WHAT I WANTED TO BE GROWING UP, CHRONOLOGICALLY

  1. Married
    For real. Imagine my surprise when I was looking through my baby book and saw that my mom wrote that when I was 4 or 5 years old someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up and I said "married." I know, I KNOW. I know. I KNOW.
  2. A teacher
    My mom is a teacher (professor, really) and I liked my teachers in elementary and middle school. I thought it might be for me.
  3. An art teacher
    Admittedly not the most creative iteration on my previous choice. Or is it literally the most creative iteration on my previous choice?
  4. A scientist
    In 5th grade I won second place at the science fair and won second place in an in-class competition that had something to do with sound waves? Idk. We had to build a box that would hide the sound of a beeping device. For a hot minute there I thought maybe science was my thing. Science is not my thing.
  5. A writer of some sort
    Initially when I applied to colleges I applied for a creative writing degree. I didn't really know what I wanted to do with it. But I liked storytelling. Then I took a filmmaking class and...
  6. A filmmaker
    A love affair with Windows Movie Maker as a high school student in the early 2000s had me convinced this was my path in life. I took several filmmaking classes in high school, but it turns out making music videos using clips from whose line is it anyway will only get you so far. I *did* major in film in college though. Just in case.
  7. A screenwriter
    Combining my love of writing with my love of TV and movies. Turns out it's harder to pay the bills this way than I thought. Maybe someday, though. This is still a dream of mine.