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GALLERY DIRECTOR, IN-DEPTH: 100% In The Now

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Jeff, a gallery director, describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and work-life balance. Since getting this job, he has grown a great interest in the history of art, to the point where he calls himself a "history addict" now. He separates his work and life by giving 100% of his attention to where his feet are - "in the now."

Job Title: Gallery Director
Employer: Gallery 505

Job Summary: Curators

Job Description

Curators oversee collections, such as artwork and historic items, and may conduct public service activities for an institution. Museum technicians and conservators prepare and restore objects and documents in museum collections and exhibits.

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$25,000 - $90,000
Projected job growth
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15 to 20 percent
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Full-time
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Office, Physically demanding, Remote, Home, Indoor
Personal qualities
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Analytical skills, Organizational skills, Technical skills, People skills, Problem solving skills, Strength/stamina

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m='16990'>history</span> <span m='17400'>in</span> <span m='17510'>school,</span> <span m='18000'>which</span> <span m='18240'>is</span> <span m='18370'>interesting.</span> <span m='19020'>But</span> <span m='19340'>now</span> <span m='19610'>I'm</span> <span m='19780'>like</span> <span m='20050'>one</span> <span m='20220'>of</span> <span m='20270'>those</span> <span m='21370'>history</span> <span m='22410'>addicts.</span> <span m='22920'>I</span> <span m='23000'>like</span> <span m='23330'>watching</span> <span m='23710'>the</span> <span m='23800'>History</span> <span m='24250'>Channel</span> <span m='24720'>and</span> <span m='24840'>A&amp;E</span> <span m='25950'>and</span> <span m='26070'>all</span> <span m='26210'>that</span> <span m='26420'>stuff.</span> <span m='27140'>So</span> <span m='27340'>yeah,</span> <span m='27630'>the</span> <span m='28040'>history</span> <span m='28540'>part</span> <span m='28850'>of</span> <span m='29050'>the</span> <span m='29280'>art--</span> 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<span m='47300'>challenging</span> <span m='47920'>part</span> <span m='48200'>about</span> <span m='48490'>my</span> <span m='48650'>job</span> <span m='49220'>is</span> <span m='50120'>staying</span> <span m='50410'>positive,</span> <span m='50970'>staying</span> <span m='51370'>focused,</span> <span m='52070'>staying</span> <span m='53790'>energized,</span> <span m='54480'>because</span> <span m='55290'>in</span> <span m='55980'>this</span> <span m='56220'>particular</span> <span m='56830'>business</span> <span m='57340'>you</span> <span m='57530'>can</span> <span m='57710'>go</span> <span m='59180'>days,</span> <span m='59810'>sometimes</span> <span m='60510'>weeks</span> <span m='61260'>without</span> <span m='61760'>making</span> <span m='62370'>a</span> <span m='62480'>sale.</span> <span m='63220'>And</span> <span m='63510'>keeping</span> <span m='63880'>yourself</span> <span m='64840'>in</span> <span m='65030'>a</span> <span m='65090'>positive</span> <span 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m='131850'>not</span> <span m='132130'>take</span> <span m='132350'>my</span> <span m='132470'>work</span> <span m='132760'>home.</span> <span m='133730'>So</span> <span m='134900'>when</span> <span m='135090'>I'm</span> <span m='135250'>at</span> <span m='135360'>work,</span> <span m='135800'>I'm</span> <span m='136140'>100%</span> <span m='136900'>at</span> <span m='136960'>work.</span> <span m='137340'>And</span> <span m='137570'>when</span> <span m='137625'>I'm</span> <span m='137680'>not</span> <span m='137950'>a</span> <span m='138040'>work,</span> <span m='138540'>I'm</span> <span m='138720'>100%</span> <span m='139580'>not</span> <span m='139685'>at</span> <span m='139790'>work.</span> <span m='140230'>I</span> <span m='140290'>don't</span> <span m='140540'>check</span> <span m='140840'>emails.</span> <span m='142290'>I</span> <span m='142500'>don't</span> <span m='142740'>do</span> <span m='142830'>business</span> <span m='143470'>at</span> <span m='143570'>home.</span> <span 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