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50 Musicians And Their Childhood Dream Jobs

August 25, 2011  |  8:00am
David Dargahi
The Postelles
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First dream job: Soccer Star

Why that job? When I was a child my father played Soccer with me and explained what the World Cup was. I soon set out on a path of playing as much as I could in hopes of making the US World Cup squad.

Age when he wanted to be that profession: Seven years old.

Ivan Howard
The Rosebuds
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First dream job: NBA Player

Why that job? I started playing organized basketball at age 7 and just really loved it from the first time I picked up a ball. I tried to play everyday of my life until I broke my arms in a pickup game, a week before the season was set to start my freshman year of college at UNCW. During that down time, I learned to play the guitar and I started to see things a little differently after that. On one highs school AAU All star team I was on, 3 of the starters other than myself did go on to play in the NBA, the fourth played in the NFL. I still love watching and playing basketball to this day. There’s just something about the fluidity of the movements that I just can’t seem to replicate in any other sport I get a chance to play.

Age when he wanted to be that profession: 7 years old.

William Elliott Whitmore
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First dream job: Artist

Why that job? I’ve always enjoyed drawing. I liked creating images that did not exist elsewhere. My dream was to draw and write comic books. More specifically, comics about tractors and trucks.

Age when he wanted to be that profession: Five years old.

Kalmia Traver
Rubblebucket
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First dream job: Scientist/Explorer

Why that job? I grew up in wild Vermont and my desire to be a scientist was less a desire and more an uncontrollable innate habit/ tendency. I ran around naked in the woods berry-picking, finding salamanders under rocks, building dams, learning names of trees, taking things apart. All kids voraciously explore their environments, but I had a special love for nature, and exploratory deconstruction of things. I read every issue of Ranger Rick, and took apart my parents old computers. Science was so romantic and magical to me, and still is, especially now that I’ve realized that I have no real skills for research or critical thinking, haha! Just still a deep happiness whenever I’m scruffing around, discovering things. Now that I think about it, I probably liked the innards of computers more for their bling-y wires and crazy shapes/patterns, than for any understanding of digital functionality.

Age when she wanted to be that profession: Five years old.

Tom Greenberg
BOBBY
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First dream job: Fighter Pilot

Why that job? I took my first flight when I was 6 weeks old and it stuck with me. According to my mom, my face was pressed against the window for the entire 5 hour journey. From ages 3 to 10, my obsession with fighter jets came from their anthropomorphic qualities. The finesse and grace with which they moved reminded me of the Orca whales I also had an infatuation with during that time. I had no idea how planes worked, nor did I care. In part, it was my ignorance that fueled my desire to fly them.

Age when he wanted to be that profession: 3 years old.

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