In this world of Fast and Furious movies and Ricky Bobby quotes, perhaps the coolest job some can imagine is Race Car Driver.
So what does it take to become a race car driver? Aside from, obviously, wanting to go fast?
First, you’re going to need to know how to drive. Sure, you may have passed your driver’s license test and know how to parallel park in a tight spot, but we’re talking about professional driving. Take classes to learn how the pros do it. Look for “high performance driving” and racing courses or instructors near you.
Secondly, you’ll need money. Racing cars doesn’t come cheap – especially if you wreck them. Being independently wealthy helps, but if you’re not already rich, you’ll need to round up some corporate sponsors to keep the cash flowing.
Third, you’ll need racing experience. Enter races, and keep improving your skills as a driver. Winning always helps.
If you can’t make it into the world of racing, there’s also the wonderful world of Hollywood to consider. Why not become a stunt driver? Or an automotive journalist?
Today’s post will be quick – just like the job itself!
Quick sketch artists can be found in at least two settings that I can think of: in a courtroom or on the beach.
Courtroom sketch artists usually draw scenes from high-profile trials, since flash photography is often not allowed during court proceedings.
Caricaturists are usually quick sketch artists who exaggerate certain body parts, and typically create humorous portraits for a small fee. You may have seen these folks on a boardwalk by the beach, at a fair, or even hanging out at a public park with an easel full of paper and some pens.
If you’ve got artistic ability, and work fast, perhaps a career in quick sketch artistry is for you!
Other Quintessential Jobs That Start With Q
Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst
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This may be one of my favorite cool jobs, because who doesn’t love taking photos?
Of course, becoming a professional photographer is a lot more work than simply snapping pix on your iPhone.
As with becoming a writer, there are many different genres of photography in which one might specialize. You could be a fashion photographer, a portrait photographer, a science or industrial photographer, a food photographer… and the list goes on.
One of the most important parts of becoming a photographer is, of course, having a “good eye.” Being able to spot a great photo waiting to happen is just one skill that a pro has honed, along with figuring out the best lighting, how to arrange people or objects within a composition, creating artistic or commercial images that fit the needs of an intended audience or client, and how cameras themselves mechanically (or digitally) function to create interesting effects.
And then, there’s Photoshop!
So how does one become a professional photographer? Read on for more info from the pros themselves…
One of my favorite fictional job titles is “Oceanographic Explorer,” which is actually the name of a magazine that features in Wes Anderson’s movie, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. The reporter who arrives to interview Steve becomes quite a thorn in his side, which is part of what makes this movie so funny, but as it turns out one can be an Oceanographic Explorer in real life by becoming an Oceanographer.
Oceanographers are scientists who study the ocean. There are many different scientific disciplines that fall under oceanography, including marine biology, marine chemistry, marine geology, and physical oceanography. Even NASA is looking for oceanographers, to observe our oceans from space!
UC San Diego is actually a leader in oceanography – and for good reason. The city is, of course, right on California’s coast, and has plenty of access to the water. And the Scripps Institution of Oceanography is interested in training the next generation of marine scientists who can address “issues of global concern, the environment, climate change, biodiversity, and sustainable resources.” (And you can find a full list of things you can do with a degree from Scripps here!)
Whether you’re interested in science or adventure (or a little bit of both!) oceanography is an exciting field to consider.