When I was a kid, I had a dream of being an actor. When my obsession with the Mission Impossible franchise started, I was certain that I would be the first kid actor to be on the franchise…as the youngest villain the IMF had ever seen. It was going to be awesome. I was certain of it. I just knew that, after watching Tom Cruise get to do stuff like this onscreen:
…I just knew that I had to someday live a life where leaping from a mountain face to a precarious outcropping of rock was “just another day at the office”.
For lots of reasons, I didn’t end up becoming a professional actor. I acted in high school, a bit in college, and then I was done. Every now and then I have times where I wish I had really given my all into my pursuits of acting, I don’t think I would have been able to really hack it as a professional actor. Still, the desire to be creative, and to make a space for myself is one that I don’t think I’ll ever shake, which is why I cram ballet classes and writing into a pretty crammed schedule–I love creating.
With women like Sophia Amoruso and Sheryl Sandberg coming on the scene, encouraging women to lean in and become a #girlboss, it’s a pretty empowering time to be a woman making her way in the business world. Still, there are some of us who don’t count “success” as landing a corner office in an 8-5 corporate gig. Some do–and, to be clear, there’s nothing wrong with a traditional, corporate career if that’s your jam–but some want something a bit different. I’ve got more and more friends dropping out of their corporate gigs and starting their own businesses, freelancing, creating, and doing work that not only puts food on the table, but also fills their soul and creativity. That kind of bravery, vision, and creative energy inspires me to no end. Because of that, I decided to start a blog series called “It’s Totally a Real Job”.
In this series, I’m going to be talking to women who have created their own place in the business world by creating their own business or embarking in a geeky/creative career. These women are brave, creative, bold, determined, and super inspiring. I hope that hearing their stories will inspire you to chase after your passions, whatever they may be, and create something beautiful.
I’ll hope you’ll head back here each week to see who I’m talking to and learn about some of the awesome women doing amazing things in the world of business and art.
What are some of your personal goals, and who are some of your biggest inspirations to achieve them? Let me know your thoughts in the comments, and keep the conversation going on Twitter with the hashtag #RealJob.