Rick Ross wasn't singing about the everyday grind of paying bills. But
there once was a young Rick Ross, who struggled to find a way to balance
his creative ambitions and cash flow. In "Everyday Hustlin'," we talk
with Miami artists about their day jobs.
Daniel Reskin is a Miami stand-up comic, writer, and waiter. Born and raised in the 305, everyday he struggles to find meaning and parking spaces. He hosts one of the longest running independent stand-up showcases in Miami, Casa de Ha-ha, every second Tuesday of the month at Sweat Records.
New Times: What job do you have to pay the bills?
Daniel Reskin: I am a servant -- er, server at a fairly fancy Miami dining establishment.
Does it help or hurt your art?
Being a waiter is performing six shows at once to very small audiences. Reading their often confused faces and dynamically gauging their needs. Plus there's a staff full of endearing characters who would love to come out to your shows. Or at least endlessly tell you that.
What is the best thing about having a day job? Worst?
Best - it keeps you in the real world, or some version of it.
Worst - The version of it is the hospitality industry.
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How bad/good are you at your day job?
I'm a damn fine waiter, and a good one when I'm not trying. I'll ask the questions you didn't realize were important, I'll tell you the Cajun chicken sandwich is really just boring, and I can stack plates and bus a six-top in one go.
Have you ever blurred the lines of your day job and dream job?
There is no way I won't be creating a major work in my career devoted to how gashdurn endearing the hospitality industry is. Sarcasm mildly aside, I do love it.
Have you planned your exit (F-you F-you, you're cool, I'm out...sort of thing)?
A badass exit would be cool, but when you walk out mid-shift it messes up the other poor shlubs and not the boss-types you're trying to stick it to. Mine involves a ninja smoke bomb escape and trained racoons.