When I was a little girl, the first career path I declared I wanted to follow was fashion designer and second, circus ring master.
In jr high, thanks to the release of Animal Planet on satellite TV, I wanted to become a vet. I even studied encyclopedias every morning as I ate my breakfast cereal so I could get a head start on learning about animals.
After a month or two I got bored with all of that, took up an interest in film. I wrote my first movie script when I was 13 (writing scripts is now one of my hobbies). When I entered high school I was pretty sure that I wanted to go down the film/TV/acting road.
In ninth grade a career counselor visited my class and asked each student to share what he or she wanted to be when they grow up. The answers were mostly "football coach", "firefighter", "policeman" and "doctor".
When it was my turn to speak I proudly stated, "I want to do the voices of cartoons!"
The career counselor rolled his eyes and said "They hire actors for that. Be realistic."
By senior year, it was time for me to hurry up and make up my mind about a career so I could find the right college. At the urging of my mother I turned away from film, went back to the more "realistic" career of fashion design... and then at the last minute I went with theater.
I finished one year of college and never went back.
Desired career honorable mentions:
Photographer (every girl goes through that phase)
Magician (or magician's assistant)
Plus sized model
Actual Jobs I've had
Fast food... person
Hotel desk clerk
Museum gallery "attendant" (a guard with a flashlight)
Cashier at a dollar store
Accounts Verification Clerk at a bank
Saved the best for last:
A few years ago I was a stock-girl at a discount fashion boutique. From day one, I wasn't allowed to run the cash register or even go behind the counter. I found out later it was because someone told the boss that I was mentally challenged and absolutely incapable of handling money.
I've heard some wild rumors about myself before, but that one tops them all!
So here's a question for you all:
When you were young what was your answer to
"What do you want to be when you grow up?"?
Have you ever been accused of being retarded??