LOUISE GASSMAN, 28, has a rotating schedule of multiple jobs: as an actress; as an assistant to dance instructors at the Circle in the Square and Juilliard schools; as a baby-sitter; and in a variety of administrative roles and as a spinning instructor at SoulCycle, an indoor cycling studio in New York.Ms. Gassman’s monthly income, which can vary greatly depending on whether she books an acting job, ranges from $1,800 to $4,000. Some months, almost all of her income goes to the $1,450 rent on her 290-square-foot studio on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Whatever is left after essentials goes toward paying off her remaining $16,000 in college loans.“I worry about money all the time,” Ms. Gassman said. “I live on a really tight budget, and I live paycheck to paycheck.”But full-time jobs don’t suit everyone. Ms. Gassman, for example, has been offered a full-time job at SoulCycle, complete with full benefits, but she doesn’t want it. “I wouldn’t be able to go on auditions in the middle of the day,” she explained. “Of course, it stresses me out not to have health insurance, but what is my choice? Work in an office and be unhappy? Being happy is a superhigh value to me.”
Saturday, June 25, 2011
A Dropout Reads the News
1) Hey, gay marriage! Kick ass.2) Hey, Louise Gassman, wannabe actresses with mountains of debt who also TURN DOWN FULL-TIME POSITIONS should not be living in studios on the UWS, unless they are sharing said studios with a college friend or creepy older man. Find a couple roommates, move to Brooklyn and/or the Bronx, cut your rent in half, and quit whining to the New York Times about money when you clearly would rather burn it all on rent and "happiness."