Best supplemental jobs for musical theater performers

Best supplemental jobs for musical theater performers

OK, so you've made the commitment to your performing career, and you're getting out now and then on auditions and gigs. You're officially in the gray area where things are moving in the right direction but you're not making enough money yet to fully support your living expenses. Congratulations! The gray area is a great place to be, it's a place that many people don't ever get to! However, it is a challenge in that you can no longer "fall back" on a full time day job. You need the flexibility to be able to take last minute auditions and work around an odd performance schedule. From this point forward, you will probably need to piece together 1-3 other sources of income in order to make the rent. Ironically, performers are notorious for their tendency toward right-brained thinking (a.k.a. "disorganization"), so in order to keep 1-3 jobs in good standing you'll need to pull from deep inside yourself and find some left-brain organizational skills to keep things on track. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

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Have you heard of the actors fund?

Have you heard of the actors fund?

Friends, have you heard of the Actors Fund? It's amazing. A nonprofit human services organization founded in 1882, the Actors Fund serves all professionals - and not just actors! - in film, theater, television, music, opera, and dance through programs that address their unique and essential career needs.  Employment in any division of the performing arts and entertainment industry is unpredictable.  The life of an entertainment professional is very similar to any worker or independent contractor that moves from job to job to make their living.  Work is erratic, security is fleeting and health insurance is often just a dream.  For all of these reasons and many more, The Actors Fund offers services in housing, health care, social services, career guidance, training and more.

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