to punch numbers into a computer when you can install 12’ tall replicas of Stonehenge for a performance of Macbeth in a space the size of a city block? When you can turn the inside of a theater into a massive sand dune with a floating rock or turn a different theater into the house (seating area) of a movie theater, complete with functioning projection booth? Working as a theatrical carpenter has been one of the most exciting experiences in my life. I’m constantly solving wild problems, working with some of the most creative and driven people, and making people’s dreams come to life.
Life as a carpenter is tough stuff though. I suppose that’s one good reason many people would shy away from it. While I toiled away, the work kept its tally in the workings of my body, injuring me over time enough to preclude me from drawing.
I really feel so lucky to spend my days creating exciting things and, with them, spreading joy. Crafting is thrilling and making people happy is even better. Enough of the world is overfull with evil intent, I’d rather stick to the good. I suppose that would make me a poor villain, but then again, I’ve never wanted to work anywhere near a cubicle.