HENRY ROLLINS: Taking Time Off Terrifies Me

Punk rocker-turned-actor-turned-commentator Henry Rollins recently spoke to TV Guide about his new IFC series, "Henry's Film Corner", which airs the first Saturday of every month at midnight, and his talk-radio show in L.A. where he rants and raves about current film releases.

"I used to park cars, shovel manure, work at lab facilities, scoop ice cream, tear movie tickets.... It's what you do for $3.50 an hour or less," he explained. "I went from that into music, into speaking dates and voice-overs. The minimum-wage working world is nipping at my 'hind, [so taking time off] terrifies me.

"My income is approval based," he said. "When people stop saying, 'Yeah,' I start missing out on three square meals a day. I was raised by two very ambitious parents. They worked their asses off. I've been gainfully employed since fourth grade. I had a paper route and I've always worked. I get a few days off around Christmas. I fear unemployment because in my line of work, unless you are Ozzy Osbourne or Frank Sinatra or Mick Jagger, you have your time and then it's 'Thank you very much, now get out of here.' Unless you want to look like a damned fool and stick around for two tours too long. So I try and keep testing myself." Read more.


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