Whilst I have been combing the job market for any employment in the graphic arts, (freelance, temp, full-time, etc), I also have been looking at a few – off the path venues of employment. At a local job fair, an insurance agent and I began talking, and after an early Saturday morning, I ponied up a small amount of money (less than $100.00) to take a 32 hour state certified class on selling insurance and ethics.
Why would I do that? For a few reasons, dear readers. First of all, I LOVE the City of San Jose in specific, and the state of California and the West Coast in general. If I am not able to find employment, I need a back up plan to keep me paying my bills and becoming gainfully employed. While not glorius, selling insurance may offer me the chance to make the money I need to stay here. It could amount to supplemental income if I find a low-paying job, or paying down debts if I get a decent job. If I somehow get a really good job, then I can use it to understand my own finances, and if I can grow my graphic design company through the understanding of money in a better way. I’ll be taking about $1500.00 in coursework and it cost me $99.00. Even if that total is inflated to make a person like me feel self-important, or even if it really is 1/3 of what it truly is worth, I still pay only 1/4 of what I would have to pay at a school. I’ll be a licensed insurance agent. I truthfully don’t know if I can cut the mustard. I’m bright enough and friendly, but selling products is something I am only good at if I believe in it. And this business is based upon referrals. And I know only a few people here, and I don’t think any would be interested in the slightest. Although the presentation I went to looked good, and the principles in the introduction seemed sound, I don’t know. Things seemed too good to be true. You know what that means. On the other hand, this is insurance. And insurance agents can make money. And in a year or so I could be preaching the gospel on annuities and mutual funds while cackling gleefully as I draw my next barbarian. You never know.
So, I will take the coursework and see what comes out of it. However – I still am feverishly working on my Zazzle products, advertising on my business, applying for jobs as a temp and permanent worker and self-education in the arts. I have not given up. But I am also in my 40’s, and I have a wife and bills. Idealism must be tempered with pragmatism. And being open to anyone who can help me if they allow me to showcase my dedication and hard work ethic. Like most people, I’ve been a few things in my life. I’ve worked in restaurants, sewage plants, janitorial work. I’ve been a graphic designer, pre-press specialist. Really, I do what it takes. And although I hope in the next few months I land a creative job in the Bay area, I cannot count on that. I need to make plans for another job and temporary career if necessary.
I am in a race against time. I have a few months before the walls start crashing down. I need to hope for the best, but expect the worst. Now…..back to looking for jobs and doing my art!