100 Jobs 1 Year

Taking on the daunting task of working 100 jobs in 2012

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SNL PA

Though I’d worked for them here and there in the past, SNL recently took me on as a regular production assistant on the pre-taped shoots. I can’t be more ecstatic! I’ve been reluctant to share this news on social media, because I don’t want to make friends jealous and I don’t want to destroy the mystery of a show I love.

And no, you’re not going to get the nitty-gritty details of the shoots because I don’t want to be THAT GUY that spoils things for the audience. But yes, it’s way fun!

See all those sports pads? I got sent out to the local Target to get these pads for Bobby Moynihan while he played a role in the heterosexual men figure skating sketch. It played as the cold open for the Jonah Hill episode.

And the second picture? Well that has nothing to do with SNL, other than that after parking the props truck that Thursday, I found this sign in the bathroom at No. 7 Sub in Greenpoint and thought it was funny.

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Promo Manager
Oxford Marketing is a new promo company that took me on board as a freelance Team Manager! That basically means I contact all the freelance brand ambassadors and approve them for our event, listen in on business calls, help coordinate vehicle pickups, suggest distribution locations, and make our client happy!
We worked for Oatworks, which is a relatively new beverage company that makes delicious oatmeal smoothies. The strawberry-banana may be my favorite!
All these responsibilities make me seem like an adult. What’s the deal with that?

Promo Manager

Oxford Marketing is a new promo company that took me on board as a freelance Team Manager! That basically means I contact all the freelance brand ambassadors and approve them for our event, listen in on business calls, help coordinate vehicle pickups, suggest distribution locations, and make our client happy!

We worked for Oatworks, which is a relatively new beverage company that makes delicious oatmeal smoothies. The strawberry-banana may be my favorite!

All these responsibilities make me seem like an adult. What’s the deal with that?

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H&M Isabel Marant Promo

It’s been an early week! From working another promotion outside (that I can’t disclose yet) starting at 7:30am and this one that started at 6am, I’ve had to get used to this cold weather quickly! It didn’t help that it started snowing the day after I’d been snorkeling in Bermuda!

As with the Dunkin Donuts two weeks before, MassiveMedia hired me to make a video I shot with my GoPro to capture the early-risers who lined up to check out Isabel Marant’s collection.

Though I’m not in the fashion world, I appreciated the stylishly-dressed (mainly) women eager to add to their collection. And because they’re fashion-conscious, most of them refused the Crumbs cupcakes we offered them. They were more attracted to the hot cups of Starbucks which helped them bide their time until the store opened around 8:00.

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"America runs on Dunkin."

These marathoners were too busy to tell if that motto is their secret to the extra pep in their step last Sunday. The spectators were a different story. They crowded the Dunkin Donuts where we held our promotion and warmed up with coffee, hot drinks, and tasty pastries. Did I mention donuts? There were donuts.

We set up a table right outside the Dunkin Donuts where they could make signs to cheer on their friends. We also handed out—get this—5,200 hats! And that was in the first four hours!

When I applied to work this event, the account manager the YouTube link in my email signature. After a little sleuthing, she thought I just might be a good videographer for the event. I happily agreed to shoot our promotion with my GoPro, and that’s what you see here.

As it so happens, I worked with my friends Kerry and Carleen, both of whom I met during my 100 Jobs 1 Year project. We send each other promo gigs when we hear about them, so it’s good to keep in touch!

For the last three years I’ve been telling myself I’d run the marathon next year. Maybe you won’t believe me, but it’s not due to lack of ambition that I don’t run. It’s that I don’t want to spend all that time training when I can work on creative projects. You get me?

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Every New Beginning
I quit my job.
I don’t know if that comes as a surprise to you. As far as many of you knew, job-quitting was my thing for an entire year. But no, I quit my full-time job I’ve had since January. It was a great position, using the talents I’ve acquired over the 100 Jobs 1 Year project as a brand ambassador and event production assistant.
The full-time job paid well, with salary and benefits, allowed me a good deal of freedom in decision-making, let me use my skills, and was part of a new program in a huge company with the promise of promotions and raises in the near future. Why would anyone leave that kind of position?
I found that I was settling for the good in place of the best.
Many people can settle, and sometimes I envy them. I’m not one of those people.
I need risk. I need uncertainty. I need… adventure.
So on Wednesday I picked up a promotional gig as a team leader for brand ambassadors handing out NY Metro newspapers promoting the Gran Padano cheese ad. I’ve usually been a brand ambassador, but this time was put in a team leader position due to my experience as an event manager in the job I just quit!
On the far right in the picture is my friend Rosy. I haven’t seen her for six years. We first met while working together at a theme holiday party for News Corp in December 2007 under another promo company. We were dressed in chemical suits and handing out test tubes full of brightly-colored drinks to the guests. That was my first brand ambassador gig ever. Little did I know I’d have dozens more BA gigs and make a living off it years later. Since that first time we met, I didn’t see her until this gig— the first after quitting my full-time job to go into freelancing. A new beginning.
Then today I saw that my internet friend Megan Gebhart is rebooting her 52 Cups of Coffee project. She had an excellent project in which she interviewed a new person for life advice every week in a year, and earned herself some internet fame. Megan and I first met on Twitter when I started the 100 Jobs 1 Year project, and we’ve occasionally kept in touch to encourage each other ever since. Like me, Megan took a full-time job after her project and like me, still felt lacking in her fulfillment. So this same week in which I quit my job to pursue the creative life, Megan also announced that she’ll be doing another round of 52 Cups of Coffee. (It’s worth following for your own sake.) Another new beginning.
During my daily devotional time on Wednesday, I read a challenging statement Jesus made that I can’t get out of my head lately:

Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

For me personally, not living this life of adventure would be living in fear. I’m not called to fear. I’m called to gospel-glorifying fullness, living a risk-filled life that shows the joy, love, grace, and freedom of the gospel.
I read the book Risk is Right by John Piper yesterday, and reading his Don’t Waste Your Life today. I want to show people that there is joy and freedom in the power of the gospel, and that we don’t have to be bound by fear in any area of our lives- finances, relationships, or even death.
Right now I’m friends with my favorite author and get to work on my favorite TV show. I’ve also worked on most of my favorite TV shows and met most of my heroes. Who would’ve dreamed! None of this would’ve happened if I didn’t take the risk, and I wouldn’t have risked if I gave into my fears. So, having recently left my job, I go again into the vast unknown, not knowing what lies ahead of me, but knowing that I’m guided every step of the way.
Here’s to a new beginning!

Every New Beginning

I quit my job.

I don’t know if that comes as a surprise to you. As far as many of you knew, job-quitting was my thing for an entire year. But no, I quit my full-time job I’ve had since January. It was a great position, using the talents I’ve acquired over the 100 Jobs 1 Year project as a brand ambassador and event production assistant.

The full-time job paid well, with salary and benefits, allowed me a good deal of freedom in decision-making, let me use my skills, and was part of a new program in a huge company with the promise of promotions and raises in the near future. Why would anyone leave that kind of position?

I found that I was settling for the good in place of the best.

Many people can settle, and sometimes I envy them. I’m not one of those people.

I need risk. I need uncertainty. I need… adventure.

So on Wednesday I picked up a promotional gig as a team leader for brand ambassadors handing out NY Metro newspapers promoting the Gran Padano cheese ad. I’ve usually been a brand ambassador, but this time was put in a team leader position due to my experience as an event manager in the job I just quit!

On the far right in the picture is my friend Rosy. I haven’t seen her for six years. We first met while working together at a theme holiday party for News Corp in December 2007 under another promo company. We were dressed in chemical suits and handing out test tubes full of brightly-colored drinks to the guests. That was my first brand ambassador gig ever. Little did I know I’d have dozens more BA gigs and make a living off it years later. Since that first time we met, I didn’t see her until this gig— the first after quitting my full-time job to go into freelancing. A new beginning.

Then today I saw that my internet friend Megan Gebhart is rebooting her 52 Cups of Coffee project. She had an excellent project in which she interviewed a new person for life advice every week in a year, and earned herself some internet fame. Megan and I first met on Twitter when I started the 100 Jobs 1 Year project, and we’ve occasionally kept in touch to encourage each other ever since. Like me, Megan took a full-time job after her project and like me, still felt lacking in her fulfillment. So this same week in which I quit my job to pursue the creative life, Megan also announced that she’ll be doing another round of 52 Cups of Coffee. (It’s worth following for your own sake.) Another new beginning.

During my daily devotional time on Wednesday, I read a challenging statement Jesus made that I can’t get out of my head lately:

Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

For me personally, not living this life of adventure would be living in fear. I’m not called to fear. I’m called to gospel-glorifying fullness, living a risk-filled life that shows the joy, love, grace, and freedom of the gospel.

I read the book Risk is Right by John Piper yesterday, and reading his Don’t Waste Your Life today. I want to show people that there is joy and freedom in the power of the gospel, and that we don’t have to be bound by fear in any area of our lives- finances, relationships, or even death.

Right now I’m friends with my favorite author and get to work on my favorite TV show. I’ve also worked on most of my favorite TV shows and met most of my heroes. Who would’ve dreamed! None of this would’ve happened if I didn’t take the risk, and I wouldn’t have risked if I gave into my fears. So, having recently left my job, I go again into the vast unknown, not knowing what lies ahead of me, but knowing that I’m guided every step of the way.

Here’s to a new beginning!

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