Second Shift: Pulling double duty
We all know living in a city is expensive. How does the average person make it work? Our Second Shift series features people working more than one job to make ends meet. This week, meet Jermaine Vanderhorst, a single father working two jobs. If you want to be featured, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name: Jermaine Vanderhorst
Residency: Harlem, New York
Lives with: His four kids
Number of jobs: 2
What are your two jobs?
My first job is as a full-time porter and maintenance worker at a supermarket. I work there 40 hours a week, from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. My second job is as a security guard at a store, which I also work five days a week, from 5:45 p.m. to when the store closes.
Are you exhausted?
It’s a really long day, but I actually go to the gym for an hour between jobs. I have a good system down. … Tuesdays is my day off from my first job.
What do you do on Tuesdays?
Tuesdays is when I focus on my film making. I have my own entertainment company, which I run with a business partner. I went to the Los Angeles Film School in Hollywood for a couple years and when I came to New York, I made a film called “A Father’s Pride.” It won Best Dramatics at the Manhattan Film Festival in 2012. Now, my business partner, production assistant and I are working on a Web series called “GUNS: Generation Unnoticed Society” about the generation gap between people growing up in Harlem.
Is it hard for you to take care of your kids since you’re working so much?
It is pretty difficult because they love to be around me. When they’re in school, [it's manageable], but during the summer it is difficult. I’m hoping they can stay with family in Florida this summer.
What do you think is the hardest part about working two jobs?
I think having the same energy level at both jobs is the hardest part. You might work one job and have your full energy and put all your effort into it, but when you get to your second job, you get lazy and more relaxed. It’s hard to be consistent.
What is your eventual goal as far as your work life goes?
I work both these jobs to help with my entertainment company and to help produce our films. It’s really an investment, not just work.
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