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And thus, today begins that last week in which I am a full-fledged member of the Free-Money-From-The-Government Club (Street Name: Club 405). I honestly have to say, when I filled out the paperwork for this months ago, I really, truly believed that I wouldn't need more than a few months of supplemental salary, because I was going to land in a production job that would utilize my talents, and my days of sitting in a cubicle with a bunch of financial nerds looking sideways at my pink hair and black frame glasses were over.

I have run wardrobe on dozens of shows, helped to dress at least a hundred dancers and actors, fixed costumes, set wigs, lifted scenery, run lights, set up events, staged managed 6 runs, and helped produce 1 awards show, and I think I've probably grossed $1500 this year of my own earnings.

Not really enough to pay rent.

Right now, the only option that seems even a minor possibility is temping at another financial institution, which gives me an ache in the pit of my stomach. I feel completely stuck with what to do next. Every birthday candle blown, fallen eyelash, or coin toss into a fountain is accompanied by a wish for a job I don't completely loathe.

while my privacy-loving personality really wants to make this a friends-only post (and I will probably lock it later), I have to wonder if there's somebody out in the ether of the Internet, floating around out there, with the one idea or suggestion I haven't thought of yet. Lord knows, at this point, I would take it.

Warning: No Help Whatsoever (But ...)

Date: 2010-03-15 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] charlotte-webb.livejournal.com
I can't help you find the job of your dreams. I can suggest, however, that you use the interim time to do the things you do that make my eyes bug out: pimp yourself in Park Slope and the UWS as Costume Designer/Cake Maker/Party Planner extraordinaire. I know it's not costume season, but little girls love dressup parties; also, your cakes kick ass. You are pretty, put together, and full of energy and skill that other people don't have and will pay THROUGH THE NOSE AND UNDER THE TABLE for.

Humor me. Make 20 flyers. Put them up in parent-centric places. See what happens. Do the stuff you always seem to be doing for friends and family for free, for cash.

Re: Warning: No Help Whatsoever (But ...)

Date: 2010-03-16 05:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] billyfleetwood.livejournal.com
if you need my marketing/design/crackpot scheme genius to help with something like this, let me know...

Otherwise, get the best paying soul-sucking temp job you can, And work there just long enough to save up enough to buy a ticket to tokyo.

Re: Warning: No Help Whatsoever (But ...)

Date: 2010-03-16 05:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chrissigrl.livejournal.com
Yes, this is very good advice. Unfortunately, it would take a little more time than I have, and more business savvy than I posess.
Things I am good at:
making strange and weird things out of creative materials, spending an almost embarassing amount of time on tasks others would deem "preposterous" or "wasteful"

Things I am NOT good at:
selling myself, being a "go getter"/"self starter", handling money in any way/shape/form.

this project would work very well if there was a person doing all the finding of clients and setting prices for me. But for me to do all myself? I'd crash and burn in a week.

Date: 2010-03-15 10:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zenithberwyn.livejournal.com
Here is a list of who qualifies for unemployment extensions in New York:

http://www.labor.state.ny.us/ui/claimantinfo/extendedbenefits.shtm

Date: 2010-03-16 05:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chrissigrl.livejournal.com
Have been on the phone with them for the past 4 hours. Have yet to reach a human who has said anything besides "I am not the person you need to talk to".

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