“So, what do you do for a living?”
I used to hate this question, because I was ashamed of my answer. Yes, I’m a professional dancer. But fresh out of school, you spend a lot more time working in audition rooms than on stages- my performers will feel me on this. Don’t get me wrong, I love it and wouldn’t trade it for the world, but it’s hard to make non-performers understand. So, why am I embarrassed to tell someone that I work front desk at a gym, am on the dance outreach team for a performing arts college in the city, & a professional dancer? Because I was embarrassed that I wasn’t at the level of what I consider “success”. But if you think about it, is anyone? Once I hit my ultimate goal, my life isn’t over. I don’t get to quit, I don’t want to quit. There will be new goals and new challenges, because I’ve leveled up. I would never want to be at a point where I’m comfortable, or not pushing for more. I mean don’t get me wrong, I’d love to be comfortable at the top, but there will still be new challenges up there! That’s the process, the fun part! Deep down I was ashamed to answer the question above because I was embarrassed of my dreams. I still didn’t 100% believe in myself.
I think what I’m trying to say is that everyone starts somewhere. You have to remember that we are all on our own paths. As long as you keep moving forward toward your goals, you’re headed in the right direction. However that may apply to your life. Measuring your self-worth on your success isn’t going to lead to very happy days, trust me I’ve been there. If you’re doing what you love, with people you love, you’re on the right track. Let’s just take a moment to remember that Lizzo was once a sign spinner, look at her now.
So, if you have some side hustles to help you achieve your goals, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. We all gotta do what we gotta do. Once I started embracing all the jobs I had, I began to have more fun! And I started to appreciate the fact that I wasn’t stuck doing the same thing every day. Next time someone asks you about work, confidently tell them, you should be proud of yourself for having many skills that are hirable.