Second Shift: Creative ways city dwellers make ends meet

Caruso, right, working her makeup magic on a client. Credit: Provided
Jackie Caruso works her makeup magic on a client.
Credit: Provided

We all know living in the city is expensive. So how do people do it? Our new column, Second Shift, features people working more than one job to make it work. Want to be featured? Email emily.laurence@metro.us.

Name: Jackie Caruso
Age: 27
Residency: Hoboken, N.J.
Number of jobs: 4

You have four jobs?! What are they and how do you do it?

Caruso: I work as a freelance makeup artist, doing makeup for commercials, TV shows, weddings and magazines. My second job is as a freelance makeup artist for a makeup school called Makeup Designory. I work in their store, Mud Shop. My third job is as a bottle service girl at a private club. And fourth, I work for a catering company at a big New York sports venue.

How do you make your schedule?

It changes every week. Sometimes, I’ll work three jobs in one day: I’ll work at the makeup store from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, cater from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and the club from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. I try and put my makeup first because that’s my passion. Then, I’ll take jobs with the catering company because it’s steady and reliable money. But my schedule is never the same.

Are you working multiple jobs to make ends meet or is it because you want to live a certain lifestyle and have enough money to support it?

I think a bit of both. I’m not going to lie, paying rent is hard. But I did just go on a big three-week vacation with my sister. And I still go out to dinner and drinks. My dream is to open my own studio, where clients can get their makeup, hair, spray tanning and eyelash extensions done. It would be a one-stop shop for women going out or to an event. Right now I’m just trying to get through the end of the year, but next year I want to start saving — even if it’s just $10 or $20 of each paycheck.

Do you still have time to hang out with your friends?

Yes and no. Sometimes I won’t see my best friend for two weeks, but I definitely make an effort. Even if it’s just me stopping by the bar on the way home for a few minutes, I definitely try.

Overall, are you happy with your lifestyle?

Trying to pay my bills every month, I have to love what I do. If you don’t love what you do, you’re going to be miserable. I know reaching my (ultimate) goal isn’t going to happen next year, and it might not happen in five years. But it will happen one day.

Share your story! Email emily.laurence@metro.us.

Follow Emily on Twitter: @EmLaurence



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.