Survival Jobs for Performing Artists: Fitness Trainer

Survival Jobs for Performing Artists: Fitness Trainer

Interview by Lauryn M.

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Photographer: Nathaniel Gerdes

Strength, agility, discipline, focus, and motivation are similar qualities performing artists have that fitness trainers need! So, it’s obvious that finding a passion for fitness would come so easily for performing artists, such as yourself! Why not put your excess energy and time into something that will benefit your health and lifestyle for the rest of your life? You will make great connections with other fitness lovers like yourself, you will most likely acquire a free membership if you work out of a gym, and can take on more opportunity, such as instructing classes. The hours are usually pretty flexible, the pay is usually pretty good, and you can even run your own program for private clients!

Read on to see how one performer has truly benefitted from her personal training career around her performance opportunities. I hope she inspires you just as much as she has inspired me.

Interview with Lauren Langbaum

  1. How many years have you lived in NYC?

3 years

  1. How was looking for a survival job when you moved here?

I was lucky enough to go to NYU for grad school. So, I had two years to find a job. I was also lucky enough to know people able to get me a job. I think it’s actually pretty hard to find a good “survival” job here. I don’t consider mine one because I love it so much!

  1. How did you become interested in working as a personal trainer in the city?

I’ve been wanting to be a personal trainer as long as I could remember. I just needed the right time to do so. I discovered a program through equinox called EFTI which was a 7 week program where every Saturday and Sunday from 10-5 you learn everything it takes. From there, I got nationally certified and the rest was history!

  1. How long have you been working as a personal trainer in the city?

I actually just started! It’s something that I am equally as passionate about as performing, so it was the right fit for me.

  1. How did you hear about your personal training job opportunities?

Once you are certified, it’s pretty easy to find personal training opportunities. I was equinox certified, so of course equinox was interested in hiring me. I would rather work for myself though! Other than that,indeed.com always has posts for personal trainers!

  1. What different types of training did you need?

I wanted to be very knowledgeable in what I would be potentially helping people with, so I did a little more than most people would. I got equinox certified along with NASM & group fitness. I plan on getting my Athletic Nutrition certification as well.

  1. Do you believe working as a personal trainer is a reliable, flexible, enjoyable source of income, while pursuing a career in the arts?

I believe it really depends on where. For me, a gym environment wasn’t the right fit. It wasn’t flexible enough me to continue perusing acting. I think group classes and working freelance is the best option. It is definitely a enjoyable source of income! I absolutely love what I do & love helping people!

  1. Would you recommend working as a personal trainer to new artists in the city?

Yes, but it is pretty expensive to get certified. I did a little more than needed, but I think it is necessary if you want to be a good trainer in the city, especially when there are so many other trainers. It also takes time. I overlapped my programs, but it takes a minimum of 7 weeks. It’s definitely a good investment, but is not easy for sure! Tons of studying!!

  1. Have any other comments or concerns you would like to share?

If you are extremely passionate about health and fitness, personal training is for you. If you are just looking for a survival job, I’m not sure if I would recommend it. It is a great one to have because it is flexible and you can make a good amount of money doing it, but you have to love it. The study process is long and tedious, but like I said, I am so passionate about it, so I loved every minute!!

Lauren is a NYC based performer. She received her Bachelor of Music from The Boston Conservatory and her Masters of Music at NYU Steinhardt. Upon graduation, she worked in numerous Regional Theaters across the states including North Shore Music Theatre, Barrington Stage, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre and White Plains Performing Arts Center. She is a frequent performer with The New York Lyric Opera performing at venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. After working professionally for a year, she decided she wanted to pursue her passion in fitness. Lauren completed her personal training certification with Equinox through EFTI. After completion, she went on to help numerous clients reach their health and fitness goals. She plans on competing in her first Bikini Competition this fall. Follow her on Instagram! @hightopsandhealth 

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