I’ve got a double feature for you today. First I’ve got a guest post from Phillip Hines, promotional model and event marketing freelancer. I follow that up with a podcast interview with Phillip where he tells me all about event marketing and how to get part-time jobs in the industry.
Enter Phillip Hines…You never know where your next big job could come from.
It might come from talking to your neighbor, bumping into the CEO of a company at the gym, or who knows where.
In my case, I got a big job by applying for a job on Craigslist. Yes, Craigslist, the place where nearly every scam possible resides.
But if you dig deep enough and know the ropes, there are golden opportunities on Craigslist–you just have to find them.
My First Event Marketing Gig
In 2008, I applied for a job on Craigslist that involved giving out ice cream samples at a Norfolk Tides baseball game (AAA baseball team affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles). I saw an ad on Craigslist that said they were looking for people to hand ice cream samples (will not name product or marketing firm). I applied because A.) it was a job that I wanted to do, B.) it involved baseball, which I loved and figured it’d free way to watch a Tides game, and C.) it was ice cream…who doesn’t like ice cream? Seemed like a win-win to me.
Anyhow, I got the job. The job was on a Sunday at the ball park. The pay was $14.50 per hour, and just a four hour shift. The way I saw it was that it was about double minimum wage but for half the time, plus it was building my resume and at a baseball game. Plus, I knew I was qualified for the job. Here were the exact job requirements.
- “You must speak English
- Capable of maintaining a high level of enthusiasm
- You must be at least 18 years of age
- You must be friendly and have good communication skills
- You must be able to stand for entire shift”
I’m not kidding, this is what they were. I was shocked that anyone could get paid so much to hand out ice cream!
The day of the event came, and I got a call from my manager. The event was cancelled due to rain. Although I never worked the event, my name was in the companies database. Later in the summer I had learned more about tours, and emailed a job recruiter explaining that I was interested in working on a tour if possible.
Note: An event marketing tour is when you travel the country, going from city to city, and working on the weekends to promote a company at major events. These marketing tours, which are almost always through independent marketing agencies, are highly sought after and pay really well.
Touring America with Event Marketing
One day, in mid-August, I got a call from a job recruiter. The recruiter said she noticed my only employment with the company had been at a baseball game, and asked me how it went. I replied saying the event got cancelled but that I was ready and prepared to work it and went on to explain the other companies I had worked for and how I could help them.
I got the job, which entailed leaving my town less than a week later and flying to the company headquarters. From there, our crew jumped in the company vehicle and started driving towards Vancouver, Canada, which was the next stop on the tour. You see, I was coming in partway through the tour because I was replacing someone.
My tour was a fantastic experience: I saw beautiful Vancouver, Canada, vacationed in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, parts of Arizona and Texas and a bunch of random stops in the Midwest. Of course, there was work involved, but that was always from Thursday to Sunday.
After traveling, we usually had a day or two to visit each city were working in. After taxes, I earned a little over $10,000 in two months. That’s pretty good money, especially since I had just turned 20 years old, and on top of that, the fact I traveled to all these places was worth a whole bunch of money.
A trip to San Francisco would easily cost you on the low-end $500. Multiply that times the four or five hot destinations I was at and that’s a few thousand dollars right there. The work experience I gained, the fun I had, and the things and places I saw made for a time in my life I’ll never forget.
And it was all started because of the simple ice cream job I applied that got my foot in the door at this company. The job I applied for on Craigslist.
Event Marketing Resources
Here is a list of a few promotional staffing companies that you can get started with right now. Just apply on their website, and you’ll be part of their talent pool from which they select people to work these marketing events.
You too can expect to earn anywhere from $15-25 per hour. They have staffing needs all over America–so don’t worry if you’re not in a big city. There’s usually always something available if you look hard enough.Fusion Event Staffing
The 11 Agency
About the Author: Phillip Hines is the author of How I Make $20/Hour Going to the Beach, Concerts, Festivals, and Professional Sporting Events and How You Can Too.
I really liked Phillip’s story, so I invited him to do the Part-Time Money podcast. Here’s more…
Listen to the Part-Time Money Podcast
In this podcast I talk with Phillip Hines about his experience with the world of event marketing. He’s been doing various promotional modeling and event marketing jobs while in college. He’s been motivated by a desire to improve his financial position: so that he could open up a Roth IRA and pay off some private student loan debt.
As you’ll hear in the interview, Phillip really breaks it all down from where to look for the jobs, what you’ll be doing as a promotional model, and how to land the high paying gigs.
Phillip also shares his expertise in his book, How I Make $20/Hour Going to the Beach, Concerts, Festivals, and Professional Sporting Events and How You Can Too, which can be found on Amazon.com for $2.99. I’d encourage you to check it out if you’re serious about working in this industry.
Some of the links that Phillip mentions in the podcast interview are:
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