I could’a been a contender!

Back in January, I spent a good 2 weeks planning, filming, and editing an entry for the Best Job In The World contest. If you haven’t heard about it, basically Queensland, Australia will be paying somebody AU$150,000 to live in a house on one of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef, and blog about all the fun stuff there is to do. Applicants had to make a video explaining why they would be a good person for the job, in 60 seconds or less.

Given my interests and skill set, I figured I might have a decent chance. So I made a video.

Entering the contest meant filling out an online application and uploading the completed video. I first uploaded the video on Feb. 5th. Applications closed on the 22nd (strangely, one brother’s birthday is Feb. 5th, and the other brother’s is Feb 22nd). I waited 10 days, and heard nothing. They were supposed to email once the application had been reviewed and approved or denied for technical reasons, usually within 5-7 days. So, I uploaded it again. Again, I heard nothing. So I uploaded it 3 times in one day, until their website stopped giving me the “Thank you for applying” message and started saying “Your account has already been created.”

I never heard a word back.

But, with 34,000 people applying, what are you gonna do? So here it is, seen for the first time on the internets. I wish I could be asking you to vote for mine on the contest website, but luck was not on my side.

Let me know what you think. Did I have a chance?

6 thoughts on “I could’a been a contender!

  1. Sara P

    That was pretty darn awesome! Fully informative, but succinct and witty at the same time.

  2. Jonukas

    That was perfect! I loved the technology consultant part! Sachiko liked it too. She says “don’t hit the computer too much,” but I say that that’s the art of the techology consultant — knowing how much to hit it.

  3. Meagan

    I don’t know why you didn’t get the job.:)

  4. Kristin McCormick

    That was marvelous. You guys would have made excellent caretakers. They really missed out by not hiring you.

  5. Well, you had my vote from the beginning. Darn, we’ll just have to move there anyway one day!

  6. T-Rock

    well, if i did my math right, they do have 1,020,000 minutes of video to watch and that can take some time. besides, when have we ever heard back from future employers on time?!

    ryan, the video was perfectly you. which is awesome if that is unclear based on our years of friendship.

    if you don’t hear back from them i say we gather a select crew of friends and be pirates. we will go get us an island! it’s time we give the mainland the finger and get what’s ours! wooohoooo!

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