Does anyone remember that skit from Saturday Night Live? Anyway, as I sit here watching a battle scene from the movie Troy, my thoughts drift toward SL and working in SL. LOL! Just kidding!
But really, I was surprised by Cen's poll that most people use their credit card in SL and only 6% worked in SL. I have actually had a few jobs in SL. I was a receptionist, a non-exotic dancer, hostess and a stage manager. One thing I have learned about SL is that employment could be here one day and gone the next. At my first job, as a receptionist, the owner broke her wrist in RL and could no longer get on a computer. That was in December and I haven't seen her since.
Another thing about employment in SL, is that it is fun and great at first and then guess what? It starts to feel like a job....just like in RL! It becomes mundane and you don't always feel like logging on to do it but I keep on doing it to support my clothes, hair and skin addiction and to pay the rent! Oh yea, and just like in RL the communication between management and the employees usually really sucks!
Even though I think of SL as a game, I do try to treat my SL jobs seriously. I still work as a hostess at Blue Fusion and I do log in on time and work my shift. If I need time off, I do give a two weeks notice, etc. I guess, some people may find that silly but Blue Fusion does pay me well plus tips and I know the management and DJs and artists do depend on the hostesses to be there.
Even though I will be leaving Blue Fusion in a few weeks due to RL changes and I will be losing that SL income, I am kind of looking forward to it. As I said earlier, it has been feeling like a RL job for some time now.
As far as my apt issue, I will be joining that other high percentage of people who use their credit cards in SL. I figure $10-$15 USD a month to keep my apt and have some shopping and tipping money should be enough to fund my SL hobby. The way I look at it is that SL is a hobby and that is not very much to support a hobby. If I was in to crafts or sports, my monthly hobby expenses would be a lot more than that.