Thursday, November 20, 2014

The "Can I Make a Living Doing What I Love?" Experiment (#15: Limping Along)

by Pam Victor

[The "Can I Make a Living Doing What I Love?" Experiment is my one-year challenge to make a living through creative pursuits. Read all the updates here.]

I can already tell that I'm not going to make my meager $1,334 goal this month. I knew months like this would come, and I am reminding myself that a couple months ago I made enough to cover these lean ones. It's not a huge deal, but still ... blerg ...

My homeschool kid-teaching job ended this month and won't start up until early January. So that hurts. And one of my improv classes started (and thus paid) late last month, and the other one starts (and thus the checks get deposited) early next month. So this is a mean, in-between, lean month.

I've put out a bunch of unsolicited "Hey! I should teach a class for you!" emails. And I'm continuing to cogitate on other what-I-love jobs, like voiceover work, which would be feasible and fun. I guess it's a good time to figure out how to make money through writing too. I'm a little stymied in that area. Since I'm pretty maxed out for evening teaching gigs, I would like something else during the day. And I'm finding that I'm spending a lot of time working alone from home, so it would be nice if that day-time gig were in the world with actual people with pretty, round, non-virtual faces. I guess I'm speaking it aloud here in order to put it into the universe. As my dear friend and wise woman Joscelyn said, "Closed mouths don't get fed."

It's hard not to feel a bit  anxious during these phases. Every job involves so much ingenuity and perseverance to make happen, and it's discouraging that things aren't flowing more easily.

 Time to pull out one of my life mottos:

Ok. Time to go back to work. Off I go, limping swimming along ...

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Pam Victor is the founding member of The Ha-Ha’s, and she produces The Happier Valley Comedy Show in western Massachusetts. Pam performs  "Geeking Out with: The TALK SHOW," a live version of the written Geeking Out with... interview series, at comedy festivals throughout the land. Pam writes mostly humorous, mostly true essays and reviews of books, movies, and tea on her blog, "My Nephew is a Poodle." Currently, Pam is finishing up work on "Improvisation at the Speed of Life: The TJ and Dave Book" with co-authors TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi. Read all her nonsense at

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