I am really excited because I have a job!!! So I wound up with two interviews yesterday. Not just one. The first one was with a company called Abrams Artists Agency. And they were nice, it's a very nice agency, but it's very corporate feeling. My second interview was with Innovative Artists, and it was a much different feeling. There was a lot more going on, and it felt almost like an ad agency in that it was younger and funkier. The people I met with there were wearing jeans and a lot more casual. But when I got there, I met with three different people. And it was backwards. Normally, you meet with the younger, less junior people first, and then once you get past them, you get to meet the senior people. Yesterday, apparentlly, because I had name-dropped in my application letter, I did it completely backwards. I met the people in charge first, and then met with the junior person (although she really wasn't junior at all, she'd been working as an agent for like 12 years, I think she said). So I left there at about 4:30 (and barely missed the meter-maid--apparently I had been parked illegally, Oops.) and went over to Max's. I was having dinner at his house, and I showed up REALLY early, which I had been doing all day, but thing were so spread out time-wise, that I really couldn't avoid it. But I had gotten there at 5:15-ish and at 6, I got a call from Joe, who I talked to first yesterday, and he offered me the job at Innovative. And I accepted it. I start on Monday!
The only crappy thing is the pay. I only get paid $400 per week, which is barely survivable. I'll be making home about $1600 per month, but probably bringing home about $1200. Then rent is $525. My phone bill is $105 (although my parents pay it every third month, since it's their cell phones too). Food is around $300/month, but I split that with my roommate, so around $150 (hopefully less, but we can eat out if I scrimp on ingredients). Then I have to pay for my perscriptions, but I don't know what my insurance will pay for, and I've only got 2 that I'm taking actively (though one is $1.50 per pill-$150 per month without insurance--It's to prevent migraines). Then I'll also have to pay utilities (gas and electric), but I don't know what those will run, because we haven't gotten those bills yet, but they'll be split in half. The Cable is $90/month. Netflix is $18 (split).
$1200 (approximate after tax income)
- 525 (rent)
- 105 (phone)
- 150 (food)
- 100 (utilities?)
- 45 (cable)
- 9 (netflix)
- 40 (Rx--who knows?)
- 150 (gas)
$76 left for compulsive shopping and saving or employee contributions, or whatever....
So it's all survivable, it just won't be comfortable. I just hope I only need $150 for gas each month. I'll probably need more, but that extra $76 is cushion, for gas, a shopping splurge, tickets to something, whatever. This way I won't go into debt over something. And when I get onto a desk I'll get a raise, which shouldn't be too long.
Well, I have to go to the library and pick up a book. And request one...
Question of the Day: Did you expect me to get a job this easily (I've only been here for 2.5 weeks)? (My mom apparently did...)