"Finally! You like your job!" said my good friend Rahat, on my new job, before correcting himself and saying: "Er, I mean, you found a job you like."
At first, it was barely perceptible to my ears as to why he corrected his statement but then it clicked. It's so true. Well. First of all, it's one thing to find a job and get hired, period. But, in the luckiest of instances, when the stars align, it's possible to find a job that you really like—and maybe even love, in my case.
I'm the studio manager for a fashion and beauty photographer, whose work I'm positive you've seen. (Obviously, not revealing any names here.) What does that entail? Basically, it means being a right-hand woman who is responsible for running the show and getting sh*t done—a role I've noticed has been historically offered to me at the other places that I've worked, even when I was hired for something else.
I used to find it slightly offensive because I was afraid that I'd be looked at as an "assistant" or a "secretary". For someone with a master's degree, it was hard to accept. It took me years before I considered that, hey, this actually might be something that I'm really good at. There's something really satisfying about working alongside a visionary/successful person and knowing that they implicitly trust you.
For years, I had been yearning to get back on that corporate ladder so that I could climb away. But it felt like forcing a square peg into a round hole. Do I really care about being the "Director of This" or the "Senior Blah-Blah of That"? Not really. I think it's because I've gotten off that grid for so long that I'm in this Zen-like mode of finding a job that feels like a naturally good fit.
I work in a beautiful environment, where the nightmare of toiling away in a cubicle is far, far away. The nature of my job is a fast-paced whirlwind of fashion and beauty and lifestyle. I love being on different sets and constantly meeting new and interesting people. It's like a culmination of all of the best parts of my past work experiences.
I still freelance on the side with marketing projects and writing, but, on the whole, running the studio makes me feel very happy.