Phew, 2009 has been a toughie. Job cuts, budgets slashed, heads rolling all over the place, even the world's greatest entrepreneurs have had to cut back on their flamboyant spending. Others have taken on second jobs, adding another slash to their job titles, to make ends meet until the dark days are over.
Just look at Pamela Anderson, who after pulling out of two performances finally debuts in Panto tonight. Billed on the poster as ‘a mother, an activist, an entrepreneur and still one of the most photographed and Internet-searched women in the world’ we bet, before the recession, she never dreamt of adding ‘genie’ to that list of accolades.
We know bankers who’ve become plumbers (and are earning almost as much), recruitment consultants slash hairdressers and others who have followed their hobbies and turned crafts, like cupcake baking, into an enterprise. If there’s one good thing that’s come out of this crunch, it’s made us more resilient.
Still, it’s been soul destroying at times, so it’s heartening to hear of celebs, like Pammie, who are in the same (capsizing) boat.
Annie Leibovitz's money troubles have been splashed across the press this year. Well these days the photographer, best known for artsy shoots in glossies like Vanity Fair and Vogue, has to take any work she can. Most recently, Britney’s ad campaign for US clothing brand Candies for Kohl’s. ‘Annie snapped the popstar in various stages of undress’ said a source. Well, you can’t be picky when you owe $24million.
Or when you’re company is on the brink of bankruptcy, as Christian Lacroix knows only too well. We hear the designer has bagged a freelance job, designing uniforms for French railway workers. Oh, we’d loved to see train drivers in poufs.
With Luella no longer trading (a shock announcement were still reeling from), maybe British Rail could commission our fave designer. Imagine underground workers in mini mouse bows and prom dresses – now that would cheer up our commute!
- Amy Molloy