I’m starting a job soon, and I’m having major regrets for even agreeing to take it. I’m admittedly an artistic person, and it shows. I have a few (dainty) tattoos and multiple ear piercings. Nothing too extreme, right? I’m going into a career with fashion so beauty and style are incredibly important to me. But the job I’m taking (at Cracker Barrel) feels very oppressive to me. The dress code is strict, which is sort-of okay. I don’t really mind wearing a uniform too much. But what really irks me is the fact that I can’t show any piercings or tattoos, wear any more than one piece of jewelry at a time, my makeup is be as minimal as possible, and my hair color has to be natural looking. Makeup, jewelry, and body art are a part of me and being forced to hide them for the sake of making minimum wage feels wrong to me.
I need a job to pay for college, and this is the first place I’d gotten an interview for in months. It just feels oppressing to me that I must hide my real self and stifle my passion for style and creativity. I’ve been told by my future supervisor twice now that I’m wearing too much makeup (for the record, I had on concealer and mascara both times) when I’ve met with her for follow-up interviews and information. I don’t want to disappoint my parents by not following through, and I have to pay crazy-high amounts for tuition but I also don’t want to not be myself. I know I can get jobs elsewhere, I’ve worked in retail for years, but then I have to wait even longer for interviews and such. I’m feeling really conflicted and I just need a non-biased opinion. I start orientation today, and I just don’t want to waste their time.