What would I do if I wasn’t in IT?

Andy McKay asks, “If you were going to throw in the chips on an IT career, what would you do?

Entertain. I’d get into voice over work or television in some capacity.

Prior to my kids and the necessity to make a decent living and support a half-a-dozen human beings I loved community theater. I was a singer, dancer, comedic actor but only locally ;-). I even took a 9 month course on becoming a dj (during the commercials on an 8-track tape era). I was told (by one instructor) after I’d paid the big bucks to take the course that I’d never make it in the radio business because I sounded too much like a female version of Mr.Rogers. So what is wrong with sounding like a sweet compassionate lady? huh? Guess if my speaking voice sounded more like Grace Slick or Stevie Nicks I might have been more successful. Although my favorite part of the entire course was the splicing and combining reel-to-reels to create commercials and song mixes. It’s been 22 years since I took that course. Time flies.

I never had the usual dream of going to hollywood to become an actress (had a girlfriend go to hollywood to ‘make it big” and come back within 60 days totally dejected, poor baby) I still love singing but my foray into the technology field has made it really tough to make time for my first love, performing.

Working on a computer and doing all the ‘research’ required to stay ‘current’ has pretty much planted my rather ample behind in this chair permanently! As I’ve gotten older and wiser there are a lot more demands on my time in front of the computer. I sit here a lot more. It’s hard to get motivated to take a walk or go outside when there are 25 tabs in my firefox, each with something I really wanted to learn. My chosen technology, Plone, is not easy to learn and always changing and it takes me longer than most to grasp some of the concepts so I read and experiment sometimes for hours on end.

My kids are all pretty much grown. When they were little I chased after their active little selves and walked them back and forth to school and took them to the park. I was healthy and got a lot of sun (even though I looked like a little lobster all summer, I thrived in that sun and just felt vibrant and alive). Now my kids don’t want to be seen with their, “moOOmm” anymore so I don’t HAVE to go anywhere. Heck I can order anything I want online!!

I often fantasize about making it big in technology then quitting the industry and becoming one of those actors/actresses who started in the entertainment industry really late in life. I mean you have to have a grandma or mean old lady in every show right? (not sure I could pull off mean, but that’d be the ultimate in acting prowess)

I love what I do right now, but no it wasn’t my first choice. Though my foray into online training is giving me the opportunity to utilize my voice and personality to help others learn my favorite technology, Plone.