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Variety is the Spice…

December 20, 2013

Over the past few weeks I have, to pay the bills, worked as a/an:

            Ice cream vendor

            Ice Marshall (on an ice rink)

            Club promoter/flyer boy

            Market Researcher (Zzzzz)

            Salesman on a plant stall at a market

            Fundraiser for a homeless charity (I quit on my first day)

            Writer, but I guess you knew that.

I have enjoyed each one to some degree but by far the best was Ice Marshall. My boss from the club promotion job called and asked me:

‘Can you ice skate?’ to which I replied


‘You can now, we’re an Ice Marshall down, I’ll teach you how to skate an hour before we open’.

I then spent two glorious days pretending to be an expert on the ice, helping kids up when they fell and holding their hands to give them confidence. The mantra in my mind was: ‘Don’t fall over, don’t fall over, they think you know what you’re doing’. I’m not quite sure how I come across these jobs, I just know that I put myself out there and hope to God that whatever comes back will feed me and give me some enjoyment.

I have never been great at holding down a permanent job. Maybe this freelancing ad hoc is the way forward for me. Maybe it’s the way for most creatives and sensitives. It may not bring the best of security… but it’s giving me one hell of a ride…

Come join me, we’ll have a giggle…

Matt xx

  1. Love the way you’re looking at the opportunities as a “way forward.” They could well be! But the fact that you’re having fun is priceless, Matt. 🙂

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