Without a doubt I can tell you most of my colleagues fell into this profession. I’m pretty sure the general public does not sit in a statistics lecture when they are 20 years old and dream of working at an amusement park (I’m sure I do know one or two of them though). My plan? Oh, my plan was to work in a bank. Considering I barely balance my check book that wasn’t a good plan, I admit. Instead I plan events for an amusement park. There are not many people out there who can say that.
There are also not many people whose boss comes in and tells them “let’s do breakfast on the Ferris Wheel” or “I want to shoot someone out of a cannon” or “I want to have a funeral for a ride” or “do you know any freak show people?” or “let’s have fireworks for that.” I could go on with these but you get the idea. At the end of the day my job is to make my boss and the other creative people’s ideas come to life for a Grand Opening of a ride or some other type of party.
Just when I think this might get boring (as if I wouldn’t be bored in a bank) Jack, Tim or Nick come into my office with one of these crazy lines and it usually starts like this…” Your going to think this is crazy but just listen to my idea…” I usually respond with a “NO!” Then “we will need too many permits!” followed by “what’s my budget?” and ending with “Ok, I’ll make it happen.”
I wonder what I’d be doing in a bank right now?
So, while this wasn’t my plan…I couldn’t be happier even though I tell them “NO” every time first.