Key Trades and Interests

Below are examples of the types of individuals that we seek, and the beliefs and social observations that led us to seek these specific types of people. These professions are by no means all-inclusive – individuals of all trades, skills, and interests are welcome.

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Labor Professionals

Where once it was common for an individual seeking knowledge to become an apprentice under a master of a certain trade, to learn that trade to the furthest extent possible, and to take great pride in their work, the increasingly dynamic and industrial state of the workforce has led to a shortage of truly skilled and impassioned professionals.

Even when such an individual does arise, they are often forced down by the standards and presumptions of the market they intend to enter, or their talents are forsaken at the will of an incompetent employer or restrictive work environment.

Others with the potential to produce great work are overlooked, under-appreciated, or entirely discounted, due to lack of convention in their style, their appearance, their interpersonal abilities, or their ambitions.

At Bristol, we truly believe that passion, quality of work, and personal integrity should not be mere qualifications on a job application or empty words on a corporate banner. These should be more than words, but rather, concrete values, demonstrated through an individual’s efforts to imbibe those values in their work – not only in the tangible product itself, but in the conceptual framework it embodies. This applies to every labor profession, from carpentry, to electrical engineering, to architecture. A profession, wholly commonplace or entirely unorthodox, should never be measured by the social and cultural connotations that surround it, but rather by the value placed upon it by those who call it their own.

Artists

These days, in this economy, it is extremely difficult for an artist to make a living. The lifestyle of most true artists defines the term: starving artist. The artist’s choice is this: sacrificing a comfortable way of living for one where they live for what they love rather than dying in the name of capital.

The odds are against success when it comes to making a living as a dedicated artist.

If going the route of working for a company producing mass quantities of art, an artist runs into the issue of repetitive boredom and restriction of creativity, potentially turning their passion into a chore. As stated by Henry David Thoreau in the first chapter of Walden, “There is no odor so bad as that which arises from goodness tainted.” An artist who is a slave to capitalism is the equivalent to a beautiful bird in a cage, exchanging its plumage for food.

In contrast, the probability of the artist finding the time and energy necessary to put an adequate amount of effort towards both the development and marketing of their own artwork is slim. The artist who seeks to create entirely of their own accord often must obtain other employment to provide the income necessary to sustain themselves, and in doing so, denigrate their artistic ambitions, increasingly so as they become disillusioned by the frustrating lack of progress they are able to make.

By providing a space where the artist can commit themselves almost solely to their artwork, Bristol alleviates these woes, allowing the artist to focus on their true passion.

Artists are recognized as any who seek to create a representation of their interpretation of reality via the medium of their choice. We seek all forms of self-expression, be it visual, auditory, textual, or otherwise. Art is valid so far as the artists sees it as such. Who are we to define art?

Teachers

All residents are given opportunities to share their knowledge and experience with both the community and the public, but there is also a need for residents whose sole purpose is to teach, to share, to observe and improve upon the minds of the community.

Teachers are those who devote their lives to the future of our race, to molding others into knowledgeable, yet open-minded, diverse and conscious individuals, fully observant of their own influence upon future generations. In the modern society, the teacher, once treated as a dignified and respected member of society, often must sacrifice disproportionately for their life-long devotion to education.

Discredited with a dwindling amount of respect, the unsung heroes of modern American society are our teachers. Disheartened by this lack of respect, or worse, simply ingenuous, some are the causation for the amounting disinterest shown by the majority of students enrolled in public education. Others are continuously trying to find innovative techniques for engaging their students unique abilities, yet are shown an equal amount of disrespect as the ones who just go by the curriculum.

In the Bristol community, teachers are a valued and respected part of the development process. It is absolutely necessary that the community have available and properly utilize an educational resource base, both to learn from and to develop as progress is made and lessons are learned.

All Others with Passion

This list is by no means exhaustive – there are many other professions, skills, trades that are in every way as legitimate and needed at Bristol. This is not a list of requirements, but rather a list of the trades we thought most applicable to growth of our community. If you have a personal passion and feel you would bring value to yourself and other by joining the community, then by all means, you are welcome.

To learn more about becoming a resident, visit our Call for Residents page.