My HBO workspace.

Most 20 somethings spend their days dreaming of quitting their jobs and giving their bosses the finger and a “so long suckers” on the way out the door.  I had no such internal celebrations.  For the past two years I have done marketing at HBO and it has been such a great experience that I was shaking with fear over my decision when I delivered the news to my (fabulous) boss. So why did I leave?   I’d love to tell my friends I spent  my days schmoozing with James Gandolfini and Anna Pacquin, but that’s not quite so accurate.  I do get to promote the amazing programming HBO produces but I’m not creating my own product.  I want to make some of my own content (whether my blog gets one reader or five, I am still putting the content out there!).   Plus, I wanted to get some international experience.  Even if I’m “just” a camp counselor, living abroad has benefits and life lessons that I will never get from behind a desk. So I’m taking off for what I am sure will be the experience of a lifetime.  Luckily my amazing team HBO was supportive of my move.  In fact, it turns out most of my coworkers will be giving ME the finger on my way out – not because they’re angry but because they’re just a bit jealous.

My floor at HBO creates all sorts of marketing materials, including these interactive standees! Oh heey Anna and Adrian. What up?

The best part of working in media in NY is all the free fun events you get to go to! It’s a very work hard, play hard environment.  Among my favorite free activities I tried on a sales rep’s dime: Trapeezing, MIA concert, a full makeover at Bloomingdales and a make-you-own shoes event at Nike.

Me and a couple coworkers at a media boxing event at B.B. King last year

About once every three months we have the entire cast of one of HBO’s current shows come into the office and chat about the series.   In my second week of work the boys of Entourage came!  I was immediately in love with the company.

The cast of Entourage in our HBO theater.

Bye bye HBO! Saying a sad farewell to my office on 42nd and 6th


About sistersbailey

We are Perrin and Sarah Bailey, collectively known as “The Sisters Bailey”. The moniker was born out of a crazy weekend at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz Fest and it was the first time we had ever been referred to as one unit. We grew up in Alexandria, VA together and then separated for college - Perrin to The University of Pennsylvania and Sarah to Northwestern University – and somehow landed together in New York after graduation. It was in the midst of the hustle of Manhattan that we became friends for the first time in years. Somehow we landed jobs in the same industry - Sarah worked in marketing at HBO and Perrin managed creative digital promotions for her media agency’s main client, Disney - just three blocks from one another. One day we decided to leave our jobs, sell our belongings and travel abroad with a backpack and a collective savings of $10K. The stories of our continuing adventures and those of other fearless travelers are here to inspire you.
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