Remember Kyle Post and Stacey Doornbos, those childhood friends who won the search to get paid $25,000 to see and ride everything there is to do in Orlando over 67 days? That gig was pretty sweet, and WalletPop followed them around for a day when they punched the clock at SeaWorld, getting paid to ride roller coasters and eat ice cream.
Their duties ended last fall, and they went back home to New York City to resume their lives, tanned but jobless once again. But the reception for their blog and home-made Orlando videos was such a success for the promotion of the city's ailing tourist industry that the Orlando/Orange Country Convention and Visitors' Bureau decided they needed their services again.
This week, Post and Doornbos go back to work for Orlando, but this time they're not contest winners. They're salaried employees, with benefits, and they're being paid to travel around the world.
This time, they've been contracted as official staff spokespeople to help the tourism bureau organize and implement its next promotional stunt, which will be giving away 67 vacations in Orlando for World Smile Day (yeah, I didn't know that existed, either), coming on October 1.
To promote the World Smile Search, which supports volunteer surgery on children's cleft palates done by the Smile Train charity, Post and Doornbos will now be paid to travel much farther than the fake Eiffel Tower at Walt Disney World. They may be able to see the real one.
After kicking off their new duties in New York City on Friday, April 23, (Madison Square Park from Noon to 2 p.m., drumming up attention for Orlando along with Joey Fatone and The Bachelor's Melissa Rycroft), the pair will be booked on trips to Europe, Canada, across America, and wherever else the central Florida city needs some affable spokesfolk to promote the land of Mickey Mouse and Harry Potter.
Later on Friday, the pair was scheduled to depart for its first international ambassadors' trip, to London, but that was put on hold because of the volcanic ash.
Their experience underscores the best advice I have for any intern or student who gets their foot in the door and wants to get hired: Make yourself easy to work with, and make yourself essential. That "dream job" may not be such a crazy dream after all.
Here's our interview with the pair on the eve of their first day as the 'dream job' contest winners, before the whirlwind began:
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