When you sit at a desk from 9-5, day after day, if you're not passionate about the work you're doing, it can start to weigh you down. For a lot of us, it's only natural to dream of escaping to a more exciting, fast paced profession with better perks.
While some of our dream jobs can seem unattainable (anyone hiring a 22 year old astronaut?), there is something to be said for finding a job that you love. To provide you with some career-related inspo, here are 9 Torontonians with jobs that you'll be totally jealous of.
Mia Gordon // National Lacrosse League TV
Mia Gordon is a former tennis pro turned sportscaster for the National Lacrosse League's digital TV station. She is also the co-host of the NLL Production's show The Box, where she discusses all things lacrosse.
Andrew Mok // Animator at Ubisoft Toronto
Andrew Mok is a Toronto-based animator and caricature artist. Having previously worked in animation for television, Mok recently turned his attention to video games as an animator for Ubisoft Toronto, the Canadian division of the video game publisher responsible for games like Assasin's Creed. In his spare time, Mok keeps up with his passion for animation by taking his talents to weddings, parties and more.
Lori Stein // Women's Footwear Buyer at Holt Renfrew
Lori Stein is a women's footwear buyer for Canadian luxury department store chain Holt Renfrew, or as I like to think of it, "the job a million girls would kill for." Her job involves picking the designer shoes that will be sold in the chain's various locations.
Fly Lady Di // Dancer, Dance Teacher & Choreographer
Fly Lady Di, or Diana Reyes, is one of the most prominent dance teachers in the city, known for her popular Justin Bieber "Sorry" Dance tutorial from 2015. An accomplished choreographer in her own right, Fly Lady Di teaches a variety of classes across the city, and also hosts private dance classes for bachelorettes, birthdays and more.
Mia Parres // HGTV Designer & Host
Mia Parres is a Toronto-based interior designer and decorator. On top of designing and hosting two HGTV shows, Parres also designs for Sarah Richardson Design, all while running her own design studio.
Siobhan McPherson // Brewer at Mill Street Brewery
Siobhan McPherson works as a brewer for Toronto's Mill Street Brewery. Brewers are typically responsible for the process of creating and distributing beer (and yes, that does involve some sampling.)
Joey Arrigo // Cirque du Soleil Performer
Joey Arrigo is a Cirque du Soleil performer who probably spends more time in the air than on the ground. Last year, Arrigo had a leading role in the company's Kooza. Arrigo's past gigs have included work on So You Think You Can Dance Canada and even choreographing several pieces for the Abby Lee Dance Company (of Dance Moms fame!)
Linda Bi // IVY Swimwear Co-Founder
IVY is a swimwear company based out of Toronto and Los Angeles. Linda oversees the brand's Canadian operations and designs pieces for IVY's collections. Recently, IVY ventured into intimates with a collection of lingerie pieces that can be worn outside.
Hayley Elsaesser // Designer
Toronto based designer Hayley Elsaesser got her start as a Fashion/Apparel Design student at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia before making the move back to Toronto to grow her label. Since that time, Elsaesser's colourful designs have gotten her a lot of famous fans, with celebs like Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry wearing her designs on the red carpet.
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