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I took this great job at the dance space, and I am loving it. However, I only get paid to work 30 hours a week (so, 4 days at 7.5 hours a day) with no health insurance.

In order to afford my health insurance,  I need to bring in $650 additional after tax dollars each month. I have four weekdays and all my weekends to work these hours–I am thinking that 10-12 hours a week bringing in $150-$200 would suffice.

Obviously, a work-from home type of job, maybe doing grant writing or some other kind of technical writing would be ideal. I could do that work at home, at night, on Sunday mornings whenever. But those kinds of job are not easy to get. I spent 10 months trying to get one or two. I managed to Professionally Watch Baseball, but that is seasonal work. I could babysit, too. I would happily edit kid’s college essays.

I keep thinking that it might be fun and nice to work at the wine shop around the corner from my house, or at the bookstore. But it has been 11.5 years since I worked in retail, which is a long time. I fear I am not difident enough to work in Brooklyn retail, nor thin enough, nor do I have my nose ring any longer.

As you know, the only thing I won’t do is cold calling (sorry BAM subscriber ticketing phone bank job!). But what do you think I could do?

This situation needs to be remedied pretty quickly. I love my health insurance. And since this is the year of living SANS CREDIT CARDS (more on this futurely), we need to get this sorted out!



Guys and gals, I did it!

I was offered and accepted a job.

I will be the general manager for the Center for Performance Research, which is a 3-year old dance and performance space that includes a rehearsal studio and white-box theater. It’s located in Williamsburg in Brooklyn.

Starting Monday, I will be 4 days a week with a flexible schedule for about 6 months while I/we raise money to bring the position to full-time. We had a great meeting today, and are going to start laying out a plan for what the full-time position will look like in the coming months. There is both paid and unpaid time off as part of the job right now.

There will hopefully be health insurance, retirement, and paid time off as part of the full-time package. And maybe, if I do really well, a title bump?

But really, the best thing about this job is that it involves working with emerging artists, producing and presenting dance and experimental theater, and building a strong, healthy, mission-driven organization basically from the get-go. It’s such a massive opportunity. It’s basically the opposite of the job I quit ten months ago, and I think it is absolutely the right thing for me to be doing.

So, yay. This is a cause for celebration.

Also, of course I will keep writing this blog! Lots more positive lessons about arts administration and non-profit management, no more temping.

I had an interview last week, and a second interview yesterday. It’s for a general manager position at a theater/dance space (actually, dance with some theater and performance art) in Brooklyn.

There is so much potential there, in that all my issues with the job seem to be on the road to being non-issues. It’s part-time (4 days a week) but they want to make it full-time within 6 months. No benefits, but it’s a possibility within 6 months. Low pay, but as the responsibilities and time commitment increase, more money. So much potential to do cool work with young artists, and to develop new programs, and to learn how to do a lot of important things.

I lay in bed last night just totally paralyzed with fear. Can I live on so little money? Can I get another part-time job? Can I get out of debt and pay for health insurance?

But really, my fear is that I am making the wrong choice and that by compromising what I need from a job, I will be making myself really unhappy. Then again, working is a good thing. I want to work. I need to work, for any amount of money.

I need Mexican food.

I love Flight of the Conchords, the funk-folk duo from HBO/New Zealand. And I especially love their song “The Most Beautiful Girl (in the room).” 

Every time I think about taking a part-time job (I have an interview for one today!) I think of that song. I think about the sad, sad compliments levied at this woman:

You’re so beautiful, you could be a waitress
You’re so beautiful, you could be an air hostess in the 60s
You’re so beautiful, you could be a part-time model

You’re a part time model, but you’d probably still have to keep your normal job
(Part time model)
I could see you at an auto show, dancing on a car

(Part time model)
You’d spend part of your time modeling, and part of your time next to me

I feel like a part time job for me is like the back handed compliment of this song, adorable, but totally NOT what I need. I’m going to go any way, and see what happens. Maybe it will be growing to full time in the coming 6-12 months. I could get down with that.

The interview was really interesting. I think it could be a fun place to work.

Here’s my fear: the job doesn’t pay particularly well, and the job is a little bit less challenging than I was hoping for. I would be more like an office manager than a leader in the company, and I would also be in charge of the office cat.

However, and this is big, there is possibility for major growth in the company, and for a promotion in the near-mid term. So even if I start off small, I can learn the business, figure out how it works and then start to move up. I have been promoted almost everywhere I have every worked, so I think it’s a good bet that they would want to keep me on. If it doesn’t work out, I can always apply to graduate school (again), right?

I am going to sleep on it one more night, as I have a second interview on Thursday. Let me know what you think.

I have an interview tomorrow for a job in the for-profit sector. They work with artists and fabricators, so it’s not totally without attraction. However, it’s totally different than the kind of jobs I have been applying for and the kind of jobs that I was training for during my masters degree. (Honestly, it is just terminology.)

I am at this place in which I just need to work, get my health insurance paid for, put money in my savings account, and not get yelled at for a while as I figure out what my next step is. It’s been 9 months of searching.

Last week, the guy interviewing me as me if I would be comfortable working at a for-profit company, and this is what I wrote back to him:

In my job search, my main priority is finding a company that is well-run and that treats its employees with respect. I have encountered organizations in the for-profit and non-profit worlds that do, and many that don’t. I am focused on finding a job where I can make a contribution. I love working with artists and this job seems to offer that quite a bit! For me, it is really not a binary choice between for-profit and non-profit, it’s about finding a place that is a good fit for me and where the work atmosphere is collegial, respectful, fun and motivated.

Am I just deluding myself? Or is this really how I feel? I think this is really how I feel. And if I could get promoted in this job, and the people are nice, then this could be fun. I care about working for a great (group of) manager(s). I care about being respected. I care about having a little bit of fun at work. I care about learning how to run a great business. This could be that, for sure.

I like the idea of learning to run a for-profit business myself, because the non-profit model is not the only way to operate socially responsible business. L3Cs, B-Corps, and other models are emerging, that hybridize the social mission and the profit motive. This is interesting to me. I would be happy to learn more about this kind of stuff.

Keep your fingers crossed!

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