Women with Ideas
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the September 2003 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
Laura Cantrell, 36: Musician
How did you wind up as a DJ/corporate vice president/country music singer?
FI've wanted to be a musician for years. I did an old-time country show in college, and after I graduated I had a show on WFMU, which is an independent radio station in Jersey City. It was pretty obvious that I would have to find a way to support my music habit. So I went to work as an assistant at a Wall Street investment bank. I would do the radio show on Saturdays and tuck whatever gigs I had as a musician into whatever time was left.
What have you done with your corporate clothes?
I still have one suit that I bought six years ago—black jacket, black skirt. Part of me thinks it should be torched because it's not ever going to be worn again. But there's something sentimental about it; a lot of years of putting my nose to the grindstone are embodied in that suit.