Five Reasons Why I Love My Job

There are so many awesome reasons why I love my job as the Young & Free Maine Spokester. My term is coming to an end soon and now is your chance to have an opportunity of a life time! The search for the next Young & Free Maine Spokester is well underway. If you can think outside the box, love writing, and have strong video and production skills, then this is the job for YOU! 

If you need more convincing, I'll give you five reasons why this job absolutely ROCKS: 

I WORK FOR SOMETHING I BELIEVE IN

My job is to represent Maine's Credit Unions who have an incredible mission to be there for their members in every step of life. The Young & Free Maine program is ALL about helping young adults to prepare for the future and make smart financial decisions. Plus you'll have the chance to teach others about the credit union difference! 

I LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY

I’ve learned a boat load this past year. I've learned how to manage my own money situation, I've learned more about myself as a person, and how to be a better employee. Not only have I learned my way around the mumbo jumbo of loans, credit scores, retirement options, and good savings habits, I’ve also learned about other things, like:

VIDEOS & BLOGS

Editing a video after scripting and filming it myself 

Editing a video after scripting and filming it myself 

Before becoming Spokester, I only had to produce videos once in a while. Depending on what class I was enrolled in, I had to produce a video a few times per semester at the most. I’ve learned a lot more about production, video editing, scripts, lighting, camera techniques, etc.

I’ve learned how to tell a story and how to share that story through video. If you compare my first video to my most recent, you can see the obvious improvement (but spare me watching the first one, it pretty rough!) 

I GET TO EXPERIENCE NEW THINGS

Me, Mark from the morning show on WCYY, and Maine-based rapper & emcee SPOSE

Me, Mark from the morning show on WCYY, and Maine-based rapper & emcee SPOSE

I've done a lot as the Spokester. I've been all over this state, places I've never imagined going in Maine. I've driven the Green Machine from way up in Presque Isle all the way to Sanford. 

Being the face of Maine's Credit Unions has given me the chance to put myself out there in ways I never would have been able to do on my own. For the past year I've brushed elbows with credit unions CEOs, been featured on local TV news stations, and spent plenty of time getting to know the awesome radio voices of Southern Maine. 

I'VE HAD AN IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY

Brenda Davis and I at the welcoming ceremony for the Walk to End Hunger

Brenda Davis and I at the welcoming ceremony for the Walk to End Hunger

This year, Maine's Credit Unions collectively raised a record-setting $513,309 for the their campaign to Ending Hunger in Maine. I was able to participate in the Ending Hunger campaign by organizing a welcoming ceremony for Brenda Davis as she finished her two month walking tour that raises money for Maine food pantries. I also had the chance to help out at the Special Olympics swim meet this year that was held at Bates College. 

And I was highly involved in the strategic planning, marketing, and organizing the 3rd annual Sound Off Music Competition. Young Maine musicians were given the chance to compete for a spot to perform live a KahBang 2014. This competition really has the chance to boost the music careers of local Maine musicians with exposure and awesome prizes. 

HONESTLY - THIS YEAR AS BEING SPOKESTER HAS BEEN AWESOME.

I can't wait to see what happens next - and watch the program grow. It sincerely has been a pleasure, but I will be holding tight on my reigns for another couple months. Until then - if you're interested being the Young & Free Maine Spokester, apply by submitting your resume and portfolio by May 19 at YoungFreeMaine.com.

Be well, 

Lauren R.