The Pros and Cons of a Day Job

Day JobUnless you’re a rich man’s kid, money will always be an issue when considering which schools to apply to. I get that. Loans and scholarships can only go so far. Some of you will have to rely on a day job to break even. But do you know what you’re getting yourself into? I sure didn’t. Which is why I want to give you a brief overview of the pros and cons of a day job.

Pros

1. You’ll have more money in your pocket

Didn’t see that one coming, huh? Yes, it will keep a roof over your head and food in your mouth. And without that, you can’t work. Without that, nothing is possible.

Cons

1. It will add to emotional and physical stress

Imagine acting, dancing and singing for 50 hours a week and then pulling two shifts at your local diner every weekend. Your body is not going to thank you and neither will your nerves. Because both the muscles and the mind need their time to regenerate.

2. It will take away your time to rehearse

Yes, time is also an issue. How will you be able to learn lines for acting class or do your daily technique exercises if you simply don’t have the time? You will not advance as quickly and thoroughly as you would without a dayjob.

3. It’s a vicious circle

Because of the additional stress, you might get sick more often. Whenever you get sick, you miss work and class. This means learning less and earning less. When you’re good again, you might need to work more to fill that hole in your wallet and you might fall behind in class even more. This can cause additional stress which might lead to getting sick again. 

You can do it 

Against all odds, don’t throw in the towel just yet. I’m not saying it is impossible. I’m just saying it’s gonna be rough. And getting your BFA doing a dayjob is better than not getting your BFA at all, right? 😉 And for some of us, there is simply no alternative. But in the end, you will be able to be all the more proud of yourself.

And to aid you in that quest, I will offer the FREE BFA Day Job Survival Guide in the fall. Be sure to be back! 🙂