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What was your first job ever?

I had a "job" at a local mom and pop store near our house when I was ten. I'd go in on Saturdays from 4-6pm and clean out the meat case, pack the meat in the freezer (the store was closed Sundays) and clean the sharp and menacing slicing and grinding machines. For this I was paid the sum of $6.00.

It was kind of scary, but I loved having $6.00 every week. I felt like a king.

Talk about how you felt when you graduated high school versus how you feel now about the question “what do you want to be when you grow up?”

I was sad when high school ended, because I had a great senior year. Not academically, but socially and artistically. I had a band and a girlfriend, and that seemed more important than anything to me.

I had a different answer every time someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. Which is most likely why I do so many different things to cobble a living together now.

What do you do today to make a living?

I perform shows for kids and families at schools and festivals. My music for kids is played on Sirius, so that helps too. I perform with a New Orleans style swing band, and I am a teaching artist working in...

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