How Tim Chen, the founder of NerdWallet, worked up the nerve to start a company after getting laid off during a recession
Before Roots, Star Trek, and Reading Rainbow, the actor had chosen to devote his life to the Catholic Church.
The artist behind Barack Obama’s presidential portrait talks about developing his skills at a junk store.
The author Elizabeth Kolbert on why she went into journalism and the myriad futures she imagined for herself
The actress talks about first jobs, switching schools, and finally telling her parents about her dream of acting
The performer did everything from cleaning pool locker rooms to children’s theater before landing major acting gigs.
The actor worked in finance and at a strip club before committing to comedy.
Margot Lee Shetterly, the author of Hidden Figures, on figuring out when to leave a job
Why the founder of Girls Who Code stayed in a role she hated before leaving the private sector
The historian Nell Painter discusses her lifelong love of art, and how it felt to finally pursue her dream after she left the workplace.
How the activist made a career of social justice.
Lemuel Butler, one of the world’s most celebrated baristas, had a string of odd jobs and dropped out of college before devoting himself to his craft.
How Paulette Jordan’s roots influenced her campaign to become the first Native American governor in the United States
How the writer Leslie Jamison navigated service jobs, elite institutions, and alcoholism
Missy Cummings discusses her first job, her experience as one of the first female fighter pilots, and her time as a Duke professor.
How Philip Glass went from driving taxis to becoming one of the most celebrated composers of our time
How Cristina Jiménez went from doing under-the-table jobs to becoming a MacArthur Fellow and immigrants’ rights activist