Monday November 21, 2016
The oddest job Judy Batalion ever had
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- The oddest job Judy Batalion ever had
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Judy Batalion is a performer, writer for stage and screen, and the author of White Walls, a memoir about motherhood and the marks mothers and daughter make on each other.
I worked at a temp agency... as a temp. I went in for an interview and I was desperate to earn some money. In the interview, she was asking me questions about what I did and what I was interested in. She asked, "When can you start?"
I said, "Whenever you need."
She said, "How about right now?"
I was like, "Sure. Where should I go?"
She's like, "You're sitting at your desk."
And so that was my big entree into the temp world.
I somehow was given the responsibility of interviewing other temps. But because of my temporary status, I wasn't allowed to know what I was interviewing them for. So basically people would come in and I would just have to say, "Hi! What are you good at?"
It was very meta.
Judy Batalion's comments have been edited and condensed.