Everyday Hustlin, a Look at Miami Artists' Day Jobs: Brook Dorsch
Brook Dorsch, owner and founder of the Dorsch Gallery in Wywood, does not consider himself an artist although he has been in the game for the last 20 years. (Read a review of his last show here.) "I am just an Art Junkie, technically an Art Pimp." We spoke Dorsch about his day job.
New Times: Does owning a gallery actually pay the bills or do you have a day job?
Brook Dorsch: No, it does not and for the past 15 years, I have worked for Maritime Telecommunications Network. My current title is senior product engineer.
Does it help or hurt your art?
It does both, mostly because it allows me the freedom to show what I want to show, and not be worried if it is "Sale-able" or not. However, the downside is that I am mostly at my day job and have to work at the gallery after I finish a full day working. I am known for not sleeping very much. Luckily my wife Tyler decided to join me at the gallery, so things have really been changing for the better since she is at the gallery each day.
What is the best thing about having a day job? The worst?
The main perk is that, my job has enabled me to travel all over the world and I typically try to extend my trips in order to see shows, do studio visits and just see more art and artists outside of Miami.
Are you any good at your day job?
Yes, my specialty is in the satellite networks that are specific for the cruise industry, and since I have been doing this for 15 years, people trust me and my experience in the industry. I do enjoy it very much and the people I work with are great, however most of them know that my true love is at the gallery.
Have you ever blurred the lines of your day job and artistic job?
A few times in both directions -- I have used my technical knowledge for art projects and I have brought MTN customers to the gallery and given private tours. There is always an opportunity to get people interested in Dorsch Gallery artists.
Let's say you have just received a huge check, how do you see it playing out?
First, some debt would be paid off. But I guess you are asking would I quit MTN, of course the answer is yes, but at this point I don't think it would affect the gallery very much. Tyler and I are very committed to our program and the artists we are working with. I would just be happy to have the opportunity to be at the gallery more and then when the day is done, spend time with my wife and two daughters, and maybe sleep a little more.
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