I’ve started mining for gold. Or in other words, I’ve begun my efforts to fill the coffers for my next major move. It’s a career move for hustlers. For those that are willing to grind day and night. This new job isn’t for everyone, but for those that are willing to put in the time, it can be an extremely lucrative venture. However to get to that point, you have to not only be a great salesman, but also be willing to work for possibly months before you make your first deal. I’ve been at it for two months now and just made my first deal. But these are the things you do if you want to get to the top of the mountain.
Money isn’t usually my primary motivator in life, but after spending six months in Europe where I managed to get a taste for what I could do if I had more financial freedom with new job, and after seven years in Chicago where I worked in a bar and played the role as a promoter and booking agent, living paycheck to paycheck and from bundle of sweaty cash to bundle of sweaty cash, I decided that I need to do something that I can make a large some of money at so that I can inject some real funding into the promotion of hankthereal.com and particularly my novel Miles and Miles of Killing as well as my last album Hank in POWER.
No one said this new job was going to be easy, and if I’m being honest, I don’t really remember anything in my life ever coming easily. It’s always been sort of a strange learning curve for me. But thankfully I’ve always been a stubborn bastard and didn’t like to give up at things I fail and want to do. So here I am, battling in the depths of call center wilderness. Making 400 hundred calls a day. Sifting through lead sheets with headset on wedged into a cubicle. It’s a different sort of world that I’ve never in my life experienced. I’m used to no collar, now I’m fighting to maintain a no tie policy for myself. But in life this is what we have to do if we want to be able to move amongst the world freely. Hopefully a year of this new job will put me deep enough in the black that I will be able to get free.
I’ve managed to keep up a sporadic but existent writing schedule, the new album Galactic Art Deco is coming along nicely, I’ve got about fifteen pages to edit before I send my novel to the editor. And I’m managing to get in a blog post every now and again.
Like most things in life, a new job can really take up your time. I’m working roughly fifty hours a week and trying to maintain a boxing routine during my lunch break and finding time at night to work on what matters most.