When I was growing up, I went through phases of what kind of person I wanted to be, what kind of career I wanted to have. I was blessed to have parents who would support me no matter how crazy the idea. Below is a list of jobs I knew, at some point or another, I’d have as a grownup.
Job title: Astronaut
I loved looking at stars, and looking at pictures of our planets. You’d find me constantly checking out and re-checking out Isaac Asimov’s Library of the Universe series books from my school library. (aka how I grew up to be a nerd)
Job title: MacGuyver (yes, MacGuyver)
Dad and I would watch episodes of MacGuyver together. I don’t remember which episode it was, but I recall him using some sort of spring from a pen to fix something in a truck. It was awesome.
Job title: FBI Agent
I don’t know why my parents let me watch the X-Files, but they did. Sometimes Dad would watch with me. I’m not quite sure this was the best show for a 10 y/o to watch, but I was really into Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark at the time, and read a ridiculous amount of books about UFOs. I wanted Mulder and Scully to adopt me at some point or another.
Job title: Virologist
By the time I was finally a teenager, I had written several stories (none of them completed except for one). I had an active imagination. And at this point I knew (like all teenagers), just knew what I wanted to be. I read a ridiculous amount of thriller/suspense/mystery, and this was when I first read Outbreak. Sadly, these dreams of becoming a virologist were shattered when my neurotic aversion to clusters (don’t ask) prevented me from looking into microscopes in science class. And I figured science would be important if I wanted to be a virologist (I was such a smart teenager).
Job title: Music video director
Age: 17.5 (Apparently I stopped caring about what I wanted to be for a brief stint of my adolescence)
As a teenager, I was an MTV junkie. I loved TRL and remembered watching several music video debuts and thinking that I wanted to direct one someday. The best music-video related idea I came up with was eventually doing a Britney Spears lip-dub of a Christmas song during the middle of college as a gift to my then-boyfriend now-husband. He’s such a lucky man.
Job title: News reporter
When I went to college, I declared a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Television Production. I thought I’d want to be a news reporter, because I enjoyed producing packages for my university news program. Then I found out all I wanted to talk about was character/fluff pieces and technology-nerd news. I knew this wouldn’t fly in the real world, and at some point I’d have to start off reporting about car accidents and folk music festivals that I had absolutely no interest in.
Job title: Commercial/TV Producer (and current job title)
My senior year of college found me working at a local WB affiliate as a commercial producer/camera/editor/writer. I considered it a good stint at TV boot camp for the time being. After I graduated, I moved on to working at the local Fox affiliate as a commercial producer, and finally to the independent production company I now work for.
It’s a career I see myself loving for several years. But I’m always up for something new. What’s the cutoff age for astronaut again?