Well, I don't know. See the thing is I'm interested in a ton of things, and they are all great hobbies I can really dig into, but as careers, I'm not so sure about them. For instance, I like colorguard, but I have zero desire to teach it for a living. I'm still trying to figure out how my interests will play out in my life, and in what way. For now I have these crazy fantasies, some of which I'm serious about, some of which are just passing daydreams. And most of these are the shiny, soft-focused versions of the jobs I might do, leaving the drudgery of paperwork and taxes for a time when I'm not fantasizing. For now I'm dreaming big, not
Grown-Up Daydream 1: I'm a super fabulous gallery owner, calling upon the skills I learned as gallery manager in college. I have a wide open gallery space in a cool town, somewhere warmer than Kentucky. I show a wide variety of shows: fine art, photographs (both portraiture and journalism), video and multimedia projects, book tours, and even dance on occasion. I spend my days working with artists, keeping up the gallery, promoting, and picking out delicious food and drink for openings. I get dressed up often for my social outings and openings. I'm super tight with the employees at Hobby Lobby. I might live in a loft above the studio which might have a small studio in a spare room. I make some extra money by renting out the space for weddings and parties.
Grown-Up Daydream 2: I run a children's library. But it's not some stuffy, stale-smelling library. It's super cool with little nooks and cushion-y places for kids to read. There's a coffee shop for the parents, and a playground outside. There are kid sized tables and kids can reach everything. There's storytime and activities several times everyday. Kids and parents can recommend books. There's a wicked mural on the ceiling. All the employees will be kid-tested before being hired to make sure they're not mean and curmudgeonly. There will be at least one sweet little old lady on staff or who volunteers and she will be the resident grandma. There will be book-themed parties often where kids and parents can geek out. There will be a hefty comic book section. I live somewhere warmer than Kentucky. I have no idea how to make money doing this.
Grown-Up Daydream 3: I am the Ayn Rand Institute's official photographer/videographer. I get paid to go to all sorts of lectures and conferences and document them. I work close with the PR staff creating images for brochures and websites. I make sweet video montages of OCON every year and create several video promotions for OAC, ARI essay contests, and the ARI internship. In my own time I do documentaries about Objectivists in real life and how they apply the philosophy to their life. This means I can go to Disneyland, Raging Waters and Magic Mountain all year long. I help advance my ideals in the culture and get paid to do it. I meet a ton of interesting people and get to pick the brains of ARI's top intellectuals. And I take fantastic portraits of the ARI staff to update what's on the site now. I also get picked up by other groups relate to Objectivism and capitalism to do design/video/photo work for their promotions. I also pick up some weddings and portrait work through those connections. I live in California, which is definitely warmer than Kentucky.
Grown-Up Daydream 4: I am an early childhood interventionist for families with Deaf children or parents. I will create a better name than "interventionist". For hearing parents with Deaf children, I will help them assess their child's deafness, put them in contact with resources near them, work on sign language, and steer them away from the destructive "oral only" philosophy. For Deaf parents with hearing children, I will work with kids so they are exposed to spoken English, and help them through learning how to speak and read out loud. The idea for both types of families is to promote good philosophy, better communication, and overall a happier family. I will participate in other Deaf related events like silent weekends, Deaf camp, baby and beginner sign language classes for parents, and social Deaf events. I might teach a photography class for the Deaf. I will try to live somewhere warmer than Kentucky, but some of the biggest Deaf populations are in New York and DC, so fat chance.
There's other smaller ones, like being a broadway dancer, but those would never happen because I would die in the New York cold. Funny, only one of these goes with my Early Childhood Education major. Which makes me wonder occasionally if I should be in college. I've entertained the idea of taking some time off to figure out things. I'm not sure yet.