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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Career Change, Anyone?

Do you have fantasies about the careers or life paths you might have taken if you had made different choices five years ago or ten years ago? (Or thirty years ago if the path you fantasized about required you to be a child prodigy?) I think we all do this. At least, I hope we do because otherwise, I'm just weirder than weird.

On my more modest days, I would be an archival researcher for a museum. Or an architect.

On more exhilarating days (say, when I'm getting all tearful watching a particularly moving Olympic Gold Medal Moment), I fantasize about my fabulous ice skating career.

On really red-letter fantasy days, I spend whole segments of time writing acceptance speeches (in my head) for the Oscar I have just won for my fabulous screenplay, and trying to come up with light, witty-but-smart quips to toss into my speech that's all about gratitude but also is really about being the first Professor of Anything ever to win an Oscar. And lest you think this is too far-fetched even for fantasy land, I'll have you know that these dreams have been modified, thank you very much. I used to plan speeches for the Best Actress Oscar I'd won, but I have finally come to the realization that a handful of high school and college plays does not a Hollywood starlet make, and I have decided that the best way to achieve my Oscar dream will be through writing.

Which just goes to show that I really am an oldest child, a Taurus, and a practical procrastinator. Have you ever met anyone else whose fantasy career success was carefully restrained within the walls of possibility? Mind you, I don't say probability. That would be too absurd. But possibility. It is still possible that I could write a screenplay that would get noticed. Just as it's still possible that Michael Douglas could father more children. He's married to a young and fertile wife. He might still succeed. So might I. It is a statistical possibility, no matter how small, that as long as I write, and try to write screenplays, I could theoretically win an Oscar for one.

Of course, I will have to try to write a screenplay at some point.

Details.

Thankfully, practicality doesn't interfere with my speech-writing prowess. "I'd like to thank the Academy..."

And you? What would you be in your fantasy different career self?

22 comments:

3 Crazy Irishmen said...

Yes! I always wanted to be a medical examiner and forensic pathologist. Which I guess isn't too far-fetched since my doctorate is in Pathology, but, being a Taurus myself, my practical nature led me to the fully-funded PhD tract and not the "I will owe for the rest of my days" MD route. $200K debt when I was 21 was just too daunting. At 32, eh, what's more debt, right?! :) My husband has a sneaking suspicion that when the kids are grown I will become the oldest known MD candidate ever, so we'll just have to see. Other than that, I wanted to win Wimbledon but my severely lacking skills on the court might make that a tough one to achieve in this lifetime!

calicobebop said...

I used to think I'd be a concert violinist. Then, I settled for wanting to be a kick-ass music teacher. Then I got out of music altogether. :( Now I fantasize about being a librarian and have fantasies involving hot older men who need help with "research." Whoo!!!

Mrs F with 4 said...

A large-animal veterinarian; a bookbinder; ecclesiastical masonry restorer; a potter....

Laurin said...

I too am a practical procrastinator Taurus with a Best Screenplay acceptance speech written in my head. This one is attainable, but actually writing a screenplay would be a start. Maybe I'll start tomorrow.

tara said...

chef, preferably a pastry one- wildly successful, one of bon appetit's top chefs to watch, and somehow working *less* hours than i am now so that i can knit more.
yes, cooking & chemistry are closely related... but i'm just too chicken to quit my job & with my phd go back to culinary school. i figured it was bc i was a gemini- with 2 personalities.

Auds at Barking Mad said...

I have ALWAYS wanted to be a writer. I got sidetracked for a little while, but writing has always been there.

30 years ago (excuse me while I go choke on my own realization that I am OLD!), I was all of 9 years old and determined that I was having both, Shawn Cassidy's and Andy Gibb's babies when I grew up. Didn't matter who, first, but that was my single goal in life at that point...Marry and procreate with Cassidy and Gibb. And then, once I had a couple of cute Cassidy and Gibbs babies bouncing on my knee, I was gonna write a wonderful book about being married to, and having babies with the aforementioned men. It was gonna be babies, puppy dogs, peaches and ponies! It would be bliss. Well as far as my 9 year old brain could see.

10 years ago I was incredibly active in both the radio broadcast and voice over communities doing what I wanted to do, with time left over for writing. I had been on the air for a little over 4 years and was pulling great Arbitron numbers and having fun - and LOVING what I was doing. I thought I would be doing it forever. Then I went and lived in Europe for a while, married my Brit and realzed that perhaps radio and voice work weren't all they were cracked up to.

Moved back to the states in '04 and basically "retired" from radio. I still do occasional voice work, but it's not as rewarding as it once was and I don't see any value in it any more.

Writing...well, I can't see myself doing anything else. And at this point in my life, I'd be pretty damned happy to marry my thesaurus and bounce little baby thesauri on my knee for hours on end. That is, if I weren't already married to Mr. Perfect and bouncing an adorable two year old on my knee. *lol*

Kate said...

I was thinking that this sounded so familiar.... But of course, I'm an oldest child and procrastinating Taurus as well.

I have accepted many awards in my head - but most recently have taken a break from the celebrity circuit to write a book. A really good book, loved by many. Not all - because I don't think I'm really a best seller kind of writer. No - I think I'm more of "I just read the best book - not sure if you've heard of it, but you HAVE to get it" kind of author. Which isn't surprising since all of my films that won awards were independent.

MIQuilter said...

WOW - I TOO am the oldest child (well, of the two younger children anyways) and a procrastinator to boot! and I ALSO have fantasies of writing a best selling book. Of course, it wouldn't be a novel - it would be a book of quilting patterns... and I actually HAVE started it already so that's a plus.... but I'm pretty confident that no matter how darn good it is, it will NEVER NEVER make NYT bestseller list... really, I constantaly fantasize about quitting my day job(s) and spending full time quilting and doing other crafty things (like spinning and knitting that I've just started doing). Pretty realistic except for the pesky "bank wants it's mortgage payment" thing.... details....

Insta-mom said...

I'm a youngest child, but still a Taurus and a notorious procrasinator. I'm with all the writers who have already commented. I started writing mysteries in the 3rd grade, poetry in college, and well, now I just write on my blog.

I, too, dream of the Oscar acceptance...for the best adapted screenplay of my novel into a movie (of course I would insist on being involved in the adaptation so I could have one of those little gold guys).

catnip said...

Storm chaser!

runningwildkids said...

Love your bloggin ideas. I will be back for more!

Ree said...

My "other career" fantasy has always been to be a large animal vet. That's what I started at MSU for, except that real life ($) and love (Practice) got in the way.

Diane said...

I too am the oldest, but a pisces, which can put procrastination in a completely new light.

Oooh, my ideal career is to be independently wealthy so that I could spend my time traveling, shopping and basically doing whatever I wanted. Honestly, I always wished I was an artist, but I can't draw and frankly have no artistic talent ... that's pisces for you...

Amy in StL said...

I'm with Diane (interesting, that I'm also a Pisces) in that I want to be independently wealthy so that I can spend my days as I wish. I guess if I couldn't do that, I've always wanted to be a famous archeologist.

Heather of the EO said...

A Private Investigator of the McGyver (I can't remember how that's spelled) variety.

Or a famous musician, as cliche as that is.

Or a jounalist.

Obviously, I've given this a lot of thought...

Lipstick said...

I just love this post. I was thinking about this today. I don't even know what my dream job would be, but I've been dreaming about writing.

Sandy C. said...

You are like my hubby :)

My fantasy career? I think it would be a writer. Any kind. Being able to write and make a living from it would be lovely.

proseandconverse said...

I was a theatre geek in high school and although I chose not to pursue it as a career, I still get all choked up when I see a play and the curtain goes up. This is also part of the reason I cry like a baby during American Idol.

lattemommy said...

I think we've had this conversation, haven't we? 'Cuz you know I'm planning on walking that red carpet with you. (Excuse the fact that in my version I'm walking with Brad Pitt on my arm. Bygones.)

MommyTime said...

I am loving all the fabulous fantasies out there! Medical examiner? Ecclesiastical masonry restorer? Pastry chef? Storm chaser? Private investigator? Actress? I LOVE them all.

MIQ, you are hilarious with your "oldest sister" thing.

And shout outs to all my fellow Tauruses (Tauri?): Laurin, Kate, Insta-Mom. Hooray!

Also, it's so much fun to have new commenters. *waving* Hi Kate and RunningWildKids. Welcome!

Mel, A Dramatic Mommy said...

To be a personal shopper would be fabulous! Like playing with Barbies all day but life sized ones. And I'd be more of a concierge and offer gift purchasing and possibly grocery services.

Jaina said...

I always wanted to be an actress. Or a diplomat. I still wouldn't mind doing either.

 

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