I can’t begin to tell you how many times a day I am asked this question. Normally, this question can be answered quite simply and quickly. For example if you were to ask a teacher, why they became a teacher? that would be easy; “I went to college, received my masters, and BAM! I became a teacher.”
However this is an extremely loaded question for me considering I am 5’6”, blonde, 24 year oldfemale bondsman with a bachelor’s degree in English. Go figure. I was hired by Andrew Marocchini, owner of BAILCO as a “part-time” office assistant back in 2007 graduated college in 2008 and my career path with BAILCO moved fast. I played a part in creating Connecticut Bail Academy; (www.ctbailacademy.com) the first state approved surety bail bond pre-licensing course. Three years later I’m STILL here; but for good reason, so check out the company I work for here;http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdGzvC_zYmo and keep reading.
I remember meeting one guy at Manchester Police Department at 1:00 in the morning to post bond for his girlfriend, and he asked me while filling out his paperwork; “so how long you’ve been doing this?” and my response was, “close to three years” and he replied with “oh so you must enjoy it then.” At that moment I thought to myself “ya know what, he’s right”. Who in their right mind would be in a profession where you could work or be on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week without enjoying it?
The thing that makes being a bondsman so enjoyable, for me at least, is the unpredictability that it offers. Every morning when I wake up I NEVER know what my day is going to entail at work. I could spend it all day in the office pushing paperwork, or I could be out all over the state bonding people out. Don’t get me wrong, at times the days can be long and tiring, but I wouldn’t change my job for a “9-5 office cubicle” position any day. Not to mention, the collection of crazy yet quite intriguing stories that I have heard over the past three years from the defendants themselves, the cosigners, and other bondsman/bail enforcement agents are enough to write a book never mind a blog post.
Most of all I love the expressions on the faces of my family and friends when they ask what I do for work. I recently moved and when I met my new neighbor and after a some small talk, he asked what I did for work, and after I told him I was a bondsman he responded with “WOW I’ve never met one of those before!!”. I didn’t really know how to interpret that response, but thought well he can check that off his list J.
It’s an interesting job to stay the LEAST but it’s exciting, it keeps me moving, and it’s obviously a great conversation starter. I now have my pistol permit and a license to carry, all of which I never would have had, had I been in a different occupation. I’ll leave you with a video staring the man I bought my first gun from; Mr. Douglas White, who is currently a bondsman and bail enforcement agent in Florida.http://www.indiegogo.com/The-Hunt?i=shlk …more stories from the bail bond world to come. Stay tuned.