I just found this via a blog talking about work environments and this was both amusing and a trip down memory lane. I'm not a waitress currently, but I have had waitressing jobs in the past. Bravo to you.
Getting into the art&design field is so risky. I myself want to get into it, but I know the hardships people face in order to get there. It's immensely competitive and it's basically a huge strain on your self-esteem. So I'm probably gonna just play it safe and try to look for a non-artsty-but-still-able-to-attain-a-shred-of-sanity type of job.