So i have been in the beauty field for 9 years now and suffice to say it is not what i thought it would and i am ready for a career change. Back in August i signed up for a free college course on how to first your first novel and that’s what i have been working on. Im currently on chapter 5, i feel a littl bit behind schedule because i was sick all of last week pretty much.
If you are unhappy with your career choice you must find something else! Something that sets you on fire and makes you excited everyday because you truly love it! Keep going my friend you are doing the right thing
Thanks. One of my dreams was to work in a spa doing skin care but there are very few opportunities for a position like that in my area and also when i was working in a spa, i wasnt making enough to live on. My dream has always been to be a published author, so thats what i am workin towards.
Career change is a huge chance to take Kudos to u alot of people would never take the step forward keep going it will be well worth it
Thank you. Im still keeping my full time job but the goal is in 5 years to be able to work full time for myself as an author.
I support this 100%. Do what makes you happy.
thank you very much
“They” say you should have 2 careers in life (at least).
I’ve had 2 myself so far. The transistion was a low risk and organic. I went from technical support agent to marketing analyst within the same organization, so it wasn’t like I quit one to persue another.
My wife, however, did do just that. She worked retail at a drug store, in the film/camera dept. She quit to take a contract position as a fraud analyst at a video game company. She loved it. She loved the work, she loved the company and the culture and she loved that there was opportunity. Knowing absolutely nothing about fraud, electronic payments, or e-commerce, she learned all she could from anyone who would talk to her and now, in less than 10 years, she’s VP of trust and safety at a startup game company and sits on the board of a non-profit organization (and is treasurer).
Her change in career was a big risk. We were struggling financially living off of overdrawn bank accounts and payday loans, barely making ends meet. She left a deadend, albeit stable, job to take a 6 month contract job, with no guarantee what would happen after 6 months. But she grinded her way… grinded? Ground? She ground her way? Anyways, she worked her way up and is doing really well.
Career change, even late in life is certainly possible, I’ve seen moderate success in myself and major success with my wife.
Makes me wonder, what I could have been if I had been sober 20 years ago…? But that’s a story for a different day.
Dream big, achieve bigger!
Doesn’t matter what kind of novel it is. I will buy a copy to support you.
What inspiring story!
Thank you for the support. The genrea is supernatural/fiction. Only on chapter 5 out of 20 right now.
That is awesome good luck ill be Routing you on
I’m like the king of career changes to be honest, in some ways good some ways bad,
Biggest problem for me was when it felt like I was getting stagnant. I would just move on,
Health and Beauty is a hard market depending on many factors, market obviously is a big one, having the means to build a clientele and make payday worth it
The Good is if you can get going, and get the people. The money is there, but naturally in any environment when peoples extra spending cash goes away so do your clients as it’s not a necessary expense to get your skin exfoliated every week. And then just like I learned in the auto industry. Everyone and their brother with a smart phone and a set of tools is setting up some back door shop and undercutting you, just look at Craigslist or Facebook marketplace everyone is a mobile mechanic or expert hairdresser that can offer services at a third of the cost out of their home, I mean you get what you pay but still
When I graduated high school i had two things on my mind music and emergency medicine, other distractions as well but a story for another day, I joined the Army and then puttzed around until I got into the music scene and then had a kid, I needed money obviously and I have a blue collar background with automotive and machine trades i took a job with a local aluminum manufacturer in the machine shop making top dollar for the area, then got laid off and fell into another machine shop doing aerospace work for even more money; like I literally fell up. And then the 09 crash happened and took me out with it. I had offers for great jobs in Arizona and Texas and the other half refused to move so I went to tech school for automotive I loved cars and with my fabrication background I could easily get into a race shop, so I took up powersports thinking I was never gonna have to do oil changes hustling at a dealer, well guess who else wasn’t hiring race shops, my money running out. I went and worked in dealerships in the meanwhile I was still doing paramedic work; firefighters work, sheriff and dispatcher work, And music projects I got fired from for being a drunk
Honestly I rather just do music full time and leave the rest behind, I been pushing more for studio or touring work so I can use that platform to keep myself in the loop, is it hard? Yeah. Especially now coming out of the pandemic bars and clubs are still like well a DJ is cheaper so it can be frustrating
On the other hand, if you want to be an author do it, I know a few small time authors locally who aren’t doing like Stephen king releases nor do pretty good for themselves, if you love your job you never work a day in your life.
As far as ahead or behind; as long as you can stick to a schedule with minimal flex you should release your book in no time
Well you just answered a question that I have been asking myself this past week so thank you so much for the inspiration and motivation!!! Well done @JadaWaters thank you for posting this and good job!!!
I did hair for five years and moved on to something else! I personally don’t see myself sticking to one thing for the rest of my life and i am at peace with it. There is too much to learn and do for me to stick to one thing for the rest of my life! If you are able to try something different then its great that you are!
I did hair for the first year and i knew it wasn’t for me. I started specializing in waxing, but it gets boring quick, then in 2019 i finally landed a skincare position in a spa and i was in love, long story short, the owner made piss poor business decisions and ran the place into the ground so i went back to strictly waxing. I recently applied at another spa but i made the mistake of telling a friend about it and they ended up applying for that same position and because they knows the manager, they got their offer letter right away and they were put on the books, the spa didnt even contact me until after they had them hired on and on the books and the schedule they offered me was not what we had discussed in the interview. They want to give me 25 hours a week, with a sit pay rate of 8 dollars an hour, and they wanted me to work two pm shifts til 10 at night. There arent many skincare positions in the area and they pay is either 100% comission or if they do offer an hourly, its so low that you can’t fall back on it when you are having a slow time or building your clientele.
What an interesting story! I agree with you on the extra spending cash and building clientele and all that jazz. Im getting back on track with my writing now that im not sick. I have over 1000 words types up and the goal for every week 2500.
Glad i could help!
Yeah good to have a goal, but be reallstic and a little loose about it, I know myself when I’m pushing on something I tend to lose that creative touch Vs forcing it, you can hear it some times and in your case read it like well this was just a run on to fill space:
If your having a day where it’s not feeling like your writing, don’t write just jot ideas down on your pad, go different directions with your thoughts, and then when you get that aha spark it pops better.
I actually did that very thing recently!! I didnt feel like writing so just wrote down characteristics of the different people in my novel.