What were some of the jobs you did while working your way up to your career jobs? I worked at the dolphin show at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio, and at a lighting factory during the summers in college.
So when the Great American Country Network's "Day Jobs" folks called to do a segment with me (the show features celebs and country artists, going back and doing their old jobs "before they were stars"), I really wanted to go back to the factory.
Why? Manufacturing was the industry that put food on the table for me growing up. My mother was a plant manager for a sewing factory. My dad worked during the week at a plant that made rubber parts for the car industry. If you grew up around the Midwest, you know how much manufacturing meant to that part of the nation, as well as others.
I won’t bluff ya, I went into it a little nervous, because even at 60-something, that woman can work circles around me! And as a former manager herself, I knew she wouldn't let me off the hook. Would I be able to keep up? Will I be able to express how close to my heart blue collar life is, and how it formed my work ethic today that has me gladly waking up before 3 a.m. every day?
I hope it brings back memories of some of the "day jobs" you did on your way to your chosen career. Enjoy!