|Dear Powers That Be...
||[Nov. 26th, 2009|05:46 pm]
...can You get me a job as Kyle Cassidy's accountant, please? Or at least a job working for someone like him?
Kyle Cassidy inspires me. I love his artistic, goth-friendly, and feminist sensibilities. I love the way his work features real people in real settings. I want to work with someone like that - not just for my book project celebrating the rivethead subculture, but also in my everyday life.
I had a job interview this week for a company that is hiring tax preparers for the upcoming tax season, and while it went well enough and I think I'd probably enjoy the work, I came home feeling more certain than ever that I'm going to have to do something out-of-the-ordinary to find the job I really want in the long run.
You see, accounting is a conservative profession, and while I'm sure there are accountants like me out there who have strong creative and countercultural inclinations, they seem to be few and far between. (ETA: One example is Natalie of the band Cyanide Regime, who is an accountant-by-day, industrial musician by night). I feel like I have one foot in two very different worlds, and I want to find a way to unite them. I'm one half tax nerd, and one half black-clad freak. Half of my time is spent on tax work and studying tax regulations, and the other half is spent on writing, choreography, and other creative work. Furthermore, I'm an introvert - not the sort of person who seeks the limelight - and I'm happiest when I can sit down in a back office with my calculator and my spreadsheets, and work my financial magic. Ideally, I would like to find a way to make my living that would involve using my financial and tax-related skills to support the arts. There have got to be at least a few freak-friendly businesses out there that need the professional services of a tax preparer, accountant or bookkeeper (and can afford to hire one). But how do I find one who might want to hire me? I mean, I have it on pretty good authority that in a good chunk of the business world, putting "rivethead accountant" on my résumé is likely to raise a few eyebrows, and not in a good way.
It isn't so much that I'm looking for a job where no one will mind if I paint my nails black or wear my Tactical Sekt t-shirt and stompy boots to work (though that would definitely be a nice bonus!) I don't dress like a rivethead all the time, and I'd do just fine in a suit or other normal clothing. It's just that I want to work with artsy types, or at least in a place where there's no pressure to hide the fact that I spend my weekends dancing at goth clubs and working on a book about people who love extreme music and fashion.
Know anyone who might hire a black-clad, newly minted accountant to handle their bookkeeping, taxes, etc.? If so, please send 'em my way. All job leads, tips, suggestions and advice gratefully accepted.
Oh, and since it's US Thanksgiving today, I'll add what I'm thankful for: the fact that I'm going dancing at Shadowplay tonight with a friend.