Tiffany Farber is a solo practitioner who has been practicing law since 2008. As someone who has been through transition in her career, she understands the challenges lawyers in this situation face.
When people ask me what I do, I tell them I’m an attorney. When people ask me what I am, I tell them I’m an artist.
I have been a singer all my life, and I’m not talking about being a wishy-washy shower singer type either. I’m serious about my singing. I’ve sung in shows, at weddings and in competitions. For me, singing is exhilarating. Standing in front of people and bearing my soul is a meaningful experience.
I must admit that most of my closest friends are attorneys. But, I only think of them as attorneys after I have thought of them as artists. One of my friends is a brilliant painter, another is a photographer, another a musician, and the list goes on. I find artists to be some of the most talented attorneys because they approach situations with creativity, and shouldn’t law incorporate creativity?
Now, sure, there are talented attorneys who don’t have a creative bone in their bodies. They can write well or argue the law like champions. But, from my personal experiences, I’m never disappointed by an attorney and artist sharing the same body.
There are so many ways that lawyers can explore their creative sides. I will admit that when I was in law school, I forgot that I could be creative. I forgot that I was once close to applying for a Masters program in creative writing. I forgot these things because I thought I couldn’t be an attorney and an artist all at once. I was wrong. As I got older, I realized that I was more effective as both.
If you have passions outside of the law, and I hope very much that you do, you should indulge them. This past year I performed in the Chicago Bar Association’s Christmas Spirits Show. As a cast member, I met tons of artistic attorneys. Some sang, some danced (not me, I’m a dreadful dancer) and all of them had a great time. It was refreshing to meet attorneys who were interested in enriching their lives with art.
So, come on, work that right side of your brain! Go take a pottery class or start a journal. See a play or learn how to play the guitar. Just don’t be afraid to be an attorney with your muse as co-counsel.