Monday, December 16, 2013
What We Don't Pursue
Sometimes I wonder what my life would be like if I hadn't got into comedy. Thankfully, I figured that shit out at an early age! I'm so glad I took an improv class when I was 19, because I got in there at a young, impressionable age. And I feel like I'm lucky for figuring out something I loved to do and something I had a knack for so early. But... what if?
Would I work in marketing? I'd probably have a full-time job doing something like marketing, PR, social media or writing. At one point, I tried to get editorial internships. And by "tried" I mean, I got one and turned it down because I loved AMP. But I suppose I would be doing something like that, and probably not minding it so much.
During college, I thought about transferring to NYU to study Magazine Writing and after college, I thought about going to grad school for Magazine Writing. I'm glad I didn't. I would love to write for magazines, but I feel that is something I could probably do regardless? It's not impossible and some magazines even take contributors. I took a class and thought, "There's a whole major dedicated to this?" It would have been silly to pursue grad school... because ultimately, I would just be in MORE debt than I already am in and probably not getting paid all that much. But I can still dream! Or try... but dreaming is more fun.
In high school, I had no idea what I wanted to be. I had my dreams, but I never really sat down and thought about a plan. I didn't even declare a major until I was a sophomore. But I thought of crazy things like "Travel Agent" and "Wedding Planner" and "Event Planner." They're not so crazy, I suppose, except travel agent. Those barely exist anymore!
The funny thing is I ended up doing a lot of those things. I've never planned a wedding, thankfully, but I have planned events and booked a lot of travel. A lot of travel. So, while I didn't pursue careers in these things, I ended up doing them anyway.
As a kid, I wanted to be a dancer - and I was for a long time! I could never be a professional dancer. My bones are too creaky. But I can dance whenever the hell I want - and often do in my room when nobody's watching but a little grey cat. I've wanted to be an actor, singer... all that fun stuff. And I've done it. I'm doing it!
I guess in a small way, I always knew what I wanted to be and I set myself up in a good way to do it. Improv helped me incorporate writing, dancing, performing, acting and singing into one job! And now, whatever is next, I'm glad I have a good amount of experience at everything I've wanted to do and hopefully will continue to land awesome jobs. We really can do whatever we put our mind to, huh???
And if anyone wants me to plan a vacation for them - get at me! It'll just be 50% of what your vacation costs, no big deal.