ragtags studio central: sarah's random this & that

random means "having no definite aim or purpose," (1655), taken from "at random" (1565), "at great speed" (thus, "carelessly, haphazardly"). In 1980s college student slang, it somehow, and sadly, acquired a distinct sense of "inferior, undesirable." (Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper) Well, okay, fine, Mr. Online Etymology Dictionary person, but THIS is the 21st Century. It's a whole new ball of wax.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Body of work

In my life I have been paid to be (or do) these things:
• Artist (various)
• Costume Designer
• Costume Fabricator
• Editor & ½ staff of a semi-regular arts publication
• Fabric store Inventorier (not inventory of the stores, but the goods)
• Office manager (sort of) for a marriage & family therapist
• Vintage clothes store Presser
• Vintage clothes store Shopgirl
• Craft store & paint your own pottery Shopgirl
• Rubberstamp & art supply store Shopgirl
• Toy store Shopgirl
• Teacher (four year olds)
• Teacher (various altered arts including Junk Jewelry, scrapbooking)
• Writer (various)

I have done the following for little to no pay, or, for other sorts of remuneration (that word is correct, honest! I had to make Colin look it up, he is the most knowledgeable word person I personally know, and he didn't believe me, but it's right, I swear. . .):
• Acting (various)
• Book Reviewing
• Editing (various)
• Directing a multi-age amateur acting group in Hamlet (yeah, Shakespeare) and Bontsha the Silent (Isaac Bashevis Singer)
• Room stylist for people’s homes
• Selling plants on a college campus quad
• Stock girl at a food co-op
• Teaching math at an elementary school
Oops, almost forgot, I was on the Board of Directors for The Dance Connection!

These are things I think I might be good at, and would like to do, or do again, and be paid:
• Acting (various)
• Archaeologist
• Artist (various, esp. photography, esp. with a Holga, which I don't actually have)
• Editor & ½ staff of a semi-regular arts publication
• Hammock demonstrator
• Librarian
• Lighthouse keeper
• Organic greenhouse worker (maybe. . .)
• Book reviewing
• Movie reviewing
• Room stylist for people’s homes
• Scribe
• Successful thief, ala Robin Hood
• Tour Guide at a museum
• Travel writing
• Writing (various)
• I would also like to be a bike messenger, but I think I would be too scared, and too easily distracted and did I mention run a Poet's Cafe? Except that would suck if the poetry was always bad!

Here are a few things I would happily do, or do again and for nothing:
• Artist (various)
• Editor & ½ staff of a semi-regular arts publication
• Beachcomber
• Book reviewing
• Movie reviewing
• Work with refugees
• Room stylist for people’s homes
• Shell gatherer (yes, it IS actually different from Beachcomber)
• Travel writing
• Writing (various)

Finally, here are things I would never, ever want to be, under any circumstances, though I TOTALLY respect those who are:

• Auctioneer
• Antiques dealer
• Competitive swimmer
• Computer programmer
• Balloon ascensionist or racer
• Bridal consultant
• Factory worker
• Pilot
• Housekeeper
• Someone who works with the “criminally insane”
• Plumber, or anything to do with sewage, it totally makes me gaggy
• Podiatrist
• Stripper
• Surgeon, or work in a morgue, or for the autopsy peeps (see Plumber)
• Theatrical agent
• Window Installer
• Zookeeper

What about you???