The above video was my "video application" for A Really Goode Job, a 6-month position as a "Lifestyle Correspondent" for Murphy-Goode Winery in Sonoma County. I didn't even make the first cut. ~ June 2009
Going against everything I've ever said about blogger hygiene, geishas, and how ugly people on camera hurts my eyes, I went ahead and showered, put on enough makeup to open my own Sephora store, and made a video of...
A video! Yes, I know. Even I was stunned, and I'm the person who allowed myself to video myself! Um. We haven't been drinking. Much. This hour. (And we're not schizo, either.)
Now, before I get into the dirty details about why I would do such a big, fat, elephantageously hippo-critical act, let me share the video with you. You don't need to watch it. Actually, please refrain from watching the video. There is ridiculously embarrassing footage in it of me in hot rollers, glasses, eating Flamin' Hot Cheetos. Just vote for the video by entering your email address and then clicking a confirmation link in an email they will send to you.
Go, do the voting thang (check out the video if you must), then come back here. I'll wait for you.
Given the fact that I had previously never — no, not once EVER — shared nary a photograph of my full face anywhere online except to one very special list of friends on Facebook called "no one," it has to be something very very special to get my face on video, let alone shower for the shoot.
It's A Really Goode Job.
In this economy, any job is special. However, this truly is "Goode" job. Blogging about wine? The opportunity should be called a Great Job. Luxury accommodations provided in Sonoma County? A Fantastic Job. $10,000 a month?!?! This is an OMGWTFBBQ Job! Of course, none of these adjectives quite go with the branding of Murphy-Goode Winery, the company that is looking to hire what they have dubbed "Wine Country Lifestyle Correspondent."
This is a partial list from their website of some of the responsibilities of the Lifestyle Correspondent:
- Exploring the vineyards of Murphy-Goode and surrounding areas and discovering what the Sonoma County Wine Country has to offer, from well-known destinations to off-the-beaten-path spots.
- Tasting hundreds of wines and meeting the locals in our tasting room.
- Increasing your wine wisdom: while studying isn’t required, our winemaking and vineyard experts will take the time to show you how it’s all done.
- Working with our winemaker, David Ready, Jr., to create a new wine commemorating your job with us.
- Filing reports on your experiences, via weekly blogs, photo diaries, Twitter, Facebook, video updates and ongoing media interviews.
I don't know how Murphy-Goode got inside my brain, but isn't it obvious that they made this job for me?! Of course, I still have to prove to them that this job is mine.
Just like dating, it's not fun if you don't have to work for it.
That's where The Delicious Life and You come in. The first phase of the application process includes submitting that 60-second video that you just watched. (I can't believe you watched it!) Certainly, literal information presented in the video is important, as well as presence and poise on the screen and the quality of the production. So why am I asking you to vote? There is no explicit statement from Murphy-Goode that says the number of votes on each video is part of the qualification criteria, but in my not so humble, corporate hiring and social media experience-supported opinion, "voting" is a brilliant way to gauge the reach of peoples' influence.
In other words, your vote tells Murphy-Goode that you'd like to see little, delicious ME as their Lifestyle Correspondent.
I have some additional thoughts and opinions about the job, about this innovative, ingenious application process, and about wine + social media in general, but I'll save all that in-depth analysis for a different post. For now, this post is just ME asking YOU to vote so I can frolic in the vineyards.