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Dream Jobs vs Reality Jobs

In Books, Career, Crime & Mystery Writer, Freelance, Travel, Writing on February 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Dream Jobs* (in no particular order)

  • Tintin (aka international photojournalist and detective)
  • Novelist
  • Small museum manager
  • Environmental/urban planner
  • Criminologist
  • Judge
  • Dancer
  • Anthropologist
  • Archaeologist
  • Landscape architect
  • Art and literary critic
  • Curator
  • Private investigator
  • Spy
  • Artist
  • Criminal mastermind
  • Fat controller

*I must make the note that I am blessed to have a career – as a writer – that has allowed me, at one time or another, to dip into many of the above careers (plus many more). I can think of only one other career path that allows you to do that: acting.

Reality Jobs (in order)

  • Receptionist (for my Mum in school holidays)
  • Body Shop Christmas-present wrapper
  • Barista
  • Server (and secret eater) of ice-cream at Haagen Dazs – opposite Windsor Castle
  • Artist’s model
  • Dancer
  • Arts events and book publicist
  • Journalist: production manager/sub-editor
  • Journalist: features writer (CLEO)
  • Freelance: writer, editor, project manager, stylist
  • Repeat the previous two for a couple for years
  • Newspaper columnist (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Travel and food writer (Gourmet Traveller)
  • Freelance again (I think!)
  • Book editor (Random House)
  • Lifestyle Director (OK! Magazine)
  • Communications and Media Manager
  • Full-time ad agency copywriter, a la Mad Men… and freelance consultant and entrepreneur (MADE Tasmania)


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