The juggling of several part time jobs, ideally related to one's passion, to earn enough money to live off of which allows time to develop a creative skill
The desire for a more fulfilling livelihood often stymied by crippling debt and/or self-doubt
A play on words based on the Austin-American Statesman newspaper in Austin, Texas.
Dylan's been working at the record store forever. He's an expert in music especially obscure stuff. He'll never sell out. He's living the Austin-American dream, for real.
Melody teaches art classes all over town and has shows of her own. She tried working at a collections agency once and walked out. She knows the Austin-American dream is the only life for her.
Janice wishes she could quit her job and become a fashion designer, but she has too much debt and doesn't think she could make money. She doesn't think the Austin-American dream is realistic enough for her, at least not now.