“Get into entertainment”
George W. Bush invaded two foreign countries based on lies and misinformation, adding trillions of dollars to the U.S. debt, and causing the Great Recession. It took eight years to virtually destroy the country and its standing in the world.
Although Barack Obama has spent four years working to get us out of the position that Bush put us in, I have come to the conclusion that retiring in this lifetime probably is not going to happen.
However, I’m pretty sure that this body isn’t going to last much longer as a home inspector. Mr. Body just doesn’t like crawling under houses or up into attics. Mr. Mind doesn’t much care, but contorting around in those small places makes Mr. Mouth, on behalf of Mr. Body, go “Ouch.”
I’ve been searching for a career change. It’s not photography — digital cameras, cheap digital cameras, have made a professional photographer out of about six billion people.
I’m not ready to move to Europe to go to work for Animal Couriers (what a cool job, transporting animals all over the place!).
It has to be something that I can start doing immediately and get paid for it. I think I’ve found it.
Whenever a friend has a child, I tell them to gently push that child into entertainment. Whenever someone I know graduates from college, I always tell them to get into entertainment. Here’s why:
Alex Rodriguez, baseball — $30 million annually
Kobe Bryant, basketball — $28 million annually
Dirk Nowitzki, basketball — $21 million annually
Tom Cruise, actor — $75 million from July 2011 to July 2012
Leonardo diCaprio, actor — $37 million from July 2011 to July 2012
Steven Spielberg, director — $107 million in 2011
Elton John, singer/songwriter — $200 million in 2011
Oprah Winfrey, television — $290 million from July 2010 to July 2011
Lady Gaga, music — $90 million from July 2010 to July 2011
Taylor Swift, music — $45 million from July 2010 to July 2011
Tiger Woods, golf — $61 million in 2011
Phil Mickelson, golf — $47 million in 2011
Roger Federer, tennis — $47 million in 2011
Hillary Hahn, violinist — $40,000 per performance with an orchestra
I realize that those are exceptional people, and getting to that point…. well, the odds are against it. However, if entertainment can afford to pay like that, it only stands to reason that there is lots of money in entertainment. After all, a movie only costs $8 yet millions of people are willing to pay $8 for a couple of hours of entertainment. For some people, a movie can become a significant part of their lives (see my Comic Con post). Add in the support industries — manufacturing, sales, film editing, health, etc. — and entertainment has a lot of jobs available. So if one can’t be the top ranked tennis player in the world, no reason why one can’t work for Head or Yonex in sales, manufacturing, etc. We live in a world where people want to be entertained. Probably has something to do with all the stress caused by politics….
A couple of years ago I went to a Sunday afternoon recital at a church. I knew the pianist giving the recital but had never been to the church, an extremely nice church. I counted the people on my side of the church and then estimated that about 500 people attended. When the offering plate came around, I felt really bad. My measly $10 bill looked puny sitting on top of those twenties, fifties, and hundreds. That’s when it hit me that there is a lot of money floating around even in a Great Recession. I just had to figure out how to get some of it.
Taking a cue from what I tell other people, I am going into entertainment with the intent of working hard so that this will be my final company, one that will be easy on the body but allow me to work until I die.
My new venture is titled Classical Street.
I started putting things together yesterday, including a WordPress web site and blog at Classical Street. I will be applying to become a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, which will make it easier to get donations to support classical music throughout San Diego County. After that, all I have to do is ask for money, give people money, go to concerts, and have fun!
With me growing up playing piano and violin, and singing, and Jim with two piano performance degrees and still playing chamber music, I believe we have the knowledge and the contacts to make this work.
I’m not looking to make millions, just to be able to do something fun that will pay the bills for the rest of my life and keep me off of the public entitlement rolls. Wish me luck!
Looking for real estate services in San Diego County?
I can highly recommend
James Frimmer, Realtor
Century 21 Award, DRE #01458572
If you’re looking for a home inspector,
I recommend Russel Ray — that’s me!