Thursday, May 20, 2004
More Bang for Your Buck: Creative Careers
Many people looking to make money aspire to be doctors, lawyers or C.E.O's. But thinking outside the box and dreaming up a creative career may help you get more bang for your buck.
(WSVN) -- Ask a child what they want to be when they grow up and the choices are endless.
But when you're an adult, that dream job isn't always what it's cracked up to be.
So why not be creative coming up with a career.
Janet Goldstein: "I paint on everything."
You could say Janet Goldstien was born with an eye for art.
In her home in North Miami Beach, she has been spreading color over windows for years.
Janet: "I'm constantly creating and doing."
Lately though her new canvases are wooden sandals.
Janet: "I wanted to try to meet and match people's personalities. No two are exactly alike."
Janet's company, J-Lilli for hearts and souls, has sold over 200 shoes in just over a year. Each pair - $150.
Janet: "I'm happy that I can make a living at what I love."
A whole New World is what Trish Minnich discovered after battling breast cancer.
Trish: "I decided life was too short to sit around and hope that something changed on it's own."
Today, Trish has left her job as a paralegal to start her own business - the magic car-pet-ride... The first ever pet taxi service.
Trish says, "I thought how can I work with animals in a way that's fulfilling and helpful."
For $15 dollars, Trish will transport your furry friend one way to the vet's or groomers... Or she'll walk your dog for a half-hour.
Trish: Love for animals and truly that was the inspiration."
Rolene grams started modeling for drawings, sculptors and paintings by pure accident.
Rolene: "I was approached by an artist that said I'd love to draw you."
One client soon grew to a full time gig. And today, she charges $25 to $75 dollars an hour.
Rolene: "One day a week which became twice a week, three times, four times. This has all been word of mouth."
At the Art Institute in Fort Lauderdale, Rolene is willing to go au natural.
Each pose lasting for about thirty minutes.
Rolene: I'm always thinking of my next pose or how I'm going to inspire the artist."
But the best reward of all is seeing how the art imitates her life.
Rolene: "It's absolutely beautiful to see how everybody sees you in a different light. Some people see you younger, some people see you older."
Rolene says if you can hold a pose, there right now is a shortage of models.
To get started, contact one of the area art schools.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
2051 NE 214 Street
North Miami Beach, Fl 33179
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