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Turn Your Passion into a Paycheck!

When I was 18, I literally had no idea what I wanted to do and was totally daunted with the task of choosing a college major.

One of my teachers asked me, “What is it you like to do?”

To which I responded, “Talk and read.”

Luckily, this translated into a degree in English Education and took me to my first job out of college, as a high school English teacher in Brooklyn, NY. It was there, that I learned my true passion: to make a difference in the lives of others.

After relocating, I accepted a full time position with GlamourGals, a non-profit whose mission is to inspire and organize teens to provide ongoing complimentary beauty makeovers and companionship to elderly women living in senior homes.

I realized that work didn’t actually have to be “work”, but an amazing opportunity to spend my day doing something I loved: giving back to my community.

Rachel Doyle, the founder of GlamourGals, founded the organization based on her desire to memorialize her Grandmother.“I started GlamourGals with the idea that I like doing things that make people smile and that people enjoy. To think, over a decade later that my passion “to do good” has turned into my full time job is a dream come true!” says Rachel.

New Yorker, Ashly Priest, Associate Lingerie Designer, Private Label Victoria’s Secret, turned her love of fashion into a full time (more than full time as Ashly is ALWAYS on the go) job.

But, Ashly notes, that getting a position that you love, requires work and dedication, like anything else worth doing.

“The fashion world is not what you see in TV and movies. You cannot go into it thinking, ‘Oh, I am going to make pretty dresses’,” she notes. “There is so much more to it than that!  There is a rich history in fashion design, and just like every other work field out there, there are degrees to obtain and things to learn. Just because you can draw or sew, does not mean that you can do both, but it doesn’t mean you can’t learn how. Fashion should be more than just a hobby; it’s a real career.”

Have a hobby that you want to turn into career?

Do your research, update your resume, and if you can’t find the job that you’re after, do what many have done before; create your own company.