It’s time for our Dream Job Diary feature. This week we are chatting with Erin Wotherspoon.
Erin Wotherspoon is a freelance writer and content creator. She contributes to The Huffington Post, Spoiler TV, CBC, and City Bites Magazine. She most recently was a contributing writer for the Off-Broadway show Lady Gaga #Artbirth. She is the founder of Spoon Media, a production company with a focus on branded entertainment. Always down for an adventure, Erin also eats shrimp tails and has jumped out of a plane. These days Erin is promoting her brand new webseries Strange Encounters from the Internet, where she gets to show off her comedic chops while encountering, well, strange internet related situations. Check out the trailer below:
Erin Wotherspoon is a jack of all media trades and is clearly doing the job of her dreams.
How did you get into your current line of work?
I started out writing a food/dating blog which led to more writing gigs within the food & drink scene. I started blogging for HuffPo and contributing to CBC Comedy. Was also working for production companies and a tremendously awesome independent producer (Sara Schwartz Geller). She believed in me, thought I was funny, and asked me to be a contributing writer on one of her projects: a super fun feminist Off-Broadway musical comedy called Lady Gaga #Artbirth. I got to write about breast milk super soakers and Art-ginas. It was my dream job.
What was your most hated job?
I once worked for this company called Admobix. It was never really clear to me what my job was. It had to do with apps and advertising and what felt like lying to people to get their money. They were big on making us write daily task lists and encouraged us to include ‘write daily task list’ as our first task. It seemed a little meta but I acquiesced (it was a very easy task). I remember they had this giant glossary of terms we were forced to study and use. I had to say things like. “Is your SoMoLo usage rate functioning at optimum KPI gamification platforms?” To this day I don’t know what that means. However, I did fairly well and was generally well liked in the office. We shared our front entrance with a Rub and Tug spa. Strange men would walk through the front door throughout the day. I remember I asked one of the female spa attendants for a pedicure. She did not respond.
If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
Homicide detective. Hematologist. Hearse inspector (this may or may not be a real job). I’ve always been drawn to the letter H.
What accomplishment/achievement are you most proud of?
One time I was very clearly waiting for a car to pull out of a parking spot. My blinker was on. Everyone in that parking garage knew that was my spot. Then out of nowhere, like a Bloodline plot twist, this other car pulls into the spot. Oh hell no. My partner told me to just forget it. “We’ll find another spot,” he said. I put the car in park. And stepped out of the vehicle. That was my spot and I was prepared to die for it. I shouted at the man for the atrocious injustice he had committed. In fact, we made eye contact just before he usurped the spot. Yes, he was so bold. Everyone in the parking lot watched on as I embodied the stereotype: unhinged woman’s road rage masks serious emotional issues but to hell with it, I thought: That was my spot. And to my utter bewilderment the man retreated. He backed out and gave me the spot. I had won the war. Everyone clapped! (One man clapped.) It was glorious and to this day one of my greatest accomplishments.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to find their dream job but hasn’t yet?
Never. Give. Up. On. Something. That. Is. Stuck. Up. Your. Butt. This type of thing can lead to seriously health ramifications down the road. When we’re young, we are carefree and willing to put everything including the kitchen sink up our behinds. Think twice, kids. But for serious I’d say don’t listen to anybody else. So. Stop. Listening. To. Me.
Check out the trailer for her new show here:
Watch more episodes of Strange Encounters here: