In LA, Uber Driver May Be an Actor Eschewing Waiter Jobs

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    Jan 23, 2016 4:03 PM GMT
    NYT: Instead of becoming waiters, as cliché would have it, actors and artists are hitting the road as Uber and Lyft drivers when work is scarce.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/24/fashion/uber-lyft-actors-writers-los-angeles.html?
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    Jan 24, 2016 2:39 PM GMT
    I love these people. They are working hard, trying to realise their dream. I am sure everyday someone mocks them for trying to make it where only a very few have and yet they stand tall with their resilience. I love it.
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    Jan 24, 2016 7:02 PM GMT
    Man, I hadn't noticed, living out here in the sticks, but I had to visit several different neighborhoods in Portland yesterday.

    These guys are getting very annoying! Cars idling in front of every store entrance, in crosswalks, in loading zones, with "Uber" and "Lyft" stickers in the windows. (Usually both.) Can't help but noticing them, when they're blocking your path.
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    Jan 24, 2016 11:06 PM GMT
    I've yet to see any attractive uber/lyft drivers.
    I'm not even sure why people still do it, as the golden days are over. Reduced fare, reduced "cut"/percentage, no tips (heavily discouraged by Uber,) no gas reimbursement, damaging to vehicle- maintenance fees, tickets, obnoxious riders...

    ricky1987 saidI love these people. They are working hard, trying to realise their dream. I am sure everyday someone mocks them for trying to make it where only a very few have and yet they stand tall with their resilience. I love it.


    But in the end, no amount of talent will get you a gig when you're competing against nepotism.
    There are so many bad actors/actresses out there that have gotten gigs by name alone... girls...scream queens....


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    Jan 25, 2016 12:13 AM GMT
    woodsmen saidNYT: Instead of becoming waiters, as cliché would have it, actors and artists are hitting the road as Uber and Lyft drivers when work is scarce.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/24/fashion/uber-lyft-actors-writers-los-angeles.html?

    Taxi driving has long been one of those occupations that can provide temporary employment for some people, including actors. Working as waiters is not their only option, although I agree it seems a popular one. I would think the possibility for immediate employment, without formal education requirements and making much of an investment, except maybe some prescribed clothing, would make it attractive to an irregularly employed actor.

    I never had an actor driver to my knowledge, but some others have been interesting. When I first met my future first partner he picked me up at the airport in an executive limousine. Turns out the driver was a new author, waiting for his book to catch on (not sure if it ever did). He had some copies on the front seat, and gave us an autographed copy.

    Another driver of a standard yellow city cab was a freelance photographer, who rode with his camera and took photos of New York City between fares as he traveled around. He said he got some good shots of all kinds of street happenings, that he tried to sell to various print outlets. Had his own darkroom at home. He hoped to eventually make a living with photography alone. Although I believe becoming an NYC cabbie at that time wasn't very easy, so I'd think he'd need to have had some pretty firm prospects before he would have handed in his car keys.

    I've also met teachers who only drove the company cab during their summer break, and some just at night and weekends, their second job. You might find anyone behind the wheel of a taxicab.
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    Jan 25, 2016 6:17 AM GMT
    Uber drivers are very cute. Has anyone ever picked up an Uber driver? I did it on my way to Delhi airport and sucked him off while he drove.
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    Jan 25, 2016 5:01 PM GMT
    Uber is a crap company that takes advantage of drivers' time, energy, and resources. Be sure to tip them - but it has to be cash only.