Two months into my carpe the diem way of life, I used to be lifeless broke. I would spent a lot time on the artwork of comedy that I hadn’t managed to guide sufficient freelance work to final past the following three months in LA, even on a shoestring finances. A small bubble of panic (or perhaps, in all probability, starvation) started to type in my abdomen. So I turned to my expensive outdated pal Craigslist for some quick money.
One morning, in the course of my every day desperation Craigslist scroll, I finished at an advert that caught my eye:
✭✭ GET PAID TO DRAW $125 ✭✭
NOW CASTING artists and aspiring artist in an artwork tutorial video. TODAY is your LUCKY DAY! Receives a commission $125 to learn to draw!
Ship headshot and degree of talent to: email@example.com
I had taken some drawing lessons in highschool and figured that on the very least, I might play a budding sketch artist for an educational video. I responded to the advert and continued my freelance job search.
Inside minutes, the account that posted the advert despatched me a location and shoot date. My drought had come to an finish. My first performing gig! AND I used to be about to get $125! 4 tacos on the truck for meeeee, child!
I used to be so excited to be on digital camera that I mainly heel-toed all the way in which to the studio, which was conveniently down the road from the place I lived (one other bonus: did not want to make use of bus cash). Once I obtained to the constructing, I noticed there have been already a bunch of individuals ready outdoors. The one discernable commonality in regards to the numerous group of people was that all of us appeared like we have been about $125 away from shifting again residence.
Finally, we have been let inside to a giant, empty area, with a platform within the center and a bunch of easels scattered round. I ran my hand throughout the paper they supplied. It was tremendous thick, which meant it was in all probability costly. Movin’ on up, I assumed to myself.
After we have been all settled, the doorways behind us opened and a person in a toga walked in and scaled the platform. I let loose a deep sigh. I appeared him up and down, and will really feel my face begin to scrunch up. He simply appeared too recent, like he’d been doing crunches in preparation for this video. His hair was achieved up, and he had the thirsty vitality of an improv comic. (I do know the sort effectively.) He simply did not appear to be somebody within the arts; he appeared like he was on his technique to go crush some Natty Lights at a racist-themed get together. Dumb as hell.