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.
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.
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.