Ahhhh first jobs…mine was working at a law office as a receptionist. Actually turned out to be a great job that lasted several years. Most important thing I learned was having to be responsible for myself. I couldn’t rely on anyone else to make sure I got to work on time and did my job. It was all up to me.
I thought it would be fun to ask a few artists to tell us about their “first gigs.” Enjoy!
Josh Grider: “First official job was working at squeegee’s car wash. Along with vacuuming and washing cars, I wrote the jingle. It was just a summer job in high school.
I distinctly remember calculating what my first check would be based on my hourly wage and being sorely disappointed after learning that the government took taxes out.
Also, I learned to always remove the antennae before running a car through the wash. Always.”
Jack Ingram: “My first job was as a bag/sacker at a grocery store in The Woodlands called Jamail’s. I certainly learned a few life lessons that I carry with me today! Probably the most important thing I learned at that job was that…people say all the time that ‘Life is short!’ That is complete BS! If you have a job that you don’t dig and a boss who you think is an asshole then ‘LIFE IS REALLY F’ING LONG!’
I carry that with me everyday. It is pretty much fact that we all are going to be doing something EVERY DAY for the rest of our lives. After having that job at the grocery store, which was fairly short lived, I was, from that point on, determined to make sure that I was going to bust my ass every day to make sure that the ‘thing’ I was going to be doing ‘every day’ for the rest of my life is something that I am passionate about, something that I love to do.
Let’s get back to the cliches that make this question an important one:’Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!,’ ‘Life Is Short!’ If what I just spoke about is true…if you really are miserable, if you’re having to spend your time, day in and day out working at a job that you’re not into…then the following is certainly true for ME: I hope to God that my life is VERY SHORT. Life is long if you’re miserable and time flies when you’re having fun. Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life! Do what you love…the money will follow. Life’s too short to worry. Life’s too long to wait. I do what I love. Time flies. I make good dough. My first job was the last job I ever had. I’ve played music for a living since I was 22. That was 22 years ago. Seems like yesterday. I can’t wait for tomorrow!”
I actually did learn a major life lesson one that has stuck with me all this time and that I’ve passed on to my kids. I wouldn’t say I was spoiled but I never really had to work for anything so I never truly learned the value of a dollar but more important it taught me how unappreciative I was of everything my parents did for my family. It made me value hard work and that giving your kids everything they ask for but not making them work for it isn’t the best parenting. It’s made me a better father and my kids understand how hard work has its rewards.”