Growing up you’re always asked, what do you want to be when you grow up? Now that I’m the Sr. Marketing Manager at TuneGO and teach others how to run social media marketing for businesses, via my online course and blog, people always ask me…is this what you always wanted to do?
To answer that simply…no.
When I was a child I wanted to be a veterinarian or the next Britney Spears, one of the two. I realized I can’t sing and I didn’t want to have to cut animals open. So…Those weren’t going to work out.
Growing up I saw my mom struggle to take care of my brother and I. My parents divorced so we lived with her and she was always at work. Because of that, I always told myself I would be financially independent before I got married. I didn’t want to have to depend on someone else to support me and struggle when they were gone.
I got straight A’s all throughout school and was accepted into UNLV as a pre-med student. I wanted to be a doctor for all the wrong reasons. I wanted the prestige and the security of it.
One semester in and I realized how much I hated every bio and chem class. I didn’t click with the people there. It just didn’t feel right. I felt like I was letting everyone down but I decided I’d rather love what I do than have the security and money and hate it. I figured the money will come or not but either way I just couldn’t continue on the path to become a doctor. So I switched my major to Journalism and Media Studies with a minor in Communications.
I always loved to write and listen to people’s stories. I figured this degree was broad enough that if I didn’t like something I could easily use it for something else.
So I graduated in 3 years and was ready to become a journalist! I searched for a job for 6 months and crickets. I didn’t know what else to do so I went back to school to get my Masters in Journalism and Media Studies.
I graduated with my Masters in 2 years and was looking for a job again. I was doing some blogging and social media marketing freelance to make some money. I was hired at a company and they fired me for “learning too slow”. And then I interviewed for a job at TuneGO, a music tech startup, mainly doing their customer service and some social media.
When they interviewed me 2 years ago it was only the 3 Founders there. They hired me as the Communications Coordinator and 6 months later promoted me to Sr. Marketing Manager and had me do all of their social media and launch a blog. During those 6 months I learned everything I could about social media, marketing, and blogging so I could help them the best I could. I saw TuneGO as a huge opportunity for me to grow with a company. We now have 8 employees and are currently hiring more.
TuneGO is a music tech startup so we have investors. One of the investors noticed what I was doing for TuneGO’s social media so they asked to hire me as the social media manager for another company they were investing in. I took the side gig and I thought it would be a nice way to make some extra money.
But what it made me realize is managing social media accounts is something every business needs. I was on a trip in Mexico and was still able to do my job from my phone. It made me realize this is something a student or single mom could do to make money as well. And they could still be home. That’s why I wanted to create my social media course to give people the skills they need to be able to manage social media accounts for businesses.
I didn’t have any of this planned out. And I got a lot of rejections along the way. But I think all of those rejections were just guiding me into the right direction.
My mom always taught me that I could be anything I wanted to be. But I never knew what I wanted to be, I’m still figuring it out. But I think it’s going pretty well so far.
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