Inspired by this list: Strange Day Jobs of Authors Before they were Famous, from Flavorwire, I decided to list all the jobs I have ever had. I have had more and more varied jobs than most everyone else I know.
The only rule is: I had to get paid. I have volunteered for a lot of projects that certainly felt like work, but no paycheck means it was not a job.
- Move Theater Concessions/Tickets seller (high school, four years, and then again after college, about 8 months)
- Lifeguard/ Swimming Teacher (one summer between Sophomore and Junior year of high school)
- Tree Planter (the spring of my Senior year of high school, three months)
- Seamstress (college, I did alterations and custom sewing in a little shop just off campus, three years)
- Theater Technician (this was my work/study job in college, three years)
- General Marina Employee (renting boats, cleaning boats, painting docks, manning the cash register) (the summer after college, but before I studied abroad, two months)
- Assistant Librarian (during my study abroad semester in Florance, Italy I worked in the small library at the FSU study center, three months)
- Lighting Technician (after college, I worked on and off for a production company that did events, about a year)
- Movie Theater Projectionist (after college, I worked in a 12-plex, about 5 months)
- Technical Director at a high school (one of my most fun jobs ever, I designed and built three shows a year and managed the auditorium, three years)
- Scenic Designer for live theater (freelance, I am still doing this job sometimes)
- Lighting Designer (freelance, I did about 6 shows, including a stint touring with a modern ballet company, I don’t do lighting design anymore)
- Scenic Painter/Carpenter (sometimes other designers hired me to work on their shows, I did this on and off for about two years)
- Stage Manager (I only stage managed one play after college)
- Welder/Painter for a curtain rod manufacturer (For some reason I didn’t think I was working hard enough so I got a part time job as a welder at the same time I was working at the high school and freelance designing, about eight months)
- Data Entry for a clothing company (summer temp job, about three weeks)
- Bookbindery Assembly Line Worker (just one week, it was a summer temp job and it was mind-numbing)
- Commercial Packer/Mover (summer temp job, one month)
- Teacher’s Assistant (Grad School, I worked in the prop department, not in a classroom like most TAs, three years)
- Assistant to VP at a Mortgage Company (Grad school, summer temp job, about one month)
- Emmy Internship (paid – so it counts) (I shadowed various Production Designers around LA, the summer after grad school, eight weeks)
- Receptionist (after grad school, various temp jobs, on and off for about two months)
- Properties Master (after grad school, my university hired me to make props for two productions while the full time employee was on maternity leave)
- Art Department PA (I only did this for one pilot, six weeks)
- Art Department Coordinator (my first union job! I worked on three different shows over a two year period, I am still in this union so I could do it again)
- Drafter at a toy company for their events (I worked there during the busy period every fall for three years)
- Assistant Art Director/Art Director (This is my current job, I have been doing it for about five years)
- Production Designer (I have only gotten paid to do this a few times, but hopefully it will be my last job title)
Because I do a lot of freelance stuff the time periods are a little fuzzy and overlap one another.
I started a list of all the productions that I have worked (I am including volunteer and student stuff on that list). It is a lot harder to remember all the shows.
EDITED TO ADD: I totally forgot about babysitting. I babysat on an off between 7th grade and the end of High School, including one summer where I took care of my cousin’s kids several times a week all summer. Also, I got a question about how I differentiated between theater/designer jobs. If the job has a separate Union designation or line in the program it is a different job. A lighting design job is very different from a scenic painting job, even though they are both theater jobs.