I’m looking for a new assistant!
In the photo below, you can see Tane, my once-bright-eyed-and-bushy-tailed previous assistant. After a rather strenuous and stressful China leg to the tour and in the throes of young love, he has decided to head over to the USA to pursue his college sweetheart, Ash. His heart beats away like a jungle drum inside of his smooth dolphin chest, and soon that chest will flutter across the mixed metaphor of the Atlantic Sea to rejoin his paramour. Thusly, I have lost an assistant and New Zealand has lost a national hero.
So now, I needs me a new one. What’s involved? Well, first let’s talk about what you get, then talk about what you gotta do.
First, you’ll travel around the world with us and everything is included from air travel to board. For example, across our tours in USA, Europe, and Asia, we stayed in over 40 different Ritz-Carltons and other partner hotels, so we’re not exactly slummin’ it. You get to take photos alongside the team, learn a lot about the visual arts, and see some of the most amazing things in the world. You’ll have adventures that are indescribable. You’ll also have the freedom to create a great many things within the organization from photos to books to film and more. You’ll be on the cutting edge of tech, media, and social media. You’ll also end up going down many philosophical rabbit holes if you so choose.
Now, what is required from you? Well, mostly a willingness to do everything from the most awesome to the most mundane. Remember, anything I ask you to do is something that I have been willing to do myself for the past ten years. So, if it’s not below me, it’s not below you. We’re a small company (about eight people), so everyone does a little bit of everything.
Remember, it’s my goal to be the dumbest person at the company. So I hope you’re clever and enthusiastic. I find that gets you through most anything.
To name a few of these tasks, in no particular order: Organizing photos and videos, backing up data, editing video, charging camera batteries, sending videos to our editors in Brisbane and Scotland, carrying a lot of stuff, shooting video while carrying a super-heavy gimbal, meeting with our art collectors, getting me smoothies or wine depending on the time of day, writing newsletters, copy/pasting blog posts, creating eBooks from existing assets, getting supplies for the studio, driving my kids around when we need another set of wheels, keeping meticulous track of social stats in spreadsheets, getting us sandwiches on those 14-hour days, cleaning our Burning Man RV, procurement, drone piloting and prep, graphic design for social media reports for partners and other marketing needs, Lightroom basics, Photoshop basics, laughing at my jokes, writing skills that are way above average, making cocktails at our studio bar for soirees, driving us around on photo shoots throughout New Zealand and the world, hiking long distances while carrying a lot of shit, managing our online store at http://Store.StuckInCustoms.com, keeping up with the latest trends in social media, and generally aniticipating what needs to be done before we ask for it.
You’ll also need to live here in Queenstown or Arrowtown, New Zealand. While I am in the studio here, you’ll come in every day during normal working hours and you have your own little office with a window view of beautiful New Zealand (that is blocked by a huge bush).
It’s certainly a rather stringent set of requirements, I realize… sort of like Another Trey. A clone. A clone of my own… willing to work ridiculous hours while chipping away at short-term and long-term goals.
Interested? Then send us some goodies at [email protected] ! We expect a large volume of applicants, so don’t feel bad if you don’t get a personal response from me or the team. We’ll definitely look at every application, though! 🙂 Thank you for your time… and if it doesn’t work out with us, I hope it works out for you in one way or another! 🙂 -Trey
Daily Photo – More from the Sydney Opera House
You may remember I posted a photo of this place about a week ago. I guess I convinced myself it was sunrise, although I can't believe I was actually awake for it. I keep hoping when I get REALLY old that I'll wake up early like other old people seem to. They don't seem to mind, do they? They kinda get up around 5 AM, have coffee, read the paper, and accomplish all kinds of stuff even before I hit the snooze button. It's probably because I stay up too late watching Netflix and stuff. Anyway, I suppose, in that way, that I'm looking forward to getting older.