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20-year-old musician pleads for people to stream her music as she doesn't want a 9-to-5 and divides opinion

Poppy Bilderbeck

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20-year-old musician pleads for people to stream her music as she doesn't want a 9-to-5 and divides opinion

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/ @zoewynnsmusic

People are flooding to social media divided after a musician promoted her work saying she 'cannot do a nine to five' job.

Look, nine to five jobs are often a lot more work than they seem and if we don't like them, why should we keep working them? Some companies have introduced a four-day week for a reason, after all.

But when people start crying about having to work the same shift so many others have for years? Well, social media users remain divided over the issue. And a musician has just heated up the debate.

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Musician Zoe Wynns took to Instagram earlier this year to declare she 'cannot do a nine to five'.

In the video, she says: "I know this is gonna sound spoiled, I know this is gonna sound like some artsy creative who you know just doesn't wanna put in the hard work and hours, but I physically do not think I can do it.

"I start to cry if I have more than like three non-creative tasks to do in a day and imagine doing eight hours-a-day of something that I don't really love for the rest of my life... So there's no other option. This has to work."

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And by this, Zoe means her music career, which she gives a shout out to in the caption. The caption reads: "I think I was made to create. Check out my music under Zoe Wynns on all platforms! #alternativeartist #smallmusician #composer."

Zoe says she thinks she was 'made to create' rather than work a 9-5. Credit: Instagram/ @zoewynnsmusic
Zoe says she thinks she was 'made to create' rather than work a 9-5. Credit: Instagram/ @zoewynnsmusic

Zoe finishes her video by relaying a quote she heard 'in a show once' which says: "'People like us can't live normal lives. If we try, it kills us.'"

She resolves: "And honestly? I am throwing myself into that category 'cause I think I will simply die.

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"So if you want to listen to my music and help me, you know, one step in the process of me not literally dying, please stream it. I love you guys."

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However, sadly, not everyone is fully supportive of Zoe's stance on working.

Zoe finished the video by asking people to stream her music. Credit: Instagram/ @zoewynnsmusic
Zoe finished the video by asking people to stream her music. Credit: Instagram/ @zoewynnsmusic

People flocked to the post in heated debate about working a nine-to-five job.

One Instagram user said: "Not the trust fund kids coming up with philosophical ways to accept and identify with their laziness."

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"Ur parents worked so you can do this, think about that," another added.

A third commented: "As someone who is disabled and has to work eight hour shifts that actually do try to kill me, everything you’re saying is so selfish and it is arrogant. 'Oh I don’t want to work eight hours a day I will LiTeRaLlY DiE' well tough s**t that’s life. I’m an artist and I would love to live off of commissions and not have to work another job because I love drawing and that doesn’t cause me any pain.

"But that’s not how it works and you can’t just go up and post on social media 'hey I don’t wanna work because I’m special and I don’t deserve to work because I’m creative go support my content' like there’s thousands of better ways to promote your content that being entitled and thinking you don’t have to work because you don’t want to."

People have been left divided by Zoe's comments about 9-5 working. Credit: Instagram/ @zoewynnsmusic
People have been left divided by Zoe's comments about 9-5 working. Credit: Instagram/ @zoewynnsmusic

Although, some have stuck up for Zoe, a user stating: "It’s not spoiled in least bit. Our purpose extends beyond the mundane cycle of work, eat, sleep, and repeat; we are here to create and explore. While financial stability matters, transforming one's passion into income adds an extra layer of fulfillment. Many may not grasp this concept, but for us creative souls, life's essence transcends the confines of mere labor."

A second echoed: "Thinking that we have to work ourselves to death is colonizer thinking, and anyone who defends that is supporting that. So please don’t listen to these people in the comments, you freaking got this!"

Zoe told UNILAD: "I was very hurt by the End Wokeness post on Twitter-- I understand they didn't have the full context, but it felt like a personal attack-- not just on me, but my work ethic, and my generation as a whole. I first want to apologize for offending anyone who works a 9-5 job. I did not mean to present that in a way that was dismissive or disrespectful, and I absolutely could have been more thoughtful about how I spoke about my creative goals and pursuits. I'm grateful for all I've been given, and I don't think blasting me for something I'm well-aware of was a particularly helpful or insightful reminder. When commenters say that I have a 'mental disorder,' call me 'pathetic', and reply with death threats-- I hope they remember that I am a real person: a twenty-year old woman just trying to chase her dreams.

"I will be the first to admit the blessing I have to even be able to make that video— a phone, a car, parents who love me and support my dreams. I've been given an opportunity I'm so grateful for, one I'm aware not everybody gets, to get an education in what I love and pursue my chosen career. But in addition to this, I have worked extremely hard, independent of anyone else, to build the life for myself that I want. I was a twelve-year old that went around my neighborhood selling homemade soaps, a fifteen year old who hosted a slime convention with 600+ tickets sold and appeared on the news twice for it, a seventeen-year-old who started a business writing custom songs to help pay for college. It's not the eight hours of a 9-5 that bother me-- most weeks I work 80+ hours on my music and other pursuits. The point of my video was that I want to have a creative career, one that is focused on my passion for music and writing, and that the standard '9-5' would not allow me that flexibility and time to work on what I love.

"I think people are calling this generation lazy because we’re the first ones to take a good step back and look at the system and say, 'Hey. This shouldn’t have to be the path everyone takes!' and doing everything we can to break out and build our own non-traditional lives. It will take both work ethic and creative thinking to accomplish this. Making music is the first thing that pops into my head in the morning and the last thing to leave it at night. I am fully aware that as an artist, I will have to work much harder at my career to find success. But it will be well worth it, and my goal is to enjoy the journey."

Topics: Music, Instagram, Social Media, Money, World News

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