The Sea Otters and I Weren’t Meant to Be

A few weeks ago, I was at an job interview (which I ended up locking myself out of my car before the interview started. Locked my resume, cover letter, bag, and portfolio in the car. Obviously, the job was not meant for me. Oops! The interview did go well) when the interviewer asked me if I could have any job in the world, except the one I was interviewing for, what would it be and why. I immediately said a wedding planner, because  I would love to plan weddings one day. As I telling about why I wanted to be a wedding planner, I though of a different job that I wanted to be as a child.

What was it that little Cassandra wanted to be as a child? How did I ever want to get into marketing/advertising, you ask? Well it is quite simple:

As a kid, I always wanted to be a marine biologist. I wanted to study ocean life anywhere from the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia to marine life in the Caribbean. By the time I was twelve, I had already had my list of choices of schools I wanted to attend: University of Miami and University of  California San Diego since they had the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. By time I entered into eight grade algebra, it all went down hill from there. I realize that I hated math and science classes. I thought to myself that in college I would be taking nothing bu science and math classes. I struggled with all my math classes throughout high school and college . So marine biology and I parted ways. Did I mention I cannot swim? So double wammy.

One summer afternoon in 2002, my aunt got the movie What Woman Want [with Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt] and I sat down and watched it with her. While watching the movie, I became really interested in the career that these two people had and I wanted a career in advertising. And the rest is history. All it took was a movie for me to realize my true career ambitions. Lesson from What Woman Want: Mel Gibson learned what woman wanted and I learned what I wanted. 


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