HR Strange But True!
September 03, 2004

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."

Source: The Los Angeles Times (Registration required.)

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