9-5's are often skeptical of the schedule of a teacher. So your class only lasts 2 hours a day huh? What do you do for with the rest of your time? -- is a question I get from my friends who are not in a creative field. The truth of the matter is when you are in a position you enjoy you quickly realize that relating the time you spend to a definitive, quantifiable number is nearly impossible, and that odds are you are always working. Whether its researching a new idea to evoke to your students, or reading their homework and assessing new angles to approach the topics.. at teachers job never really ends.
I've found this to be the case on my "Spring Break" getaway which consisted of a whopping one day escape to Los Angeles. One that proved to be fruitful in conquest, but subsequently short lived and perhaps a bit of a hassle.
My Monday morning embark to Lala started with a late start and a rush to pack and hit the road, accompanied by Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson. Some 2 hours, a headache and god awful traffic avenged I found myself in Glendale knocking on the door to one of my all time favorite artists, the talented Mr. Steve Harrington. I have always been drawn to Steve's work for its psychedelic and stylized properties, evoking a feeling I often receive as calling myself a Californian. Through chatting via email I explained to Steve about the non profit I work for titled Outside the Lens and why I think the company and its mission statement (getting art and media in the hands of all youth and teaching them to become empowered by it) is important to me and seeking ways he could potentially get involved. It was an awesome experience to open the door for future collaborations, view and meet someone I look up to and respect, and ponder new ways to grow the organization.
A teachers job is never over. Even on break my day was spent reaching out to the arts community on behalf of my organization and build pairings and relationships to strengthen our core vision. That the difference between having a job you are passionate about and one that you look at as a 9 - 5. Rather than counting down the hours so that I can go do what I want, I get the chance to do what I want everyday, find new ways to do it, and even better inspire others who may find ways to do it better than myself.
Preparing to leave L.A. on my day to I went to get coffee and spotted Steven Yeun aka Glenn from The Walking Dead in Los Feliz grabbing coffee and went over for an introduction talking to him about the season finale and his appearance on fellow artist, David Choe's radio show. Leaving that evening I felt humbled in my mini day vacay, and having the opportunity to escape reality for a day.
Day well spent indeed.