I found a job!
Yes, thank you, thank you. Actually, the job found me. A few weeks ago, I was asked by Dynamic Solutions Group to check out a venue in New York City. They were hosting an event for a new client, and they wanted me to verify the amenities of a downtown space. The owner, a friend of mine since 2000, was also in the process of re-branding and launching a new business line for which she needed some social marketing advice. Through progressive conversations, it was also learned that some of her clients were leaning on her to adopt some social engagement strategies into her value proposition.
She’s never had to do that before.
After a few nights of talking about how to implement social marketing into her own re-brand and into her clients’ overall event strategy, it was decided to put me on staff. Here’s the kicker, though: the company is in Vancouver, WA.
I am in New York City.
It turns out this is okay. The tech and social marketing communities in NYC are far and away more active and available than in the Pacific Northwest. With this job, I’m able to flex my creative muscles and help to set marketing strategy, and I’m also in a position to hone my social media skills through lectures, workshops, and networking in the big city. I’m also able to travel.
And I love to travel.
In the past month, I’ve been to Portland, Seattle, Washington DC, and Las Vegas. The rest of the summer will bring Boston, Orlando, and other major cities as we continue to implement social strategy into events and conventions for myriad clients, some of them rather large and influential.
So, ladies and gentlemen, I’ve made it. I moved to New York with no job, no place to live, and only two friends in the city. I’ve since found an apartment in north Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn with an awesome roommate, built a social and professional network, and landed a great job where I’m in the room making strategy decisions and influencing the outcomes of major business deals.
Now is when real life begins.