I perform for various events and venues with a band. We’re all independent contractors who are seniors and tax paying citizens who survive off of our music income. We pay taxes. Don’t destroy families and the economy and make the homeless situation worse.
I work at home due to a medical issue. My work is all computer based paralegal and court work. I’m a sole proprietorship. I do everything myself. So far I’ve been unaffected but I live with a huge concern that that will change.
Because of the nature of our work. It’s sporadic there’s not need to have someone as an employee. I may use someone one day and not use them the remainder of the year. We contact interpreters based on their availability, so I couldn’t ever hire the same interpreter as they may be tied up elsewhere.
As a business owner and freelancer you have to work constantly on your business and artistry. My business succeeds or fails because of me not anyone else. I’m constantly having to upgrade my equipment to be on pair with my competitors. As an artist, I continue to practice My skills to stay competitive. This is a life long journey.
If I could tell my legislators anything, it would be this: if you will not repeal this bill, you NEED to make working professionals and engineers in the entertainment industry EXEMPT. We already struggle to find work and stay busy. We do that on our own. AB5 does not help us in any way. Minimum wage protection does not benefit professionals who make $400-1000/day and those rates have been cut in half since AB5. We have been feeling the impact of AB5 in no positive way.
Essentially, this bill moves me into a position oriented back to working more individually versus collaboratively, which really is not good for small business. I have been able to maneuver a tight ship to stay in the arts sector and these major expenses may tip the scale. I am currently unsure of the future of the sustainability of the business.