Posts tagged employment
Posts tagged employment
Job #29 - Bring Cheer
After breaking a world record, I went downtown to a Ritz-Carlton event at the Metropolitan Pavilion. A charity organization called Special E has a program where they pick up centerpiece flowers after parties and give them to hospitals. Cool idea, right? So we picked up the flowers in order to deliver them the following day.
I’d like to show the smiles on the patients’ faces as they received the colorful bouquets, but had to settle with the smiles of the hospital security guards who would let me go no further. One delivery went to the Beth Israel Medical Center, and the other to the hospital at NYU.
I tried to make one more delivery in the meantime, but they wanted me to come back another time to fill out donation paperwork. I just want to give you flowers! Sheesh.
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.
If you or someone you know has an actor survival story they want to share, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Job #24 - Work a Slideshow
“Do you have PowerPoint experience?” my temp agent asked.
“Well, I just finished making a slideshow yesterday as as job,” I responded. “I took a PowerPoint class before, and made a TV pilot presentation for NBC on PowerPoint.”
It helps being overprepared.
The next day, I walked into the Waldorf-Astoria at 6am to run the online slideshow for a conference. After they got my laptop setup, we had some waiting time, and then the games begun!
The company I did the presentation for works with petroleum to provide up-to-date materials for whatever Americans need. Their CEO donated more money to cancer research than anyone. Ever.
Although their presentation made me like their company, sitting for five hours straight took its toll on my sleep-weary body. But hey, afterward I partook on a Waldorf-quality lunch, and by 2pm my day was complete!
Job #16 - Day Receptionist
The above is Bigfoote’s timelapse video of NYC during Hurricane Irene
Remember Job #6, the double-booking receptionist job that I couldn’t do?
They invited me back.
Their studio overlooks Union Square and they have a kitchen with food! For lunch I made a real ham and cheese sandwich on organic bread and a side of all-natural blue tortilla chips.
My last day there I got talking to the co-owner of the place, and told him my journey through working on several TV shows and now starting to pursue writing and performing myself. I said I’m working paying jobs as much as possible, hitting the comedy theaters almost every night, performing with an improv team, and writing with a sketch team. He listened and nodded and said, “I think you’re on the right track.” That’s good to hear from someone I consider successful in the creative world!