“… is a person engaged in or occupied by the practice of a craft, who may through experience and talent reach the expressive levels of an artist using their hands, mind and heart in their work and what they create.” Wikipedia
An Unskilled Laborer:
“Work that requires practically no training or experience for its adequate or competent performance.” Dictionary.com
Lately I have heard so many people refer to film workers as unskilled labourers. I want that way of thinking changed…
We are skilled laborers, trades people, and Artisans!
We excel in a wide variety of expertise to do our jobs. We have years of specialized training that we apply to our craft daily… and the education never ends.
We all started with some sort of educational base, but it’s the extra bits of knowledge that we add to our arsenals that becomes the secrets we stash in our back pockets… for the OMG emergencies! All those side courses that we pick up over our careers make a difference in how we do our jobs everyday. These are the things that help us keep our professional edge sharp. These are the things that keep us working. These are the things that allow us to be true artisans.
Take the jewellery course, the cobbling course, the millinery classes, not to mention the welding program and painting classes. Take every opportunity to expand your knowledge in every way. And remember; ask questions, a lot of questions, and use the knowledge received.
Our strength comes from building on the knowledge left by those who have come before us… we show how strong we are by what we leave for those who follow!
“Once you decide on your occupation, you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your job. Never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success, and is the key to being regarded honourably.”
From the opening of the documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi