Well, funny you should ask that as I have had many careers. I used to think I was flighty, now I look at it differently and appreciate all of the experiences I've had. In a weird way, they all inform each other.
Okay, here goes...
When I left school I became a journalist for about 7 years. I still write the occasional magazine article. After that I travelled for about a year and upon my return I studied fashion design and worked as a design assistant before starting my own label. I didn't produce my label for long as I found that more time was spent on business than design and I am absolutely terrible at the business side of things. So I started working as a tailor and stylist on magazine and fashion shoots in LA and NY. The pay was great and I met lots of weird, wonderful and not-so-wonderful people. It was a real insight into the fashion world. I worked for Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren and others and also worked with a lot of celebrities which was "interesting" to say the least. I did this for a few years while acting in a theatre company and later embarking on my book. It was a strange time. I would be happy-go-lucky on fashion shoots and then go home and blubber over my computer keyboard as I wrote about my parents' accident. After a while I grew tired of all the fashionistas and celebrities, actually that happened pretty early on, so I quit and assisted my photographer husband which gave me more time for my writing. This was good for a while but my husband and I didn't like mixing work and home so I asked myself, "What do I like more than almost anything?" And the answer was books of course! So off I went and got a job at Barnes & Noble in LA and eventually become the person who organised all of the big author events. I got to meet some great authors which was a real thrill. Then my book was published and I stopped working and spent a lot of time doing readings, book signings and interviews. In 2008 I came back to Australia for a while and inspired by all of the letters and emails I received from people who had read my book and related to it, I studied again and became a youth worker working with homeless and troubled young people. I am currently taking a break from that and am writing and doing lots of crafty things I love such as sewing, making soap, knitting and some other strange craftiness.
And that about sums it up. A bit long-winded sorry. Maybe point form would have been better. Oops!
Now, if I could have another occupation what would it be? I'm not sure. It might be a dangerous question and give me ideas to try something else! There is one thing I've always fantasized about, but have absolutely no talent for it... I would love to be a singer, a female version of the oh so cool Mr Sammy Davis Junior. I do a mean Rock-a-Bye Your Baby (I know, you're all saying "Who? What?!) in my living room, although my cat doesn't think so, she runs and hides! :)
Posted May 01, 2013, 01:22:24 AM