Okay, so I have three jobs. My first is teaching piano lessons and really the only annoying comment I get from people about that is “Oh, do you have a degree in music?” No. I don’t. That one isn’t so bad, because I know they’re just curious, so I usually just answer politely, and sometimes tell them how hard music degrees are to get, because a lot of people just honestly don’t know, and that’s fine. I’m getting married in April, I don’t have time or money for a music degree. Haha.
People also always ask me if I have a discount for siblings taking lessons. No. They take up the same amount of time and supplies as any other students. Does your school give you a discount on lunch because you have more than one student? No, because they both eat “supplies.” Does your hairdresser give you a discount if you have multiple kids? No. Maybe someone somewhere does, but I do not, because why would I do that when I can just fill those time slots with two kids whose parents will pay full price for them. I know I do this job for the love of music and teaching, but I still have bills to pay.
My second job is as a Total Body Modification practitioner. Here are some gems from that:
“Will you stab me with needles? Like accupuncture?”
I always try to explain right when I tell people what I do that it is very similar to chiropractic care with a combination of accupressure–which is like accupuncture without needles. And yet, they STILL ASK.
“Do you have a degree for that?”
No. There is no degree; I have a certification to perform it. For some reason, this is hard for people to grasp.
“Ooh, I could use a massage!”
It’s not massage therapy. It’s closer to chiropractic care.
“I’m not sure we can afford to pay for this.”
Sometimes, there are honestly people who can’t afford it, and I totally get it. But for people who I tell them what I do, and they have major health issues, I know they have already spent tons of money trying to get better. I seriously charge $40 for each of the initial two appointments since they take A LOT of time (like an hour each), and $20 for any appointments after that. Honestly, I just want people to get better, so I try to keep my rates as low as possible. I tell people I’ll still work on them, even if they can’t afford it, but I think a lot of people use this as an excuse to say that they don’t want to entrust their health to me. Which is fine, but I wish they’d just say it!
My third job is being a Birthday Party Princess.
“So you just dress up and go play with little kids?”
I just started this job two weeks ago, but people don’t realize how much work it takes to do this! Yes, I make very good money, but I also spend wayyyy more time than just going to the party. I spend prep time getting ready (usually about two hours), pile my poofy dress into my car, have to find their house using my GPS (which is sometimes easier said than done), then spend 30 minutes-90 minutes smiling constantly and convincing small children that “Yes, I am the real princess!” It’s totally worth it for the smiles on their little faces, though.
“So what high school do you go to?”
I am not in high school… So far most people I’ve talked to about this job assume I’m in high school. I’m like, “People! I am getting married! I am not in high school!” Perhaps I just look young, though, and I should take it as a compliment.