Here's the problem with the wedding industry in the current economy. He bought an $8000 engagement ring but his mom pays his phone bill? HUH?
I waited tables because my dream was to have a roof over my head. I figured the rest out as I went along and fell into an awesome career. But the years in between getting there were just waiting tables, wondering what to do with a useless degree, and figuring stuff out. But I didn't have the luxury of mooching off my parents and it seems like maybe you need to cut those ties if you want to get out of your rut because right now you just sound more than a little whiny and spoiled. A lot of us don't have the option to not work and completely write off shit-work like waiting tables or doing retail because it sounds like hard work and you aren't willing to 'sacrifice' for your 'dream' by doing work that you think is going to suck. And really, that is EXACTLY what it sounds like when you explain why those jobs aren't an option. Maybe your new 'dream' should be to become a responsible adult. Make some money however you need to - even if it means waiting tables. And if you can't bring yourself to wait tables, temp. There are tons of agencies in the city, and some work exclusively for certain industries, like publishing. Check out leafstone temps, they are pretty decent. Also, pay your own rent - even if you have to leave the expensive E. Village for a place you can afford in Inwood, or Bushwick, or where-ever. Be independent. Don't burn your bridges by walking out on an internship - or any job - without proper notice. It makes you look irresponsible and entitled. Internships usually suck but the relationship building is important, and sometimes it will lead to great things - my sister is an editorial director, but she started out as an intern less than ten years ago and proved her worth, even tho the internship consisted of doing a lot of shit work. In fact, first jobs suck but you won't get anywhere in this world without paying your dues on the lowest rung. Get off your roof and start sending off resumes and applying for temp jobs or any job and find some way to support yourself. If you want an adventure, get a job teaching English in Asia. EPIK in South Korea pays really well and hires all year, otherwise Gaijinpot has great listings of available jobs for Japan. Dave's ESL Cafe is also a great job search option for international travel. BUNAC is a working holiday program that costs a bit of money but helps you find either internships or retail and service jobs in Australia and England for 6 months, and provides the VISA too, which is always the biggest problems for Americans wishing to work in those countries. It's not hard if you put some actual effort into making those sorts of things happen. You are 22 years old(I'm guessing) and you are an adult, so now it's time to act like one!
One way NOT to get a job is to just walk out of an internship that could potentially provide a glowing recommendation for you. I was a journalism major as well (6 years ago). I would recommend picking an industry you're interested in (mine was TV/Film) and pursue some entry-level job there. You can talk about your "passion" for the industry. Fake it if you have to. Most of us do. Sometimes the dream is just to pay the rent and have a drink at the end of the day. Good luck, and don't walk out on anymore jobs. It's a shitty thing to do to people who count on you, and at 20-something you really can't afford to be burning bridges.
How do you do money, Natasha Vargas-Cooper? I don't. Fuck money. Blowjobs. Very insightful.
So the Billfold is going to be like xojane now and just post the most ludicrous, attention-seeking garbage they can come up with in an effort to drive page views? I get it. But it doesn't mean I like it.
So . . . you can't use it at JCrew.com, you will lose it, and it is "not cool," and so you have found way to complain about being given $400. Interesting.