My college friends and our 'careers' (1 Viewer)

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this might be a bit long winded and i'm not sure there's even a point (that's how you start a thread, amirite?)

so 4 friends from college, all in the arts to an extent (one dancer, one dancer/actor--me--, one actor/tech guy, and one dancer/tech guy)
dancer/tech is probably the most talented among us and the just dancer the least
me and the actor/tech guy were the only ones to really pursue our craft
he's a stunt man who does construction on the side to supplement lean times (which are many)
and i'm a hand to mouth teacher
the most talented dancer/tech guy, has been kind of a knockabout like the other 2 of us

here's the kicker - -the just dancer guy (not very talented and did not have much direction/ambition) is now out-earning the rest of us and it's not even close
now, to be very clear, i'm not saying this out of any jealousy - -i love him to death - -i was best man at his wedding and we've remained very close and i don't begrudge him anything
he got married in school (to a great woman/person - -visual/graphic artist)
he started working nights at a copy shop- -he cast about for awhile trying to do anything else (teaching, tried to start a dance company, grad school), all the while still keeping shifts at the copy center
eventually he drops all the other stuff and goes fulltime with copy center then jumps to another etc, and now travels around the world training customers on whatever fancy copy machine his company sells

again, long-winded and not much point
but i think my take-away is that not of this was knowable and predictable when the 4 of us were 'choosing' what path to take - -and choosing might be too strong a term, we all followed the path that our talents put us on

life is funny
 

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Of my best college friends, almost of them went to NY to work in finance.

I moved down here for law school and stayed.

3 were working at Lehman Brothers as investment bankers when it shut down in 2008. Whoops. But all of them were making a killing before and have rebounded since, though one chucked it all and moved to Montana to raise expensive security dogs(!).

I'm by far the poorest of the bunch but that's OK. I traded $ for quality of life long before that was a thing. :)
 

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this thread is discriminatory

how are the friendless like me supposed to be able to participate in a thread like this?
 

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this thread is discriminatory

how are the friendless like me supposed to be able to participate in a thread like this?
wait, this thread is about those with friends?

i’m with you oye. discrimination written all over it. i don’t need friends. i’m zeetes madre frockers.
 

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this might be a bit long winded and i'm not sure there's even a point (that's how you start a thread, amirite?)

so 4 friends from college, all in the arts to an extent (one dancer, one dancer/actor--me--, one actor/tech guy, and one dancer/tech guy)
dancer/tech is probably the most talented among us and the just dancer the least
me and the actor/tech guy were the only ones to really pursue our craft
he's a stunt man who does construction on the side to supplement lean times (which are many)
and i'm a hand to mouth teacher
the most talented dancer/tech guy, has been kind of a knockabout like the other 2 of us

here's the kicker - -the just dancer guy (not very talented and did not have much direction/ambition) is now out-earning the rest of us and it's not even close
now, to be very clear, i'm not saying this out of any jealousy - -i love him to death - -i was best man at his wedding and we've remained very close and i don't begrudge him anything
he got married in school (to a great woman/person - -visual/graphic artist)
he started working nights at a copy shop- -he cast about for awhile trying to do anything else (teaching, tried to start a dance company, grad school), all the while still keeping shifts at the copy center
eventually he drops all the other stuff and goes fulltime with copy center then jumps to another etc, and now travels around the world training customers on whatever fancy copy machine his company sells

again, long-winded and not much point
but i think my take-away is that not of this was knowable and predictable when the 4 of us were 'choosing' what path to take - -and choosing might be too strong a term, we all followed the path that our talents put us on

life is funny
This says it all
 

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I really only recall two of my friends and my ex-gf
Two of them are married to each other and she is a professor at SLU and he is a computer programmer for the oil companies
the ex-gf I have no idea about
 

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I work for a company started by a college dropout who is now one of the richest people in the world.

I dropped out of college also, but somehow did not make the list. While in college I did not really know what I wanted to do for the rest of my life career wise. At that age, you don't really know what jobs exist in the world.

A lot of my coworkers have MBAs and the debt that goes along with it, but we do the same job for the same money. I would imagine though, if we left this company and applied at another one, they would be more likely to get an interview/job than I would.
 

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this thread is discriminatory

how are the friendless like me supposed to be able to participate in a thread like this?
Start by posting this concise and you'll gain friends in no time. ;)
 

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