This blog is literally all over the place, but that’s fine. I haven’t posted much in the past few days because I’ve been consumed with writing a movie script.
That’s right–a movie script that will probably never be made. In fact there’s probably like a .01% chance of it getting made. But that doesn’t matter because it’s providing me with endless entertainment.
I seriously never knew writing movies could be so fun. Whenever I write stories in a traditional novel form they always suck, but when I write visually for the screen it’s better because I can envision the whole movie happening in my head so well.
I just love movies guys.
As you may know the Oscars were last night, and Inside Out, one of my favorite movies of the year, won for best animated feature. Director Pete Doctor came up to the stage and said this to close out his speech:
“Anyone out there who’s in junior high, high school, working it out, suffering. There are days you’re gonna feel sad, angry and scared, that’s nothing you can choose. But you can make stuff, make films, draw, write. It will make a world of difference.”
When he said that I almost stood up and clapped from my couch. It IS true that when we create things we feel better–and in the case of this movie script, that’s totally on the mark. I’m going through a bit of a slow time in my freelancing career, but writing is making a world of difference on my mood while I sit in Orlando trying to figure my life out.
I’m about 60 pages into my script, which basically means I’m more than halfway done. I must admit however that I have a very basic understanding of formatting, and I’m basically writing as quickly as I can to get my thoughts down before they escape me.
There will be revisions. There will be more drafts. Much of it will be deleted. But it’s fun.
What’s it about you ask?
It’s about a lot of things. It’ll be tough to explain until I finish. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to get right back at it!
Okay, here we go. I’m sick of hearing people blame the economy or the “tough job market” for the reason they can’t find a job. Is it tough to find a job? Yes. I’ve felt this recently, but that doesn’t mean we have to sit around and blame everybody else for the reason we’re unemployed.
Here’s number one: We don’t deserve anything.
Life is all about scrapping for whatever we can get. It’s going to be tough, we’re going to have to keep trying. Let’s stop blaming Obama, rich people, and our education system because none of the employers we applied to wanted to interview us.
A degree isn’t a magic ticket to employment.
You know why they didn’t want to interview you? Because you literally have zero relevant experience. While you were busy in your dorm room playing video games, others were out doing internships, networking, and hustling so that their resume looked flawless.
And then you go and blame the job market because you can’t get a job.
But what about the people that were hustling and putting in the hours?
To them I would say think twice. I did a Disney College Program and a marketing internship with a company down the road from my school and it was still difficult for me to find anything after college.
I was right there. I blamed everything I possibly could. But the fact of the matter was that there were plenty of hours I spent in complete leisure in my apartment not doing a damn thing.
Could I have used that time to go network? Could I have been a little proactive and emailed businesses around the area or perhaps cold-called them to meet with leaders in the organization?
Of course I could’ve. That would’ve set me apart big time. This is the kind of thinking we forget about. We’re too busy being like everybody else and throwing our resume in the bottomless black hole that is online job boards. There’s too much competition there in the end.
Hundreds of people are applying for the job you applied for, and most of them have Master’s degrees. You’re going to have to do something a little differently.
I’m honestly no expert on these things, but I know for certain we all haven’t done everything in our power to secure the job of our dreams. Instead we watch Netflix or sleep.
Are we really doing EVERYTHING we can? If we are, then you can blame the job market. If we are, then we can blame rich people and Obama. But until then the only thing we have left to blame is ourselves.
Well, for anybody that doesn’t know, I love Florida with all my heart. I live in Orlando but I make day trips to Clearwater, Ft. Myers, and Cocoa Beach quite often. I’ve even been known to hit up Miami every now and then too.
So, to start stretching my travel blog muscles, I’ve decided to document my trip to Captiva Island, which took place yesterday.
First off we got up at the crack of dawn, which wasn’t something I initially liked, but we had to do it because we were going on a Captiva Cruise to a secret island. And boy, was this place secret.
The island’s name was Cayo Costa, and the ride to get over there took just 30 minutes. On the way we got to see dolphins, the place where salt water and fresh water meet, and crazy-big houses lining the beach.
The guys ferrying us over were ecstatic, too. Overall we got to spend two hours on the beach, and below are a few of my pictures I took of this hidden gem.
I wish I would’ve taken a few more, but I only had two hours to enjoy myself.
After our two hour trip we came back to Captiva and sat on the beach all day. For those who don’t know, Sanibel/Captiva Island is near Ft. Myers, and it’s absolutely gorgeous there. If you’re new to Florida, or know but just haven’t been, I highly recommend visiting!
Listen. And I don’t mean listen to me, I mean listen to yourself–your thoughts. Where do they wander off to while you’re zoning out with your friends? Where do you see yourself in the future?
What are your wildest dreams?
I’m channeling my inner Shia here so bear with me.
I ask because you need to listen to these thoughts. You need to stop shoving them away in the name of logic and really start thinking that they’re attainable. If you could work anywhere, where would that be?
Would you want to work at Google? I know I would definitely consider it! Would you want to work at NASA? At Apple? Would you want to start your own business?
It gets us excited to think about the possibilities. For once we feel like we can break down the barriers separating us from our deepest desires, that is until our boss dumps a stack of papers on our desk to sift through.
But think about this for a second: What do all the innovators have in common? What did they do differently?
They challenged the status quo. They were themselves.
I’m not writing this for people who are happy. I’m writing this for people who are upset, tired, and unhappy. Can’t life be more than just a damn desk job? Can’t life be more than just making thousands of dollars a year to buy a house and a car?
Can’t life be about doing whatever we want?
Yes. It can.
In a world consumed by the unemployment rate, wouldn’t it be nice to rise above it and not only get employed, but do something that’s going to make you high jump out of bed in the morning?
How the hell can we do this?
By getting creative!
Who do you have to meet to make shit happen for yourself?
Sell yourself. Write that letter of introduction. Cold call and ask for the damn owner. Flaunt your opinions. Fail.
Just get on with it already. There’s a sea of people believing everything they hear without challenging it. Don’t just apply for that job. Walk into the damn building yourself and ask to hand your resume to the hiring manager in person.
Strike up a conversation with ANYONE. You never know who they are or what they know. Get creative.
We all go through slow times, and it’s not always easy to find the motivation to keep plugging away at prospecting for clients when our search constantly ends up in failure.
So what do we do during these times?
We need to get some sort of excitement back in our lives, so re-evalaluate everything! My dream is to travel the world and write, so maybe I should research jobs that allow me to travel. Get that excitement back into your day.
Get to work on something
Full disclosure: I’ve hit a major snag recently and I’m writing this post because I literally have nothing else to do. Writing in my blog isn’t exactly the worst thing I could be doing, seeing as one of my long-term goals is to keep putting out content and keep meeting other awesome bloggers in the process.
Just get to work on something productive, whether that’s washing your car, cleaning your house, or writing for fun. It doesn’t do to dwell on negative things.
Read Success Stories
I love to read success stories, not just because I’m motivated by tales of entrepreneurs and writers striking it big, but because it’s comforting to know that these uber successful people were in the same place that I’m at now.
Work Out/Eat Healthy
Hey, you have nothing better to do, right? Go work out and eat some fruit–I have Crohn’s disease so I know how eating healthy can impact your mood in crazy ways. A better mood means better output.
Stay The Course
We’ve all read that one story about the miner who stopped three feet from gold or something, right? Don’t give up when you’re so close. Keep plugging. Keep pushing.
All in all, we just need to not give up. During these times there’s a major shortage of inspiration and motivation, so do whatever you can to incorporate that back into your life by reading stories, dreaming, and keeping busy.
Oh man, ya’ll best get ready. This is going to be a long post full of pictures, sap, and hilariousness. Ok, so I’ve been writing about how I want to travel so much, but the truth is I already have. I moved from Maryland to Orlando two years ago to work at Disney for eight months, and I think the seeds of my desire to travel were planted back then–so let’s revisit it and hopefully give some insight into the program for those who are considering doing it!
I know Orlando was only a 2 hour plane ride away from Maryland, but it might as well have been on the other side of the world. I dropped everything, packed a bag, and moved from one place to another in a matter of 24 hours. Then I began to work at the place I had been idolizing since I was a kid a week later. Before I continue rambling, I’m going to get into what I learned on my college program, and what you might expect to learn, too.
1. Working At Disney Isn’t All Pixie Dust and Fairy Tales
My first day at work I was so excited to go interact with guests, and, you know, make that magic for people. When I finally got to do it it was the coolest experience.
But it died out pretty quick.
It’s hot, guests leave crap all over the tables, and every day it downpours. Many of my friends had to work until 3 in the morning then get up and do it all again the next day. You’ll find out that some guests are difficult, some jobs are horrifying, and some days can’t end soon enough.
2. Working At Disney Has Pixie Dust Sometimes
One day during Star Wars weekends at Hollywood Studios a few of my coworkers went out and asked a young boy if he wanted to help open up the restaurant. The boy happily obliged with a little confusion on his face.
He needed to use the force to open up the sliding doors, and as he raised his arms to do that, one of the cast members in the back flicked a switch for all the doors to open up…or did they?
It looked like the boy was using the force to open up the doors. That’s one of the moments that happened early on in my program.
3. Disney is EXTREMELY Diverse
I didn’t know just how diverse Disney was. I knew that they hired students from other countries for the jobs at Epcot, but I didn’t know they did the same thing for all around the parks. This was one of my favorite things, too. I met people from Mexico, France, China, Canada, New Zealand, and so many other places. Did you know that some CP’s from New Zealand stay for a year? Absolutely crazy.
4. Disney Won’t Hesitate To Fire You
It’s true, Disney won’t hesitate to fire you if you do something they told you not to do in training. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been there for 10 years or three weeks. So, for those wanting to work at Disney, just follow the guidelines and you’ll never get termed.
5. You WILL Meet Some Awesome People
You’re gonna come out the other side of your college program with a boatload of new friends. It’s inevitable. I don’t care if you’re Cruella De Ville, you’re going to make friends. Now that I think about it, I’d totally be friends with Cruella–she’d probably be a riot.
ANYWAY, these people are going to be your friends for life, best believe. Recently I met up with my best friend and former roommate in Vegas. All of our old friends from the program came too. It was so awesome. Make as many friends as you can.
6. Dole Whip Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be
Ok, I LOVE pineapple and this stuff really wasn’t all that good.
7. You Will Make A Magical Disney Moment For Someone
Cast Members call these “magic moments,” but I’m not necessarily talking about singing some song and giving somebody a free dessert, the best magical moments are made by the cast themselves.
One lady I worked with would always sing this really loud birthday song for guests who were wearing a birthday pin. I absolutely loved this, and Disney must have too, because all my managers were happy to oblige and even join in sometimes.
Sometimes my location allowed me to go outside and draw on the cement in front of the restaurant with the kids. The parents would always take pictures of us, and that’s when I realized I would be in a scrapbook or photobook one day. So cool. It’s going to happen to you too, there’s just too much going on for it not to.
8. I Learned to Support Myself
It’s true, you will learn to support yourself. CP’s live in Disney sponsored apartments just outside the property. We get shuttled in on these crappy busses with drivers that seem straight out of that movie Speed with Keanu Reeves. You must save for groceries. You must save for rent. And you must save for that awesome pin you saw at that store on Main Street.
I learned how to set schedules, cook food (not if you asked my friend, Dylan though. Shout out to Dylan), and navigate the calvacade of busses that seem like they’re going to the farthest reaches of the galaxy sometimes.
9. I Grew Up
“All children, except one, grow up.”
It’s true. Somewhere between dealing with difficult guests, making three hour trips to Wal-Mart, and missing home a helluva lot, I grew up. I went on this long eight-month journey with people full of laughs, tears, work, play, and no-stress days at the parks.
Right when you get used to it is when you have to leave. And that’s when I learned that..
10. I’ll Never Forget It
I will never forget my college program. I don’t care if I get Alzheimers one day. The memory of my friend Dylan screaming on Big Thunder will never leave me. The memory of my co-workers and getting them to smile while we were slap-me-in-the-face busy will never leave me. I’ll never forget it all.
The Disney College Program was much more than an internship. It was a life-changing experience that was grounded in my own desire to travel and experience new things, and that’s why you need to do it if you’ve never done it.
Wake up. Brush Teeth. Eat Breakfast. Commute. Work for 8 hours. Go home. Repeat.
My gosh, it sounds horrible, and I’m never going back to that. Just to be clear, many love the 9 to 5 life, and I’m not saying The Digital Nomad lifestyle or Entrepreneurial lifestyle is any better than that. What I’m saying is I believe there’s a movement going on in the United States largely driven by Millenials that’s pushing towards a more nomadic lifestyle for all.
What do we want in a job anyway?
Fortune reports that many Millenials don’t view work in terms of time, but in terms of output. If we get all our work done for the day, what’s it matter?
Many companies like Virgin and Best buy are implementing an “unlimited vacation” policy, giving workers more flexibility just as long as they coordinate with their teams and get the work done.
In the end we want flexibility.
Reading this on the Fortune website was like seeing water in the middle of the desert–I connected with every word in the article. I do NOT want to feel like a slave to anybody, but many of my friends who have jobs must have a different perspective than mine.
What’s the appeal? Do they even know this life is possible? I sure didn’t! When I broke into freelancing it was like stumbling into some random door in a back alley. They’ll work. They’ll plan their two week vacation. They’ll come back from vacation and work again.
Some Are Content In Their Job
But one thing I’m missing is that many of my friends LOVE their work, and I’m truly happy for them about that. I imagine that work would feel less like work if you truly love what you’re doing every day. In a way they aren’t slaves. In a way they’re just as happy as I am. And that’s honestly awesome!
But gosh, I could never imagine it. I feel lucky that I can wake up at 9 and get straight to work without getting ready and without commuting. I love this stuff. It’s like I skipped right to dessert while everybody else is eating vegetables.
I Need Freedom Personally
And then it hit me. I can work anywhere, right? In theory I could go anywhere in the United States to work. But what about the world? Gosh. I can work anywhere in the world, too. This life is something else entirely. This life allows you to dream–it allows you to do whatever you want. It allows you to have a level of freedom that 9 to 5 doesn’t give you.
All the notions I built up in my head about life after college don’t mean a thing. I CAN see all my friends. I CAN see my parents for more than one week a year. I CAN go wherever I want to live. Then the world opens up to you.
I feel like I read some book that nobody else has thought to pick up. It doesn’t make me better than anyone–it really doesn’t! It simply means that I’ve found what I’m meant to do, just like my friends.
Let Me Show You How
That’s part of my aim with this blog. I want to show people what they can do, where they can go, and that a remote life is possible. How exciting! New places, new people–all standing right outside your doorstep–if that’s what you want.
I’m no freelancing guru just yet. I do make money, and I do support myself, but I’m honestly just a beginner. Think Luke Skywalker in A New Hope. But I promise that if you keep reading this blog, I’ll show you how I did it, and how I do it, and how I’ll do it in the future.