All because of Flashdance by Janice R.

What was the first thing that made you truly happy?

I never thought it would ever happen to me, to have a career, and all because of a movie.

Squandering away over eight years of my life, I had mistakenly married a go-nowhere guy in Florida. I thought any chance of a career was gone. One night I watched the movie “Flashdance” (1983). If that girl could come from being a welder, then work really hard at her dancing and get accepted into a prestigious ballet academy, then maybe there was hope for me too.

Battling the negativity of my husband, I signed up for an evening course in Commercial Art. My instructor told me I had talent and encouraged me to pursue a career in the field. Could I do it? How? – I thought to myself.

Escaping from Florida, I lived with my parents in Manitoba, saved up, applied, and got accepted to the Graphic Design program at Cap University (then, Cap College) in Vancouver. Full-time schooling and working on the side was tiring, but after three years, I graduated with a certificate in Visual Communications and a diploma in Graphic Design, with honours.

After a year working for a small agency, I got a hired as an Art Director with the largest advertising agency in Vancouver.

Woodwards Vancouver History Iconic Canada

I was working on one of the biggest advertising accounts – the iconic Woodwards Department store – in the city. With my own office, my name on the door, doing the work I loved, it couldn’t get any better than this. And it was all because of the inspirational movie, “Flashdance.”

For more information on our monthly Blogathons and Empowering Lifewriters’ community, see here.

community writing life memoir writing monsieur marcel memoir voice community

%d bloggers like this:
search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close