For the umpteenth time this month, one of my bosses called me out the other night for working too late/hard. “This is New York City, Laura, go party,” joked Elizabeth. “Otherwise you’ll become another boring writer!”
Too late, madame! I have chosen such a path for myself, even though I often refuse to check my email over the weekend (this is big for me, as I willingly worked Saturdays and Sundays at the beginning of the year.). I’ve been waiting my whole life to flaunt these stripes, so I’m OK with my profession/one true love appearing to be an obsession.
Though writing is among my few capabilities, there are several other fields of work I’ve considered in the past. If I didn’t write, here are some jobs I’d want to pursue:
1. Commercial producer
Commercials can be annoying and obnoxious, especially the one below, but I’m highly fascinated and intrigued by their sales techniques:
Maybe someday I’ll have the privilege of coming up with story lines for Coca Cola commercials, which are amazing during the holiday season:
My interest extends to advertisements as well. I always catch myself studying H&M and 2(x)ist billboards on my way to work every morning. I’d be an awful salesperson, but I’m obsessed with ads.
2. Dog walker
I’m considering finding a weekend job to make some extra cash and help me miss my Jack Russell Terrier less. If I didn’t have a full-time writing position, I’d walk dogs. As much as I love New York City, I miss being surrounded by normal working people, grass, puppies, non-Parisian style (read: tiny and claustrophobic) grocery stores, and happy folks. As I’ve written before, I believe dogs have the sweetest souls of all living beings, so if I had it my way, I’d write books from 5:00-11:00 a.m. and attend to canines for the duration of the day.
In junior high and high school, I was really into drama, plays, and acting. At a young age, family members gave me a reality check that I did not have the personality, universal likability, or star quality looks to make it in the entertainment world, so I kind of axed that dream sophomore year. Besides, my heart was always in writing, which is much more accessible and doable for me. Since I was in high school, several less-than-stunning female comedians have thrived in the humor industry, giving me hope that I could someday have a cameo role in a movie like “40 Year Old Virgin,” but I worry I’m too socially awkward to pull that off. At the very least, I could be a female Steve Carell or Jesse Eisenberg. Someday!
4. School teacher
After I explained something extensively to a former colleague, he smiled and said, “Are you going to pat me on the back and read me a story now?” Time and time again, I’ve been told I have the winsome spirit of an elementary school instructor. Up until sophomore year of college, I wanted to teach second grade. As a long-time babysitter and goofy aunt, I’m great with kids and have the energy to entertain them, so I really think I’d enjoy working with children. At the same time, I experience too many bouts of impatience to tackle this position, so I don’t have what it takes to hold the job long-term. More than anything, I’m a sucker for asinine jokes, so I’m more likely to laugh at a silly comment from a 7-year-old than scold him/her for bad behavior. Authoritativeness just isn’t for me!