It seems kind of sad that someone would be paying a babysitter to get them up for work in the morning or to go grocery shopping with them on the weekend. But Michelle Buteau, who is juggling her childcare duties with a second career as a stand-up comedian, is doing just that. “I’m currently working 40-hours a week while providing for my family, often at odd hours,” she tells L.A. Mom. “Working out of my house — who would have thought?” In addition to her childcare duties, Buteau is an account manager at a major management company.
On her website, she says she goes to bars and hospitals and has actually known a lot of people working these types of jobs. “As a comedian, I’ve used food stamps and the government has actually kicked my ass for this,” she writes. She says she likes being a comedian and she’s close to finishing a performance in Honolulu. But she’s missing her kids and is no longer “fighting the ‘unfair’ system that’s made me feel like the work-having-money-while-pregnant-and-having-part-time-motherhood system is fair.” She even has a new baby on the way.
In an email, an aide to Buteau said: “It takes real dedication and devotion to even conceive of making it as a comedian and stay there through the day. But what’s also unique to her situation is that it’s earned. Being a successful, committed employee who is taking care of her own family is a real job, too.”
Read the full story at L.A. Mom.
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