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When you’re stuck in a dull week at a dull job, it always helps to daydream about those jobs that you would be happy to get out of bed for every morning, at least in theory. Some I have experience with, and others are just improbable fantasies.
In no particular order:
- Circus Performer: Whether that would be as a burlesque dancer, aerialist, or ringmaster duties (I would totally rock that outfit), making people believe in magic for a living sounds divine.
- Bookstore/Cafe Owner: There are a lot of antique shops/restaurants near Cape Town that are absolutely charming. The shop would only be open during the day, with coffee and small pastries in the cafe. Then at night, the shop would close and the cafe would become a full blown restaurant. My favorite that I went to was this place where everything in the restaurant, the chairs, tables, light fixtures, were all for sale. The food was amazing too.
- Magazine Editor: Well, more of a section editor at a non-real magazine that you see in movies, where you get to try new products and report with bigwigs all day. I’d like to have some responsibility, but maybe not all of it. But to read and perfect other writer’s words while being able to contribute my own from time to time would be glorious. And the fast pace of magazines means you’re always working on something new.
- Run a Desert Drive In: I had never been to a drive in movie until last year but had always wanted to. I love the old-timey and tangible aspect of it. Everyone mills around during the breaks in double features, you can break out the lawn chairs (and beer if you’re sneaky) and just have a relaxing night basically at the park. Boy and I want to run one where we serve our home-brewed beer and barbecue. On the weekends we’ll run newly minted movies and classics for families, and the late-late night showings will be obscure indie and horror movies. We’ll have theme nights like circus and burlesque too.
- Travel Writer: Those two words basically sum it up. I love to travel, meet new people and experience new ways of life. And to be able to turn that into a job? Marvelous.
- Costume Designer: I started college as a theatre major, and my favorite part of all my classes were creating costumes for characters. I love sketching out what and why a certain dress would be perfect for which scene, and how that would convey a mood or feeling of an era or just that moment.
- Indie Book Publisher: There is so much great fiction out there that will never see the light of day because it’s not mainstream or traditional. At my publisher, we’d have office yoga time, the office would be more of a library than a cube-space, and we’d read submissions to each other over a bowl of hookah in the reading nook.
- Airship Captain: Heavy emphasis on the Dream job. But to float through the air, shipping fabulous people to exotic locations, all the while keeping my steampunk goggles on with a refined 20s satin dress. I would meet the guests on the deck for drinks and sunbathe in the clouds while my second takes over. It would be like a Miyazaki film realized.
What are your dream jobs?