I got a jooo-ooo-ooob! (Read in Oprah’s singing voice, please.) I have been searching tirelessly for almost 7 months for the perfect job, and I have finally found it. I started searching in December, way before I even graduated, and sent out hundreds of resumes that I’m sure just wound up lost in cyberspace. But as of yesterday, I have hit the employment jackpot.
Since I have decided to detail the ups and downs of my life in the (relatively) public eye, I wanted to share the news with everyone who cares enough about me to read my blog. Plus, it’s easier to just explain it once, because it’s relatively complex and I’m not about to explain it to each person that asks at my family reunion this Saturday.
(“Have you gotten a job yet?”
“Yes, actually, I just accepted an offer this week!”
“That’s great! What will you be doing?!”
Multiplied by 50 people.
Now I can just say, “You’ll have to read my blog to find out.”)
I always thought I wanted to move to Los Angeles, work in the entertainment industry, and interview George Clooney on any given Thursday. However, I visited Los Angeles in August (another blog for another time) and it was not all I thought it would be. I was beyond disenchanted by the reality of LA, so my hopes and dreams were basically crushed.
I stayed in what was, quite possibly, the worst part of town, where there were – literally – 3 dirty mattresses on the side of the road and a layer of trash covering the entire sidewalk. Needless to say, I was demoralized the entire trip.
Anyway, that’s somewhat beside the point. The new job, if you didn’t guess from my intro, is in Washington D.C.! Other than the fact that D.C. is dang expensive, it was my first choice of place to live. To be in the writing and/or entertainment industry, there are typically two big cities to gravitate to: New York, and LA.
New York is the hub for magazine writers and LA is the hub for TV and film. (As if you couldn’t figure that out yourself. Duh. Sorry!) New York is a little too far from family and a little too expensive, and, as I learned just a few weeks ago, Los Angeles is far too far, far too expensive, and far too dirty and gross. How did I end up in D.C., then, you ask?
I’ve found a job that combines my love for magazines, entertainment, and making a difference. Have I built up enough suspense? Dun dun dun….I’ll be working as the Entertainment Media Coordinator at The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. (It’s a mouthful, that’s for sure. It’s aka The National Campaign if you like abbrevs. I do.)
The Campaign’s goal is to reduce unplanned pregnancies in teens and women under 30 by 20% by the year 2020. Which totally rocks. I took this straight from the website, because they say it better than I could: “By preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy, we can significantly improve other serious social problems including poverty (especially child poverty), child abuse and neglect, father-absence, low birth weight, school failure, and poor preparation for the workforce.” Which, like I said, totally rocks!
What’s my role in this goal? I’ll tell you. I’ll be working to create and continue partnerships with TV and movie writers, producers, and executives, as well as magazine writers and publishers. HELLO! I told you this job was perfect. I’ll work with all these super cool people and educate them about teen pregnancy and work with them to include our messages in their content.
The effects that pop culture has on teens and young people is astounding: that’s why it’s vital to incorporate responsible decision-making into mainstream culture. The goal of the Entertainment Media program (which now includes me!) is to get messages about teen pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy, contraception, prevention, and consequences integrated into popular media.
16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom, and Teen Mom 2 are on the list of shows that we work with, as well as The Carrie Diaries and The Mindy Project (plus a ton more.) So if this time next year you see a selfie of Mindy Kaling and I, don’t be surprised. We’ll probably become besties.
I’ll be working with people in both NYC and LA, so I’ll have the joy of visiting and working in both cities without having to live in either of them. Win-win, you know?
I actually just got an email from my new supervisor informing me that I’ll be starting on September 16th! And let me just tell you – I’m pumped. I’m 100% confident that this is where God wants me to be and I’m ready to jump in headfirst.
I was so timid after graduation; so afraid of what the future held. I am so happy to have found this position and that the people at the Campaign loved me as much as I loved them.
Now that I’ve locked down the job, I’m onto bigger and better things like apartment hunting, learning about 403 (b)s, and waking up at 5 a.m. because D.C. traffic is from the devil. Stay tuned for my adventures from the real world.
Thank you, if you’re reading this, for reading it. Thanks to everyone who has encouraged me when I felt like the most un-hireable and un-desired worker in the world.
Jess Bizik, thank you for hiring an 18 year old girl to be your intern and making me your friend and mentoring me for two years. I LOVE YOU and I basically owe you my life. You’re the reason I got this job.
Imagine how many people I would thank if I won an Oscar. Lord have mercy, all I did was get a job!