Making ends meet with paint, pottery and tunes

Ella Fowler and Ella Fowler

A typical student, when low on cash, finds means to fulfill their needs by working a part-time job; however, some students decide not to follow the traditional route. Students like senior Stephanie Podmore. ‘I can do it when I want to do it,’ she said. ‘It is easy money for me, and I like doing it. It is not like going to work, and I can do it while watching TV.’ The ‘it’ Podmore is referring to is painting portraits of people, which usually sell for $75. Other students like Greg Wolfram, sophomore, and Andrew Holmand freshman, also use their talents to create an income. Wolfram, a music major, plays jazz in various clubs throughout Bowling Green, Ann Arbor and Columbus. ‘I play every week, a couple times a week,’ said Wolfram, whose musical inspiration is Myles Davis. For Holman, it was family who allowed for him to make extra cash by selling pottery. ‘My grandma has a shop in Michigan,’ Holman said. ‘I will periodically receive a check or cash in the mail, and it’s great.’ Upon receiving his money Holman, who doesn’t have another job during the school year, puts the money back into savings. Podmore, who does hold another job during the school year, spends the money she gets from her paintings on necessities. ‘I spend it on the things that I need,’ she said. ‘The last ones I got I used to pay for books this semester.’ For Wolfram, however, he is saving his money for future endevours. ‘Me and my roommate are saving up to move to New York to play jazz,’ he said. ‘Rent is expensive out there.’ Wolfram added he is very conservative with his money and does his hardest to achieve his goals. But, in the process of saving money, Wolfram finds his schedule crammed. ‘I have a very busy schedule,’ he said. ‘Sometimes it is less busy, but I like it. It has its ups and downs.’ Wolfram added he enjoys seeing the community coming to his performances because they don’t often get a chance to enjoy jazz in this area. ‘Playing jazz [for me] has more satisfaction than playing Xbox,’ he said. Wolfram plans to continue playing in clubs throughout the school year and into the summer. Holman is taking his craft and turning it into a summer job at a summer camp. ‘Teaching is what I want to do, and this summer I will have a teaching job teaching ceramics,’ he said. ‘It is a good experience, and I am really lucky [to have this job].’