What prompted you to choose what you are doing now as your career? Fame? Money? Meeting people who had either?
Lindsay Larkin: When I applied for a sales position at City Weekly, I was broke. I desperately did not want the job. Then I got it. Now I love it, and I’ve held this position longer than any other job I’ve had in the past. Oh, the irony.
Nathan R. Levinson: I just wanted to see how many newspaper front pages I could ninja my way onto.
Derek Jones: I was told I would be able to meet Balthasar Yeti, aka Handsome McManners, otherwise known as City Weekly sales rep Lindsay Larkin’s cat. Who can refuse an offer such as that?
Lisa Hines: Fame. Definitely fame.
Faith Burnham: Well, Steve Matney prompted me to apply … and I stick around for the money and the small satisfaction of knowing that my dad’s co-workers get a kick out of seeing his daughter make an ass out of herself in the Staff Box every week.
Jamie Gadette: As one college professor constantly reminded me, “You will never make money with an English degree.” He was right. But I get to write about music, art, books, vegan bondage, asexuals, etc. for a living. Freedom of expression is more valuable to me than cash.
Justin Healy: Fun and cool points. Whenever I tell people that I work for City Weekly, they get so impressed. “Ooh, City Weekly. That must be fun. How did you get that job?” It makes me feel important. If only people knew how untrue that is.
Paula Saltas: I’m here ’cuz John asked me to put my career on hold and work for just three months. That was 10 years ago. Where’s my fringe benefits, honey? I love working with my hubby!
Jayne Pedersen: Fame! I can Google myself now and I actually exist, thanks to this Staff Box. I should really think of more clever things to say if this is my only claim to fame ... Maybe next time!
Brandon Burt: Can’t be the fame—there are surprisingly few groupies in the copy-editing world. I just enjoy working with news people—they’re sardonically delicious.
Doug Kruithof: Unemployment with a nice severance package and a startup newspaper opportunity in a college town—it definitely wasn’t fame or money but rather fun and excitement that eventually led to a viable career a couple of years later.