Somewhere, a woman is waking up.
She is checking her work email before her feet hit the ground. She’s eating instant breakfast. She’s getting dressed in clothes that make her feel like someone she doesn’t know.
She’s driving to work, calling her mom. Nothing new to tell. She hits three green lights in a row, the highlight of her morning.
She’s at her desk, trying to multi-task. She’s putting someone on hold as her boss asks her to do yet another task with an unrealistic deadline. There are seven tabs open in her browser. She wants to appear competent, capable, and the opposite of flustered. She fantasizes about someone stopping by her desk and saying “thank you” for the work she does.
She’s walking through Anthropologie on her way home. She’s not really shopping (unless there’s a treasure in the SALE cove); for just a few minutes, she’s borrowing what it’s like to live in a beautiful world.
She’s back at home, peeling herself out of her underwire and pinchy shoes. She only has the energy to put on her sweats, pour a bowl of cereal, and watch a couple shows on Hulu before she gets up and does it all again tomorrow.
I'm here for her.
Because there is more for her than she’s been told.
Hi, I'm Laura Simms.
I’m so glad you found me here. I'd love to help you find a career that feels like home.
I believe that everyone has access to work that is meaningful and profitable, once they know how to look for it.
At least in the developed world, anyway.
It’s easy to forget that the option to choose your own work is a remarkable luxury.
The fact that you’re reading this means you have more opportunity to find or create meaningful work than most people in the world. I’ll show you how to make the most of it.
Whatever obstacle that keeps popping up in your head telling you that all this sounds nice but it’s not for you because you have a [mortgage/family/child/student loan/failed business/past bad experience], is working overtime to keep you paralyzed right where you are. I’m here to tell you that we ALL have circumstances that can be challenging. But they are circumstances to work with, not obstacles to back down in the face of. I want you to rise.
Meaningful work is not a fairy tale. It’s for people who make the decision to accept nothing less and have the tools to make it a reality. I’ve done it, I’ve helped dozens of Homecomers do it, and I would love to help you find a career to call home, too, even if you have "too many passions" or no passions, or don't have a clue what you want to do. Since 2011, helping people figure that out has been my life’s work.
Let me show you what "home" looks like:
A Career Home:
- challenges you to become the most authentic version of yourself
- relies on your inherent strengths
- is aligned with your personal values
- contributes to something larger than yourself
- energizes you
- feels good in your bones
Whaddaya say? Ready to come home?
Wondering how I ended up here?
Before my own career change, I was an actor. I did a lot of work you’ve never heard of, though people do sometimes recognize me on reruns of Castle, Leverage, and Criminal Minds.
When we think of acting, it’s easy to flash to images of red carpets and celebrities behaving badly. But that’s not the craft. Studying the craft of acting — as a child, in the real world, and at the masters level — taught me volumes about art, people, and communication. My current work is immensely indebted to the study of acting.
I learned the power of subtlety and economy of effort, how to craft a narrative, how to work in an ensemble, how to work a crowd, to trust my instincts, to communicate in every sense, and to truly see the world through another person’s eyes.
The work had the potential to be physically dangerous, emotionally vulnerable, publicly humiliating, or rollickingly successful. It was trial by fire, every single time.
I learned from the business, as well.
As an actor, unless you’re lucky enough to be under a contract for a few months, you’re looking for a new job every single day. It was during my years in Los Angeles that I became fascinated with marketing, branding, and business strategy. I genuinely enjoyed the artistry of these things, but they were also survival skills. No savvy, no worky.
I was madly in love with this career for many years, but eventually the spark faded and I wanted to do something more service-oriented. Cut to: present day.
I thought I'd never find work I loved as much as acting. I'm so grateful that I did, and that I've found a way to make it possible for you to find home, too.
When I'm not working...
I’m stranded in Deep East Texas thanks to my husband’s job, but he’s handsome and brilliant so what’s a dame to do? We have an adorable little boyo who shows affection by putting his forehead on you and humming. One of my favorite parts of the day is sitting on the porch after dinner with a friend, a guitar, and a whiskey or tea.
Since my porch is far away, I hope you’ll join me in our incredible community, Occupation Uprising. We meet in a discreet, closed Facebook group (in case you don't want the world to know you've got the itch to ditch your job) where we support each other in the pursuit of jobs that that offer more meaning, joy, and autonomy.
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I can’t wait to welcome you to a world where your crazy dreams are the norm, and yes, within reach.