Uncle Charles — owned a marketing & design agency in Los Angeles. He advised me that if I wanted to get a job as graphic designer, learn how to prep art, order type and all about the printing process. “Don't worry about learning to design or draw. You either have it or you don’t.”
Following his advice, I didn’t take up design or marketing in college. Instead, I focused on photography and printing. That knowedge did help in landing my first job at an advertising agency. I didn’t have much of a portfolio but they did need someone who could prep the artwork.
Looking back, I had another advantage as I learned working in an agency. I grew up listening to Johathan Winters and Bob Newhart. (My dad was a big fan of those two and had all their albums). I knew all their routines and characters.