I’d already bought coffee capsules, two new t-shirts for my husband, and a Pandora charm. Then I saw… her.Watch Full Movie Streaming Online and Download
Clad in black, with a funky black beret that made her look very arty, she was standing beside an open display cabinet at the bottom of an escalator, consulting a clipboard. Beside her was a shopping cart full of bits and pieces that were obviously going into the display.
Huh. Immediately I thought: Now there’s a great occupation for a character. I wonder how you get a job like that?
Only one way to find out. I walked up to her and said, “Excuse me, this is probably going to sound a bit crazy, but I’m a writer and I collect characters…” (At that stage she could probably have been forgiven for calling security.) What qualifications, I asked her, did you have to have for a job like hers? Was there a course?
Yes, there was: it was called Visual Merchandising. She worked for a company that was contracted by the shopping complex, but she could be sent to a variety of different places – even birthday parties or weddings or other events, to dress the hall or room or surrounds. She could do shop windows or create a theme around the shopping complex.
I wished I’d thought of taking a sneaky photo with my phone to keep on file as a visual reference, but I can remember her pretty well.
Now I have a new career for a character in a story somewhere in the future, and by Googling ‘merchandising’ I was able to find out all about the kind of training and opportunities that exist. My new character (and her job) is now filed under Characters > Careers.
See? Go out for groceries, and you come home with a character. Gotta love being a writer.