I’ve always said “when it rains, it pours”. For example, when you’re waiting tables, it’s luck of the draw. Sometimes you get those ballers that come in and order everything you suggest, and then tip you a ridiculous amount. You either make a ton of money, average money, or no money. When you’re on, you’re on.
I think the image of a rain cloud makes this saying seem a bit negative (unless you’re thinking of that catchy tune with the music video where they’re throwing money in the air and “making it rain”). To the nay-sayers, I would like to present a recent example of how when it rains, it does, more often than not, pour.
Two weeks ago I posted a sweet diddy about how effective self promotion will get you anywhere. Expanding on Ryan Paugh’s point about social media and bar-life, a good conversation will open up a lot of doors. In the midst of a genuine conversation, the tables could turn in your favor and you don’t even see it coming. The keyword in the previous sentence is “genuine”. If you’re going up to everyone you meet and pitching yourself, then you’re going to come off as a shameless self promoter, both arrogant and insensitive. None of those are a good thing.
Allow me to demonstrate just how this can happen to you.
I’ve been doing the intern gig at Moffitt since September, and I’m loving every minute of it. Sure, there are all the typical intern tasks, but it’s not like I’m shining the shoes of my superiors or anything. At Moffitt, I am learning a great deal about PR & Marketing and the contacts I’m making there are invaluable.
Some months ago, my colleague Nick (inspiration for this post) and I were emailing back and forth trying to find the headshots I needed for a piece I was working on. When we had no record of one of the physicians, we broke away from our standard conversation and devised a (fake) plan to find said physician. We’ve been buddies ever since.
Nick has taken a good chunk of his time to help me grow in my position at Moffitt. It started with his ideas for how I could present a campaign suggesting the integration of social media into the PR department (which, btw, they are doing now with their agency). He’s reviewed some of my work, both for Moffitt and for school, and has also provided me with an incredibly refreshing angle on some of the drama in my personal life.
All that being said, it comes full circle. I expressed interest in his work (I’d link to his website here but he’s revamping it with new content etc.) and we got to talking about how there are so many avenues for him to market himself as an artist (like Twitter, this one, or this one). In the midst of this genuine conversation, Nick mentioned that he’d like for me to be a part of the whole process. Very, very exciting, as I will be able to apply everything I’m researching now for someone who is real and has a real drive and has endless potential for success. [ You're welcome ]
This is part of my current storm that I’m riding out. It started in October when I met Penelope. Ever since then, things have been getting better every day. When I was offered a paid internship position, my supervisors at Moffitt looked into paying me to stay. Then the Media Center week happened, I impressed the daylights out of the VP of Republic National Distributing and now I’m actually getting offers for work after graduation. Things are coming right along.
I need an umbrella, I don’t think it’s letting up anytime soon.
Welcome everyone, to SydneyOwen.com!
I am pleased to introduce you to my blog, version 2.0. This is the second new look since it’s inception in October – and with each makeover, it’s getting better.
In an effort to have some street cred for SXSW, I thought I’d nix the .wordpress part of my URL and go for the gold. As I figure out how to work out the HTML and new themes and widgets and plugins, my site will reflect the ultimate goal: my brand.
For now, I’m just glad I figured out how to get it up and running. Stay tuned to see how the style changes and evolves into a site as diverse as I am.
In other news, 6 weeks till SXSW – I can hardly believe it! I started picking sessions via the brand new my.SXSW and it’s looking like I’ll have a pretty awesome schedule of sessions to get to!
PS – my plane ticket was only $227 on Continental. That’s the lowest I’ve seen since I started looking in November.