How many stops along the path did it take you to find your niche? Were you one of the lucky ones that always knew all along what you wanted to be when you grew up, never wavering? My husband was one of those. He always knew he wanted to write. He pursued the course through college and landed himself a place at a television and film studio. Sure, he had to pay his dues, put in the time, but he got to write. The path may have taken him somewhere he hadn’t planned for and never expected when he was younger, but he welcomed the new developments with open arms and he’s happy with his current status.
I, on the other hand, bounced around a few times. I thought I wanted to do one thing only to discover it wasn’t so and I’d move on to the next. As a result, I have a plethora of varied experiences – all miles away from the architecture school I started in. I’ve worked at a gas station, a movie theater, a bank, in insurance tracking, at a bar, produced fashion shows and managed a men’s apparel department. All that before I landed my butt here, writing. I’m probably missing something, but that’s a good enough list for now. You can even throw in the mommy job if you want to. I was a job gypsy.
Fashion shows – the world of fashion. Pretty glamorous – right? Many people on the outside seem to think so. This is my work, what do you think? When you get into the nitty-gritty, it’s anything but glamorous.
It was the fashion business where I questioned my know-how. I was producing shows in malls and trade shows in Las Vegas. Did I know what I was doing?
That question would send me back to school in search of validation. I had a degree in Business, Operations Management, to be specific, to my name, yet I needed more. Business know-how didn’t mean I knew a thing about art. So, after completing my college years and working in the trenches for some time, I put the school girl attire back on and headed off to another campus for more learning. I can now slap a professional designation behind my name from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM).
Curious what kind of art comes out of a school like FIDM? Head over to Karen Rought’s blog, The Midnight Novelist, where I am the guest today and find out.
So tell us, did you always know what you wanted to do? Or were you like me, bouncing around a lot looking for the right fit?
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