The Exploration of Unemployment: Occupy Rockefeller Center

I have a lot of dream jobs, I do. Sometimes I just think I’m gonna wake up to an email from one of them and my life will change – but I know that’s not going to happen. So, this installment of The Exploration of Unemployment is my simple plan to make one of them happen.

You see, one of my dream jobs is getting hired to work/write/be a production assistant on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Like Lena Dunham, I’ve had a crush on Mr. Fallon for years. I even ran into him in NYC one time, which was so surreal I probably looked like an insane person. But, he smiled at me and the clouds parted and it was a great day! I also like to think that there is a level of brilliance buried deep within my mind that only working at a creative place like a late night show can unearth. Maybe there is, maybe there isn’t, but just go with me.

So, my plan is to move to (or visit) NYC and camp outside of Rockefeller Plaza and look like a genius and maybe run into Jimmy again and convince him of my undeniable charm and wit and end up working at one of my dream jobs. I’d also be happy working backstage at the veritable institution that is Saturday Night Live or over at Comedy Central with Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert (I mean, I have a law degree and I understand the legal world and politics more than most, so that’s not as much of a stretch).

Seriously, I get it. Jobs like this are few and far between. Even the most connected of connected people might not get those jobs. And, if anyone reading this does have one of those coveted positions, please know that you are a lucky, lucky bastard! Also, contact me, yo!

I know I sound delusional, and if I’m being completely honest with myself, maybe I am a little bit. It’s just that I only really feel fulfilled when I’m being creative. I’ve tried to deny it, or push that drive into other things and activities, but my happiness always seems to circle back to outlets that allow me to use that creativity.  And, yeah, I didn’t go to school for the arts, or writing, or even anything remotely related to those subjects. I definitely went in the complete opposite direction of paperwork and pragmatism (law school…hello?!), but I was creative in high school and college and can’t seem to deny it anymore.  I’m pretty funny in my daily life (either that or people are laughing at me, instead of with me) and I have experience writing sketches and doing improve and generally just being silly. Plus, I’m a speedy learner.

I mean, a girl can dream…right?

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  • Kyndal Braddick


    Go get a job, I promise that they are out there. There are plenty of people out there in the world that would love to have the educational opportunities that you had. Be productive, thankful, and responsible. You don’t have to stop dreaming, but you may have to work a job that is “beneath” you until then.

  • Shannon Robb

    I would gladly work a job ‘beneath me’ for a little while and have been trying to get one, which is the point of the series. I haven’t been getting calls about my resume or interviews. Even at places that absolutely need people, like brand new stores that have just opened up in my area. But, thanks for your comment.

  • Kyndal Braddick

    Fast food restaurants are always hiring. I am so sick of all of this “occupy everything!” crap. Nothing personal, I just think it is promoting self entitlement. Be thankful you have a roof over your head, food to eat, and the ability to voice your opinion.

  • Kyndal Braddick

    I think that your series is a desperate and whiny attempt at humor and self promotion. You sound pretentious and ungrateful.

    • Frances Zoidberg Locke

      Kyndal, you sound like a bitch and you know nothing about the Occupy Movement. And before you try to call ME entitled I am a business owner aka one of those “makers” that tea partiers like to blab about but usually aren’t themselves. Do you have nothing better to do but write multiple comments of assholery on a hellogiggles article? Loser.

      • Kyndal Braddick

        Wow. Cool it with the hate speech, lady. I was just offering a different perspective. My intent was to point out how it seems like everyone is obsessed with what they don’t have instead of taking the time to be thankful. Shannon, my apologies if you feel that I verbally attacked you.

    • Brielle Arnold

      Kyndal, you absolutely attacked the author of this article and I’m deeply offended on her behalf. Insults like the ones you wrote have no place on a site like this. You just called her and her articles “deserate,” “whiny,” “pretentious”, and “ungrateful” which, by the way, is completely missing the point. This series is aimed at an unfortunately large portion of the HelloGiggles readership who have worked very hard in school and in their careers, but who have found themselves job-seeking despite some very impressive educational and occupational credentials. Who are you to criticize someone who is not only trying to lift herself up and try something new, but also offer some support and levity to others in a similar position? I promise you that there are few people out there more thankful for what they have than the author of this article. Above and beyond that, she is always sending out positive vibes for everyone she knows, and hopes for the best for everyone even while she is struggling. I don’t see anything wrong with daring to dream or with blowing off some creative steam while continuing the often very depressing process of looking for a day job. Maybe you’d rather read articles about how even coffee shops won’t hire law school graduates, and I guess that’s fine, but I’d rather read something a little more upbeat and interesting. If you choose to continue reading this series, please try to refrain from the very personal insults and attacks. Statements like that are of no help to anyone and just bring others down. Shame on you.

  • Katy Littlejohn

    Just reading about someone else’s dream job makes me want to go get mine! You go, girl.

  • Andrea Guzman

    I’m right there with you Shannon! I have way too many dream jobs to count. If only we could have it all :)

  • Bethani Jade

    I love your articles Shannon, don’t listen to the haters! You got a great sense of humor, which is mighty important in the infinite job hunt. Thanks for brightening my day!

  • Shelly DeYoe

    This is awesome!! I spend so much time dreaming of the job that I wish I had but I always feel like it’s way out of my reach..Never stop dreaming though 😉

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