[quote="Robert_V_Frazier"] Pizza is best eaten while it's hot
i highly disagree with that!
i personally love it the next day after it has been in the fridge, but i agree with all the rest of your post.
i was offered a restaurant job recently, but i am pretty happy, and content with my small stage gigs. i have done some restaurant work, and it is a little too unpredictable, and randomized for me. it can be fun though, but i dont think i would want to depend on it for full time work. it is probably the most difficult to make a living at out of all venues, but then again none are really easy. also in my area there are not than many to consider. if i had more time for travel, that would be a different story. i was offered $30 an hour for 3 hours tops, 3 days a week. which aint too bad, but i dont really prefer venues that there is a risk that someone may not want to see magic. thats just me though.
my small stage shows are reliable, and i work up to 3 hours tops. typically the travel time does not exceed 30 minutes, my set up has a max. time limit of 30 minutes, (but i am usually set up earlier) shows are anywhere from 45 minutes to and hour, depending on the situation...sometimes up to an hour and a half rarely. the packing and trip back home is anywhere from 30 min to an hour. for the most part though it is a 30 min set up, one hour show, 30 minutes tops to tear down and get out of there, then i am home in less than 30 minutes. so two and a half hours to three hours is my typical work schedule. i earn anywhere from 125-175 dollars for three hours total, which is alot in my area. i could get more, but i am content for now, being i do this seasonally, and part-time. i am only able to do about 2-3 shows per month, and usually during the winter.
nothing beats doing something you love for a living, be it part-time, or full time. i chose to do magic part-time for now, as i do not want magic to become a chore, and possibly experience burn out. however i am still looking into owning a magic shop, as this has been a long time dream. my town needs something like that to promote interest in this great art. it is a tough call though, being you cant be sure how successful it would be. the only way i would do it, is if i did not have to depend on it for a living, but as a second income/hobby. so hopefully i hit the powerball soon, so i can just do magic everyday for fun in my shop, and just have fun!
if it ever happens i will be sure to let you all know