Thursday, January 12, 2006

The joys of a gypsy lifestyle

While I am not a true gypsy because I have a rad, permanent place to live, I am a sort of financial gypsy since I never know where my next paycheck is coming from. Some people might think that this is a stressful way to live (and they are correct) but there is one thing that makes this lifestyle a true adventure: doing vastly different work day to day and meeting all kinds of people. I love it!

To give you a taste of what this lifestyle is like, let me tell you a little bit about the projects I have coming up or have completed in the past few weeks...

Did background work on The Sopranos

Doing an industrial for CustomNews, which entails getting dressed up in a newsboy costume and handing out newspapers at a convention. I can’t believe I’ll be paid $40 an hour to do this.

Directing a short play reading for a benefit

Worked two days as a temp receptionist at a publishing company (very slow job, in fact, I am writing this entry from that job right now!)

Personal assistant one day a week to a entrepreneur

Occasional babysitter for this entrepreneur’s 5 year old daughter

Directing a dear friend’s debut of her new one woman show

Casting consultant for Wilderness Films, working for a week to bring in actors for a leading role in a new film

Signing on as a director for a play being submitted to the New York Fringe Festival

Coaching a high school student on her auditions for college theatre programs

Auditioning, auditioning, auditioning

Only in New York City could I do all of this. For any of you out there who dream of coming here to pursue your dreams, DO IT. It is easier than you think and more rewarding than you could ever imagine.

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