More often than not, artistic folks with a creative passion share a common reality: Passion won’t pay the bills, so moonlighting must. Juggling two, three, or more jobs to support a passion is pretty much an industry standard in the field of creativity. Many opt to embrace the passion, paycheck be damned, and learn that saltines aren’t so bad when topped with Cheez Whiz, and that grilled SPAM, A1 Steak Sauce, and a little imagination make a mean filet mignon. Shopping is never done without coupons, and planning the week’s meals happens on Sundays with the Walgreens sales circular. It can be a bittersweet arrangement — your body in a cubicle while your heart is on stage — but this month’s “Harmonious Gigs” (page 14) visits three local musicians who made the best of their dual worlds: They are almost as passionate about the day job that pays the bills as they are about the passion that doesn’t. It’s still a struggle, and there are still plenty of sacrifices that have to be made to accommodate both, but as long as the creative world thrives, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
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