Think Outside The Cubicle: Photos Of Jobs Anywhere And Everywhere Around The World

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No longer are we confined to the traditional 9 to 5 daily grind. So what does it look like to juggle work and relaxation in the digital age? As our work life extends beyond the office, the joy of play often infiltrates our professional lives as well. It’s the equilibrium between work, relationships, technology, and hobbies that make our day-to-day world go ’round. Sarah Beth Comfort of Good Magazine asked professionals from across the globe to share a glimpse of both their professional and personal lives; take a look at how the modern day professional approaches work/life balance.

Name: Nicholas Galanin
Locale: Sitka, Alaska
Work: Visual Artist

“I am proud to be a Tlingit Native Alaskan, which certainly influences the work that I do. As a multidisciplinary contemporary artist, I work in various mediums, from the traditional aesthetics of the American Indian to blends of contemporary design and pop culture.”

Name: Nicholas Galanin
Locale: Sitka, Alaska
Play: Net Fisherman

“The land and my experiences on the land and within my community inform the honesty and truth in my creative practice. Subsistence and family provide an important foundation and inform, balance, and inspire my art.”

Name: Sherina Munyana
Locale: Kampala, Uganda
Work: Market-based Sanitation Expert

“Growing up in a developing country, the challenges facing the third world are painfully visible—children and adults alike are afflicted by preventable problems such as hunger, disease, lack of access to safe water and sanitation. Seeing this inspired me to go into sanitation and development.”

Name: Sherina Munyana
Locale: Kampala, Uganda
Play: World Traveler

“I work passionately hard, which often demands beyond 8 to 5, but I always make time for family, friends, and myself. Traveling is a great way to leave work behind, to refresh my creative spirit, and then return ready to take on the world!”

Name: Mallory Culbert
Locale: Austin, Texas
Work: Actress, Writer

“For me, while I’m in production on my feature screenplay, “The Big Spoon,”work is play. The rush of the words, ‘Take one!’ inspire as much joy as a meander through a flea market.”

Name: Mallory Culbert
Locale: Austin, Texas
Play: Thrifty Chic

“One of my favorite things about my home state is its emphasis on independence. To quote wildlife conservation pioneer David Sheldrick, ‘Man requires three things in life: Identity, Stimulation, and Security, and the most important of these is Identity.’”

Name: Andrew Green
Locale: Sydney, Australia
Work: Being his own Boss

“A year ago, I quit working on someone else’s terms. It was scary, and there were points where it was hard to pay rent, but nothing beats waking up when you want, avoiding work traffic, and knowing that if your boss (you) is a jerk, you can change them. I now have a marketing agency, I’m developing an organic sunscreen, and I’m working to release a magazine full of interviews with people about how they made their cool ideas happen.”

Name: Andrew Green
Locale: Sydney, Australia
Play: Balance Guru

“To find a balance, you need to prioritize being healthy, happy, and sleeping well, otherwise you’ll be inefficient at what you’re trying to accomplish. So be selfish, sort out your health, and do things that make you genuinely happy.”

Name: Ari Allansson
Locale: Paris, by way of Iceland
Work: Sustainable Practice Filmmaker

“My work and my life are, for me, essentially the same thing. I’ve been able to create projects from scratch that I am passionate about, and there is freedom for me in that as, together with my collaborators, I can decide and develop the projects I’m working on.”

Name: Ari Allansson
Locale: Stockholm, Sweeden
Play: Socially Responsible Iconoclast

“I have a project in Stockholm aimed at introducing sustainable practices in the filmmaking process. There is a genuine social awareness in Sweden on all things concerning our planet, the environment we live in, and how we humans affect it.”

Name: Elena Rossini
Locale: Paris, France
Work: Filmmaker and Multimedia Producer

“There are many days when I’m glued to my office chair, editing from morning until evening, but I love the creativity that my job affords me, and I try my best to make each day count.”

Name: Elena Rossini
Locale: Paris, France
Play: Photographer and Plucky Musician

“At the end of every work day, I usually grab my camera and go on long walks around the city, taking hundreds of photos. My favorite thing in the world is photographing Paris during magic hour. I recently developed a Plan B, however, for days when the weather is poor: I bought a ukulele and I’ve been teaching myself how to play it. That sense of accomplishment is often the highlight of my day.”

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