Now Here's an Odd Job: Mexican Rodeo Clown in Queens
Miguel Angel Lorea Hoyos, also known as "Cowboy's Pet," is a rodeo clown in a bull ring in Howard Beach, New York City. His job is to distract the bulls so that the cowboys can be safer as they do what they have to do.
Hoyos' way of making his living is one of the very few not in danger of being outsourced to a nation with lower wages. In fact, the job of rodeo clown has been imported from Mexico.
As Hoyos explains in Spanish in this video, he honed his skills as a rodeo clown when he was a little boy in Mexico. Over the years he has adjusted to the peril of being right in there with the bulls. Today, he only shrugs and notes that the cowboys have it worse than he does.
Perhaps the key to his calm is his sense of selflessness. For one thing, he is grateful to have a job in America. For another, he sees himself as not that all-important in the world of showbiz.
Jane Genova, coach, book author, and lecturer on careers, specializes in transitions. Her talk on professional shifts at the New York State Bar Association has been published in VITAL SPEECHES OF THE DAY. Her latest book is OVER-50: HOW WE KEEP WORKING. She blogs on the subject at http://janegenova.com, http://lawandmore.typepad.com, http://careertransitions.typepad.com and http://over-50.typepad.com.more...