FROM THE EDITOR – JANUARY 2018
As early as high school, when I applied for my first job, I knew it was important to find work that would not only lead to a paycheck, but that I would enjoy.
I ended up at my small town’s local movie theater, selling tickets at the door and concessions behind the neon-lit counter, and, yes, even sweeping popcorn off the floors and hauling bulging trash bags to the dumpster. And I loved it. Even in those less-glamorous moments, I enjoyed the atmosphere; the air constantly smelled of freshly popped, buttery popcorn, and patrons were always happy to be there. As far as after-school gigs go, it was arguably the best in town, and I worked there until I graduated.
Today, of course, my line of work is just a little bit different, but one thing hasn’t changed: I still strive to do work that’s fun and fulfilling. In this business, where I’m constantly connecting with inspiring people and keeping up with the latest in dining, shopping, style, entertainment, travel and design, it’s hard not to have fun.
It turns out, I’m in good company when it comes to having a cool job. In our cover story, you’ll meet five Atlantans with fun—and, in some cases, even unusual—careers, ranging from food and wine to music and sports. Keep reading to find out how they landed their dream gigs and what a typical workday looks like in each of their worlds. Who knows? After reading about some of their wow-worthy moments on the job, you might just consider a career change.
Regardless of how you make your living, as usual, we’ve packed this issue with ways to enjoy your time when you’re off the clock. It’s a brand-new year and a brand-new chance to explore Atlanta, from food to entertainment and everything in between. Enjoy this issue and 2018!
Lindsay Lambert Day