July 2016: Evolving Careers

Shanti Grumbine, Asemic Prayer #1, 2016, New York Times plastic sleeves, nails, 6 x 16 x 6 feet

Whether you’re prepping for vacation, approaching retirement, or launching into the work world post-graduation, summertime brings an opportunity to refresh and reflect on our work. This month at Pregame, we focus on the what, why, how, and who of our careers.

One belief our team definitely shares is that career isn’t separate from life. Our work is a part of our complete lives, and at different life stages may exist for different purposes: to sustain us, to develop us, or to be temporarily put on hold in favor of other meaningful life events.

My own career has had several significant turning points: the first was my move from the Pacific Northwest to New York City right after college to pursue my acting dream. The biggest was my decision to change careers five years later, a journey I shared in my book, Exit Stage Right. The third was seven years ago this month, when my side gigs became my full-time endeavor, giving birth to Pressler Collaborative.

Whether you’re pursuing a creative career, running your own business, or even considering a transition, you’ll find valuable insight in this month’s contributions.

We’re honored to feature the work of Brooklyn-based artist Shanti Grumbine, who shares valuable insight on the importance of discipline and not giving into doubt.

And a very special congratulations to Pregame columnist Nick Sollom, who marries his partner this month. I met Nick that first summer after college, before our careers had begun, before we took the leap to the big city, before the loves and triumphs and challenges of adulthood. While our dreams were stunningly similar to where we are now, we never could have the career – and life – paths that have led us here.

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