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I wasn't out of a job then...

It's the end of May and the global virus is still a thing. It sucks. It sucks for the family of people who are sick or have died. It sucks for people who have lost their jobs. It just sucks.


I was lucky at the beginning though, I didn't lose my job when the country shut down. However, my main source of income is an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships aren't forever, even though I wish this one was. This apprenticeship has an end date and I've known it since last year. In a non pandemic world this apprenticeship ending wouldn't be a huge deal, I would leave and move on and do theatre around the area. In a pandemic world however, this apprenticeship will end and I will have nowhere to go. Some theatre's are still trying to produce shows via Zoom or livestream but they are few and far between.


So with looming unemployment what will I do? Short answer? I have no clue. I really don't, I do not know what I will do without being able to make theatre. So I guess it's time to assess my other skills and other things I like to do.


I like dogs. I like dogs a lot, like A LOT. I used to walk dogs actually. It was probably my favourite job outside of theatre.


I have an immense knowledge of pop culture. I don't know how helpful this is but I know too much.


I like social media. I like the marketing of it, I like seeing how people curate their Instagram grids. I like helping to come up with content and distributing it, then looking at the analytics.


I like making weird drawings on Procreate. I may have a degree in Fine Arts but I can't draw, I love making swirly lines and other lines and then throwing some colour on it and calling it art.


So I guess I don't really know what my next move is. Maybe I'll become a Youtuber, maybe I'll get back to walking dogs. Maybe people will start buying my mediocre art off Etsy, whatever happens though, I hope I like it and I hope it makes other people happy too.


If you want to check out my mediocre art, my store is ClaudJDesigns.



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