I’m living in Brisbane, the great Australian city known for its exorbitant public transport fees and terrifically muddy river. I’ve been here since I moved out of my parent’s home at 17, figuring out how to do money—first on a trainee wage, then as a student, and now as a part-time worker.
Gotta lay out all of my biases right away: The Toast has paid me to write stuff for them, I'm active in their comments section, and when the Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival (at which I'm performing in November) asked me to list my heroes as part of a Proust Questionnaire, I immediately said "Roxane Gay, Nicole Cliffe, Mallory Ortberg, Caitlin Moran." So we're all clear that I am ridiculously biased here, right? On to how The Toast does money.
Dr. Dee: I'm 27 years old, based in Toronto, Ontario, and I'm a medical resident. Also, my side hustle is that I'm a med school admissions consultant. Basically I provide med school hopefuls advice and guidance throughout their application and interview process
I am not uniformly miserly. I allow myself the pleasure of good beer, periodic meals out at places where the entrees cost more than ten dollars, and, now and again, a vacation. But waste still feels deeply difficult.
Gianmarco Soresi is an actor, writer, and stand-up comedian living in New York City. He’s the writer, producer, and lead of a show called <50%, a romantic comedy that just played at the New York International Fringe Festival and was one of only 21 shows chosen to have an encore run Off-Broadway. He’s the creator and star of a web series, An Actor Unprepared. And he has a regular gig in an Off-Broadway show called Clown Bar.
When I was 13, I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract, and from that point on nearly all of my major life choices have been made with it in mind, including picking a college major that would result in a job with health insurance.
Talking with my friends in similar positions to mine, it started to seem like having a job and a half at 25-ish was the norm, or at least a norm, rather than an anomaly. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in August 2014, about 6.8 million people held more than one job. A little over half of those, 3.6 million people, had a secondary part-time job in addition to a primary full-time job. Although multiple job-holders only make up just 4.7 percent of the employed population, that adds up to more than the populations of Los Angeles and Chicago put together. Even for those with non-essential side hustles, it's a response to wage stagnation, if nothing else; more is more, so work if you can get it.
Giancarlo Tello is a 24-year-old New Jersey resident who peppers his Facebook feed with Yu-Gi-Oh! references, Magic the Gathering speak, and other geeky, pop culture talk. Bespectacled and somewhat unassuming at first glance, he comes off as a typical Rutgers University student.
The death of Robin Williams has bubbled up lots of old stories and slideshows and videos of him communing with non-human primates, but this oral history of the making of Good Will Hunting printed in Boston Magazine in 2013, is SO GREAT (for reasons unrelated to Robin Williams).