During this time as an aspiring yet sometimes starving musician, I had to find a way to supplement my income. I happened upon the greatest way for a semi-professional musician to make a living that I had ever heard of, and still to this day I don't know of a better one: balloon art.
I quickly built the necessary skills, acquired a stock of supplies, and began making balloon art for tourists in restaurants in the area surrounding Disneyland. By networking with people I met in the restaurants, I acquired new accounts such as hotels, corporate events and private parties. I soon had a full schedule of creating balloon art, but with the flexibility to create my own schedule and work around the requirements of my music career.
I was able to earn an income equivalent to peers of mine who were working as servers in restaurants, but in about half the time. Even better, I was able to train others and send them out to events and still make an income while I was playing a concert or writing and recording songs.
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