In the long-term my destiny was set quite early: I hand-printed my first neighborhood newsletter at age 9. About the same time, I wrote my first short-story. In high school, I booked my first band for the prom (after discovering them rehearsing in my apartment building basement).
I learned business skills (typing & shorthand) in high school. Went the corporate route, then blended them all together, literally dancing the line between the traditional and entrepreneurial: Day (office work) & Night (producing live entertainment).
I worked a lot for free to gain recognition in the entertainment spectrum, which worked to my advantage to a certain extent.
Cable TV shows eventually led to network TV news.
Now I review media, lifestyles and health from my living room, bringing my expertise and personal experiences into the mix.