HR Strange But True!
September 29, 2009

Yes, it's only a temporary job (67 days), but it's a “dream job,” it pays well, and you get to play the whole time. It does have its ups and downs; you have to ride roller coasters as part of this gig.

The Orlando Convention and Visitors Bureau had a “dream job” contest for people willing to move to Florida for 2 months to experience the “daily grind” of seeing over 100 venues that the area has to offer, eating at restaurants, attending concerts, having adventures such as swimming with dolphins, hang gliding, indoor sky diving, and hitting all the rides--and smiling nonstop the entire time. This job could be positively exhausting.

The pay is sweet--$25,000--and the perks are even sweeter: a two-bedroom condo, a rental car, paid tickets, and all meals. The “downside” is long hours having fun, no days off (no overtime worries since they aren't actually employees), and having to constantly take digital photos and report about everything via social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr

To “hire” the two temporary workers for this job, the Convention and Visitors Bureau held a contest that asked “applicants” to send in 1-minute videos on why they should get the position. The 10 finalists were then flown to Orlando, where they participated in a 67-hour “boot camp” (watch it at ) to determine which two were the most qualified.

The winners were Kyle Post, a Broadway actor who had a role in Rent , and his childhood friend Stacey Doornbos, an unemployed childcare worker who just returned to New York City after traveling to seven countries in 3 months). They won in large part because of Kyle's love of coasters and his ability to rattle off the names of their designers. They also were engaging and had extremely great grins.

To follow the couple's at their worksites, go to


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