As a kid and/or teenager, even early adult, these are the following things that I dreamed of becoming when I grew up:
- Radio DJ - my earliest memory of a dream job
- MTV hit; then I decided "Screw radio. I want to be a VJ."
- Fashion Designer, although I can't sew; can't even hem pants or sew on a button; can't draw either
- Talk Show Host; this was during the time period that I'd get home from school and watch Sally Jessy Raphael, Oprah, Phil Donahue, Geraldo and/or Montel Williams
- Personal Shopper - I like shopping; why not use someone else's money to do it?
- Criminal Profiler - I've read a lot of true crime in my life and watched a lot of crime story documentaries; somewhere along the way, I thought this would be a good profession for me.
- Stylist, preferably for a musician or rock band - I like clothes; I like music; makes sense.
- Rob Zombie Back Up Dancer - no lie, this is still my dream job.
What exciting things have I done with myself in the working world? Well, here's an assortment:
- Hostess at Red Lobster - I don't like seafood; I thought if I picked a place that I didn't like the food, then I wouldn't eat it all the time; I was wrong; I devoured their cheesy bread rolls.
- Manager at a tanning salon - I looked tan & fine; let's hope I won't regret it with melanoma later on
- Waitress - everyone should have to work as waitstaff at some point in their life
- Manager of retail clothing store - a couple of different clothing stores actually
- Caseworker at a juvenile prison - Sociology degree in tow; if I could have made a decent amount of money doing this, I would have continued; Also, if I hadn't been the subject of an assault plot as a gang initiation, I would have continued as well. (plot - it didn't happen - fortunately - the facility I worked at had a terrible amount of assaults on staff)
- Jack-of-all-trades in building materials world: credit manager, inside sales, outside sales, product manager, purchasing agent, roofing specialist, assistant manager - oh yeah, glamorous stuff, but I met a lot of good people in this industry.
- Jewelry sales extraordinaire + marketing too + small business owner - my guy and I make a pretty great team, except we aren't making the money we'd like, so maybe a better way to say it is we are compatible, supportive, bounce ideas off each other, know what the other's thinking, but not financially lucrative kind of team.
Are you living your career dream? What did you want to be? What have you become?