There are many sacrifices we make as theatre technicians: we do not have a normal weekend, our beds hardly know who we are, etc. Most of these things I am happy to forego if it means I can practice the craft I love. There is only one thing that I hate sacrificing as a young professional.
Recently I had to make a very difficult choice. I had to choose between being employed for a 5 month gig OR attending my cousin's wedding. If I signed my contract I would not be given the one day off to attend his wedding. For many people this would be a no brainer; attend the wedding. For me it was different.
Being newly out of college I find it hard to find jobs. The listings are there, but not many will give interviews. They are looking for more experience. I had to decide on giving up a position that I knew would give me the experience needed for future employment, and also money to fund my constant moving, OR give up a day with my family (which is hard to come by as well).
I discussed the issue with my family as a whole, but ultimately the decision was mine to make. I chose to take the job.