Paula's Open Road
Don't Worry About It (1:53)
Positive Influences (0:55)
You Don't Do It By Yourself (1:33)
Defining Success (1:29)
Don't Give Up On Your Dream (0:31)
What Makes It Worth It (0:41)
Director of Husbandry
Dallas World Aquarium
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- First seeds of Paula Carson's future aquarium career were first planted in her eight-year-old brain while watching Saturday morning TV.
- When she saw Jacques Cousteau and the crew of the Calypso embarking on underwater adventures, she thought, "I want to do that."
- She got a pet fish and started reading everything she could on fish, rocks, and anything ocean-related.
- In high school, Paula and her mother studied the Texas A&M course catalog to make sure she was on the right track for marine biology.
- All the while, she'd never even seen the ocean in person, yet she was absolutely sure that this was what she wanted to do.
- Says that looking back, she's surprised that she kept going, considering how many detractors she encountered.
- People told her she'd never find a job and she wouldn't be able to have a family, but she tuned out negativity in favor of constructive advice.
- Says be willing to let your dreams evolve-never thought she'd be working in a rainforest environment, but wouldn't change it for the world.