I've been struggling for years now with this question. You meet someone and within minutes into the conversation - comes the question: So what do you do??
Why is it so important what I do? Why do you really care to know? It's because we are all programmed to categorize people in our heads and put them in a box.
So typically the conversation would go like this:
Me: I design events.
Jane: Oh ya?? What kind of events?
Me: All types of events?
Jane: Oh do you do weddings???
Me: Yes we do weddings? OMG so you're a wedding planner - that's so amazing, what a job, do you have any bridezilla stories??