AIP016 | Nannying, Sketching, and Singing Backup to Fund My Acting and Music Careers (plus Live Music!) – with Angie Atkinson

Angie Atkinson
Angie Atkinson

Actor and singer Angie Atkinson talks with Ben Hauck about how she supports her dual careers in acting and singing with income from nannying, sketching, and singing backup. In the interview, Angie describes her jobs, their responsibilities, and the kinds of money they provide. For nannying, she details how she balances nannying with her life and other work, and she also details how she negotiated a better wage for herself. For sketching, Angie explains how she accidentally fell into it as an income source after posting her drawings on social media. She also reveals the money her work has commanded. For singing backup, she shares how she found the opportunity, how her ego shifts between singing lead in her band and singing backup in another band, and how she prices her backup singing.

Angie follows each reply with live acoustic renditions of her songs “Ukulele Love Song” and “This Rollin’ Wave,” as well as the debut of her (as of this interview, unfinished) song “Restless.” Ben concludes with information on how to get MP3s of the songs from the podcast plus an MP3 of the first live band performance of “Restless.”

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Angie Atkinson’s Bio
Angie Atkinson
Angie Atkinson

Angie Atkinson is a country rock singer/songwriter/actress.  Her first full-length album, High & Mighty, will be released in Summer 2015, following the release of her 2012 EP Double Or Nothin’.  Angie has performed regularly with her band around lower Manhattan and Brooklyn for the past three years.  She transplanted to NYC in 2009 but is a Mississippi girl of Virginian extraction.

Though music is her primary focus, Angie graduated in 2006 from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in theatre performance.  Favorite roles include  Jo in Barbicide (Off-Broadway), Feste in Twelfth Night (Barefoot Shakespeare), Real Pocahontas in DISEnchanted: Bitches Of The Kingdom (NYC workshop cast), Goldie in Two By Two (Texas Shakespeare Festival),  Violet in Side Show (Swift Creek Mill), and Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire (Sycamore Rouge).

MP3s from the Episode

As mentioned near the end of the episode, MP3 versions of the songs Angie Atkinson plays in the episode — plus the first live concert version of the song she debuted in the episode — are available by signing up here:

Angie’s Sketches

In the episode, Angie refers to her sketching, and it’s generated some nice income for her. Here are some samples of Angie’s work. More of her work is visible in her Instagram feed.

“Friday Skin” Single

Angie’s single for the song “Friday Skin” from her album High & Mighty (available Summer 2015) is available for download in iTunes.

Here’s the official music video for “Friday Skin”:


Angie sings backup for the band Cooke, which she refers to in the episode.


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