Grads, harness your naked ambition!
Blog Guy, I graduated from college in June and I’m looking for a job. Everybody knows you give great career advice, so I’m open to suggestions.
Let me help you. Tell me what you studied in school.
I had a double major, creative writing and film studies…
Wow, and you’re STILL unemployed? Are you willing to pull your own weight? Do you enjoy working outdoors near the water?
You bet! Sounds like maybe you have a screenwriting job for me in Malibu?
Not exactly, but I’ve placed a number of others like yourself in the glamorous field of “boat tracking,” over in China.
Boat tracking? What’s that?
Um, look at it like sailing, but without sails or a motor or anything, and you have to put on a harness and drag a heavy boat upstream, straining in vain against the roiling current.
Ah, that sounds exactly like trying to sell my first screenplay. Is there any difference?
Yeah, you have to get totally buck-naked to do this job.
Oh yeah? Still sounds pretty similar to my experience. How soon can I be dragging those boats?
Not so fast, Speedy! First, you still need to get an agent….
Naked boat trackers pull a vessel along the Shennong Brook for a photo opportunity in Badong county, Hubei province, September 12, 2010. The photo opportunity, organized by a local photographing club, was a re-enactment of the boat trackers’ working scenes which has faded since the 1980s, local media reported. Boat tracking formed a popular profession in the early 20th century, but the development and modernization of transportation infrastructure gradually ended the need for such a job. REUTERS/Stringer