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50 Musicians And Their Childhood Dream Jobs

August 25, 2011  |  8:00am
Taraka and Nimai Larson
Prince Rama
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First dream job: Cat Ladies

Why that job? When the world fails you, you’re never alone if you’ve got tons of cats.

Age when they wanted to be that profession: Taraka, age four. Nimai, age three.

Zach Rogue
Rogue Wave, Release The Sunbird
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First dream job: Baseball Player

Why that job? We had season tickets to the A’s when I was a kid and completely idolized Rickey Henderson from day one. All I wanted was to be a baseball player for the A’s; which was tough since I had no arm and couldn’t hit a curveball. By the time I hit high school, it was clear that a) I would never start varsity (or play at all) and b) I better think of a new dream.

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

Jonny Corndawg
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First dream job: Ninja

Why that job? I remember my first (self-taught) ninja training. Relentless hours on end, honing my ninja craft in the front yard with a machete, a BB gun and some nunchucks. Who knows how many neighborhood cats lay slain to my training? All of this from an old Bruce Lee VHS I found in the trash.

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

Stefanie Drootin-Senseney
Big Harp
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First dream job: Marine Biologist

Why that job? Growing up in Southern California, I spent a lot of time at the beach. I guess around four I decided I wanted to be a marine biologist (or maybe a dolphin). That was my stock answer to the “what do you want to be when you grow up?” question until I was 14. That’s when I decided I wanted to be a musician.

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

Paul Duncan
Warm Ghost
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First dream job: I’m pretty sure the first thing I wanted to be was Dracula.

Why that job? Hanging out in a castle in solitude, lucrative property owner, well dressed, magical powers, flying, immortality… sounded like a pretty sweet job to me.

Age when they wanted to be that profession: Six maybe?

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