Happy New Year!
You might find it odd to read that I am hiring for the BEAT Festival, even as I write this some 9 months before we open and on a freezing cold day in Brooklyn.
But, yes, BEAT is hiring. And, know what? BEAT is ALWAYS hiring.
More specifically, I am always looking for great people to join our team. The success and development of the BEAT Festival demands great people, and it has been the artists and the team who have made our first two years such great successes. We’re committed to creating great art, communicating well as a team and having fun.
Now, our hiring process is a little different than most. In fact, you will rarely see BEAT post a job listing on Playbill or other boards. The way we go about it is more organic and a bit out of the box.
First, we value enterprising, entrepreneurial thinking. So, it is exciting to simply get an email which says “I want to work with you!” which is then backed-up with some well-written (and brief) prose about how the individual is passionate about contemporary performance, Brooklyn and has some demonstrated understanding of our mission. This willingness to reach out shows me a lot.
The old process of waiting for a job-posting is obsolete here. If you want to work with BEAT, send me an email and we’ll see what happens, OK? Our belief is that there is always room for great people. Our platform is fluid and always evolving, and it seems to shape itself around great people. If this is you, I want to hear from you.
Second, we value people who can work autonomously and who are great at problem-solving. Most of what we do is solve problems as our platform of working in non-traditional ways seems to always come with a few surprises. Individuals who can look at this from the viewpoint of “cool, this is now a killer opportunity to make this even better” rather than, “uh-oh, we’ve got a big problem on our hands” will be very successful here. So, experience is less important than an ability to solve problems.
Also, we don’t have a classic “work space” so you will need to be able to work on your own without supervision. This is not for everybody, and we will both know very quickly if you are that sort of person. Being responsible and independent is vital to being on our team, and there is no room for “average” here.
Finally, at BEAT, everyone’s a marketer. We will want you to talk about how excited you are about the festival, we will want you to post about it on social media. We will want you to join the conversation online and let your voice be heard. In this day and age of social media, there is the signal and the noise. The closer the media is to the signal, the more valuable it is amongst the noise.
By being on the BEAT team, you will be very, very close to the signal. This makes your voice super important in helping us get the word out about what we’re doing. This means that you will be encouraged to post to Instagram, share things on Facebook, expand your Twitter audience and have fun with Vine. You don’t have to come in with tons of knowledge about these platforms, but you will be asked to use some of these and learn about the others.
Now, bearing these principles in mind, for 2014, we are currently looking for:
2 Interns – one in marketing and one in development. These begin ASAP and are great for people looking to get involved. We have had AWESOME interns at BEAT, so the bar has been set very high! If you’re interested, email me here and tell me why.
1 Marketing Expert – so, someone with a demonstrated track record of successful performance and/or event marketing. If you think you qualify, email me and tell me why.
Venue Managers – we’re always interested in meeting stage managers, designers and others who feel they can completely supervise one of our venues. This usually requires stage management experience, or people who have extensive technical knowledge. It also means supervising a team of volunteers, possibly managing the box office and probably doing a lot of fun problem-solving.
If you’re interested in working with us, send me an email and tell me why. Also, throw out the model of cover letter and resume. I really could care less. Just tell me a little bit about you and share your passion for performance & Brooklyn and we’ll take it from there. Cool?