As Arlo sang in the Epic Song Cycle known as Alice’s Restaurant:
Just “walk in [to the draft board and] say “Shrink, You can get anything you want, at Alice’s restaurant.”And walk out. You know, if one person, just one person does it they may think he’s really sick and they won’t take him. And if two people, two people do it, in harmony, they may think they’re both faggots and won’t take either of them.
And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in singin’ a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. They may think it’s an organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said fifty people a day walking in singin’ a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. And friends they may think it’s a movement.”
IFO thinks we may be within the 3 to 50 level on the lesson young people have been learning lately: You don’t have to go to college to get a dream job. We’re not just talking about high-tech billionaire-types either.
Ordinary folks can do it, too. Take Jarod Bogh, the local boy whose story appeared in this weekend’s News-Register. Read it all here, but if you’re in a hurry here are the key points, excerpted:
After high school, “Bogh’s initial goal was to pursue a college degree. So he enrolled at Linn-Benton Community College. However, he quickly became disillusioned with the curriculum’s meager art offerings. He then decided to attend the Art Institute of Portland, where he spent several months adding solid fundamentals to his inherent abilities.
“But to land a job as a commercial artist or designer these days, one must possess top notch computer graphic skills. So he enrolled at the Art Institute of Seattle, which promised an intensive focus on digital media art and animation. Once again, reality fell well short of expectations for Bogh.
“I had already been learning the latest animation program on my own,” he said. “When I started the classes in Seattle, I realized they didn’t know any more than I did, if as much.”
Can’t you just imagine his poor parents? Grimly shaking their heads and rolling their eyes at his search for a artistic career?
Well, guess what? He showed his portfolio, applied for and got a job at HIVE-FX, a Portland-based digital graphics firm that had just been hired to develop special effects for a new, popular TV show, “Grimm,” that’s just been renewed for another season – premiere at 10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, on NBC.
Investment/career lesson: follow your dream and don’t give up!