My guess is you want a fulfilling job experience, and you want to get paid good money.
I know a lot of people who have achieved some form of slack, but it generally involved not getting paid very much. My definition of slack is getting paid to do what you would otherwise do, or even pay to do. An old housemate of mine who made circuit boards in his spare time graduated from Radio Shack to a job at Dell's tech bench. He achieved slack. Other friends have simply found a way to make ends meet with minimal effort. There's a slack there too.
I'm in academia. We get paid squat, but the idea is that we're doing what we love to do. Or so they tell me. My husband could get a job (in Boston) at twice his current faculty salary, given his computer skills (neural networks and embedded systems). He would have to give up quite a bit to take such a job -- freedom being the biggest loss. He has a stressful but rewarding form of slack in his current position.
As for not finding a job in Boston, yee gods, man! they're advertising on the radio for tech people. Oh, but it's not the job you want. To speak to your specific situation, a young friend of mine went through three jobs to get the one he has now, which he loves. The experience of the two mediocre jobs helped to qualify him for what he's doing now. OTOH, a fine musician and computer guy I know worked for a music-oriented software company, and was sorely disillusioned, so keep that in mind. Someone else I know used a headhunter to find the almost-perfect job. There are ways, but it can take time and wide-open eyes.
You cannot have a reasonable conversation with someone who regards other people as toys to be played with. localroger
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