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 http://janegenova.com began focusing on transitions when the academic market collapsed as she was writing her dissertation in linguistics and literature at the University of Michigan. After re-establishing herself in the public relations industry, she gradually published on the subject. Her first piece was on The Professional Woman in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. Since then, she co-authored the book THE CRITICAL 14 YEARS OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE and myriad e-books and articles on career subjects ranging from emotional intelligence to aging. In the 1980s she attempted another change by attending Harvard Law School. She didn’t complete the degree but channeled that experience into maintaining a legal blog [http://lawandmore.typepad.com] housed at the Library of Congress.