Just two years ago, I stumbled upon a post on facebook from a friend who was sharing a job posting for an agency looking to book a BA or promo model. The job was to sample wine at a nearby venue that was of close proximity to my house. I immediately messaged her for more information and was given the contact information to send my resume and headshot and I booked that gig that night.
Since then I have worked countless jobs working for clients representing Verizon Wireless, MetroPCS, Nickelodeon, Progressive, Tom Gore Wines, Kitchen Aid, Rex Goliath Wines, etc
For someone like me working in a industry that requires me to have flexibility I have found that working as Brand Ambassador has benefited me not only financially but by also helping to build a bigger networking base with others for more opportunities.
It's pretty easy to start out and once you get in good with an agency or two you will find yourself being consistently booked. If you are open to traveling broader distance and have the accommodations you will make some really good money. I mean, How many jobs do you know of that will pay you $20/hr to walk around and talk to people, hand out samples, dress as a mascot, take pictures, etc..?
My favorite part is that I can work as many jobs as I can handle in my schedule and they are not all the same.
There are a few drawbacks to working these jobs.
1) Wear and Tear on your vehicle-
Because I don't live in a major city I often traveled to areas that were over an hour away just to work. Kinda Crazy, huh? well I didn't care too much except for over the course of my first year I ended up spending $1300 in maintenance costs. I also was able to save up for a new car last year and it already has 30,000 miles on it. But I honestly love this type of work, so I can't complain.
2) Sometimes 4-6 weeks of waiting for pay-
Yes! Sometimes it takes up to 4-6 weeks for a company to pay you. Some of them are jumping on the direct deposit wagon now so the wait isn't nearly as bad as it was when I first started. And of-course there are some that will flat out not pay you. It happens.
**Always remember to keep track of everything including the time and any receipts for parking tickets that they may reimburse you for. Just always stay on top of everything, even when you are always working. Time is money and be sure to collect what you are owed.
Still interested in wanting to be a brand ambassador?
Here are some legit agencies that have I have since worked with and really do pay:
VIP Talent & Events
Ace High Marketing
You can also find and request to join the several "Brand Ambassador groups" on facebook...
Just search "Brand Ambassadors of YOUR CITY" to join and once approved you can network and apply to several job postings daily.
Pretty Soon, you will be a rocking Brand Ambassador.
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