It’s been a busy day, and for me, it’s only just begun! I don’t get to my production job until the afternoon, so for me, dinner time feels like lunch and days seem to blur together. My phone tells me it’s Friday. Good to know. It’s weird doing performances six days a week.
I woke up this morning to finish preparing my meals for the next few days. Yesterday, I made a delicious minestrone soup and today I made these delicious Chinese Spring Roll Salads. Of course, I packed them into my mason jars, so that I could enjoy them through out the week.
After that, I rushed to Manhattan for a job interview, or at least what I thought was going to be a job interview. I got to the high rise building fifteen minutes early for my scheduled time. When I got inside, it was a very high security building. Good thing I got there early! I had to have my ID swiped and a name badge was printed with my name and photo and everything. I was told to go up to the sixth floor, where the production company that I was interviewing for had their office.
I get there and strangely, there were no signs. I began to peak around the hallways to see if I could find a sign to let me know where I was going. Instead, I hear a receptionist call out, “Sir, we’re in here!”
I go up to her and say, “I have a 1:30 appointment with Natasha. Is this the right place?”
“I think so,” she replies, “Just wait in the open room around the corner”.
Okay, that was strange. I find the open room and see a group of people sitting around a table. My first thought is that it was a group interview or that I was being interviewed by a group of people. Turns out the group of people were all applying for various jobs with this production company, from production assistant to receptionist. They tell me that there is an application that I need to fill out and then somebody will call me in.
I go to pick up the application and notice that it is a lengthy pile of papers, all asking for various items of personal information, such as addresses and social security numbers. There were also your typical tax forms, the kind of information one gives after being hired.
As I filled out the form, I began to get a really sick feeling in my stomach. I felt nervous but not in the way I usually do right before a job interview. Once I finished filling out the forms, I decided to google the company on my phone. The only research I had done so far was to look at the company’s website, which was “under construction”. I gave them the benefit of the doubt and decided I would ask about the company when I got there. After that I googled the company’s name + “scam”. Well, it turns out that this company, called Storja Productions has several reports of being a hiring scam. I asked the people at the table, “Did anyone bother to google this company?”
The woman next to me, about 40 with a wiry hair piled high on her head, responded, “Yeah, I did. I kept reading that it was a scam, but I am an adventurous person and a risk taker”.
Another person chimed in, “Everyone wants to vilify things that are unfamiliar”.
I wish I was making this up. I’m as much a risk taker as anyone I know, but I am not stupid enough to hand my personal information to a complete stranger. I asked the girl “running” the interviews how far behind they were. She said that there were two people waiting before me and asked if I could please wait in the lobby.
I went back into the lobby and saw about a dozen people, all who had been in there when I arrived. Surely, they were more than two before me. I grabbed my bag and my lunch and headed back into the elevator.
On my walk back to the subway, I felt very shaken and uncomfortable. I was so distracted, that I took a train going in the wrong direction.
The good news is that I got a call this afternoon for a real interview and look–my phone is ringing as I type. Hope that’s another person calling to hire me!