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It’s your pal, The Weed Witch, writing to tell you about some people who deserve to be hexxed! I was recently put into a bit of a jam and could use some community support!
While I absolutely love what I do here and the podcast and would love this to be a full-time job, unfortunately it is not. And the job market presently sucks. So, at the end of last month when I had embarked on the first of three promising interviews set up my creative recruiter at an award-winning international design firm where I would be giving 15 to 20 hours of my time per week working on a project for another multi-million dollar company, I was thrilled! Soon, I was made an offer, given a start date, signed a bunch of paperwork, and rearranged my life accordingly. Couldn’t have been happier.
Fast forward a couple weeks, the position was put “on hold” for some undetermined period of time without much of an explanation as they proceeded to ghost me. My creative recruiter, who skims money off the top of my hourly rate, had no contractual fee in place to protect me, the talent. They also had zero recourse to help me find something else, and went M.I.A. as well—even though I had just successfully completed three different high-profile, long-term projects through them that each received favorable reviews. Obviously, I had put my job search on hold by falsely assuming I had lined one up and that’s put me in a little bit of a crunch this month—which is stressful!
So now, given that it’s the end of the month, even if I start a new job tomorrow, it’s still going to be a few weeks. You’d think by now that I’d be desensitized to how unbelievably shitty people can be in New York, but I’m not. Most people don’t consider content creators and freelance writers to be small businesses, but we are. This is just how the cookie crumbles for freelancers, but the job market has been particularly bad—even for veteran writers like myself who have plenty of corporate experience. This is precisely why I am making a career transition, by the way.
Anyway, I was about to send out another story and then I realized I should probably hit up all of my wonderful subscribers to see about making a contribution to the Help The Weed Witch rent fundraiser! If you are a publicist or work in the industry, you can write off your subscription on your taxes as media/trade publications! If you are interested in advertising, please send me an email to email@example.com (happy to discuss affordable logo splashes and custom content options!) If you don’t want to do a subscription but want to throw me a few bucks, you can send it to @carly-fisher on Venmo or @carlyafisher on PayPal.
OK that’s my spiel! At the very least, always appreciate anyone spreading the word if you like what you read and listen to here. I really hate asking people to pay for things, so thanks again for hanging with The Weed Witch—grateful for your support!