HUSTLE FILE #44: Randal Alan Smith

NAME: Randal Alan Smith

OCCUPATION: Photographer, Make-up Artist, XHTML/CSS Specialist, House Cleaner, Party Character

LOCATION: San Francisco, but sometimes Southern California

WHAT’S YOUR HUSTLE: I transform layered Photoshop files into highly-accessible and flexible, standards-compliant Web pages.  But on other days, I transform married men over 50 into trashy sluts and take photos of them.

WHAT DOES YOUR HUSTLE MEAN TO YOU: People think I’m ‘getting away with something’ by being self-employed.  But I’ve tried paycheck jobs and office environments, and no matter how I conform to the shirt and tie, someone finds me out: They talk about sports and babies, but I steer the conversation over to kimonos and UFO’s. It doesn’t last long. I just do better when I’m being creative. I need a service-client relationship instead of a boss-employee relationship.

IF YOU COULD HAVE ONLY THREE TOOLS FOR YOUR HUSTLE, WHAT WOULD THEY BE: Canon 5D, Mac laptop, make-up kit.  But really, it takes thousands of props and costumes and pieces of equipment to conduct any of my tasks.

A WORD OF ADVICE TO WANNABE HUSTLERS IN YOUR FIELD: Write-off your rent and all your food as well, or you won’t be able to make it.  Keep an eye on public benefits. Always have a Plan-B.

CSS Druid
Human Photography
Crossdresser Transformations
Make-Up Artist
House Cleaner


About Shannon Flaherty

Writer. Creative. Freelancer. Freebird.
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