Magazine life was ok for the travelling experience BUT you will not walk away with any money when you quit and are ready to go back home.
I joined a crew in 1990. It had about 50 crew members when I joined.
I don't have any horror stories about crew events..I had a pretty awesome crew BUT i was dropped into neighborhoods that didn't like black people. (I am black) the crew was always sympathetic once they found out, and I actually had crew members that stuck up for me in uncomfortable situations.
Yes, everybody on crew smoked weed and we also popped pills(uppers) But i don't know of anyone getting beat or being made to stay.
Manager always bought you a bus ticket when you were ready.
all in all,I didn't make any money to bring home, I got like $20-$30/daily...worked in rain,sleet,hail,snow..it didn't matter..ONLY SUNDAYS off.
we started at about 9 am,ended at 8pm-9pm.
I met cool people that I am still cool with to this day.