Since then I’ve either worked for myself or been in a show or made movies. Hardly repetetive, any of it. So I was a bit apprehensive about taking a job that entailed 45 minutes of travel each way with a salary that basically pays for the gas for the commute. (Now that I think of it, it’s also the lowest-paid job I’ve had in a gazillion years.)
So imagine how pleased I am to find that I really like it. The goings-on at the Damien center shall remain confidential, per their policy, but I can talk a little about my own reaction to things.
First of all, it’s the first time I can think of in any employment I’ve ever had where the primary goal of going to work is not to be fabulous. I mean, even tending bar I had to be charming and flirt. Same with waitering. Being on stage? “Fabulous” is the total modus operandi. Renovating a house? See how fabulous I am to do this? And isn’t the house fabulous, too? Writer? Fabulosity.
You get the idea.
At the Damien Center my workday can be counted as successful if during the time I’m there I manage to help someone else. Fabulous doesn’t enter into it. For that matter, “thank you” usually doesn’t enter into it. It is the least ego-driven gig I can envisage. So imagine how surprising it is to find the job so satisfying.
I’ve also--in just three short weeks--learned that I can be a) extremely patient and b) very polite. Most of the people I’ve waited on in restaurants over the years are snorting (and all of my friends guffawing) at this point. Can’t say I blame them. But it's true! I'm polite! It almost makes me want to be a waiter again to make up for my surliness in the past.