Ten years on, and my little brother is impressed that I get to review console games for a living. But does this mean my mother was wrong, or did I just manage to find a career that let me avoid the semi-inevitable ‘grown up adult’ attitude?
Perhaps, but then you could argue that a large number pf people have all opted for ‘creative’ careers that let them act like small children. Yes my job DOES include playing computer games, but I also have features to write and spreadsheets to fill in, so the toy-like part of my job is in fact a small section of what I actually do. Has the idea of playing with toys evolved, or did I just never realize the subtext when I was younger? After all, for every LEGO castle I built, I had to follow the design, carefully assemble it and then eventually destroy and package it up for future use. We’re talking methodical planning, constructing and organization skills, all which are placed on my CV of today and yesteryear.
But other people clearly feel the same draw to their youth as I do, which explains the popularity of Hello Kitty gadgets and the strange game/fashion mashups that are so prevalent in stores nowadays. Pictured you can see Lanvin’s 2008 LEGO fashion extravaganza, and recently we’ve seen childhood icons overspill into other areas as well.
Too Faced has just released a Smurfs beauty collection, make up brand Stila has joined forces with Barbie in order to attract the twenty something woman to their products, and need I even mention the MAC/Hello Kitty collaboration?
It appears that not only does ones childhood have a HUGE influence on the fashion and beauty of today, but it also dictates our everyday actions to an unholy degree. Or is this just the people who tend to go into ‘creative fields?’
It may be a bit of both. I can’t imagine ever being able to stomach a job which is 100% desk bound, and if my day wasn’t broken up with regular meetings and playing with reviewing the latest technology I think I’d go crazy.
In return I’m assured a payslip which will always be significantly lower than most of my friends (investment bakers/estate agents). It’s something I accept and understand, but this does tend to be the lot of the creative- or, as Avenue Q so eloquently put it,
‘What does one do with an English degree? I have all these skills but I can’t pay the bills…”
I’m still perpetually amazed/excited/surprised by the plethora of new products that hark back to the 1980s. The worry is what will happen when the current generation grows up- will they spawn laptops imprinted with Teletubbies and Bratz in their own retro mock-ups? I shudder to think about it, yet the likelihood is I’ll be reporting on it!
I guess people tend to fall into career paths which reflect their personalities and those who find comfort in routine and monotony will never be attracted to my role, whilst likewise my playful streak and inquistive nature mean I could never be successful if admin were my only role. Of course you do get the crossover, as some people opt for a better paid job which they may find uninspiring, but then they still effect change in their own small way. I have a friend who always wished to go into journalism, but found accounting paid more (unsurprisingly) yet she still manages to write features for her companies news letter, and other former ‘arty’ people will do things like organize their office system or paint canvases in their spare time.
Essentially people are only as grown up as they let themselves be, and though in my case my career might indicate my state of mind, you have to judge everyone on an individual basis.