I’ve always had a deep desire to find my passion. Since my father is a musician and I’ve seen how passionate music makes him feel, it’s always made me question what makes me tick. Ironically, I think I’ve always known my passion, I just never thought it would be possible to pursue a career in it.
I could give a backstory on my education and how I got to where I’m at, but it’s a long dry story so we’ll just skip to where I’m at now. I work in the accounting field at a Entertainment Business Management firm in Beverly Hills. I’ve known for quite some time I needed a change in careers but I had a lot of personal situations hinder my next move as well as the fact that I needed to rule out other options first.
Before You Follow Your Passion…
- Make sure you are in a financial stable position if you are planning on switching careers.
- Pay off any credit card debt if you have any. You should never have credit card debt, but if you’re trying to change careers, this is an absolute no no.
- Raise your credit. Depending on what your next move is, its always great to have a good credit score in case you need to apply for a loan, etc.
- Do your best at lowering your overhead expenses. When you get used to making a certain amount of money, your lifestyle matches that. It’s time to cut expenses and downsize as much as possible.
- Understand that going after something you want means you’re going to have to sacrifice other things. Get used to it. This is the price you pay to start over again but down the right path.
- Do as much research as possible
- Before I made my decision to attend FIDM, I pursued all of the other directions I possibly could. I completed upper division accounting courses while working to meet the requirements to before a Certified Public Account. When I realized that wasn’t what I wanted to do, I looking into getting an MBA. The cost of an MBA was far too high for me to make it a realistic option but I even went as far as studying for the GMAT and taking it before I came to the realization it wasn’t the right path for me.
- I researched extensively what major was the right fit for me, what career I wanted after graduation, each course that was part of my curriculum, and tuition costs.
- Create a budget leading into the next year, or at a minimum the next six months.
- If you are planning to go back to school, will anyone help you financially? Will you be taking out loans? Where will you live?
- What are tuition costs? Are there scholarships available? What will your other expenses add up to monthly?
- Reflect on your life and how you got to this decision. Is this just a way out of what you’re doing now or was it thoroughly thought out?
- When I was in 5th grade, I wore my favorite pair of jeans every day because I loved them so much.
- In Senior year or high school, I wanted to win Best Dressed.
- When I graduated from LMU and the economy was in a recession, I went to SMC and took a year of fashion design courses.
- I had my first fashion show in February of 2010.
- I started a blog two years ago in January of 2015 to have a creative outlet.
- Do you have a similar pattern when it comes to your next move?
At the end of the day, I feel that ambition will take you farther than any other factor. If you want something bad enough, you can get it. Now to get to your destination, there are several different paths you can take. Make sure to do your research and at the end of the day, follow your gut. I haven’t been this happy in a long time to finally follow my dream.
Are you interested in hearing more about my journey at FIDM?