What I Wanted To Be When I Grew Up

So you might think because my unemployment journey is over, that I have nothing left to say about it. How silly! I have so many things to still talk about! And while watching The Apprentice (The Unemployed Version)  the other night, I realize that it’s all so very relevant even though I am not the one unemployed. The unemployment numbers are still staggering. The recession lingers on.

I was fortunate to get a job. And one I liked! I didn’t have to settle. I didn’t have to beg. I didn’t have to do something that just wasn’t in my wheelhouse. I got a LEGITIMATE job. One with value and with happiness attached to it. More on that later.

But I was thinking it would be fun to share my dream job timeline over the years.

Age 4: Wanted to be a movie star and dancer. This was before the word CELEBRITY was all over the place. I was the consummate actress, creating short vignettes for the amusement of my grandparents and basically anyone who wanted to watch. There are many childhood photos of me cutting a rug at various weddings..some I am still wearing diapers at. Shake it ’til you make it I guess. I even had a stage name, Kelly Jo Fison. No idea where the Fison came from. My parents can confirm this. Not many 4 year olds have a stage name.

Age 8: Wanted to be a Rockette. More focused on the dancing now. Too bad my destiny was to be a short girl, Rockettes need to be a minimum of 5 feet 8 inches tall. Who knew? I didn’t at 8 years old.

Age 15: Broadway actress. Do you see a theme here? I fell in love with plays, musicals, acting and the theatre. Joined a theatre group, New Youth Theatre Ensemble and had my first thrill of being on stage at the Skylight Comic Opera theatre. LOVED LOVED LOVED IT. I wasn’t a triple threat, more like a triple worry but I gave it my all.

Age 18: Still a Broadway actress. Started Hofstra as a theatre major. Loved the classes, didn’t really love the lifestyle. And  the single men in the department played on the other team.

Age 20: Realized I really didn’t want to be a starving actress aka waitress. Plan B, public speaking and communications.

age 22: Sellout. No jobs in the spring of 1991. Countless interviews but my dream was really to be doing something in the arts. Killer job interview with an arts organization. Then NEA drops funding. Back to interviewing. Graphic design company in the newspaper business. Sold.

Age 23; One semester at NYU taking design classes. Graphic designer!??!

Age 25: Pick up and move to Atlanta, tired of NYC. Decide to explore new horizons in the A-T-L.

Age 25 1/2: Able to telecommute with current job. No need for new horizons in the A-T-L career wise.

Age 26-30: Working same job, working part time for Sport and Social club. Love doing events, love planning events, love being at events. Good move.

Age 30: Working from home, same job. Tired of Atlanta, looking for something more. Chicago or Boston? BOSTON.

Age 35: Spending my 30’s working from home, same job, but volunteering in my spare time. It helps round things out. Still doing Sport and Social-type part-time job in Boston. Love working with people and events. Current career allows me the freedom to do that.

Age 40: New life, relationship, moved into suburbs, about to be a stepmom. Loses job. Hmmmm. Now what.

Age 41: Married, two stepsons, live in the ‘burbs, volunteering and looking for a job I really love. What do I really love? People and helping people. Events, lots of events. You see where this is going….

Still age 41: New career, helping people (the mission of a non-profit) and special events coordinator. And HAPPY. And plan to be happy for a long time……

And though I am not an actress or dancer, the show goes on. Except I help create it.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Disengaged Judi
    Oct 01, 2010 @ 14:59:00

    Many congratulations to you in your new endeavor. 🙂


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    Oct 06, 2010 @ 16:22:44

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