Draconis the Slightly Ecru (drakie_cakie) wrote,
Draconis the Slightly Ecru

Career crisiiiiiiis

First of all, I realize that I'm 'young and don't need to be worrying about this now, because I can always change my mind and crap later!' Okay? I REALIZE THIS. THANKS BUT NO THANKS.

Anyway, I'm stuck between two drastically different career paths at the moment. I've always thought I'd go for journalism and get a job as a copy editor for some magazine/publisher/website/something. It's something I'm good at that has a market for moolah. However, I've always had a problem with being contained and a 'desk job' or 'having a cubicle' has always seemed like looking at a cage to me. Some people might be okay with living in a cage, but I'm not. I'm not sure I like the idea of a 9 to 5 job.

AND for a long time I've known that I was going to cosmetology school, and I still want to. I still plan on it. I even have a school picked out (Paul Mitchell, if you're wondering). I kept thinking I'd like to be a movie studio special effects makeup artist, or just a hair stylist. That's okay, too. I like doing all of it. And recently, I've been advancing up a bit through my dance studio, and I think most of you know that I'm now in a dance troupe (not just a class, but a performing troupe), and don't plan on stopping any time soon. I keep imagining myself teaching a class and how fun it would be, so I've considered that as a career option (combination dance teacher+cosmetologist).

But this brings me back to COLLEGE. Obviously, as a copy editor, college is needed. I've never considered NOT going to college to be an option. There's nothing wrong with people who don't, but I'd feel like a failure in life if I didn't. HOWEVER. Being a dance teacher is done through Isis, and the hairstylist/FX makeup artist is done through vocational school and practice. I don't technically NEED any college for that path. So then I'm thinkin, huh, no college for this path, which I can't decide is good or bad. THEN THEN THEN I thought that I could go to college, not to specialize in a field that I wish to get a career in, but to get degrees and stuff in areas I like (ie, history). This plan sounds a helluvalot more fulfilling than my 'editor plan' if you get what I'm sayin.

So then I get stuck between editor, journalism, desk job; and cosmetologist, dance teacher, as many history degrees as I bloody want, more liberal environment. And then there are little things that get in my way, such as how I like dressing how I want and having my hair weird, tattoos and piercings and bein cool looking, but I can't see a publishing company being too down with that. However, I know a lot of salons are totally cool with that (my hair dresser, Donny, looks like a convict, bald + tattoos + Hogan moostache). And that also kindofsortof gives me the option of, if I get hired by a theater or movie studio or something, of putting makeup on famous people, which would be really awesome. And yes, I'm shallow like that.

As an editor, I'd probably have a more secure place in life, but I'm not sure I could deal with some of the little things. As a famouspersonmakeupartist and dance teacher with a history back ground, I'd be more fulfilled on the inside, but I'm not sure how much money I could bring in with that and live the way I want. And don't tell me 'there's more to life than money.' I don't want to hear that, either.
Tags: drakie rants about shit, emo
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