I graduated from Wesleyan University in 2018 and moved to West Philly that September. For four months I participated in the Headlong Performance Institute and did not work much for money. In trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my time and how to sustain myself financially, I started and quit two bakery jobs in two months. I also started working at the Parent Infant Center during that time and nannying a family two days a week. I now work part-time at PIC as an after school teacher and at the University City Arts League as their Development Assistant and as a Teaching Artist. Those jobs pay me $15-$22/hr and yearly estimates to about $22,000 total. I also work sometimes for Slow Rise Bakery at Clark Park Farmers Market and do some nannying here and there. I’ve been paid for my dance work only a couple of times. I recently started a work-study position at Urban Movement Arts which hooks me up with free classes and studio space there!
I grew up in an upper-middle class family and that privilege has followed me through today. My family told me I could do whatever I wanted to do, and with some coddling and prying, being a dancer and being queer became acceptable under that umbrella. I don’t have any student loans, so the money I’m making now is all mine. I believe this financial transparency is extremely important as a working artist and I am more than happy to give more information about my path if you’re curious.