The picture you see on the left is something I wrote in a thank you card when I was 15 years old. Why am I sharing this with you? Well, I haven’t seen it since I popped it in the mail 14 years ago!
In grade 10 C.A.L.M. class we had to go out and complete a job shadow somewhere. Anywhere! Naturally, because I was the biggest country music fan ever, and had already decided what I wanted to do with my life, I called up the nice people at Country 105 in Calgary and asked if I could hang out with them for a day. They said yes!!
I spent some time with Scott Phillips that day while he was on the air. I spent some time with Kathy (who the card is written to) in the creative department. I still remember we wrote a commercial for White Spot together. I hung out with Cattoni in the Cruiser, driving around town and setting up Cowboys for a David Lee Murphy concert that night. It was a day that I will remember forever.
Four short years later, the lady I set up the job shadow with, hired me! I was done my first year at SAIT and I had my first radio job. And you know what my job was? To push 1 button an hour for 3 hours on Thursday’s, and 2 buttons an hour for 3 hours on Friday’s. That’s how I got my start. And boy I took so much pride in pushing those buttons!
Now, 10 years after that, I’m still with the same company. Scott later became my boss, and we also became good friends! Kathy is still around too, writing up a storm and pulling 14 year old thank you cards out of her desk from nerdy students! Cattoni got out of radio for a bit, but when he came back I ended up re-training him. He also became a realtor and is selling my condo in Calgary. It’s amazing how things come full circle.
I’m not sure there’s a clear point to this story. But when Scott sent me the picture of this card yesterday is just brought back all these memories, and it made me think “Holy crap! Look how far I’ve come!” It also made me think of all the awesome people I’ve worked with over the years who were always so encouraging and willing to take chances on me.
I am lucky enough to say that I’m living my dream.