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March 12th, 2003


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02:41 am - The long prospect
Ahh, the ennui of a long night without work. How desperately anxious it is, calling me to fill it with activity of some sort. Maybe I'll get some ice cream from the vending machine when I finish this.

I've been meandering lately about what to do with my work situation. I'm OK here and I get paid decently, if not quite at the level I've grown accustomed to. There are some prospects for advancement, but they're pretty far down the pike. As you can probably tell by the tone of my posts, I'm not married to this job in any way. If something better came along, I'd drop it in a heartbeat.

I've got a resume that I send out to folks that have openings that look like I'm qualified for. I think I have an interesting set of skills and there are things that I'd love to do that are happening out there. I don't fit into a nice little box for corporate America, though. I bridge gaps so it takes someone with vision to hire me. In one way, this is bad, because so many people lack vision. On the other hand, it's good, because it means that the people I end up working with have vision.

I've recently had thoughts of changing the direction of my career radically. During the party at MarsCon at the beginning of the month, mizzlaurajean and I shared a brief moment in which we both agreed that the setting up of the party was the part we enjoyed most. I'd expand on that to say that setting up and hosting is the part I like about a party. You would think there'd be a job out there for someone that does that well.

So far I've been looking at party and event planning. This appears, however, to be an industry that is dominated by small independent contractors or people that work for a big corporation. Neither of these seem to suit me well. I'm a poor enough salesperson to make selling myself a chore, which bodes ill for the independent contractor gig. And, as with the above, me and corporate America don't mix well.

Hmm. You know, my buddy Bob end up having a lot of parties throughout the year. There are employee appreciation functions for his store, parties in conjunction with convention visits, things like that. I doubt they need someone full time, but they might be willing to throw me a bone on a couple of gigs to get my feet wet. I'll ask about that.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
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From:sleigh
Date:March 12th, 2003 03:54 am (UTC)
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I'd think that doing party planning and hosting would be something you'd have to build into -- almost analogous to doing real estate. Referrals and performance would be the key. You find a few initial acquaintances/companies willing to pay you to handle the arrangements and set-up, then use them for referrals for a few more, and so on until you find yourself at the point where you have enough work to make the scary leap into doing it full-time.

But there a heck of a lot to be said for doing something you truly enjoy doing, and that you do well.
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From:jbru
Date:March 12th, 2003 04:44 am (UTC)
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That sounds about right, based on the little research I've done. One of the key pieces of information to gather early on would have to be "how much do I charge?" The rest of it is fairly straight-forward. You have costs either directly or through sub-contractors, the client covers those (likely plus some mark-up). But for one's direct services the concept of what those are worth is going to take some interviewing and experience, I'm guessing.
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From:jbru
Date:March 12th, 2003 04:41 am (UTC)
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I've already got some of that cred, though it's a little old. I used run Parties for the big Minicons, way back. That was before I learned the usefulness and power of the those two little letters: "No."

What I'd think would be more useful would be to work Hotel for sf cons, particulary for smaller ones that end up relying on the hotel for a lot. Like Corflu with its banquet, for example. But I'm still in the aimless thinking and casual research stage. Ericka has a relative who's recently gotten out of the biz that I need to pick the brain of.

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