The Grass Isn’t Always Greener…


After completing the fourth reading for my Senior Seminar, my anxiety about graduating is at an all-time high. All of the readings have made it clear that it is going to be hard to become “successful” working in the creative industry. There isn’t job stability, especially because someone who decides to work in the creative industry doesn’t always have a typical nine to five work schedule. Part of me is overwhelmed, but the procrastinator in me is saying “you have until MAY”. Even though that is very true, time flies. These past three years flew by, and I know this year will too. I don’t know exactly what I want to do, but I do have a list I things that I want to do (if that makes any sense). I want to live in Providence, but I also want to live in Philly. I want to travel to China for two years and become fluent in Chinese, and maybe even be a part of the Peace Corps. I also want to be a dog breeder, throwing coach, a CrossFit athlete, and learn and interpret sign language. There is so much I want to do, but I only have one life. What makes me the most anxious is missing out on opportunity. All my life I’ve been blessed with opportunities like going to a boarding high school, and attending Wheaton College. I followed all of the “rules” along the way, basically listening to and abiding by my mother’s instruction. Now I’m an adult, and once I graduate I can’t keep looking to my mother for the next step. I need to build my own path which is scary because I don’t want to make the wrong decision. All I know is at the end of each day, I want to be happy.


Annual Revenue has dropped due to the closing of some Casinos. (poverty rate 34.3%)

At the beginning of Hollywood: The Dream Factory, Hortense Powdermaker talks about how things aren’t always as they seem. She talks about how there is an order to the industry, and how there is always someone else, which leads to people working to please others (their bosses) to secure a job. Instead of doing what they truly want to or what they believe is right. She also talks about How Hollywood isn’t what is seems. “Hollywood is a unique American phenomenon with a symbolism not limited to this country” (16). Powdermaker says that Hollywood means different thing to different people. When I started reading this book, the cliché quote, “the grass isn’t always greener on the other side”, kept popping into my head. This is very true. People have their own perception of a place, when it is a totally different experience for someone else. Powdermaker talks about Hollywood, but I’ll use Atlantic City as an example. Atlantic City, NJ, is home to many casinos, a beach, boardwalk, and an outlet mall. People from all over the world come to visit for vacation, or to celebrate their various milestones in life. I went this summer to celebrate my 21st birthday with my grandparents. I had a great time, but as we drove into the city I couldn’t help but notice the surrounding neighborhood. There were rundown buildings and boarded up apartments. It wasn’t how I remembered or imagined at all. I went once or twice when I was younger, but I never really observed my surroundings. As years passed I was set on going to Atlantic City for my 21st birthday, excited to be around all the gambling and excitement. When I was there, though I did have fun I realized that the “visitors” were the only ones having fun. Everyone who actually lived in the neighborhood close to the casino I stayed in seemed like they were struggling day to day. Between 2009 and 2013 the poverty rate in Atlantic City was 31.4%. The casinos on the other hand made $2.86 billion in 2013. Going back to Powdermakers point, to me Atlantic City seemed like a dream place to visit, I thought everyone lived lavishly and gambled in their spare time. That isn’t how it is at all. These casinos are sucking all the money out of the surrounding neighborhoods.


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