Cool Careers

March 27, 2020
FROM LEFT: STEPHEN BLUE FOR TIME FOR KIDS; COURTESY NATALIE LABARRE

What do you want to be when you grow up? When Natalie Labarre was a kid, she hated that question. None of the careers she knew about—like being a doctor or lawyer—seemed like something she wanted to do. “But when I learned that animator was a job that grown-ups could have, I calmed down,” she told TFK.

Labarre went on to become an animator. Now she’s written and illustrated a book: Incredible Jobs You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of. It includes professions like window cleaner, snake milker, and wigmaker. Labarre hopes the book will help kids imagine their future. “Just because you’ve never heard of a job you like doesn’t mean you won’t find the perfect one,” she says.