I had finally relented to the suggestion a friend had made several months ago. The plan was to dress up as Ariel from The Little Mermaid and sing her hallmark songs down by the Cathedral, where the tourists passed by all day like lemmings.
For a few months in the fall of 2012, I became something of an expert in Craigslist studies. A recent college graduate, I was a part-time unpaid intern and part-time retail employee. New to New York, I lived with four other underemployed recent grads in a three-bedroom apartment in Bed-Stuy, sleeping on the top bunk of an IKEA children’s bunk bed called “TROMSO.” I was living mainly on graduation gift money and savings from a summer spent working at UPS, supplemented by my $10 an hour retail gig. After one too many meals of $1 Trader Joe’s spaghetti noodles, I found a solution: Craigslist studies.
Rose Eveleth at Smithsonian Mag outlines some of the health risks (believe it) and membership requirements that come with joining The Sword Swallowers’ Association (rule #1: no collapsible swords).
The Village Voice‘s Heather Baysa went to a seminar for aspiring voice-over artists to learn about the biz and rub elbows with industry vets like the voice of Hulu, the guy who played 47 different actors in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles original series, and the man responsible for the Law & Order intro.
Apparently like anywhere else, networking is key and puberty can ruin you.