Hi. My name’s Karen. I do stuff.
Whenever Twitter, or Instagram or any other Internet thingee asks me to include a small description of myself that’s what I write.
Because that’s really what it boils down to. I cook, I clean, I design, I invent, I succeed, I fail. But no matter the outcome or product, I do all kinds of stuff.
And this blog is just one of the things I do. I also write for magazines, newsletters and sometimes other websites. All of which just sort of happened because of this blog. People see what you write on this Internet thing and decide whether they like you or not.
If they like you, they come back and read some more. And other times if they like you, they offer you jobs.
I got one such offer about a month ago from a company far, far away. London, England to be precise. That’s the most astounding and fun thing about this Internet we browse every day. It has made the world much smaller while making the scope of opportunities much larger.
So I thought it would be interesting for you today to tell you how one of these offers comes about and how it all works.
To make it even more fun, I’ve chosen to write it in diary format.
Today a company from London, England contacted me to see if I’d be interested in making videos for one of their clients. I asked them who the client was and did they eat a lot of fish and chips.
Today I agreed to make videos for the client’s Youtube channel. They asked what I would charge for this sort of thing so I made up a number based on what it would cost me to buy a slightly used Shetland pony. They’re going to email me my contract tomorrow.
Today I ate some cheese. Oh! And the company sent me my contract. I printed it, signed it, scanned it and sent it back to them. We’re in the video making business for Loctite! (they make superglue)
An insane amount of super glue arrived in the mail today. They had to mail me the UK version of Loctite glue because I’m making the videos for their UK audience, therefore I need to use the UK product with the UK packaging in my video. Not the North American versions. Still no answer on the fish and chip thing.
I shot my Loctite video today. They let me decide what I wanted to do and then just suggested the glue they would recommend for that particular job. Tomorrow I will edit my video. I did not accidentally glue any of my body parts to anything.
I finished editing my video and have sent it off to Loctite. They have approved it and I will get a cheque soon. I’m going to spend some of it on fish and chips, as I now have an unexplained craving I can’t shake.
So that’s the gist of how that sort of thing works. Someone emails you out of the blue, you decide whether you think the offer is legitimate or not and then proceed. For instance, the initial offer came from a PR company. So I simply Googled the PR company and discovered yes indeed, they were real and they were reputable. That got the ball rolling and glue gluing.
Speaking of which, this is the glue I received.
If anyone breaks a life sized reproduction of The Last Supper done in wood, glass, metal, plastic and rubber …. I’m your gal.
And that video? The video I made for Loctite for their Loctite Youtube channel? It’s making its premiere today!
It’s just like one of my regular videos. Only I got paid to do it. Which means as far as I’m concerned, it’s the best video I’ve ever made. Seriously though, it’s a really good video and I’d show it right here if I could but, that’s part of the deal where I make money. You have to go watch it on their website. So get going!
I never did get an answer on the fish and chip question. I’m a bit worried they found my question to be perpetuating a stereotype. Or it could be just because they prefer a good curry.