A Telemarketer Who Enjoys His Work-Really
Denny Dormody of Glendale, Calif., spends his nights writing screenplays and
his days working as a telemarketer. In an essay about his day job for the Los
Angeles Times, he estimates making as many as 250 calls a day-and not minding
it at all. There's "relentless rejection," he writes, but there's
also satisfaction, especially if you're pitching a great product.
"I'm sorry, but most of the telemarketers interrupting your dinner are
untrained amateurs-call today; gone tomorrow," Dormody declares. "Don't
tar me with the same brush."
He writes admiringly of "the Beast"-an automatic dialer that
calls three home phone numbers for him simultaneously. "The Beast never
tires," he observes. "Never falls asleep. Never takes a paid vacation.
The Beast senses the first home to answer the phone and connects the caller
in a New York heartbeat. The two other home phone numbers will be called back
soon. Very soon."
Dormody also has glowing words for his co-workers, many of whom, like him,
have Hollywood ambitions: "I admire the tenacity of these wonderful actors,
actresses, writers, and working stiffs that make magic happen call after call.
It's a great day job. I avoid the [Interstate] 405 gridlock and driving all
over creation making sales calls. I let the technology do the door-knocking.
It's all about business. It's all about feeding The Beast."
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