The most popular and reliable means of supporting yourself between auditions and gigs, "Temping" is working as a temporary office worker in the Corporate World. There are many many temp agencies in New York City, and around the US. Some offer health insurance, direct deposit (very handy), referral bonuses, vacation pay, etc. It is rare to find one which offers all these benefits, and if it does, the pay is usually rather low. Sometimes the difference between a high wage and a low one is only the agency itself. You should, therefore, shop around to find one that provides the benefits/pay package you desire. Backstage (a show business weekly paper) has an annual issue devoted to rating and comparing NYC temp agencies. Consult the phone book to find temporary employment agencies in your area.
skills make the most money? Computer skills
of course! You need to know at least one major
word processing program (Microsoft Word is replacing
Word Perfect in most large firms, though some law firms
still use it) and one major spreadsheet program (Microsoft
Excel is more common than Lotus 123) to get some
of the better temp "gigs." Desktop
publishing/Graphics positions sometimes pay even more.
PowerPoint is an easy program to learn, and in fairly
big demand. If you want to go for Graphics jobs, be
sure you know Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator as
well as Quark (all for the Mac).
Many performers and others with only basic skills (filing, answering phones, etc.) are able to get started with temp agencies and then learn computer and other skills on the job.
READ MORE about Working with Temp Agencies.
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