This list has been copied, and somewhat modified, from the posting on my job search site.
Further, it has much to do with companies I’d love to work for, or projects I’d love to work on… but very little to do with what position I expect to have with them. That will wait until I find an opening I actually qualify for with one of these companies.
Most of the items on this list are based on the (possibly irrational) rationale that, if I enjoy using a certain product, I might well enjoy contributing to its creation.
Most of these items, therefore, are based around my love of certain media, rather than, say, food or motorcycle gear.
Bethesda Studios–Elder Scrolls video games
Nintendo–you guessed it, video games again.
BBC insert-studio-here–Doctor Who and Torchwood.
I’ll be honest, here: my motivation for choosing them is as much about the hope of meeting the actors as it is actually working on either show.
But even if I never get that chance–suppose I work for BBC America, for instance, instead of one of the numerous UK branches (I doubt I’d ever qualify for a work visa, anyway)–a good job is still a good job.
Any job/company that allows telecommuting, and either does not depend on my location or ability to travel, or even encourages (financially and otherwise) travel in order to get the job done.
Location scouting and/or photography for a television station would be a good example, as would writing travel articles.
Unfortunately, the former depends on my having a job in the field, and the latter depends on me having the opportunity to travel, meaning I’d either need a traveling stipend or another source of income.
Social Media Liaison
Priority given to those who don’t personally use Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media site due to “security issues,” but see no problem in having an online presence and three trillion fan sites whose content and security they have absolutely no control over.
Sure, social media has its share of problems, but there should be few enough “security” problems if you pay attention to your settings, right? So my job could be making sure the site is set up to their liking, and maintaining that security.
Personal Assistant to “The Doctor”
Not companion, assistant. Traveling companion would be great, sure, but I do have that student loan to deal with. I at least need enough of a “job” to pay that off.
And while I’d love to accept one of the multitude of things he does to avoid money problems, I kind of want to feel like I’ve earned it.
Not to mention the ethics involved. Winning lottery ticket, sure! Unlimited credit… maybe, but I’d want to know where the money’s coming from. Making the ATM just spit out whatever you want… eh, no.
Alternatively, working with Torchwood. Though with my skills (or lack thereof), I suspect I wouldn’t last the first day. Not unless they had me doing something like data entry, and left me completely out of any field work. And even then, I wouldn’t lay odds on my survival.
What? I know they’re fiction…in our universe, at least.
But these are my dream jobs, and there’s always the option to turn those dreams into fiction of my own.
Speaking of which, another dream job:
Professionally Published Author. I’ve got the “published” part down finally, but apparently not the “professional” part. Not to mention, I need to find out how to get authorization to publish a Doctor Who novel or three.
I started plotting one novel back in about mid 2012, and two (likely) short stories a little more recently. These and others have since been used in my NaNoWriMo for the year. One of the short stories is nearly complete–just needs some more editing–and I’ve been jumping around in the other stories.
I’d like to treat them as original work that could eventually mean payment, rather than the “post for free for the world to see” fan-fiction that I usually put online. But there’s a bit of a problem:
The only official magazines I can find (as opposed to fanzines, which I have yet to explore) are from the U.K. There is apparently one that claims to be available in the U.S., but I cannot find it. So obtaining a sample copy, as is often suggested when submitting to magazines, is far easier said than done.
The only page I have found for Doctor Who novels via BBC Books deals specifically with the Classic Who novels. Not only that, it states that unsolicited manuscripts are not accepted, meaning I’d either need an invite or an agent. I have a long way to go before I could expect either one.
And, plain and simple, I cannot find any information about submitting manuscripts for New Who.
I mean to write a fan letter to some of the actors, with this as one of my questions (John Barrowman, in particular, seeing as he already has published fiction), but this is hardly guaranteed to give results.
More to be added as I try to get more specific.
And maybe a bit more realistic. Just a little.
- I NaNoWriMoed, now what? (judylesko.com)
- NaNoWriMo… 2 Months Later (alifespentreading.com)
- Life Lessons from NaNoWriMo (cherylfassett.wordpress.com)
- 4 Ways I’m Relaxing after NaNoWriMo (aelizabethwest.wordpress.com)
- Craft and Draft: Input on your Output (literatureandlibation.com)
- An Updated Directory of Literature (sort of) (the-unmutual.blogspot.com)
- Recent Writings – 2012 NaNoWriMo (cafemoi.wordpress.com)
- Blog Tour ~ Solomon’s Throne by Jennings Wright (itlnbrt.com)
- The Next Big Thing (pigletinportugal.com)
- Getting to Know You, Fellow Writers: Anna Mittower, (aka “Menelve”) (outwherethebusesdontrun.com)