Dancer? Painter? Graphic designer? Hip-hop artist? Tell us about your dream job. Is anything standing in the way? Or, if you already have your dream job, tell us about your journey to get it.
My future desired job is to be a teacher
My name is Muhoza Sharifah. In 2014, I joined Educate! Club at Mbogo Mixed Senior Secondary School in Form Five. At that time I had no idea of starting my own enterprise. During the Educate! Club, we developed innovative business ideas, such as rabbit farming, poultry, shops salons etc. I chose Poultry farming and got some capital from my dad. I managed to buy a hen and cock. Now I have 15 birds and I sell most of them to hotels and restaurants. Each hen/cock costs about 20,000 Shillings. I am able to cater for my basic needs. My business is a great success. My future desired job is to be a Teacher.
My dream :)
Hello my name is Raquel, I'm from El Salvador I'm 18 years old. I'd like to be a theater artist but also I'd like to help the planet. I love theater cuz I like to express my feelings in the stage and I'd like to have my theatrical company and to have a programs that help the planet how tree sowing or cleaning contaminated habitats. I love performing and I love the planet but If we don't have a better planet we won't have a better life.
Thanks for all. :)
Lines Over Beats
I have always loved to rap. As a kid, I grew up listening to hip hop heads such as Rakim and Bone Thugs N Harmony. What hooked me into this kind of music is the advocacy in each song. Whether it be over a slow or a fast beat, my soul is always flourishing because of all these songs. What hurts the most with being a hip hop fan is the criticism you get. Most people criticize hip hop/rap for indecency, drugs, and the objectification of women. Another thing is that hip hop is mostly correlated to African-Americans. However, there's another side to hip hop. Hip hop is a culture.Hip hop is colorless, hip hop is not racist. We live hip hop. It flows in our blood. For now, I am starting to write poems and spit lines over beats. I hope people get to appreciate hip hop more as more hip hop heads start to voice out advocacies
Chad McClain is 19-years old and an assistant youth coordinator at YouthGROW in Worcester, MA. Last year, McClain had to tackle a number of financial burdens, and was working 2 jobs, 50 hours a week, to try and bridge the gap. McClain is also an english major in college, and the long work hours took a toll on his grades. He ended up losing his financial aid. "You never know when life is going to hit you with something," he said. "To me, I thought it would never happen and I would get it back immediately." YouthGROW was able to help, teaching McClain how to budget and come up with a game plan. McClain wants to start a fashion magazine at school, and work on his writing.
Music and cinematography from former Liberian refugee
Ralph Weah is 19-years old from Worcester, MA. When he was young, his family moved to the U.S. to flee civil war in Liberia. Weah lived in a refugee camp in Buduburam for 8 years of his life before resettling in the United States, but his passion for cinematography and music led him to create his company SteadyWave Productions. He's also working with YouthGROW, a youth employment program in Worcester. “It’s terrible when people say we’re looking for a certain age or demographic, but we want you to have experience,” Weah said. “I think there should be a focus on giving youth a chance when they apply for those jobs, and not letting age be a big factor. It doesn’t always correlate with experience and maturity.“
An Actor in the Making
I've always loved to act. I've been on stage since I could walk and love being in the spotlight! I am currently deciding where to get my Masters in Acing/Theatrical Performance. I'm still looking at schools and figuring out where it's best for me to further my education. It's always been a dream of mine to be PAID to be on stage and engage in this art form which I thought was impossible. I realized a long time ago that you have to follow your dreams, no matter how far-fetched they are and try your very best to make it into that field or pursue a certain career. It's easy to decide to get a job that "pays well" and is economically sustainable if that's your main goal in life. But most people wish to be artists or craftspeople and never do it because it's not lucrative or they prefer to life a live with no monetary restrictions. I feel that a person should go for the stars first and try their hardest to achieve their dream before settling into an office cubicle that they hate and complain about for the rest of their lives. I'm not looking to be rich or famous, I just want to be the best I can be and hopefully important people in the acting industry will see that and want me to portray their characters. Anyway, I know it's a cliché but: FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS
I wanna be a rock 'n roll star
If I wasn't a journalist, I'd want to be a professional musician. I love the touring, the crowds and the music itself. I took this photo of Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea last December at Pathway to Paris. They were jamming for young climate activists, and it was one of the best shows I've ever seen.
Owning our future of innovation
My aspirations have always had some connotation of creativity and innovation, whether it be in a creative industry or not. I may not have immediately chosen the right path but am finding it little by little everyday and realising that the best way for me to grow professionally as well as a human, is to be part of creativity. I am incredibly lucky to be currently living in the rich and vibrant culture and arts hub that Edinburgh represents with its many world-renowned festivals and a million other activities and opportunities to choose from everyday.
Having experienced this environment, I want to spend my career, whether it be as through freelance, or startups or companies, to make the arts, creative outlets and innovation-fostering opportunities more accessible to the young and aspiring generations to come. Not all places in the world are as vibrant as the city I live in but I would like to see things change in the future.
I see around me so many student entrepreneurs passionate about creativity and culture, however it is often the case that great ideas go unnoticed due to lack of support or funding, and that is how the could-be newest innovations die. I believe in fostering creative thinking and being part of the up-and-coming innovation culture, and I intend to be a part of it through contributing everything I can offer, from my own creativity to helping others achieve their goals.
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