Survival Jobs for Performing Artists: Real Estate Agent
Interview by Lauryn M.
Looking for a flexible job where you can set your own schedule, take time off for gigs, and make a great income? Of course you are! Real Estate is HUGE in New York and work is always needed. All you need is the proper training, heavy dedication in the beginning, and start launching a great career while simultaneously pursuing a career in the arts! Sounds like a dream, right? Actors are perfect for this job. With the required knowledge and a great salesmanship, you can sell it, like you would sell yourself in any audition!
Check out actress/singer, Samantha Weinstein’s experience to see if this might be the job for you!
Interview with Samantha Weinstein
How many years have you lived in NYC?
I moved to Washington Heights in the summer of 2014 -- but I was actually born in NYC and lived most of my life in the suburbs 30 minutes away!
How was looking for a survival job when you moved here?
Hard!! I got a job through a friend to be a hostess... the hours were long and money wasn't great and I got yelled at if I didn't show up in heels... it was not for me. I was fired after a few months and then started nannying-- I love kids but I was constantly seeking coverage every time I had an audition or show.
How did you become interested in working in real estate in the city?
When I got my apartment, I used Bohemia Realty Group and my realtor had mentioned that a lot of actors worked there. So, it was always in the back of my mind. Then last Spring, I decided it was time for a more lucrative job.
How long have you been working in the real estate business?
About a year!
How did you hear about your real estate job opportunities?
I knew I wanted to work at Bohemia-- so I went on their website to find when their next hiring event was!
What different types of training did you need?
You need to get your real estate license, which consists of taking a 75 hour course, and passing a school test and state test. After that, you can start working! Then at Bohemia, they have this amazing system where every new agent gets set up with a senior agent who is their trainer. So you have someone who walks you through everything and is there to answer your questions 24/7!
Do you believe working in the real estate business is a reliable, flexible, enjoyable source of income, while pursuing a career in the arts?
Absolutely! In the beginning, you really must devote a lot of time to it to learn the ropes. But now I am making my own schedule around auditions, classes, etc. I left for two months to do a show and then came back and got right back to work! And the money is much, much better than nannying... and less messy. 🙂
Would you recommend working in the real estate business to new artists in the city?
Definitely!! It's not for everyone-- but if you are self-motivated, organized, and personable then I highly recommend it! And I especially recommend working at Bohemia Realty Group. Most agents are involved in the arts in some way-- Bohemia was founded by Sarah Saltzberg when she was raising money to bring "The 25th Annual...Spelling Bee" to Broadway!
Have any other comments or concerns you would like to share?
Email me at [email protected] if you are looking for an apartment in Upper Manhattan (I always make sure to find the BEST deals-- I know how tight money is in NYC!) -- You can also email me if you are interested in working at Bohemia Realty Group and I will get you an interview!
Please also 'like' my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SamanthaApartments
Samantha is a real estate agent at Bohemia Realty Group as well as an actor/singer. She most recently toured as "Fancy Nancy" in Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas.
Acting Website: www.samantha-rose.com
Real Estate FB Page: www.facebook.com/SamanthaApartments