Creatively Bankrupt

I’m a struggling actor. This makes me what you woull financially challenged or, if you’re not one to mince words, poor. While I am getting a bit of help from The Parents for rent, I’m working two jobs to make enough cash to eat and have some life, however modest. Most importantly, in order not to forget why I am working these non-career jobs, I need to work on my craft, which costs money and time. So I have been picking up more and more shifts and working longer hours.

raf750x1000075tdd2121-8219e99865-u2So ok, a cut and dried story: Girl needs money, so works more shifts, basic math. Except in order to make more money, I’ve had to sacrifice a lot of time otherwise available for acting, dancing, and singing lessons so I don’t forget why I am working in the first place. Earlier in the year, when I was working only one job, I could spend off days taking dance classes (which I desperately need considering I kind of suck at dance) or a singing lesson. These days I am lucky to get in one dance class a week.. OK, I KNOW, I’m whining, so what if I have to work longer and not have so much time, big deal, I’m young, join the club. But here I am working longer just so I can pay for classes to hone my craft and give me a better chance to succeed at what I really want to do, but cannot take them because I have no time due to the extra work. So I need to make money for classes I have no time to attend.

Hence the whine.


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Lizzy Andretta is an actress originally from New Jersey who is now based in Minnesota. She blogs about being an Aspie and other subjects stemming from said topic. You can follow her acting work at

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