This bio note is from Sharon Springer’s Facebook page:
My professional life has been in the private sector. I was a commercial real estate appraiser for 12 years and valued shopping centers, industrial complexes, residential subdivisions and apartments. I was appraising a portfolio of gas stations when I had the epiphany that my education and talents could be used in a more meaningful way (for me).
You know, this does seem to be the kind of epiphany that someone in real estate would have. And it took her that long to have it?
Sorry, but we don’t need more people from the booster class in charge. Burbank’s been burdened enough with these semi-demi-professionals who — epiphany or whatever — can not leave their old world behind. Unless Springer had a nervous breakdown on top of things and then spent her next 15 years in Topanga she’s still enmeshed in that worldview.
It’s unavoidable. There’s nothing you can do about this, and there’s nothing in the Burbank milieu that’s ever going to inspire you out of it. Pretty much the opposite.
You’re either born with the realization or you’re not; and if you are, you don’t go into real estate appraisal.