Animator working as grocery cashier
Natasha Fishman studied animation at the prestigious School of Visual Arts in New York. She never imagined she'd end up living with her parents and working as a grocery cashier after graduating in 2010.

She's landed occasional freelance gigs as a graphic artist, but there isn't much hope of a permanent job on the horizon.

"I just met with a whole bunch of classmates," she said. "None of us were working. Sometimes I'll be really busy with freelance work, other times I'll have nothing."

But most of her earnings have been coming from the job she landed as a cashier at Waldbaum's supermarket.

"I like to tell myself the Waldbaum's job is there as a safety net, but it's where most of my money is coming from."

Last updated May 17 2011: 12:34 PM ET
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