courtesy of Ivor Hanson)
cleaning is Ivor Hansonís day job.
36, washes windows part time while he pursues his real passion:
other blue-collar professions, window washing allows artists to
support themselves as they strive for recognition.
Hanson doesnít quite fit the "Iím not a waiter, Iím really an actor
stereotype." He admits that washing windows offers thrills besides
its ability to "just pay the bills."
his January 23, 2000, New
York Times article, titled "The Allure of the Ledge,"
Hanson depicts the many perils and perks that come ith his profession.
"I am poised on a narrow ledge that angles downward to the street
below," he writes. "Still, I... admire the view of the Chrysler
Building a few blocks north."
writing wasnít Hansonís first love. He originally wanted to play
the drums, and was in several bands during and after college. He
supported himself through odd jobs, including scooping ice cream
and posing for art classes at Vassar College (his alma matter).
took up window washing when his musical pursuits landed him penniless
in New York City. "A friend of my brotherís got me into the window
business," he says. "I really needed money."
days Hanson says he still does it primarily for the cash. He switched
direction from music to writing when he decided to attend Columbiaís
Graduate School of Journalism three years ago, but heís still washing
windows to pay the bills.
as the saying goes: "write what you know." Hanson is writing a book
about window washing, which he hopes will be received as warmly
as his New York Times article.
even if his writing career takes off, Hanson says heíll never be
able to shake the habits heís picked up cleaning windows. "Even
after I stop doing this, I'll always notice the dirty windows when
I walk down the street," he says.