I graduated from college with a BA in theatre and psychology. When I told people about my two majors they would say not-so-helpful things like "Oh, are you going to be a therapist for actors?"
The career that I thought I wanted was in a fairly obscure, non-traditional field (applied theatre – using drama practice in an educational, community or therapeutic context). I had no idea how to even begin. I remember how frustrated I was, trying to find a job that felt like an exciting challenge and for which I was actually qualified.
That initial job search launched me on a journey of personal discovery and an ongoing quest to further refine my calling. At each step along the way, I have been able to obtain jobs that really spoke to me, challenged me, and felt like I was doing good work at the end of the day.
Still, my early attempts at discovering my calling were not perfect. While I spent my twenties pursuing work that I felt passionate about, I learned over time that work is not everything – and when you prioritize “passion” in your work it is far too easy to burn out.
Eventually, however, I had to tackle the big challenge: my job. Despite my efforts to seek more fulfillment and balance in other areas of my life, my job was keeping me at a high level of stress, and it was starting to do a number on my health.
Thanks to the tools I’d learned over the course of my twenties, I was able to guide myself through the process of introspection, exploration, and discovery to figure out my next steps.
Given my professional background and personal experience, career coaching was an obvious choice. I’ve always been driven to help people discover and unleash their potential, and I wanted to do so in a format that makes the best use of my strengths.
At some point, my dad handed me a copy of the book What Color is Your Parachute? written by the grandfather of career advice, Richard Nelson Bolles. Parachute taught me a lot about job-hunting and I was able to gain some clarity and confidence about my own strengths and skillsets. I also developed a fascination with career discovery as an entity in itself.
As I transitioned into my thirties, I discovered that I was kind of over being broke and overworked all the time. After years of trying to combine all the things I cared about in one job, I finally realized that it can actually be better to get your sustenance from multiple areas of your life.
I started by rediscovering my vocal cords and enrolling in jazz singing lessons, the first time I’d had a formal singing outlet in over ten years (despite the fact that I once thought I might make a living off of performing). I made a conscious effort to reinvest myself in my spiritual community, and began a meditation practice.