Jeff and I at the senior awards ceremony when I graduated high school
Jeff thanking me for my 2 years of service as Student Representative on the Franklin School Committee
Los Angeles, CA
I’ve been asked to convince you why Brittany MacLeod is the perfect Chief Funster for Tourism Australia’s “Best Jobs in the World” contest. This sounds like a tough assignment, but for me, it’s simple.
Brains. This young woman has the smarts for the job. As the Chief Funster, she’ll review festivals and events and serve as the social media guru for New South Wales, Australia. Based out of Sydney, she’ll have to tweet, blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Foursquare… you get the picture, everything she does. With her ebullient spirit and her contagious energy, every Aussie will be ‘following’ her through her adventures and knowing where the “IT” spots are to be. I would say social media is second nature for her, but it isn’t. It’s her life, all day, everyday. She developed a thorough campaign to successfully gain herself a position in the Top 25 candidates – she has the tools and knows how to use them, to create a fun and informative environment wherever she goes.
Maturity. It’s easy to say, “she’s too young…” or “oh, but, she’s just 21.” Age is merely a number for Brittany. It means nothing. Though I have known her for four years (although it seems a lifetime!), she exemplifies a character of responsibility with her schoolwork, her job as the social media liaison for Marist College, her close-knit family, and her community. She has always been involved in leadership organizations throughout her college career, typically holding an elected position of authority, or being the #1 advocate for her fellow peers. This position is not one she will take lightly, as she takes everything she does to heart. I have full trust that she will handle it with professionalism and the utmost respect for the contest organizers, whom she will be representing.
Assertion. You couldn’t imagine someone with such ability to break the ice in any situation. She’s not the “type of person” to start a conversation, she IS that person. As her advisor for a student-leader organization at Marist, I witnessed firsthand the kind of gusto she brings to a group. While attending conferences throughout the States, it would be me asking, “WHERE’S BRITTANY?” not even five minutes upon arrival. Where would she be? Making friends, complementing other schools, running around telling everyone where she comes from and why they should care. Her dynamic personality is incomparable, to the point where by dinnertime of that first night, everyone would be pointing (laughing) and yelling at me “THERE’S BRITTANY!”
Commitment. True dedication is what drives Brittany – in everything she does. Whether speaking in front of fellow Toastmasters, singing her heart out, helping out a friend, or taking the lead on a group project, she always makes sure goals are met. She determines her path to success, and through intricate planning, as well as a solid subconscious stream, she gets the job done. The loyalty she has towards the people she works with, combined with an effervescence that keeps the most tired alert and ready to grind all gears… there’s honestly no stopping what this young lady can accomplish. What surprises most people when they get to know her is that she isn’t someone who is ‘all talk’ – she’s all-action and gets the best from her team. I know this will hold true whether she’s home, at school, or
WAHOO! I got shortlisted as one of the top 25 contestants to move on to the next round of the Best Job In The World contest, but the contest isn’t over yet! There is still a lot of time left and much to do. I am already halfway through the second round. I have one week left to complete the “referee challenge”.
After I found out I got shortlisted in the top 25, I received an email from Tourism Australia detailing the rest of the contest. Here’s what they told me for the next challenge:
The past few days have been a whirlwind. As soon as I read all the details for the next round, it was go time! There was minimal time to celebrate and it was time to get down to business. You have to be one hundred percent in it to win it. “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” Well ladies and gentlemen, I’m not sure about you, but I don’t have time to suffocate, which means that every breath I took from the moment I received that email has been dedicated to this round. I have been getting over a bad sinus infection and it’s allergy season, plus I am in the last 3 weeks of my senior year of college, but nothing has stopped me from telling the tale of Send BMAC Down Under to anyone who will listen and getting what I need to have people support me and endorse me. Most of the grunt work has been done this past week, so there will be more news flowing in this week, but here’s a taste of what I’ve done so far…
The Send BMAC Down Under street team set out to the Walkway Over The Hudson yesterday to spread the word about me making it to top 25 and what the next round consists of. I printed out notecards that had all the information about my social media campaign on them and how people could help spread the word about Send BMAC Down Under. It was a beautiful day and I didn’t want to just walk up to people and disturb their enjoyable afternoon walk, so I bought 2 helium tanks and balloons as a way to grab people’s attention and have them come over to us. My friends Sarah and Eric came along with me to help me blow up the balloons, talk about the contest and tell my story. We were a real hit! In only 1 hour, I passed out over 100 notecards to people and we went through 2 helium tanks worth of balloons! We stood at the beginning of the walkway and wrote “Send BMAC Down Under” on the balloons so that people would wonder where the balloons were coming from and want to know why the balloons said what they did. We had a bunch of people ask why we were there and everyone was really supportive of the contest and wished me luck! People were pleasantly surprised when they found out the balloons were free! They thought we were fundraising, but nope! The sole purpose of the street team in action was to take advantage of the beautiful sunny day and spread the good news about the best job in the world contest and getting me to the next round. Check out some of our most enthusiastic Send BMAC Down Under supporters:
It was such a fun day! By the time we left the walkway, we were wicked tired and got lemonades at the stand on the way home. The Send BMAC Down Under will be back in action again this week! Be sure to keep an eye out on twitter for when we’ll be out again and where you can find us/meet me and hear the tale of Send BMAC Down Under! In the meantime, my “press secretary” (my beautiful mother, Tracy MacLeod), “campaign manager” (one of my best friends, Mark Gamarra) and I will be calling, emailing, tweeting (and anything else we can think of) news, radio & TV stations to pick up my story to be featured in the news. The more coverage I get of the contest and my story, the better my chances are of getting to the next round! Do you know of anyone who could report and broadcast the tale of Send BMAC Down Under? Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated! I’m doing everything I can to spread the word but the more buzz that is created around me and my story, the better. Holla at ya girl if you think you can help! Message me on my campaign Facebook www.Facebook.com/Send.BMAC.Down.Under
Send BMAC Down Under fans, I DID IT!!! I got shortlisted as one of only 25 people IN THE WORLD to advance to the next round of potentially becoming THE CHIEF FUNSTER for Sydney, Australia!!!!!!! THANK YOU to EVERYONE for following my campaign and supporting me! I wouldn’t have gotten this far without your love. Thank you for sharing the information and spreading the buzz about this contest and my campaign!!! A HUGE thank you to the contest judges at Tourism Australia for selecting me as one of the 25 shortlisted contestants. I am thankful and honored to have gotten this far.
Just got the email for the next round of the contest! Stay tuned for more info tomorrow about what’s next and what you can do it help!
Saw this lazy guy at Roger Williams Zoo the summer entering my freshman year at Marist with hopes that I’d be able to go abroad for a semester in Australia. I wasn’t able to go abroad because of professional responsibilities to my college, so when I heard about this contest, I saw it as my second chance.
If it’s meant to be, it will be. I know it’s out of my hands now. I submitted my entry video and have gone even further with creating the Send BMAC Down Under campaign. My emotions have been all over the place. Sometimes I’m really excited and anxious to hear the results of the contest and feel like I can’t wait any longer and other times I know I just need to keep doing what I do everyday and the results will come along soon enough. I’m so lucky to have such a great support system. My family, friends and everyone else at my college have been so helpful and interested in everything that I am doing with the contest and my campaign. It keeps the momentum going and my excitement about Australia grows every day. I keep having day dreams of where I’ll be if [and when] I get the email that I advance to the next round. It’s crazy to think that in only 4 days I’ll either have a shot at getting this job of a lifetime or going back to the old drawing boards of applying to positions in social media and advertising back home. I wish there was more I could do to show the judges just how much the position of Chief Funster means to me and how I’d rock it in Sydney. I am only one month away from graduating Marist College with a Communications- Advertising major and Business minor. Between my education and all my extra curricular activities, I am more than fully prepared to be Chief Funster. Hopefully I’ve impressed the judges and in 4 days I’ll be announcing that I am one of the top 25 in the runnings for Chief Funster! Fingers (and toes) crossed everyone! Stay tuned!
Ok, BMAC, we get it, you’re obsessed with Australia and becoming the Chief Funster. What’s so awesome about Sydney anyways? Well, let me be the first to tell you! Here are 5 of the “must see” attractions and some fun facts! For more information, be sure to click on the hyperlinked words embedded in this post to take you directly to the official websites for these places.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia’s most well known and photographed landmarks. It is the world’s largest (but not the longest) steel arch bridge with the top of the bridge standing 134 metres above the harbour. The top of the arch actually rises and falls about 180 mm due to changes in the temperature!
Fondly known by the locals as the ‘Coathanger’.
The Bridge has an interesting past including its official opening on 19 March 1932. Before the NSW Premier, the Honorable John ‘Jack’ T. Lang, could cut the ribbon to signify the opening of the Harbour Bridge, Captain Francis De Groot of the political group The New Guard slashed the ribbon with his sword. Captain De Goot believed that the only person to open the Bridge should be a member of the Royal Family. Captain De Goot was detained, the ribbon tied together, and the Premier then officially cut the ribbon.
Since 1998, you can climb the bridge during the day, twilight and night. A group of 12 will leave for a climb every ten minutes. The safety precautions taken include a blood alcohol reading and a Climb Simulator, which shows Climbers the climbing conditions that might be experienced on the Bridge.
Ranked as one of the safest buildings in the world, the striking design has made the tower capable of withstanding earthquakes and extreme wind conditions.
If you visit the tower, the SKYWALK is a “must-do” attraction! You’ll be walking on air 268 metres above Sydney with the streets directly beneath your feet. An experienced guide gives you an insider’s commentary on the amazing sights and landmarks of Sydney, plus the opportunity to have your photograph taken on the glass platform with the harbour as your backdrop.
The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts center. It is one of the most recognizable images of the modern world and has come to represent Australia. More than 7 million people visit the Opera House each year, 300,000 o whom take a guided tour. It was designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon and was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 20 October 1973. Its first performance was The Australian Opera’s production of War and peace by Prokofiev. The Opera House is home to 1600 performances each year including ballet, opera, theatre, dance, music, comedy, kids shows, talks and more.
Bondi Beach is one of Australia’s most famous beaches and well-known worldwide. It has probably featured on more postcards and more television shows and films than any other in Australia. Each year tens of thousands of people, from backpackers to billionaires, take to the golden sands of this wide, one-kilometre long city beach expanse to walk, jog, or just soak up the sun. Being only 10 kilometres from the city centre, Bondi Beach is one of Sydney’s busiest beaches. There’s a host of events held here all year round from community art shows to city to surf running marathons.
Sculpture by the Sea began in 1997 with an exhibition held over one day at Bondi Beach and is now an annual event, held over the first three weeks of November. Every year the coastal walk is transformed into a seaside art gallery as the works of sculpture are spread across the cliff from Tamarama Beach to Bondi Beach. Over 100 sculptures are exhibited in the background of sea and the coastal landscape along the two kilometre coastal walk. Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi attracts an estimated annual attendance of 500,000 people each year to view the sculptures.
**Most of the writing in this blog is not my own and was taken directly from the websites that are hyperlinked in this post. I got the photographs from both Google images and the websites that are hyperlinked in this post.
You either have it or you don’t. I can’t teach it to you. You have to feel it deep down inside you. What am I talking about? Ambition.
Ambition is defined as “an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame or wealth, and the willingness to strive for its attainment”. It’s something that I know I have but I do not define myself by. Why say I’m “ambitious” when I could just show you?
How Do You Feel Ambition?
It all starts with a goal. When you hear or see something that you know you want, you can feel the excitement bubbling inside of you. As you think through how you’re going to your goal, the bubbling excitement turns into a roaring fire that is hard to contain. Once you know you want something and commit to earning it, there is nothing that stops this burning desire for your goal.
This is how I felt when I learned about the Chief Funster position for the best job in the world contest held by Tourism Australia. It’s easy to get excited about something you think you want for a short period of time, but the way you absolutely know you have to have something is when you can’t fall asleep at night because you’re thinking about it and when you wake up in the morning, it is the first thing on your mind. Sounds like love a little bit, doesn’t it? Well in that case, I’ll say it to the world, I’m in love with Australia and becoming the Chief Funster! But in all seriousness, I’ve never seen myself work so hard for something in my entire life and I’ve had my fair share of challenges til now.
When I was a freshman in high school, I signed up for ice hockey. I had always been a decent ice skater and enjoyed floor hockey, so I decided I wanted to play ice hockey. Bless my dear father for agreeing to wake up every Tuesday and Friday to take me to practice at 4am and my mother who shivered through every game. I started as a naïve freshman who just wanted a good workout and some competition in my life. I needed to work for something and hockey was the perfect combination and outlet for my needs. My experience wasn’t as perfect as it sounds. While on the team, I faced animosity from teammates and was even bullied. I began to resent hockey because of my teammates who were souring the experience for me. I wanted to quit so many times. I grew to despise some of the girls on my team. But then I thought, “what good would it do if I quit?” If I quit, they would win. Playing on a team where I was surrounded by insecure, “negative nancies” was no easy task, but they were insignificant. At the end of the day, I played ice hockey for myself. I played to make my family proud and help the winter go by a little quicker. I played to become a better skater and score a few goals. Playing ice hockey was no longer actually about playing ice hockey, it was learning to grow thicker skin and not let insignificant people stand in your way of reaching a higher goal. You know you’re ambitious when you feel you are at your lowest point and you still crave that end goal. I never gave up. I played varsity ice hockey all four years I was in high school and I had never been so proud of myself until I came to college and came across my next challenge and goal.
Playing ice hockey and overcoming animosity is only one example of my many experiences of focusing on an end result and not letting anything come in my way. I learned to not be bothered along the way by people who do not matter in the final equation. My best friend Irina taught me to not to be consumed by people who are irrelevant even though it is hard sometimes to not listen to the haters. When you want something whole-heartedly, you let absolutely no one stand in your way of achieving your goal. I could tell you I’m a hard worker, that I’m optimistic, begin every day with a smile and am self-motivated. I could tell you I’m a no limits kind of brainstomer with endless dreams, but what good is a dream? A dream is just a wish that is not acted upon. Well here I am, Australia, turning wishes into actions and giving it everything I’ve got to prove I would be the best Chief Funster. I’m not even sure if any of part of my Send BMAC Down Under campaign will even be considered in the judging process, but I knew I had to do it at even the slightest chance that I could grab your attention and “wow” you with everything I have done and give you a glimpse of everything I am capable of doing. I hope you consider moving me to the next round of becoming your Chief Funster!
–Edna Mode (from the movie The Incredibles)