Bravo Malina Bickford, blogger and bartender. She sums it all up quite nicely if not succinctly. If you’re not in the know, throwing a “what do you really want to do?” or “what’s your ‘real job’?” out there is like a bitchslap backhand. It’s insulting, degrading and plainly tactless. Get a clue people. Click through for the full article.
“For some, tending bar is truly a passion. There’s a serious craft to cocktail making, elevated to high art by many of my peers who’ve built a tight knit community that I respect but will never become a part of because I just can’t muster the same enthusiasm. They carefully and lovingly craft; I schlep.”
“But worst of all is the stigma. Just saying, “I’m a bartender,” seems to automatically imply that I’m a party girl, unambitious, an alcoholic or — worst of all — not good at anything else. People often assume that my job as a bartender is just an unfortunate situation that I’m in until that “real job” comes through.”
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