titled, From Darkness to Light: A Modern Guide to Recapturing Historical Riches (Creative Inspirations Ltd., $16.95; 800-390-4742, ext. 92).
Cillie’s own appreciation for quality secondhand goods was acquired gradually. Noting that her high school sweetheart (now husband) grew up with antiques, she says, “I had no appreciation for them. In fact, I wondered why his parents had them.” But, as a fledgling pharmacist, the only bedroom set Cillie liked and could afford was found at an estate sale. From then on, she became a fixture at virtually any estate sale she could get to.
Her desire to pursue it as a career was furthered by two things: a growing disenchantment with pharmacist work (which she says is marked by grueling 12-hour days and disrespect from customers, doctors and nurses) and a realization that black people are missing the boat when it comes to cashing in on their own valuables. “I heard some white people in line at a sale talking about some purchases they made at a black estate sale and how little they got them for and how `these people’ didn’t even know what they had,” she says.
Cillie, now 35, launched her business soon afterward. In 1995, she graduated from the World Wide College of Auction Bering in Mason City, Iowa. Today, she has four to five assistants who work with her regularly on weekends. Although she recently cut back her pharmacy hours, she continues to juggle two careers with continuing education classes on antiques and appraisal. She doesn’t foresee ever relinquishing her pharmacist career, seeing it as “the anchor” that enables her to pursue her passion.
WEATHERING A STORMY CAREER PATH
Gregg Ketter doesn’t just like his career as a weatherman for KTTV News in Los Angeles. He loves it, and can wax philosophic about the weather, the network and the thrill he gets on air without any encouragement whatsoever.
As rare as his enthusiasm is for that job, it’s rarer still to find that he is equally bowled over by his second career as a motivational speaker and corporate trainer. One question about it, and he’s off to the races again, quoting Bill Gates and Aristotle Onassis about the magic that occurs when timing and vision meet opportunity.
But Ketter’s career outlook wasn’t always so clear and sunny. In fact, the Philadelphia native tried his hand at everything from modeling to marketing and construction to sales before he experienced an epiphany that directed him toward broadcasting. Ketter still gives a detailed account of that day in 1989 when, at home watching TV, he saw Christopher Nance, a black weatherman on KNBC. He decided then that that was the career for him. With no broadcast experience, he began doggedly studying meteorology under Dr. George Fishbeck, a now retired L.A. broadcast weather fixture, and with scientists at the National Weather Service. Meanwhile, he kept his day job as a salesperson and corporate trainer for the retail appliance chain Circuit City.
It took two years, but in 1991, having been rejected by virtually every other station,