Dream job for an aspiring actor who does not enjoy starving to death
August 16, 2010 6:51 PM Subscribe
"Does my dream job exist?" Or, "What are some good fallback jobs for an aspiring actor who does not enjoy starving to death?"
posted by Wanderboy to Work & Money (24 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm hurling rapidly towards post-collegiate life, and my inability to choose a career path is frustrating me. I've spent entire days brainstorming ideas and working through different career paths in my head, but I can't figure this one out.
I love to write and perform sketch comedy, act in other capacities, and generally be involved in some creative art. That said, I would never want to bank on a creative profession. I don't want to plan around making a living as an actor or a screenwriter, because I know how much pressure bills place on the creative process.
I would like to develop a marketable skill that I could perform for 3-5 hours each weekday as an employee, freeing up the rest of my time to work on material, audition for parts, etc. Because it's the center of film and television casting, I'd like to be able to live in Los Angeles. In order to live on the better side of the poverty line, I'd like to at least be able to make $750 or so each week.
One job I considered: SAT tutoring. This would allow me to move around tutoring sessions to accommodate audition times, charge $50/hour or so, and learn one skill (SAT prep) well enough to have relatively high job security.
Is SAT tutoring a feasible fallback job? What other jobs or career paths meet these conditions, and what should I do while in college to prepare myself for said jobs or career paths?
I am going to need to talk to Career Services and other actors about this, but I appreciate any help I can get from Metafilter.
One last note: my major is currently English, but I'm not opposed to changing it or spending a few years in graduate school for a fallback job. I came into college hoping that I could head off to the Yale School of Drama or Tisch when I got my bachelor's degree - now grauate degrees from those programs seem overly restrictive career-wise.