What’s worse than going to a dead end job day after day when you’re 50? Thinking that you’ll be going to a dead end job day after day for the rest of your life…when you’re 25.
There’s no reason to let the fact that you’re working an entry level job right now discourage you. The whole “dream job” thing isn’t going to just get handed to you…so you better start hustling! After all, you have to pay the bills somehow.
Become a double agent
This is the perfect time to have a dual life. Secure that reliable job that’ll feed and clothe you, hopefully put a roof over your head, and then set aside some of your free time (evenings, weekends) to do something you’re passionate about. This may sound obvious, but a lot of people don’t use spare time so wisely.
Explore the possibilities
What would you love to do? Be a food stylist? Work in television? Become a fashion buyer? List the things you’d like to try and seek out opportunities where you can lend a helping hand to learn on the job. Alternatively, look for a mentor who is willing to take you under their wing and share their experiences/show you the ropes in exchange for your time.
This might be my least favourite word of all time, but you have to NETWORK. When you’re getting started, you have to comb through your contacts and your friends’ contacts and your friends’ friends’ contacts. If you dream of styling fashion spreads for a major magazine, seek out your cousin’s best friend who styles for local celebs and a few publications. Social media outlets like Twitter are also a great way to get in touch with someone you want to work with or find out about volunteer opportunities.
Do (almost) anything for free
It could be lugging around 20 pound garment bags to a shoot, holding a light during a photo shoot or making phone calls. Most often, people are looking for reasonably priced/free labour, and will inevitably let you in on a lot of the behind the scenes action of the job that will help you figure out (A) if this job is actually for you and (B) what you need to do to make it a reality. Just don’t do anything too dangerous.
Why am I suggesting this double life? Because I’m a double agent. I work on The Marilyn Denis Show by day, and get a bit of air time once a week on TheLoop.ca. All things that are good to prep for my future as a investigative reporter. Or a talk show host. Or a career advice columnist. All of this is still very much to be determined, but I’m getting started. The point is to get passionate about something, and give it a try!
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