As I approach a rather big birthday, I’ve been thinking a lot about how my career has dipped and turned all over the place.
When I came to England in 1996 to do my MSc in Tourism I had no idea that this would become my home. Whilst studying I did some waitressing for a hotel in Guildford earning extra money working breakfast shifts, wedding parties, Christmas, New Year. It was tough, low-paid work. But it helped pay the bills. Since graduating I’ve constantly flitted from job to job – wedding co-ordinator and banqueting manager at the Lythe Hill Hotel in Haslemere, tourism lecturer at Farnborough College, copywriter and recruitment agent for Berkeley Scott, Marketing Manager at Cranleigh Arts Centre! Wow the list is endless….I really couldn’t stick to anything!
And let me tell you the above list is just scratching the surface.
It was only when I started running my own businesses that I began to really enjoy myself. There is nothing that beats working for yourself. Ok – so running a market stall selling ethically sourced Kenyan and Indian jewellery (SamBuru Designs) wasn’t glamorous – actually it was downright tough – and the novelty soon wore off when I had to stand outside in the freezing cold winters, and the wet, wet, wet, weather that England is so well known for.
I then started SB Marketing and did work for some big names like Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company and Woking Dance Festival. I did event management for City of London Festival – that was fun – especially working during the Sweden on Stage event at Hampstead Heath when Benny Anderson (of Abba fame) drove the crowds wild…
Through SB Dance I’ve done some fantastic projects including working for charities such as Create Arts – running dance workshops for disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our society. I’ve done Rangoli exhibitions and Lantern parades in our local community. I’ve had a dance troupe dance at the Scoop in London, at weddings and summer balls. I’ve taken a show up to Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I’ve been instrumental in setting up youth and adult dance companies in the local community. I’ve run Bollywood workshops in schools and communities all over the place!
And now, we’ve just had the Just Jhoom! Bollywood dance-fitness course accredited in the UK – the first of its kind.
So, now a new stage in my life begins – one where it is all about Just Jhoom!
Who would have thought – all those years ago when I came to England – serving endless breakfasts to hotel guests – that today I would be running my own dance-fitness training company? I didn’t stick to what my original career path had been. I kept re-inventing myself, re-training and looking for that job that would fulfil me.
Starting with nothing, working long hours for others, suffering from stress – I now work from home, for myself, still long hours – but it’s for me! The thing is not to give up.
Follow that dream. You never know where it might lead you.
For me, it led to dance…and teaching others to dance!