Thomas McKechnie-Playwright, Bike Courrier, Union Organizer

Thomas McKechnie-Playwright, Bike Courrier, Union Organizer

1.What were you doing for work before the pandemic?

I was working for Foodora which has now left the city. I was also working for Uber. I’m organizing and writing full time these days. 

2.What do you miss spending money on these days?

Nothing really, maybe sitting in a bar together with friends. Seeing plays I guess?  

3.How do you think your spending will change after the pandemic?

I’ll be back at work so I’ll be eating out more as I get while I’m working. I’ll spend money on seeing plays and bands 

4.What are your tips on how to cut costs?

Go veggie, figure out what things you can make yourself. 

5.Do you feel that there is uncertainty about how your work will look after the pandemic ends? If so, what are you doing to cope with this uncertainty?

Not really, the only uncertainty I worry about is whether we will forget what we’ve learned during the pandemic

Emily Nixon

Emily Nixon

Rags to Reasonable Community Outreach Coordinator

Emily Nixon is an actor/writer/director/filmmaking Swiss Army Knife. She is also a big money nerd and Community Outreach Coordinator for Rags to Reasonable.

She came to this work after becoming completely fed up with living paycheque-to-paycheque and being too afraid to look in her chequing account. She is passionate about empowering other artists and variable income earners to keep doing what they love and feel confident about their finances.

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Rebecca-Personal Trainer

Rebecca-Personal Trainer

1.What were you doing for work before the pandemic?

I was working at a gym, and personal training. I could no longer work at the gym and no longer see my clients therefore no income.  It was very challenging to promote my business online, and have people want to pay me for something they felt they could find for free.

2.What do you miss spending money on these days?

To be honest I’m not a big spender.. the only thing I could say i ‘miss’ but don’t miss is paying for my gym membership.  Because I badly want to go to the gym. And thankfully they have stopped our membership dues.

 3.How do you think your spending will change after the pandemic?

I don’t see me spending much money on anything that I don’t absolutely need. Or desperately want. I live that way always even before the pandemic.

 4.What are your tips on how to cut costs?

Shop groceries at the absolute lowest prices. Find coupons.buy what you need and nothing more. Recycle your outfits.  Get creative. Turn off lights. Hang your clothes to dry. Hand wash if need be. Bike and or walk to stores. Save gas money. And our transit money. (Also better for your health) invest in a bundle buggy.  $10-$20. Quit bad habits that are wasting your money and abusing your body. if you don’t have ac or don’t want to spend extra on energy sprinkle you pj’s in water and throw them in the freezer. If you sleep nude do it with your sheets.

5.Do you feel that there is uncertainty about how your work will look after the pandemic ends? If so, what are you doing to cope with this uncertainty?

I know for sure working at the gym isn’t going to happen . So I am applying for jobs that are essential places ie. Grocery stores, LCBO beer store etc. And I’m still doing training on the side but putting extra care into sanitization. Everything is a lot more work than before. But I’d rather be safe. Also practicing anxiety coping skills because I am certainly anxious

 

Emily Nixon

Emily Nixon

Rags to Reasonable Community Outreach Coordinator

Emily Nixon is an actor/writer/director/filmmaking Swiss Army Knife. She is also a big money nerd and Community Outreach Coordinator for Rags to Reasonable.

She came to this work after becoming completely fed up with living paycheque-to-paycheque and being too afraid to look in her chequing account. She is passionate about empowering other artists and variable income earners to keep doing what they love and feel confident about their finances.

Email Emily at emily@ragstoreasonable.com

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Zach Parkhurst-Theatre Maker

Zach Parkhurst-Theatre Maker

1.What were you doing for work before the pandemic?

I worked for a small, nonprofit touring theatre for young audiences. I also tended bar at a prominent theatre downtown Chicago. With the outbreak, the TYA company had to cancel shows, lay off 3/4 of its staff, and may be done in for good. The other theatre may not open til December or January (in my mind, later as numbers in the US are high).

2.What do you miss spending money on these days?

I miss going out with friends most of all.

3.How do you think your spending will change after the pandemic?

Hard to tell. As I’m currently unemployed, I am pinching pennies. I’m thinking about grad school and a career shift when I have financial stability. what’s to say this doesn’t happen again in my lifetime? Stranger things have happened.

4.What are your tips on how to cut costs?

Share meals with roommates! During all of lockdown, we’ve done family meals and it’s helped all of our wallets. Also, not going out means I’m not spending money on things I did before.

5.Do you feel that there is uncertainty about how your work will look after the pandemic ends? If so, what are you doing to cope with this uncertainty?

Yes. Crying. But also as I mentioned, considering a career shift for some stability. The world

is also on fire in more ways than one: what’s a real, practical way I can help besides just with art.

Emily Nixon

Emily Nixon

Rags to Reasonable Community Outreach Coordinator

Emily Nixon is an actor/writer/director/filmmaking Swiss Army Knife. She is also a big money nerd and Community Outreach Coordinator for Rags to Reasonable.

She came to this work after becoming completely fed up with living paycheque-to-paycheque and being too afraid to look in her chequing account. She is passionate about empowering other artists and variable income earners to keep doing what they love and feel confident about their finances.

Email Emily at emily@ragstoreasonable.com

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Anata the Erudite-freelance journalist

Anata the Erudite-freelance journalist

1.What were you doing for work before the pandemic?

Freelance journalism and content creation for brands. Some of the journalistic work has dried up as freelance budgets have tightened but I’ve been busier on brand content creation, surprisingly so.

2.What do you miss spending money on these days?

Theatre. Movies. Going to Jays and Raps games. Some clothes. 

3.How do you think your spending will change after the pandemic?

Going to less bars and restaurants out of an abundance for caution. Will continue to use some delivery services such as beer delivery and virtual farmers market, which I never did before the pandemic. Likely going to spend more $ on going to sports and might rejoin a gym near me…but also quite happy working out from home.

4.What are your tips on how to cut costs?

Cook at home more. Drink less alcohol. Walk instead of Uber and TTC when applicable. Put savings away from each cheque/payment. Look out for deals on online sites or nearby stores.

5.Do you feel that there is uncertainty about how your work will look after the pandemic ends? If so, what are you doing to cope with this uncertainty?

There is always uncertainty in freelance writing, so I’m quite used to that up in the airness. More uncertainty now for sure, especially with news outlets, so what I always do is just work harder. Keep coming up with stronger pitches for editors, and cold-call brand managers to inquire about their freelance needs. I’ll also spend a bit of money on Facebook Ads for a consulting business I plan on launching in August

Emily Nixon

Emily Nixon

Rags to Reasonable Community Outreach Coordinator

Emily Nixon is an actor/writer/director/filmmaking Swiss Army Knife. She is also a big money nerd and Community Outreach Coordinator for Rags to Reasonable.

She came to this work after becoming completely fed up with living paycheque-to-paycheque and being too afraid to look in her chequing account. She is passionate about empowering other artists and variable income earners to keep doing what they love and feel confident about their finances.

Email Emily at emily@ragstoreasonable.com

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COVID Interview-Taylor Parker, Chef

COVID Interview-Taylor Parker, Chef

1.What were you doing for work before the pandemic?

Pre-pandemic, I was working as a Contracting Chef or Freelance, anywhere from small contracts of in house dining. To helping large catering companies doing weddings and events. Work has been completely eliminated with no gatherings and or money coming in from these sources.

2.What do you miss spending money on these days?

I’ve always been pretty good at not spending a lot of money on things. However coming from a career of no social life due to work…having all the free time and still no social life has been a real bust! I miss the ability to spend a few dollars and travel to catch up with friends.

 3.How do you think your spending will change after the pandemic?

If/when it comes to an end, I believe my budgeting is going to become extremely tight. Still have to take care of a little human after all.

 4.What are your tips on how to cut costs?

I personally had a pretty large space to help with cost, so gardening and canning. Learning to make candles instead of buying. It’s not a lot but a little bit of time, and effort can go a long way.

5.Do you feel that there is uncertainty about how your work will look after the pandemic ends? If so, what are you doing to cope with this uncertainty?

Yes, hospitality industries in large cities I feel are going to slip through the cracks. Cost will rise, jobs that were abundant are now cut down. With a lot of skilled people going after minimum wage jobs. Which won’t solve anything in the industry. I, myself,  Have left the city recently, to rebuild, create, and source work where my skills are a little harder to come by. I can no longer rely on work as a freelancer, and restaurant life hours have changed. Finding ways to put a lot of skills to work is what I’m hoping to survive on. Planting, foraging, cooking all need to be tools that get put to work.

Emily Nixon

Emily Nixon

Rags to Reasonable Community Outreach Coordinator

Emily Nixon is an actor/writer/director/filmmaking Swiss Army Knife. She is also a big money nerd and Community Outreach Coordinator for Rags to Reasonable.

She came to this work after becoming completely fed up with living paycheque-to-paycheque and being too afraid to look in her chequing account. She is passionate about empowering other artists and variable income earners to keep doing what they love and feel confident about their finances.

Email Emily at emily@ragstoreasonable.com

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Dylan Brentwood-Bartender

Dylan Brentwood-Bartender

1.What were you doing for work before the pandemic?

Before the pandemic I was working at two cocktail bars, and working independent booked events as a bartender, seeking out contracts as a fight director, teaching in high school settings, occasional work in film.

 2.What do you miss spending money on these days?

As someone devoted to supporting the service industry – I spent a lot more money at Restaurants before. I still have done a fair bit of takeout, but it’s been the thing that I’ve managed to spend less on.

3.How do you think your spending will change after the pandemic?

Hopefully, I will learn better work habits that don’t exhaust me to the point of relying on quickly purchased snacks and coffees and to go food. Also – largely relying on my skills as a bartender and budding sommelier to make selections for having more casual drinks at home.

4.What are your tips on how to cut costs?

Find cost effective activities! Walking & running and home workouts became way more important for me. Free online courses and books that stacked up in the past finally were tapped into. Set schedules and to do lists to keep yourself on target!

5.Do you feel that there is uncertainty about how your work will look after the pandemic ends? If so, what are you doing to cope with this uncertainty?

For me and my work, I have largely become focused on a job in hospitality – but have always been someone who has diversified means of income. Currently, I have returned to work bartending and the income is not quite the same as an average busy season, so I am compensating by working more hours. I do feel uncertain about my industry currently because we need to adapt and grow, but due to the rush to reopen amidst the pandemic in this phase of restrictions, there are an insufficient amount of business doing the work to disable our antiquated systems of income.

Currently, I am coping with my uncertainty by seeking out leadership opportunities that may allow me to have a platform to be seen as a leader and bolster the work of other leaders and individuals who see and have more comprehensive strategies for a future in hospitality.

Emily Nixon

Emily Nixon

Rags to Reasonable Community Outreach Coordinator

Emily Nixon is an actor/writer/director/filmmaking Swiss Army Knife. She is also a big money nerd and Community Outreach Coordinator for Rags to Reasonable.

She came to this work after becoming completely fed up with living paycheque-to-paycheque and being too afraid to look in her chequing account. She is passionate about empowering other artists and variable income earners to keep doing what they love and feel confident about their finances.

Email Emily at emily@ragstoreasonable.com

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