Mike Becvar
Mike’s Take on the World

March 10, 2011

Thinking and problem solving

Filed under: entertainment, Life in General, eLearning — Mike @ 12:17 pm

I went out to lunch and was standing behind an elderly couple having their order filled by an obviously new employee. The husband and wife ordered “the same thing” with a few minor differences. The husband wanted grilled chicken, the wife fried. The husband wanted gravy on his potatoes, the wife didn’t.

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January 1, 2010

My Twenty, ten, five

Filed under: Clown, entertainment, Websites, Life in General, eLearning — Mike @ 10:35 pm

OK, I just thought that sounded good. It is really my top 5 items that I feel I need to accomplish in 2010. Really, there are many more, but I need to start somewhere. I am not one to make New Year Resolutions. So here they are:

  1. Start making money
  2. Clean the house
  3. Get Organized
  4. Learn how to juggle clubs
  5. Learn how to walk on stilts

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October 4, 2009

October….

Filed under: Clown, Community, Life in General, eLearning — Mike @ 7:59 pm

Wow, it is October already. I don’t know where the year has gone.

I know that I haven’t been posting much lately. I wish I could say that it was because I was too busy at work, but the truth is that I am still looking for my next job.

Last fall, I took a part time job at Cox Farms as a hayride actor. It was fun, but I missed half of their fall festival due to a vacation. But, I was invited to come back again this year. Since, I am between jobs, I asked to work weekdays instead of just weekends like last year. The first week they were open was slow, but it really picked up on Thursday. I was playing the superhero and had hayrides backed up waiting to be “helped”. I must say that it was more fun being busy.

The other week, I went to Seaside Heights, NJ for Clownfest 2009. I could have saved money by not going, but since I wasn’t missing out on work and had already paid for part of the expenses, it seemed like a good plan. I learned a lot and had fun walking the boardwalk on Saturday and Sunday.

I have also done some work helping friends with their websites and developed some print materials for the Opera Guild of Northern Virginia.

But, now that I have been unemployed for six weeks, I am getting a little concerned about the amount of money I am not earning at work. I have missed three paychecks and the unemployment compensation and part time job just can’t compare to what I had been making. I am lucky that I have some money saved, but will need to get serious about cutting back on expenses and earning extra money if this keeps up much longer.

September 1, 2009

On Unemployment….

Filed under: Volunteer, Clown, Websites, Life in General, Friends, Acting, eLearning — Mike @ 9:26 am

OK, I have been avoiding this… Yes, I am currently unemployed. I don’t know all the details, but my last employer went out of business. We were told on August 19th and sent home that same day.

For a long time, I used my day job as an excuse for not being able to spend more time working as a clown or an actor. But, now I have the time on my hand and don’t have any jobs as a clown or actor. I have the time to put together a Birthday party show, learn a few more balloons, and practice some magic tricks. I can also put together some headshots and marketing materials. But all of this takes time and money and doesn’t bring in a paycheck right away. I just don’t feel that I am at a point where I am ready to be able to do clowning full time and make enough money to cover the expenses.

My other side business for the past year has been developing websites. I have had my own websites for a few years and seem to add one or two each year. I have not been paid as a website developer as I am either working for myself or volunteering my services to the group. I have started talking with a few friends about creating or updating their website. I see this as one possible option for income until I can get my clown business off the ground.

But, since I need the money, I am also looking for a full time position. I know that there is a chance this will mean that I will actually have less free time for clowning and acting than I had with my last job.

Only time will tell what happens next.

So if you are interested in hiring a clown, actor, website developer, or eLearning developer, I am available.

February 19, 2008

Websites Updated

Filed under: Websites, Life in General, eLearning — Mike @ 2:22 pm

I am a web developer. As such, I feel that it is only right that I have a personal website to use to both learn about developing websites and to publish some of my work. I have always struggled more with the content side of having a website than I have with the technical side. 

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