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Jillian Tamaki on her weirdest day job

Jillian Tamaki once worked in a stable, grooming horses. Really.

Jillian Tamaki is a cartoonist and the author of Super Mutant Magic Academy. She was on The Next Chapter recently to discuss one of her most memorable day jobs: working in a stable.

"Between high school and college, I took a year off and taught riding and groomed at Spruce Meadows, a riding academy outside Calgary. I worked for very, very rich people. I would make quite a bit of money braiding horse tails and horse manes and getting up at 4 o'clock in the morning and giving baths to the horses. Shovelling horse manure was a really great way to spend the year off between high school and college. It was extremely eye-opening."

Jillian Tamaki's comments have been edited and condensed.