Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday, which is where I feature people and interview them. It is always inspirational to look into the life of another, and realize it is just as complex and confusing and large as your own.
This week’s short interview is text-only. For this week, I spoke to my friend Amanda Coe. See below.
Note: Edits made for grammatical purposes.
Q1. For the readers, who are you, what do you do, and what is your current passion project?
My name is Amanda. I am currently a cashier at one of our larger chain grocery stores. My passion project is working enough to get into college, and following Ghost on their musical endeavors, haha.
Q2. Last time we talked, you were quite passionately into a hairdressing career. How’d that go and what did you takeaway from that job?
I was, and a part of me always will be. I quit my job at Supercuts because I was in a toxic environment. My co-workers and even my boss started playing favorites and doing stupid stuff just to spite me. It got to the point where I was unsupported, ridiculed and just beaten down, so I got out of there.
Being a hairdresser opened me up, I won’t lie. I was this shy, reclusive person at one point and it’s weird to think about how far I’ve come. It taught me how to listen, how to be dependable, and be friendly and get to know people from all walks of life.
I’ve met many amazing people on the journey, made great memories and learned a great deal of things but all in all I needed a change and I like where I’m at right now.
[Being a hairdresser] taught me how to listen, and be dependable and friendly.
Q3. That sounds great. So do you think you’ll go back to that industry in a different place/company?
Ideally, what’d major would you like to study in college, and how are you preparing for that?
I think one day I’ll go back to it.
The main reason I went to cosmetology school in the first place was because I wanted and needed a better understanding of physical beauty, colors, shapes – things like that, because I truly want to make a living being a special effects make up artist. It’s something I’ve always been obsessed with and passionate about, even though I’ve only taken a few art classes in my entire life.
I honestly am in mass confusion with it all because I don’t know if I should pursue special effects and somehow someway make it to Pennsylvania to go to the school I want to go to, or just take the traditional route and go into college and start by getting my Associates [degree].
I honestly am in mass confusion with it all – the school I want versus the traditional college.
Q4. Going back to your passion project, you mentioned Ghost and their musical journey. Could you tell us more about Ghost and other musicians you’re listening to these days?
Ghost is a Swedish metal band, and they sing about Satan a lot but man, the music is great. There’s Papa Emeritus III who sings, and The Nameless Ghouls, Fire is lead guitar, Water is the bassist, Wind is the keyboardist, Earth is the drummer and Ether is rhythm guitar.
They won their first Grammy about a week ago and I was so proud. Being a fan since the first album and seeing them come that far was a huge success and all Ghost fans know that the award was very well earned. Other than Ghost, I listen to a lot of 80’s music, and quite a bit of alternative and other sorts of metal.
I’m not really into modern music, it all sounds the same to me so I can’t stand it.
Q5. If you had to give people your age three lessons to live their lives by, what would be the three lessons?
Hmm… Lesson one – don’t be afraid of what you don’t know. There is a lot in the world that none of us understand; it’s about taking the initiative to educate ourselves about anything and everything we can.
Lesson two – be open and kind. The world is already full of jerks, there’s no need to fuel the fire. I’ve learned over time that what you put into the world will always come back to you – what you give is what you get. Being a solid person isn’t hard, taking genuine curiosity in people isn’t hard, so in other words go out and make friends, don’t be a dick.
And lesson three – always enjoy the little things. Little things are great, and they are even better when you can feel good about them and enjoy them. It doesn’t matter what it is – whether it’s a short term goal, something going your way for a change, finding a dollar on the ground, or a stranger smiling at you, enjoy it because you’ll learn to appreciate them later on in life.
Don’t be afraid of not knowing. Be open and kind. Enjoy the little things.
Q6. Wonderful. Final question. Do you have anything you want to plug – a story, a video, a podcast, a piece of art or history, etc.? If not do you have any parting words for the readers?
Ghost is great.
Thank you for reading Talkback Tuesday! You can leave a follow-up question for Amanda in the comments below and I’ll try and get an answer for you.
Next, check out last week’s interview Right Here.