Tuesday, December 26, 2006

My Name is Dawn. I’m a 37 year old dealer…..I’ve been a dealer on and off for over 14 years. I kinda fell into it while I was in between jobs….not something I ever intended to be….not something I ever thought…yeah, I want to be a dealer when I grow up. I never even considered it….it wasn’t one of those categories on those career pickers we all filled out in High School. But here I am and I’m pretty good at it if I do say so myself.

No, no, no…it’s not what you’re all thinking…..I work in a casino....gotcha though, didn’t I??? I used to get the biggest kick out of that when I first started….the inevitable question that’s suppose to define us all….”What do you do for a living?” “I’m a dealer” The looks that you get are hysterical. I don’t pull that too much these days, it’s not quite so funny anymore.

I live in Biloxi, MS….never thought I’d end up here. I dreamed of California and the Pacific Ocean….Florida and the balmy keys. I moved here in 91’ after I graduated from college with a degree in Biology….It’s amazing, I have a degree in Biology and can’t remember the genus, species of a rat…! Anyway, I like it down here…..at least I did until last August, 29th. I’m going to go into all the Hurricane Katrina stuff, and there’s plenty of it. But I’ll tell ya….living though something like that, and I do mean living though it, (yes, I stayed) gives you a new perspective on things. I decided, after the shock of it all, that although dealing pays the bills….it wasn’t what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I’ve always known that…but Katrina makes you remember that life is too short to get stuck in a rut.

Which brings me to, in a round about way, to how I started my own business. It wasn’t intentional…..it just kind of happened. I’d always gotten compliments on my creations. I decided to make a couple of extra bucks by making lanyards for the name badges we have to wear at work. I was always almost forgetting to bring it and my gaming badge to work, which was a big no-no. So, I figured I’d wear it around my neck. So, I beaded a lanyard. Then others wanted one, so I made more. Then I saw an ad in the Sunday Paper for a Arts and Crafts Show and I thought…hmmmm. That’s when I jumped in with both feet.

I had no idea what I was doing or getting myself into. Well, I’m 3 months in now and doing pretty well. I’m still way in the hole, but trying to make a name for myself in a very competitive area. I still have a lot to learn about what I’m doing, and I’ve made mistakes and learned from them too, but, I actually love what I’m doing.

Am I still dealing???? Yeah, for now, I need the insurance.


At 6:35 PM, Blogger jinx1764 said...

Great story! Many other sellers, myself included, have similar stories of accidental businesses. I've only been in this for 6 months so I know how you feel about being in the hole, good luck!

At 9:35 AM, Blogger Dee said...

Thanks for stopping by Dawn, you didn't miss the party, we'll be there all weekend, stop back by and get your entry in for the Sunday night drawing.

I'm liking your newest blog, great getting to know more about you, I'll be following this one too!


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