Three days after I marked this goal complete, I got a message from the woman who runs the studio where I was teaching 3 times a week. She said she had to close the studio on short notice as she had to get it inspected for asbestos and didn’t want anyone to get sick. It was less than a day before I was due to teach a class – and she sent me a text to tell me. I asked her if the students had been notified – she said yes, but I think they actually had not. Anyway, I put up a temporary cancellation on my website and Facebook page. She said they would inspect that week (9/10) and keep me updated. She also said she would leave my check (which was late 10 days, not unusual for her though) in the studio.
My check is not there. (She owes me for 9 classes, probably not a lot of money but $60-75 I think.) I’ve sent her a number of messages asking about the check and studio and haven’t heard anything. She has always been disorganized but generous – she has paid me late quite a lot, but usually pads my check and is very generous with the use of the space. It would be weird if she was doing an about-face, but I was getting the sense that she had taken on too much and wasn’t that crazy about running the studio part of her business anymore. This might be a convenient way for us to say goodbye. (Hopefully after she pays me. Eventually.)
Today I’m going over there to remove all my props from the space. (I have a key, and I’m actually hoping she won’t be around because I’m quite annoyed and don’t want to deal with her.) I bought hundreds of dollars of supplies for that place, and I want to have them in my possession. Class will either start up there eventually, or it won’t. And I’ll either get paid, or I won’t. Luckily it’s not that much money.
I’m not keeping the times open for her classes unless I hear from her. Hoping to pick up a few more classes – I don’t like teaching just one class a week (and assisting one, but both on Sunday). It feels like a really long time between classes. I do have a new class starting up on Friday of next week, and I know I’ll pick up classes at the studio where I’ve been subbing eventually, since I’m getting good feedback there. Might be time to get my resume out there, as well.