Selling Myself

Corporate Chris had a job interview today. Corporate Chris didn’t perform well in said interview (at least in his opinion), and he’s not sure that he’ll get the wanted, yet dreaded, 2nd interview. This was mostly due to nerves … interviews are the firing squad of the corporate world. You’re up in front of people who have all the guns and they’re firing bullet-like questions at you. It’s crazy, but it is what it is. So long as you sound good, though, you can catch those proverbial bullets in your teeth. I have a point, really …

jobThey say selling yourself is the key to pretty much getting ahead at anything. You don’t have to know shit about shit, so long as you can convince people you know shit about shit. This goes for everything from job interviews to doing panels and workshops at conventions. If people like you, they’re going to hire you or buy your books or snuffle up whatever you’re cooking.

I firmly believe this, now more so than ever. Not just because this impression is I blew said interview today, but also because of a few panel experiences I’ve had lately. It goes back to FandomFest in August. This convention does fan panels (Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel v DC) and I was lucky enough to be on one for The Walking Dead. It must now be known that I’m a super fan, and the panel was fun, and boisterous and just awesome.

I also sold three books to people in that panel.

More recently, I attended Imaginarium, did a bunch of panels again, and from a direct result of one panel, I sold two books. The panel, Outside Influences, concentrated on those things other than literary people who’ve kept me writing. I talked about my kids, my sister and the whole NKOTB thing, and not wanting to disappoint people who’ve supported me so much on this journey.

The thing about these two panels was they weren’t really related to my work. I didn’t talk about my work, my techniques, or plots. I was able to just be myself and talk about subjects I’m passionate about. I sold myself without really trying to, and it was pretty cool.

Going back to the interview, though, I wonder where I went wrong. Admittedly, I don’t know how passionate I am about the corporate world, but I’m definitely good at my job. I know what I’m doing, I know how to move around and do those things I have to do. Is it the difference between knowing there’s a goal (IE a new job) and just having fun? Or is it something more than that, considering the new job also brings about more security (with more money, benefits, etc), where the writing is secondary in all things? And by secondary, I don’t mean in my head or my heart, but in the current necessities of life.

I’m not sure, not really, why I can be relaxed and confident at these panels, but not at work. Maybe one day I’ll figure it out.

Nah, that’d be too damn easy.


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