Syracuse Side Hustles is a podcast about those chasing second jobs in the Salt City. Syracuse Side Hustles aims to depict the diverse narratives of local professionals and provide insight into their jobs and passions they pursue outside of their 9 to 5 in Syracuse, NY.
E01: Fairytale Enthusiast Inc.
On this episode of Syracuse Side Hustles, we learn how Amber Nadeau dressed up as Princess Anna at Disney’s Halloween party, the only day the park allows adults to wear costumes, and left the Magic Kingdom with a great idea for a business. Kids thought she was an actual princess working Meet & Greets, and the attention she garnered attracted security guards, who advised her to tone it down. That experience prompted the full-time paralegal and mother of two to create As You Wish Entertainment, a talent agency that specializes in booking princesses and superhero characters for children’s parties and special occasions.
For more on Nadeau visit www.SyracuseSideHustles.com
E02: What About the Other Children?
On this episode of Syracuse Side Hustles, meet Dut Leek Deng, a man determined to help women and children in Sudan, his homeland. A custodian for the Syracuse University Center of Excellence during the week, Deng spends his free time working on his non-profit organization, South Sudan Initiatives (SSI). The inspiration for SSI comes from Dut’s personal experience as one of the first Lost Boys of Sudan to come to Syracuse. Dut learned the value of education in the refugee camps of his youth and pursued it further after arriving in America. Now, he wants to pay his opportunities forward. Unicef reports more than two million South Sudanese children don’t attend school, and Dut wants to change that. SSI offers educational tuition assistant and business assistance programs for widows afflicted by the Sudanese conflict.
For more on Deng visit www.SyracuseSideHustles.com
E03: Five Children and a Microphone
On this episode, we meet Monique Williams, mom and up-and-coming rapper. According to a 2017 study by Market Researchers OnePoll, if motherhood was treated like an official job, moms would clock in at almost 100 hours a week. Those numbers definitely reflect Williams’ work week. As a mother of five, she spends her days like most stay-at-home mothers — sending her sons off to school each morning, doing chores around the house, and preparing food for her family. But in the evenings and on the weekends, Williams transforms into MoeBetta ThaGoddess, a rapper performing at venues across Syracuse. A few years ago, at the suggestion of a friend, Williams began putting the poems she wrote to beats, creating songs that reflect both the joys and struggles of her life. MoeBetta ThaGoddess has since pushed 20 songs to SoundCloud, including her latest album, Pain for Profit.
For more on Williams visit www.SyracuseSideHustles.com
E04: Monster Maker
On this episode of Syracuse Side Hustles, we explore the art of restaurant cook and bartender Tino Lopez. The work of the 35-year-old muralist and graffiti often features monsters and fantastical scenes, and Lopez, a trans man, credits art with helping him to learn to love himself. He spends his free time mentoring local LGBTQ adolescents with the hope they too will use art as a means to find themselves.
For more on Lopez visit www.SyracuseSideHustles.com
E05: Pink Joy
On this episode of Syracuse Side Hustles, meet Celine Rahman, costumer and founder/owner of Cup of Rahman, an online shop powered by “pink joy.” Cup of Rahman began as a music blog and an Instagram page where Rahman posted content that reflected her interests. Images of her original artwork, nostalgic ‘90s creations, and female empowerment posts quickly gained a lot of traction. In fact, her Instagram account for @cupofrahman boasts more than 30,000 followers and now serves as the main driver of traffic to her online shop, which offers handmade earrings, keychains, and prints featuring her illustrations. And if you think of candy while perusing the site, please know it’s intentional.
For more on Rahman visit www.SyracuseSideHustles.com
E06: The Laughs of Strangers
On this episode of Syracuse Side Hustles, meet Torrance Jackson, also known by his stage name, Mr. Jaxn. As a forklift operator for Empire State Container during the day, Jackson spends his 9-to-5 moving and sorting shipping containers. In his free time after work, he transforms into Mr. Jaxn and performs stand up comedy in front of live audiences in Syracuse and beyond.
Mr. Jaxn got his start to comedy at The Funny Bone comedy club. With the support he receives from a local comedy group, Mr. Jaxn has had the ability to perform stand up and host in front of live audiences. He performs around Syracuse and has traveled as far as Albany to tell his jokes. He gets his inspiration from everyday life: the news, his nephew, and occurrences at the construction site.
For more on Mr. Jaxn visit www.SyracuseSideHustles.com