In Reno, having a day job in addition to one’s artistic passion is a necessity for many creative folk. Throughout her adult working life, Jessica Escobar has held 3 to 4 jobs at a time and might be hard-pressed to categorize which of her callings is the day job from the creative pursuit. As a violinist for the Reno Philharmonic, interpreter for the courts and police departments, and web-design/social media consultant, her work “days” often involve nights and weekends and all her jobs require creativity in their execution.
Maybe some people are inherently multidisciplined. Escobar is tri-lingual (Spanish, English & French) and happens to be currently studying Mandarin. She double majored in Anthropology and French with a minor in Music at UNR and has her Masters in Social Sciences from University of Chicago. A violinist since elementary school, she played throughout college and grad school even performed with a community orchestra while teaching English in France.
“You have to remember it is not all or nothing,” Escobar explained about managing multiple interests. She noted that even allotting short amounts of time to a pursuit on a consistent basis is worthwhile. She devotes 30 minutes per day to learning Mandarin.
However even with the most careful scheduling sometimes life happens, like after a six-hour police interview Escobar requested a ride to class from a detective then had to reassure her class their instructor had not been busted.
Escobar maintains an exuberant attitude even with balancing a variety of challenges and responsibilities which proves that doing what you love makes all the difference. “You can do wonders for your soul by doing what you want to do and sharing with the world what only you can do,” she said.
For more about Jessica and her adventures, please visit her blog: http://jessicaescobar.com/