As I’m writing this, I’m on a posing stand at my new modeling job. The people are nice, the boss is nice, the outfits are great, but I’ve got one problem with it: It’s boring as hell. I stand here, look pretty, and basically do nothing else. I thought there would would be some sales involved, but so far no one has asked me for any help. I’m supposed to do this for a minimum of 10 hours a week. I’m just not sure I can handle all the excitement, y’know?
Then there’s my other Second Life job, the one at the shemale club. Is it anti-trans, anti-progressive, or just wrong to admit that I’m having a blast at that one? I have much more responsibility there as a member of the management staff, I participate in the activities and help organize them, and I enjoy myself there more just in general…plus, I’m making a pile of Lindens doing it. The club patrons love me, as do the owners. I’ve been offered and have accepted an invitation to participate in a special event going on through the club next weekend, one that will make me a nice amount of Lindens. This is exactly the kind of situation I was looking for when I decided to find a job in SL, one that not only makes me Lindens but also that’s engaging and satisfying as entertainment.
For me, an SL job has to be fun as well as profitable or it's just not worth it. Let’s be honest, unless you’re a business owner, no one is going to get rich working SL, nor even probably make a living wage. Part of the attraction of taking an SL job has to be the fun factor. It was like that when I worked at OWK in SL and it’s like that at the club I work at now.
I’ve been at the modeling job for the better part of a week now, but I’m seriously considering whether I’m going to stay with it. Not only am I doing far better in terms of compensation at the club but I find myself looking for ways to keep busy while modeling, such as writing a blog post or shopping at the SL Marketplace. I make one outfit a week modeling, the value of which I can make in about ten minutes at the club when the right customers are there. I’m just not feeling the whole work/time vs compensation/fun value thing there. The outfits are nice, to be sure, I’m just not sure each one is worth boring myself silly for ten hours to get it…especially not when I can buy it for less than what I can get for about ten minutes of work at the club.
The truth is that it’s just a lot more fun to participate in active roleplay at the club than standing around doing nothing on a posing stand in an empty store, but it’s also more than that. I work at the club when I have time. There are no constraints on how many hours I put in there, but I find myself going out of my way to make time to be there because I enjoy it. Sure, there are other things I like to do in SL, but I’m having a lot of fun at the club so it’s less of a job and more of an entertainment experience, and for me that’s always an incentive.
So, I guess I’m going to have to think about this a bit. What do a really want from an SL job and where am I getting it? I’m going to have a decision to make soon I think, and I think I know what it’s going to have to be.