Lessons learned from dream jobs I've had

Petsitter: 1. If the pets aren’t friendly or at least fun to watch, it’s hard to want to do the job again, no matter how awesome it is (like, even stay-for-free-in-a-gorgeous-old-Parisian-apartment awesome).  2. One of your friends will try to taste kibble, just because it’s there.

 

Film critic: 1. It’s not as fun to go to the movies if you have to.  2. I will always, always hate myself for saying that.

 

Vacation rental manager: 1. You start to think of guests in terms of how much laundry you’ll have to do when they leave.  2. A surprising number of people from countries around the world like to eat in bed – and don’t seem to mind sleeping on sharp potato chip crumbs.  3. Even the kindest, cleanest-seeming guests may leave horrifying amounts of hair that will cling to everything from the sheets, to your dryer’s lint trap. 

 

Freelance writer:  1. You’re never actually free (viz. clients who drop you, forget to pay, delay payment, reject pitches….).  2. Money actually does matter.

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Comment by Zanelle on July 6, 2016 at 7:39pm

I like that last one....you are never really free and money does matter.   You still have lots more dream jobs to go in your life.  My job status is nil and I kind of miss the routine.  

Comment by Rosigami on July 6, 2016 at 8:57pm

Everone's idea of a dream job is so different! It was fun to read your take on things.

Comment by koshersalaami on July 6, 2016 at 9:42pm
  • Blog site administrator: I'm sure Jacob Sugarman thought he had a great job at one point
Comment by Token on July 6, 2016 at 10:22pm

Newspaper Reporter: Live somewhere large enough to not be easily found and use an alias.

Comment by Boanerges on July 7, 2016 at 12:50pm

What Token said. I started when I was 20 and kept in the newsroom until 60. Worth every damn minute of it, exasperating as it sometimes was.

Also, you're quite right about freelancing, Alysa. Been there, not been paid for that. Ca va. (But the writing was always fun.)

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Comment by vzn on July 10, 2016 at 10:30am
after many years of experience/ toil/ bruises/ scars think the phrase "dream job" is an oxymoron almost like "free money" :P :|
Comment by vzn on July 10, 2016 at 10:31am
huh, mostly tuned into your writing but maybe missed something, were you involved in *all* the above jobs?
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