Job #26 Donut Giver
One Monday morning I went to an audition at Pearl Studios. Not to audition.
To hand out donuts.
Remember that book we all had to read in middle school, The Donut Giver?
A woman named Michelle Dyer hired me on TaskRabbit to give out postcards to promote her website. (Didn’t think I’d be promoting it on my blog too, did you Michelle?) Since there’s a Dunkin Donuts on the same intersection, she had me hand out Munchkins too. Being actors, few of them accepted those balls-o-carbs, but they all appreciated the postcards advertising her website. A number of actors have heard about Michelle Dyer’s site already, and those who didn’t readily accepted those postcards for the job info. Who’d wanna reject money?
I was there for about an hour, and while the girls still needed to put their makeup on, one guy Kevin was fine with telling me what kind of work he does to pay the bills in order to have a flexible actor schedule.
It’s a tough life being an actor, because unless you want to work in a restaurant, it’ll be hard to find a job that lets you audition any time of the week. Michelle’s website and book organizes all the temp and catering agencies in one place. So if you’re out of a job, looking for temporary work, or even looking for permanent work in NYC, get it! I used her book to apply to many temp agencies and already interviewed at a few of them.
So if you’re looking for freelance work, spread your ground. Apply to every temp agency you know. You want to make money, don’t you? And get in touch with me. I’ve been doing this for a few months, so I’ve already got a handle on a few things.
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