Sometimes You Earn $0, Sometimes You Earn $10K: How an Actor Does Money

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.

The Office Drone (A Poem)

My boss is fine, the coffee’s free. My colleagues all are nice to me. For lunch I eat my Lean Cuisines. On Fridays we all come in in jeans. I get my paychecks when they’re due. I get days off and sick days, too. And if I crave more stimulation? Well, I get two weeks paid vacation.

 

Emma D. Miller vandalized lockers with rhyming poems in high school. Now she works at a film festival in Durham, NC. She tweets mostly about documentaries.

The Humanities Grad (A Poem)

I should have studied comp sci, I should have studied math. I should have picked a job track With a clear and guided path. I should have learned to program, I should have learned to code. Maybe then my earnings Would outweigh what I owed. Instead I studied Butler, Sontag and Foucault, And now all I’m “unpacking” Are bottles of cointreau.

 

Emma D. Miller vandalized lockers with rhyming poems in high school. Now she works at a film festival in Durham, NC. She tweets mostly about documentaries.

The Lawyer-to-Be (A Poem)

 

Teachers make no money, And for “causes” I lack passion. I simply am too risk-averse For media or fashion. I thought I’d be a doctor, But I failed organic chem. When my friends went off to law school, I thought, “Why don’t I join them? Here is a profession Where you go to school and then You have employment guaranteed Once at the other end.” And so I’ve spent three lengthy years With Latin words and torts, Amassing debt and studying To one day work in courts. But now—thank you, economy— I’m temping and in debt. There’s lots of us and too few jobs, And I’m left with regret.

 

Emma D. Miller vandalized lockers with rhyming poems in high school. Now she works at a film festival in Durham, NC. She tweets mostly about documentaries.