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Book of Jobs Part 2

SUFFERING FOR ART

Even though I was no longer a DePaul student, in the fall of 1990 I went back to Phonathon for the third or fourth, but definitely final time. I worked the phones through the fall and winter with a new group of incoming students, so young and eager to raise money for their new school.

I felt weird raising money for a school where I was no longer a student so, capitalizing on my experience as a telemarketer, I was able to land a job at the Art Institute of Chicago. The work was very similar. Similar script, similar shifts, similar pay. The only difference was, instead of alums I was bothering former museum subscribers. The building was not on the museum campus but down the street on Monroe, or maybe Madison, but probably Monroe. I remember having to crawl out the window in the men’s bathroom for cigarette breaks on the fire escape and that the elevator in the building still employed a real live elevator operator, which was so old school that it was new to me. At any rate, by this point I was so sick of the telemarketing thing that I didn’t last long, maybe three or four months. One day I decided that I just couldn’t do it anymore, so I didn’t.Chris Auman

Next: The Ugly Bar


Originally published in RW#23, 2015

RW #23

 

JOB LIST

Introduction
Weekly Allowance
The Paper Route
Orange Blossom Special
Drug Dealing
Stringer
The Lifeguard
Lawnmower Boy
Food Service is Your Future
Dishwasher
Law Clerk
On the Line
Phonathon
The Three Penny
Life on the Mississippi
North Side Pimp
Suffering for Art
The Ugly Bar
Fazzio's
Slingin' Veggie Hash
In a Pickle
Inside the Box
Beat Kitchen
That's Classified
Suck Co.
Lollapaloozer
Unemployment
Thai Lagoon
New Jacked City
Going Greek
Apocalypse Lao
Install Crew
Let's Do Brunch
Freelance = Freedom?
The Controller

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