I’ve been asked so many times over the years – “So what do you actually do for a living?”, Or told “Make up your mind! Are you an actor or a journalist? A writer or a businessman?”, “What does writing books have to do with owning shop?”, “What does interviewing have to do with acting?”, “You are not focused!!!”, “Why aren’t you focused?”, “You’re a Jack Of All Trades – Master Of None”, “Nobody can do so many things at once”. I’ve heard dozens of theories and scholarly explanations from old-world people (the kind of people who stay in the same job for twenty years), about the new, wide world I was born into. A world where you spend your time doing so many different things at once.
For a brief moment I had an agent who told me I had to be a bit more careful about the way I branded and marketed myself. He said “people were confused about what I do”. I explained to him I was not “a coca-cola can or a chocolate bar”, and gave up the branding process. I gave up on him as an agent, too.
I often found myself giving people a hesitant explanation about what I do. An actor? Ho, no. That’s a dramatic title, earned by the likes of Robert De Niro or Richard Gere, who focus their entire lives around acting. A writer? A.B. Yehoshua is a writer. So is David Grossman. Ram Oren is a light fiction writer. Me? I’m still a beginner (even though my fifth book is about to be published). A journalist? More like an interviewer. A businessman? Not really. But I’m definitely a big admirer of entrepreneurship and business initiatives.
Once, many years ago, I was offered an extremely lucrative contract by one of Israel’s largest newspapers. Signing it was extremely tempting. But to do that, I had to completely give up any creative or business activity I was involved in. After spending a few sleepless nights, I decided to go ahead and sign it. I was young and blinded by the amount of money they offered. Two months later, I was offered a job on TV. The newspaper refused my request to take it up (even though I’d done quite a bit of TV work by then). We fought, threatened each other, made up, and eventually I quit. I felt I couldn’t sell my soul to the devil and only think about the financial aspect of my work. That I had to do e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g I loved doing, and that all the different aspects of my work feed into each other. It was a very meaningful lesson for me.
In recent years, people hardly ever ask me “So what is it you actually do?”. I think people are beginning to understand that my insistence on the ‘everything is possible’ principal has paid off. And if someone still insists on an answer, I say “I work at making my dreams come true”. Yes. That’s who I am. A private dream maker.
When I was young and didn’t quite know what I wanted to do when I grow up (even though I did think about becoming a fireman at some stage), I still had one clear dream: “When I grow up, I will have a diary in which I will write my time table. Every day will look different to the one before”. That’s how I live. Some days are busy and others are freer. I do lots of things at the same time and still manage to take an afternoon nap every day. I’ve written books, I own shops, I lecture, act and interview. I am thirty eight, a proud father of two adorable and amazing girls, six years-old Shira, and baby Noga, who is eighteen months old.
For a long time, I wanted to set up one website which will encompass everything I do. I wanted to amalgamate my various blogs and websites scattered across the internet into the one site. Especially for all those who still insist on asking me, “So what do you actually do? “, or for those who just wish to get to know me a bit better. You are more than welcome to sign up for the Newsletter and join my circle of friends.
I am Yuval Abramovitz. But you can call me Yuvi.
Welcome to my world.