Writer In Florence Ela Vasilescu

Day 197 – What do you do? What is your job?


I’ve been meaning to write this article for a long time now and because I am extremely angry right now, I couldn’t think of a better time. We each have day jobs, dream jobs, jobs that we only do in order to pay bills and the rest of the unnecessary things in life that don’t actually represent us.

If you would have asked me four years ago what do I do for a living, I would have said I am a translator, but never in a million years writer and that is because in my country being a writer or an artist is a hobby and you cannot say that is your job even if you are published. I’ve worked my ass off to be able to finally say that what I do is also who I am and you know what, I am getting tired of the same question over and over again and the fact that people never settle with my answer as if I am crazy or something.

” – What do you do?

– I am a writer and a journalist.

– Yeah, I know, but what do you do?”

Didn’t you hear me a..hole? I am a WRITER. That is what I do, and better yet that is who I am too. It isn’t a hobby, it’s my job and I spend as much time as anyone everyday to do it. I used to think you cannot possibly call yourself a writer if you aren’t published, but I’ve realized how wrong I was. Being a writer, a painter, a jeweler and so on, is part of who you are and although sometimes you may take other jobs in order to survive, they will never represent you as a person. Also, in my book if you invest as much as six hours a day to do something, well, that is kind of your job. And even despite of all that wrong judgement all people make, I am a published writer, I am a journalist who writes everyday, so when someone says to me for the millionth time that yes, I am a writer, but really, I do that just because I like to write not as a job it kind of makes me mad and frustrated. Am I right or am I crazy?

About the author

Ela Vasilescu

I’m a writer based in Florence, Italy.

Human nature inspires me, different cultures, traditions, folk stories and the differences which make us unique. Documenting stories is a privilege, a glimpse into humanity, an unforgettable experience, one which I embrace and honour every day.

If you have a story twitching in the back of your pocket, one that is ready to be told, shared and heard, chances are I will be ready to listen; so don’t hesitate to send me an email.

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Writer In Florence Ela Vasilescu