After the day I just had today, I need to get this off my chest. Ever since I graduated and decided to move to LA, I have been hearing non-stop from people that I know and apparently from others that I don’t know about how I should live MY life. Excuse me? To those people and others who are so fixated on the life that I AM living, I hope you find happiness in yours, so that you can stop worrying about mine. I will be the first one to say that my life is not at all glamorous. I get up at 7 a.m., leave my apt. around 8, wait in traffic for 45 min - an hr, go to work from 9-6, leave work and wait in traffic for another hour, get home, sleep, eat and repeat M-F. When people ask me what I am doing in LA, I tell them, I’m an executive assistant to the CEO at a real estate development agency in West LA. Apparently since I graduated from one of the best public school universities in the country with top honors, this is not a very respectable job or position that I currently hold. I can see how one could feel that way, but then again I can’t. I really don’t even need to explain my situation, but I’m going to offer a little insight to my experiences in life thus far. Coming from the small city of Odessa, TX and then graduating from UT Austin and making a big decision of moving to Los Angeles was one of the BIGGEST eye-opening experiences that I have gone through thus far. I moved here with no connections and literally a handful of people that I barely knew. So after I finished the summer program I was in, I began job hunting. That was definitely a reality check, but I told myself I wouldn’t stop interning at the talent agency I was with until I found another job/opportunity. I went on numerous job interviews with huge entertainment companies that I was surprised even wanted to meet with me. I kept getting the door shut on my face, and I think one of the main reasons was because I didn’t have work experience. So I was getting desperate willing to apply for jobs at restaurants or banks just to make some money, and then I started working with a temp agency. They placed me at the company I am with now, and although it’s not in the entertainment industry, I was beyond thrilled and thankful for the opportunity to get experience. They were the only ones who were willing to give me a chance to prove what I had to offer. I was only supposed to be there for 3 months, but when the time came for me to leave, they offered me a full-time position. I could have easily declined and tried to find a job elsewhere in entertainment, but I knew that these people were actually appreciative of my help, and they were willing to teach me the things that I hadn’t been taught in college. In my eyes, while this isn’t what I want to be doing, this is a stepping stone for me to get to where I want to be. I think so many young people feel so entitled to everything these days, and what’s even worse is that they’re not willing to work for it. They expect it to miraculously appear knocking on their door steps. I’m so thankful for my upbringing because my parents have always instilled a hard work ethic and shown me by example. I’ve always been the biggest proponent of working hard for what you want, and I have and will always continue to live my life this way. Yes, my job isn’t glamorous but guess what it isn’t easy either. I am literally a receptionist| mail-woman| alarm clock | accountant | driver | travel agent | waitress | messenger and many more trades all in one. But you know what? I am so happy for this humbling experience in my life. So for all of you who feel like that work is beneath you, I pity you. I will gladly work from the bottom and be thankful of every little experience and opportunity that someone so graciously decides to give me. Because one day, I will be in the position that I’ve been dreaming about, and I will still be appreciative of every learning opportunity that comes my way, but what will be more gratifying is knowing that I earned my spot. So while you’re too busy feeling entitled, I’m going to be busting my ass working until I achieve my dreams. People may think I am foolish, but I would have to agree with Steve Jobs when he says, “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.” I will end with another little saying that I find to be true ,”If everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.”
"I think people should start from the very bottom, so that when they do finally reach the top, they can appreciate the view."