The good news is: my news director has agreed to give me a couple of weeks of curly hair to experiment until I find something manageable and professional.

foxycus02....yes you are probably right. I'm sure they don't think it's professional bcs half is straight and half is curly. The other reason is because it's short and curly. Long and curly is much more acceptable than curly short. My dilemna is it will never get long while I have to straighten it.
Anyway, I have posted a few curly vs. straight hair pictures. If I didn't have a scarf on you would see just how scraggly looking the tips are. I recently got it cut at Devachan. I think I will stop by there again this week to see if he has any more advice.
Pics here:

Thanks again for the feedback. :-)