Name: Felicidad Garcia
Residency: East Bushwick, Brooklyn
Lives with: Her partner
Number of jobs: 3
Our Second Shift series features people working more than one job and finding creative ways to make money. This week, meet a speech therapist who balances her part-time job with being a freelance photographer, getting her PhD and hosting Airbnb guests. Want to be featured? Email Emily.Laurence@metro.us.
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Your primary focus is working as a speech pathologist and getting your PhD. Is it hard to get your school work done since you are working as well?
It is! I work three days a week at an adult rehab for people who have had a traumatic brain injury, heart attack or stroke. In addition to that, I have private cases on the side. They are all children and I go to the family's homes and help with articulation, language and speech. My PhD classes at Columbia University are two days a week. I have a two-hour commute from where I live in Brooklyn to where I work in the Bronx, so I do a lot of my homework on the subway.
How did you get into wedding photography, another one of your jobs?
I fell into it by accident. My partner is a photographer and she was invited to a wedding to shoot and the couple insisted that I come. I thought I'd be bored since my partner would be working the whole time, so she convinced me to rent a camera and shadow her. She taught me as she went along and now we've done several weddings together. It's a lot of fun. It's a totally different outlet and something I think was missing [in my life].
Summer is a popular time for weddings. Your schedule must be crazy.
It's very busy and even when you're not actually taking the photos, you're working on the photos. My partner and I split the tasks and it's at the point where I don't know how we ever did it any differently.
You and your partner also rent out the second bedroom in your apartment on Airbnb. Do you depend on that money or is it just nice when you get it?
We definitely depend on it. The demand in the summer is much higher than in the winter, so we try to save some of the money to get us through that dry season. Unfortunately winter is a slow time for photography too, so that's why we try to save some of our money away.
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