About the Show

The Day Job Artist is a podcast celebrating those who work by day and create by night to inspire audiences to pursue their own creative passions.

Each episode features live studio performances of original music, comedy, literature, spoken word, and theater recorded in host Jess Duda’s Brooklyn living room turned podcast studio.

Anna Kate Band I The Day Job Artist

Anna Kate Band I The Day Job Artist

Why Day Job Artists?

After seeing over 500 day job artists perform in New York City as a volunteer at the historic Judson Arts Program, Jess Duda saw how too many of these talented, creative creatures were outside of audiences’ reach. They have little time and resources to breakthrough the vast sea of social media or reach the still-powerful arts industry gatekeepers. Those day job artists who consider themselves hobbyists, only show or perform their original art to family and friends.

Let’s consider the numbers. Pre-pandemic, New York City, as the artist capital of the world, had over 56,000 musicians, poets, comedians, writers, actors, filmmakers, dancers. An additional 300,000 worked across the creative industries, many of whom also spend their free time on original art projects. Other American ‘creative cities,’ such as Nashville, Los Angeles, Austin as well as world capitols, including 66 designated by UNESCO, are home to long-time artist communities.  As a result, audiences outside of these creative hubs have little to no access to this art of substance . . . until now.

Pilot Episode: Aba Kiser

Aba Kiser I The Day Job Artist

Aba Kiser I The Day Job Artist I Photo by Piper Corbett

Join host Jess Duda in meeting day job musician Aba Kiser, a key inspiration for the podcast who also wrote and performed the show’s theme song titled, “Day Job [Test]” (listen here.)

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