Off and on in my life I’ve had people say to me, “you should be a flight attendant”. “You’d make a great flight attendant”. “You’re SO good with people, you’re so calm, you’d make a great flight attendant”. I’d think about it but I guess I never really took it seriously or maybe I just wasn’t ready to explore that kind of a career yet. I’ve known people who worked for major airlines and said that they really love/loved it. Recently, the topic of this career came up again. It came up in response to a conversation I was having with a friend on how to incorporate my art, my painting & sketching, into my life and NOT have to go back to my former career in the corporate world. I’m an artist and I have been trying to find a balance between my passion and paying my bills. I’ve also reached a point where I really don’t want to be locked up in an office sitting right in front of a screen and keyboard all day typing my life away. I want to somehow incorporate my career into my creative passion and I’m feeling more and more confident that I can do this as a flight attendant.
And so I started researching. What it takes to become a flight attendant, the good the bad, the pay, the benefits, for myself, my family and my friends. I’ve watched youtube videos, read books and watched more videos on how to pack light and how to get through the airport quicker and how to get hotel points every time I stay at a hotel for work. I learned what a “crash pad” is.
Now I’ve been dreaming about that life, pretty much non-stop. I tried talking myself out of it several times but keep coming back to it. It looks like there is flexibility and a way to craft the experience I want to have. I think the first year is probably out of your hands but after that and as you gain more seniority, your schedule becomes more predictable and manageable. You get a guaranteed amount of hours whether you work one hour or 75-80 you get that amount. Anything after that amount you can work as many hours you’d like.
I applied for a few flight attend jobs and was recently contacted by a Portland based airline and I will have my first group interview this Thursday, right here in Portland, OR. I’ve been doing all of my research and practicing interview questions. I’ve even met with a current, seasoned flight attendant who grilled me with questions, gave me great advise offered to be a resource for me if I needed her. She even gave me onions, Swiss chard and mint from her garden! What a lovely person she is! Thank you Danielle!
I’ve been taking extra care, making sure my look is clean and neat and representative of what the airlines want. I’m excited and wonder if I could actually do this! It would mean travel for myself, my family and my friends! Ummm yes, I seem to be gaining more friends suddenly! But that’s okay! I love it! The more the merrier.
I got my nails done today, suit and shoes borrowed (thanks mom!) and now I just need to study for my group interview. I hope I do well. I hope I can fly without barfing and I hope I will be hired so that I can start living the life of art and adventure that I’ve always wanted to live and share.
special note: i love you dad! you are the best! you inspire me and drive my photography and creative interests everywhere I go. I love you mom. you are strong and a fantastic fashionista! thank goodness i have you in my corner! i love my whole family too! i feel their love and support every single day!!