MY BIG BREAK

Curiosity led me to PR. While volunteering at Give Kids The World, a non-profit vacation village for children with terminal illnesses, the Oscar Meyer Wie-nermobile visited. I'd never seen the hot-dog shaped vehicle before, and I was just as excited as the kids! The Wienermobile girls and I became friends, getting together whenever they rolled into town.

Curiosity led me to PR. While volunteering at Give Kids The World, a non-profit vacation village for children with terminal illnesses, the Oscar Meyer Wie-nermobile visited. I'd never seen the hot-dog shaped vehicle before, and I was just as excited as the kids! The Wienermobile girls and I became friends, getting together whenever they rolled into town.

I even met their boss, who oversaw their unique internship for new college grads.

Two years later, unsure of what to do after graduation, I was honored to earn a spot on the Canadian Wienermobile team. For five months, I was a "good-wheel ambassador,

and got plenty of hands-on publicity experience.

I'd found my calling!

Later that year, my hot-dog car brought my career full-circle when I got my first real job as the PR rep for Give Kids The World - the very place where I had first seen it. Having "international hot-dogger

on my resume intrigued my future manager enough to give me an interview.

Five years later, I'm still in PR - writing releases, pitching stories, and enjoying an occasional lunchtime hot dog! I guess you could say I spell big break: "OSCAR."

Susie Storey is the communications manager for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) in Orlando, FL.

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