The Blog has been largely out of commission since the big move, which is going quite well through the first few weeks at the new place downtown. I’ve been in San Diego for a week, and am leaving Sunday for a week in Hawaii with my Mom. I’ll head back to SLO for the remainder of the year after Labor Day.
I’ve picked up a few jobs in the meantime; all discovered online, all quite obscure.
I responded to an ad on a freelance website seeking a fresh, new publicist for a hip-hop group. I enjoy hip-hop, and intend to (technically) concentrate in public relations with my degree in June. My application, perhaps, was a bit optimistic, but it was truthful and articulate (PR is about making things look good, sometimes better than they truly are). I failed to mention I was only three weeks into my Intro to PR class; I saw little relevance or benefit to that.
Days later I was contacted by JClay of 5th Flow, the Houston trio that soon became my first official client. In summary, my responsibility is to strategically inform specific groups about 5F in a compelling, honest way. My PR teacher lent me books from future classes to learn about my job on the fly. The books have been helpful, arguably more so than Intro to Public Relations was, and our first campaign is 2 weeks away from being launched. More to come on this.
Another exciting opportunity I received is to host weekly trivia at an Irish pub in San Luis Obispo. This job was acquired on craigslist, contrary to the hopelessness of CL job hunting I was feeling in July. For two hours every Wednesday night, I will be reading questions, awarding points and answers, and (after my second week) getting free beers. I also get paid upwards of $75 a night depending on the crowd size. More to come on this as well.
I’m blogging for a social media site in its early testing phase, which they say is going well but I find fairly disorganized. Nothing more to come on this, besides $14/week for two blogs regarding my thoughts on love and life, which I have been doing pro bono on the SloBlog since March. Being a sellout isn’t as fun as being a B-seeking independent journalist, but it pays better.