Did you ever think that your resume could be an outline to your life? Imagine the people you’ve met, the places you’ve seen, the cubicle walls that held you and possibly stirred a modicum of insanity. I’m beginning to think that my own CV, filled with plenty of job in lots of high end entertainment firms and digital companies, could be the making of an interesting autobiography.
I’ve always felt odd writing an autobiography. I’m not famous. Yet, I’ve had a very interesting career doing a very mundane thing: Assisting in someone else’s career. Now, some of you may ask – “How is assisting people in two potentially glamorous businesses mundane?” When you have to set up meetings and conference rooms, gather catering foodstuff for hungry people and deal with various markets, conferences and day to day routines – it can be somewhat uninteresting. It’s a job like any other.
However – I’ve had brushes with greatness, met celebrities, chatted with internet moguls, shook the hand of Mark Zuckerberg in front of my cubicle, took calls from OJ’s assistant when he was in jail. So, why not write about these things? In fact, looking at my resume, I’m seeing a vast amount of experience and people who’ve given me amazing stories. The thing is – despite being part of some talented team of executives and handling celebrity actors and business folk – you do begin to question you place in life. Especially, if you’re one of the assistants in this world who’ve never married or had kids – like myself.
Singular in every way – only a few decades before – I’d be deemed a spinster, looked upon as the sad old lady virgin (ahem…that boat sailed a long time ago), who wears sensible shoes and cardigans, pining away for their married, handsome boss – chances for love dashed due to her plain looks. Think Mary Bailey of “It’s a Wonderful Life” fame, whose alternative sorry sack fate lead her down the path to fainting at the sight of a man.
That’s not me. Yet, as time wears on, I look back on how I’ve lived my life and realized that the only thing I really do is go to a job and go home. Once in a while, I’ll work on a self imposed writing project like a blog or music review – perhaps cover a comedy show at UCB or Largo. After a while, I had the realization that life is passing by as I go back and forth to a job that doesn’t really make me happy. So, is that all there is?
No. There’s more. Life can be mundane, but in between the boring and the annoying bits, come very interesting morsels of memory, feelings, and human contact that make an ordinary life – extraordinary. I’m learning that each day, as I write and develop a slate of projects I want to work on in the coming years. I’m going to say “screw it” to the negative voices in my psyche and, in addition to the SciFi book I’m working on, write an autobiography about my life as an assistant. I’d like to take a look back on a mundane life to find the interesting bits – and how in writing about it – makes life not very mundane at all.