Over the years I have worked in many jobs: as a sales assistant in a jewellery store, primary school teacher, Tupperware consultant, check out chick, accounts clerk, library assistant, freelance journalist, pamphlet delivery, debt collector, customer service officer, administration officer, newsletter editor, data entry …
I was just 12 and in Grade 8 when I landed my first paid job – as a photographic model. And I must confess that the reason I got the job had more to do with the fact that my stepsister was a graphic designer for David Jones’ advertising department, than because of my looks!
I did enjoy all the attention it generated at school, when my friends saw my picture in the Courier Mail! It was months before I was paid, but I was thrilled to eventually receive about $160 – a heck of a lot of money back in 1979.
Sadly, that was pretty much the beginning and the end of my modelling career. Although I must confess that I have been a covergirl on a magazine not once, but twice since then! Of course it helps if you are the actual editor of the magazine 😉 . (I was editor of Footprints magazine, a small not for profit publication for Christian women across Australia, for 15 years; in fact it has only recently closed down, to allow me to focus more on my business).
How about you? What was your very first job?!