To be honest, I had several jobs…
I worked at a vegan bakery, washing hundreds of dishes and serving countless customers a week, took product photos for different companies, travelled across the city for hours on TTC to teach a few trombone students every week, AND use to work as a server for a catering company.
All the jobs that I had were great in their own way and I have to acknowledge that I learned a lot from each job I had and ALL the amazing humans I worked with. Though I was thankful to have an abundant workload, I still wasn’t making as much money as I wanted, and was often very depleted of energy at the end of each work shift.
I didn’t seem to have enough juice to do what it is that I am most passionate about – which is making music with other humans and making videos that inspire others. I was stuck in the “starving artist trap” and frame of mind. It felt like I didn’t have a way out of the customer service grind.
I didn’t feel like me.
Then one day, my friend and I were hanging at my place. We were having a blast playing music and talking about mindfulness and mysticism, so we decided to extend our visit. She asked if she could use my wifi and laptop to teach an English class for the new company she signed on with. Hearing her teach, sing and enthusiastically sing the alphabet through the cracks in the walls, was one of the cutest things I have ever heard. I think she even pulled out my guitar at one point. I had to know more information!
Truthfully I was at a breaking point in my life. I felt stuck and as if I were just going through the robotic motions of life. Could teaching English be my way out? From what I heard of my friend teaching in my room upstairs, it was not hard at all to imagine myself with that enthusiastic sing song tone in my voice, singing silly songs and laughing about the letters of the alphabet. I applied for the job immediately and have never looked back.
I’ve now taught over 1300 Chinese students in my 2+ years of teaching. I’ve made more money than I have ever made side hustling at part time jobs, I never have to trudge along on public transit for hours to get to a job, as I never have to leave my house! I still leave my house to play gigs, which is what I love to do.
I’ve taught with VIPKID while travelling in over 7 countries – Canada, The United States, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Belize and the U.K. and counting.
So how much money do I make?
With where I am at in the company, I work 3-4 hours a day and get paid $12.50 U.S. per 25 minute private lesson that I teach – which adds up to around $30 Canadian per hour.
I never knew how easy and fun this would be when I first started, and I am so glad that I took the plunge with something new! It’s as if someone handed me the exact job that I would be so good at. You mean I get to smile for 3-4 hours a day with kids from 5-12 years old, sing, dance and get paid to be silly? All the lessons are planned and the company has their own portal and they find/book all the students for me? I cannot believe how lucky I am to be able to wake up to the cutest kids ever, and teach them my language. Privileged! I am also very lucky to have obtained a Bachelor’s degree in music, as that is one of the only mandatory requirements to work for this company.
Though it is possible to work evenings, I chose to work in the morning, as I love being able to wake up with the sun and finish my work day before 10am. The colours that I have seen illuminate my morning skies I will never forget.
I feel so blessed to be able to do something that I love and leave room to make a greater impact in my day – playing music, making transformational video content, uniting with communities and friends, making healthy meals, and taking courses that assist in the evolution of my soul.