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Looking for work

October 22nd, 2008 by marcus

One of the strange things about being on television is that it creates the impression that you’re busy, jetsetting and living some sort of glamorous, high profile existence. To be fair, i did get to go to the Logies but it isn’t all tedious and bizarre nights surrounded by people who dig up people’s gardens, reality TV rejects and innebriated 17 year old soap stars. Juggling E-grade celebrity and a real life is actually a bit of a challenge.

As with any kind of contract work, the pattern of the last few years is that i am really busy in bursts (like the two or three months of the year when Not Quite Art has been in production) and rather un or underemployed a lot of the rest of the time. If anything, it seems that people are less likely to think of me for other gigs because i appear to be busier than when i am doing something more invisible like directing a festival or building a web site.

This week, after watching my bank account dwindle while still in my pyjamas at 3pm in the afternoon, I thought that now might be as good a time as any to flag far and wide that I am actively looking for work, projects, and/or things to do that might pay me a bit.

I do have projects on which mean I am not a 100% available but I do have a surprisingly large amount of time. I have a few projects and hobbies to support (such as the increasingly fruitful attempts at Renewing Newcastle) and a few TV type projects on the boil that are unlikely to seriously dent my time until the middle of 2009. Aside from that I am very available and very flexible for the right projects.

An extremely slick sounding version of my bio can be found here and a slightly abridged version of my CV lurks here.

What am I looking for? Something new. A fresh challenge. I’ve got skills and experience in media making, broadcasting, web development, political machination-ing and lobbying, media management, marketing, project management, organisational management, festival direction, curation, urban renewal and an extraordinary network of artists, media contacts and creative communities that can be plugged into for good projects. Failing that, i’m facing being really unemployed and can type reasonably quickly.

Let me know if you think of anything.

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Peter Hollo Oct 22, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    You can clean our bathroom if you like.
    It’s a challenge. Can’t call it fresh really. Not sure we can pay you much.

  • 2 marcus Oct 22, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    While i might have still been in my pyjamas by mid-afternoon, i haven’t actually got to cleaning my own bathroom yet.

    I’ll give it another week or two and if the bank account is still plunging i’ll consider swapping cleaning bathroom for food.

  • 3 Ali Jane Smith Oct 22, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    No practical suggestions, but the ‘between contracts’ moment reminds me how much I’d love to see a serious discussion of participatory/diy/mash up cultural production from an economic perspective.

    If you are an artist working outside or disrupting economic systems where art can be sold as a commodity or licensed in return for a royalty, how do you get money?

  • 4 melinda R Oct 22, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    come work with me doing covers for italian vogue..

  • 5 Alex Oct 23, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    I have no work… but I think I still owe you lunch!

  • 6 miss viv Oct 26, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    aside from entering politics
    go and work at university or TAFE
    I am sure if u move back to Newcastle, Hunter Street TAFE would fall over themselves if you let it be known you want some work.
    I mean seriously $60 an hour !!
    I am sure some educational institution will wet themselves if you let it be known your on the market

  • 7 Renew Newcastle update Jan 27, 2009 at 8:17 am

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