Work is slow right now. Very, very slow. Part of it is just the time of year. The episodics are on hiatus, the pilots are over and nothing will really start happening for another month or two.
I’m feeling it more than usual, though, because the show that I worked on fairly steadily for over a decade is gone. Done, over, kaput, never coming back, sets in the garbage, misty-eyed ‘remember when’ Facebook group formed.
I didn’t really realize how much of my income came from said show until I started wondering why I was so broke in April. I should be doing okay this time of.. oh, wait. That.
So now, because my expenses are now above what unemployment will cover, I’m worrying. Not just about the slow month, but about a potential writers’ strike.
If they strike, all production will grind to a halt and we’ll all be unemployed – potentially for months.
I simply haven’t got the cash reserves to survive extended not-workingness.
Sure, I could get another bunion surgery, but it might be better to get a job. A real job.
Except what I’m able to get via temp agencies won’t cover my expenses, either.
So I’m waiting. And breathing deeply, while trying to quell the rising panic about something that hasn’t happened yet.
But it’s hard, because the last extended work stoppage was bad. I barely squeaked by, and ended up with a shitload of credit card debt that I do not want again.
Today, I went to the Actor’s Fund and did the intake meeting so I can go to the resume classes and get career assistance – mainly in the form of resume classes, financial planning classes, and job listing.
I found myself in a room full of people just like me – all panicked about different things, and all wondering how we were going to survive.
I was the only jerk in the room to actually mention the strike, and everyone around the table tensed up.
At the end of the meeting, we all shuffled out, planning which workshops to come back to – I’ll have to ride my bike, though, as I’m not sure I can afford to pay the parking, or buy gas.
It’s better to knuckle down sooner rather than later, right?