Whether I’m conducting reef fish survey’s off the coast of Africa or driving a tour van and trailer across the U.S., my job history remains colorful.
Working odd Jobs my whole life has allowed me to learn many new things and actually FEEL like I’m living, instead of treading water, doing the same job for years.
I’ve had a reputation since high school for working at crazy places, doing strange yet exciting things. I don’t know, I’ve always felt that for me to feel like I’m moving forward in life and making progress, I need change, I need to be moving and constantly trying new things. This mentality has led to a really colorful resumé let me tell you!
One of the first jobs I ever had was as a Production Assistant for a TV studio, when I was 18 years old. Mostly I organized equipment and helped out on commercial shoots. The coolest thing I was able to do though, was when I asked off school for a whole week to help film the international feed of the 2004 World Series, St. Louis VS. Boston!!
I’ll tell you what, it was the most electric, edge-of-my-seat experience I had ever seen, and I was getting paid! I literally felt on top of the world! (Unfortunately for my home team, we lost every game…) but while standing there, when the last pitch was thrown and Boston had won, I was tasked to go down on the field to collect some signs, just moments after the game had finished.
The players were cheering on the field, the media swarmed into position to capture the moment, and just as I walked passed 2nd base, 10 feet away, was Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore, filming a movie! Talk about cloud 9 stuff!!
Fast forward to after college. I was working in Columbia, MO for the city water department, and trying to figure out my next move. I decided to take to the plunge and put a deposit down for a trip to Africa that would leave in one year. Although exciting, I had no money for this trip and only one year to come up with the cash. Traveling was my dream (and still is 🙂 ), and nothing would stand in my way, so, obviously I went to work in the oil fields in North Dakota! I’m Shaking my head because this job happened by complete accident, I wasn’t even sure what I was interviewing for! Haha!
Talk about hard freakin’ work! 100 hours a week, frigid cold temperatures, 15 days on and 6 off. I did this for about 6 months and paid for my trip to Africa, paid off my credit cards and student loans too. I’m glad for the experience but would never in a million years go back. I had never been so miserable and exhausted, but the silver lining being I made lots of money, and essentially spent the whole year of 2011 in Africa on holiday! Africa changed my life.
Now of course, I bounce from job to job, always looking for a quick way to make lots of money so I can jet off and travel again. Finding work however has never been easy and currently I’ve resorted to a temp agency. It’s a hard pill to swallow, having a college degree and a wealth of travel experience but still be unable to impress people in interviews. Rise above it!
But my reputation for odd jobs still holds true today, when last week I held a temp position as Aaron… the Big Red Dog Story Time Children’s Character! YAAAAAYY!!! It never ceases to amaze me what opportunities life presents. I’m always worried about money and my future, but somehow I’m still doing interesting things. And yes for the record, this was the most fun job I’ve ever had! Wonder what I’ll do next?