Video Interview with Elastic Lab – Working the 9 to 5 job was killing me

Last Fall, I was contacted by videographer Frank Sheppard of Elastic Lab to do an interview for their Culture of Content Creation Series. The interview is live now! Go watch it! or watch it below.

Working the 9 to 5 job was killing me from Elastic Lab on Vimeo.

From the site:

In today’s world of social media, digital voices rant and rave, ruminate on their experiences, give life to the world’s causes, bring fame to the worthy, bring shame to the unworthy, denounce dishonesty and evil, and preach a million variations on truth. But while the voices are loud, the social media movement is, for the most part, a faceless movement. Conversations, discussions, relationships, business partnerships, and friendships exist where face-to-face encounters do not. Such is the nature of the Internet, and why this project, The Culture of Content Creation, was launched.

My segment is entitled Working the 9 to 5 job was killing me. I talk about how I how and why I began blogging and how it lead me to what I do today.

I’m honored to be a part of this project. Hope you all enjoy the interview.

And thank you Frank for contacting me to do this!

UPDATE – Thank you to Julie Morey who pointed out in the comments that I could embed this video into my blog from Vimeo! 😀 And to see pictures of my studio please visit this blog post.

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25 thoughts on “Video Interview with Elastic Lab – Working the 9 to 5 job was killing me”

  1. FANTASTIC!!!! And I love the way they put the video together. Thanks for the link! Thoroughly enjoyed it!

  2. Thanks Cheryl! It was so much fun and nerve racking at the same time to have Frank come into the studio with all video equipment, lighting etc. It was a great day! So glad you liked it.

  3. Jessica, thanks for agreeing to do the interview and allowing Barbara and I to invade your studio, we certainly enjoyed working with you. Hopefully you are pleased with the results – I know I am!

  4. Frank! It was pleasure to work with you and Barbara that day. I had wonderful time and hope you both did to. I love the results with how they edited it and hope you do to!

  5. I, too, am in awe of how professionally the video was edited! It made you look super famous! … which of course, you will be. :)
    It was great to see live video of you at work.

  6. Hi Jessica! First, thank you for being part of this project. I continue to be amazed by the people who share their personal stories and insights with us. Yours in inspiring beyond words. I’m happy you’re pleased with the edit and hope you feel it’s true to your story. (Please feel free to embed the video on your blog via Vimeo. You will find it at ) Warm regards.

  7. thank you so much for sharing, jessica. that means so much to me as an artist and writer finding my own way outside the 9 to 5 world, it is so nice knowing there are others out there. you offer such inspiration and hope. thank you :)

  8. I love the video and how the end result was edited by your team. I’m both honored and humbled to be a part of this project.

  9. Thanks so much for the link Julie. It works marvelously! I added it to the blog post above.

  10. Loved the video, Jessica. Congratulations. All of us, who have turned our lives around, have something to be proud of. Most people just go on…

    I liked also how it was produced.

  11. Jessica, you are beautiful, creative and simply ‘brilliant’! Loved watching this and getting to know you a bit more.

  12. Great interview and just wanted to say that I can relate to your thoughts about the 9-5 job. Some people seem to think those of us who just don’t want that lifestyle perhaps can’t handle real life… it’s good to know that there are countless folks out there that didn’t have to do the 9-5 to have a happy and successful career… it’s good to know :)

  13. I believe that if 9to5 makes one happy then by all means continue to do it. But if it’s not making you happy or feel good about yourself then it’s time to change.

  14. Bravo to you. I have recently quit my 9 to 5 to go full time in my art career and it has lots of “oh crap” moments ( like fun tax season) but at least i don’t feel like my soul is getting smaller and harder each day. That was the worst!! Your work is beautiful and original. Keep it up!

  15. Those oh crap moments will lead to inpsiration and make you work harder to succeed. Tax season this year for me was nuts! I also rent out rooms in my home and in essence run two businesses. The bookkeeping was crazy! I checked out your website! Beautiful photography!

  16. I just found your blog through one of those e-mails that Etsy sends out.
    I just wanted to say that I found this interview to be really lovely and inspiring. You seem very calm and collected, nobody would be able to tell that it was nerve wracking at all.

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