by Ben Sachs
Director Jordan Freese devotes almost as much time to his subjects' careers as to their art. He doesn't do this for ironic effect, but to consider the relationship between art and work. Freese subversively suggests that the daily compromise of working can be inspiring, as his subjects place special value on their creative time because they realize how limited it is. He also suggests that having a day job can make one's art more accessible, since an artist who knows what it's like to submit to a less-than-satisfying job can relate to a wide variety of people. This comes through in the performance footage of two of the subjects, a lifelong musician who now works in home improvement and a burlesque dancer who works as a secretary in the financial district. Freese emphasizes how engaged they are with their audiences—they don't seem to mind how few people are watching them, so long as they know those spectators are involved in the communication process.