The past year has been an exciting, whirlwind of a ride. I started 2011 living in Spain teaching English in a rural village. I ended the year celebrating my new life in New York as a video producer.
That’s right: The one-way ticket paid off. I got a job. A real, full-time job. After coffee meetings, interviews and networking events almost every evening, I found one. I’m now a producer at a video production company called Snippies, and I couldn’t be happier.
The way I stumbled upon it was actually through my temp reception job. I was introduced to the company, which was in the same building. I started freelancing for them, and when a position opened up, I jumped at the opportunity.
It’s funny how things work out when reflecting on how this opportunity came about:
1. Get a call from a temp agency about the need for a receptionist.
2. Rouse myself out of bed, head to the company only to find out they don’t need a temp.
3. Head back to the temp agency to do paperwork to not waste a trip into the City.
4. Call comes in for another temp job at a property management company while I’m in the office. Head over to start temping.
5. Job is extended for a week, then two weeks, and before I know it, I’ve been there for almost two months.
6. By the end of the job, get introduced to Snippies.
7. Start freelancing and learning about the company.
8. Get a call, go in and accept a job!
I couldn’t be more excited. I like freelancing and I like the freedom it offers, but I really love the opportunity to contribute in different ways to the success of one company. Now that the stress of finding a job is out of the way, I have been able to take that energy into exploring New York:
Dinos at the Natural History Museum
Interactive, participatory It’s a Wonderful Life play where everyone picks up a part and performs
Vintage subway ride with live music, costumes and swing dancing
With all of my adventures in New York and a very full Google calendar, it still means the world to go home and enjoy being with the family over Christmas.
I’m feeling very fortunate for all of the wonderful people around me. I couldn’t have done it without the encouragement, support and advice! There are nothing but great things to look forward to in 2012! Happy New Year!