Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
“I am from the Maryland-side, by Prince Georges Mall, but come into the city to work on the weekends. I am 17 and out of school. I was looking for a little job when my friend introduced me to sign spinning. I didn’t know what it was all about, but he was like, it’s fun, a good work out, and they pay $10 an hour. That sounded alright to me, so I went in and applied.
“To do this job, you gotta go through some basic training and then go through additional training every Wednesday. The longer you work here, the more tricks you can do. I have only been here fore three months, so I am still pretty new, but can do a lot of the flips and kicks and stuff.
“With all the training, we just stand out here and spin signs for four or five hours a day. It gets really tiring, but you start to get used to it and then it gets easier. I think my job is fun and it occupies my time. I come out here on the weekends with my music, mostly old rap stuff, and will spin for hours.
“When I am not here, I am at home watching TV and waiting for my job to call with my next work location. I’m in SW today, but I also spin at White Flint and Shady Grove. I hope that doing this can help me save some money so I can open my own hair salon. Now, I do my own hair, and for friends, too. When I get enough money, I am going to go back to school and learn about hair and then you’ll see me in my own salon.”
See Joy spin a sign below.