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The guitar has called me back. Also, Plasma.

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 19, 2014, 6:54 AM
If you didn't know, I've been on the job hunt for the last few months.  Unfortunately, nothing has come up.  I applied to my local book store and tried out the art studios/galleries and more, but I haven't had any luck.  As I've been contemplating what to do, being strapped for cash and in need of rent money, I came to two conclusions or solutions for my situation:

1.) I used to perform as a solo guitarist for this classy Italian Restaurant on the weekends, while getting side gigs at weddings and receptions.  I made pretty decent money (about $100 give or take for a few hours a night playing on Fridays and Saturdays).  Funny thing is that while I had the gig for two years I talked about how it would be the perfect college job to have, as I only worked on the weekends.  Turns out, I may be forced to do it all over again.  I quit my last gig job around June 2013 and I haven't done a gig since then.  I've also moved away from my previous job and I would have to search for a local place that is in distance for continuous work.  I was bummed out that I couldn't land another job, but it occurred to me that the only real work experience I have is with my professional music career.  I really should have been using that to my advantage.

It's not that I hate music anymore; it's not like that. I simply got burned out playing every single weekend to uninterested locals who left me under-appreciated and tired. Did I have some really good times? Sure. Did my employment get me laid and eventually led to me meeting my current girlfriend? Absolutely.  Maybe it will all be better now that I'm in a college town/city that is actually known for their music and culture. The only thing I might have to be concerned about it the competition. Either way it's time for me to pull the ol' six-string beauty from the wall and start gigging again. If I can't laid a regular job at a cafe or something, you can bet your dime I'll be busking on the streets for my rent money.

2.) Now I've already started doing this and it's one of the best ways to earn a little cash here and there: Plasma donations.  I heard about it from my sister who is sort of in the same situation as me.  I finally decided to head to the local lab.  I was fortunate enough to find a center in the new town I moved.  There are only three labs in the whole state of Texas that I can donate from, and I just happened to move to one of those cities. Talk about luck! I first had to be medically screened and evaluated to see if I qualified.  I did.  It's a basic procedure where that seat you comfortablly in a leather and take your blood.  They extract your blood into a machine that then separates your plasma from your blood, which then the red blood cells are sent back into your blood and the cycle starts all over again.  It lasts about 40 minutes to an hour.  Doesn't hurt at all.  First donation I made $20, then on my next visit I'll make $35.  After that, any of my visits can be worth $25 to $40 dollars.  I can make two donations every seven days.  Some people doing it every week and make about $200 a month.  It's no surprise that more than half of their donators are students in need of grocery and gas money.

Not only is the petty cash a nice perk, it's all for a good cause, which I'm all about that.

It's been a rough semester and I can't wait for it to be over with.  I get the feeling that next year will be better.  It's the most ideal situation to be in, having to resort to Guitar playing and Plasma donation, but it's better that hitting the streets and getting mouth-fucked by Bronies and priests.

Toodles, droogs and devochkas !

  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Chriss Isaak
  • Reading: Glamorama--Bret Easton Ellis
  • Watching: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Playing: Dead Island
  • Eating: Homeless hands
  • Drinking: Caramel Brulee Latte


Trevor Gates
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I'm a 90's kid raised on Cult films, transgressive books, contemporary art and world music. I'm also a:

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Published writer, semi-professional musician, and current Art student. I attend the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

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