Even the dark and spooky among us need to earn a living. Whether you consider yourself goth, punk or part of any other alternative life style you still need to eat. You deserve to have a well paying career which you enjoy. Wearing exquisitely winged eyeliner or being covered in tattoos shouldn’t limit your employment opportunities.
In reality you can work anywhere you please. If you want to be a lawyer or doctor or tattoo artist that’s what you should pursue. Unfortunately there is still a lot of prejudice in the working world towards people who are different. You may need to do a lot of searching to find a workplace which is a good fit for you. There are some industries/careers that are more accepting than others.
Haunted Tour Guide
Almost every large city has some level of haunted history and a few walking tours to go with it. Having a tour guide in a top hat and tails or a flowing victorian gown adds to the atmosphere.
Whether you are private, freelance, or in house many people expect photographers (and other creative types) to be eccentric and unusual. Use these expectations to your advantage. Nearly every industry you can think of needs a photographer at some point. Food, clothing, people, products all need to be presented in a pleasing manor for advertising or other publications. The same idea applies to other areas of the film and entertainment industries.
Beauty & Music
The beauty, fashion and music industries are known for being open to all types of individuals. Hair stylist, makeup artist, tattoo artist, musician are some of the more well known occupations. Nearly every job in these industries, including those in corporate settings, allow you to show your tattoos and dress as you please. However, the higher you climb the corporate latter the less you may be encouraged to express your spookiness. This will vary widely depending on the company.
Tech & Online
Many modern employers are embracing people who live alternative life styles. Some major companies include; Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Zappos. Many smaller start up companies are also open to freedom of fashion expression.
Depending on the school and area you might be able to find a teaching job which allows you to dress the way you like. This requires some research to find a location which is accepting and you may not have one in your area. If you can’t find a school you can offer your services as a private tutor. If you chose to tutor children their parents may pass some judgement. However as our generation grows up and has children of school age you may find less of this judgement. Or you can teach private lessons to adults. Nearly any skill you have can be taught (art, music, foreign language) and you are likely to find at least a few people willing to pay you to learn.
That’s right, start your own business and make your own policies. You’re smart and capable. Find something you’re passionate about, learn what you need to know to run a related business and go for it! Of course I’m making it sound simple for the sake of this post. It is a real challenge to start and run your own business. It takes a lot of drive and dedication and you really need to know how to run a business or partner with someone who does. However, my earlier statement still applies, you’re smart and capable. With hard work you can do whatever you want.
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