Career change: From high-powered attorney to...Lego artist

Mary Hanan and Ray Parisi
Friday, 2 Aug 2013 | 12:46 PM ET
Source: Facebook

If you're unhappy in your current job or even if you're unemployed, perhaps it's time to escape the cubicle—or any work space, for that matter—and consider a career overhaul.

If that sounds tempting, you're not alone. More than 85 percent of U.S. workers polled by Manpower's Right Management unit in 2012 said they wanted out of their jobs. Along those lines, a recent "LifeTwist Study" commissioned by American Express found that 52 percent of Americans are open to making changes in their life but—get this—only 11 percent of us actively seek out change and reinvent ourselves.

So if Americans are so unhappy at work, what's holding us back? As it turns out, not everyone is being held back.

Take Nathan Sawaya, for instance. Sawaya worked as a high-powered attorney in New York for years before ditching his job to pursue his art: creating sculptures from Legos.

Lawyer quits job to play with LEGOS!
Nathan Sawaya's incredible story of leaving the corporate world to play with toys, he now sells works of art made completely of Legos... with price tags over $100,000!

Yes, Legos. And it's paying off. Sawaya now sells his art pieces for five- and six-figure sums, and recently had several of his "sculptures" go on exhibition at Discovery Times Square in New York City.

They've received a strong reception.

"It's a combination of respect for the artistry and the sort of playfulness and fun that it sort of reminds you of the things that you loved when you were a kid," actor and producer Austin Winsberg told CNBC at the Discovery opening. "It brings out a lot of emotions—nostalgia, awe, magic."

Check out the video here for more on Sawaya—including footage of some of his artworks—and see more of his Lego creations below.

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