I don’t want a career.

By bonnie, 14 June, 2011

jobs I’ve had + other sources of income:
- babysitter
- cvs cashier
- deli sandwichmaker/stocker/cashier
- house cleaner
- teacher’s assistant
- daycare assistant
- afterschool tutor, middleschool
- reading tutor, pre-k + k
- full-time nanny
- production assistant/assistant to playwrights
- scenic assistant + painter
- follow-spot operator
- barista
- office assistant for an accountant
- executive assistant (twice)
- marking communications coordinator
- circulation assistant at a newspaper
- housepainter (interior)
- call center associate
- I.T. and office coordinator
- artist
- writer

what I hope will be the primary sources of income in the future:
- writing books
- writing articles, essays, poems, and reviews
- travel and writing about it
- painting large scale works
- making smaller art pieces, cards, prints, illustration and crafts

what I hope to have the opportunity to train/learn in the future, which might lead to jobs/income
- tattoo artistry
- massage therapy
- some kind of grant, fellowship, sabbatical, paid scholarship opportunity

what I hope to do/learn, regardless of ever getting paid:
- fix my car myself
- become an herbalist
- organic farming/permaculture
- build computers
- web languages + programming
- hacking
- be multilingual
- carpentry skills
- start a collective gallery space or in some way provide a forum for other artists
- cook and bake really really well
- street art
- welding
- jewelry making
- sailing + boat maintance

other important things that I must devote time to:
- reading (always)
- attempting to learn + understand history, geography and politics on a global scale
- activism
- volunteering

I don’t want a “career”.

I don’t know what that means anymore.

I don’t care to find out.

what are your lists? what do you do + want to do?


  1. Brandi says:

    I know that I want to spend a good portion of my time devoted to food and food justice issues. Beyond that, I have lists like these too. Do you have an online portfolio for your writings? I feel like you need something like that.

    • bonnie says:


      Lists? I imagine you could cover a table with a giant map of things you do and learn! You are one of my personal polymath heroes that way. I love that food + food justice is just the next frontier of what you will be devoting time to. I love knowing there will be something equally as interesting and worthy of your time after that.

      I do not currently have an online portfolio of any kind! I recently sat down and made lists and mapped out my life. And I’ve known this in the back of my mind for a long time, but documentation is a big missing hole in my life. I don’t have an organized portfolio of all the art work I’ve done the last decade and I don’t have any kind of portfolio of my written work. So I’m currently working on how best to assemble these things digitally and get them listed on my blog and in a format to submit for things like shows, grants, submitting my writing. I’m in the process.

  2. kate says:

    i heart you, b.

  3. I don’t want a career or even a job either! Can I just be your muse? :)

    Great lists. The things we want to learn/be are so similar. If only people got paid to be awesome.

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