Looking Back on the 5 Best Events of 2015

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I hope 2015 was as good to you as it was to me because I had a blast!

It was so great mainly because of all of the amazing events I got to work this year. That’s what makes the Brand Ambassador industry so special is that no two events are ever the same! There are so many different events you can get into, so many different brands you can work for, and so many different ways to represent a brand. I even got to tour the nation on an RV for 2 months! Crazy right??

While I represented 15+ brands at over 100+ events, here are my top 5 experiences from this past year including what the pay rates were. Enjoy!

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Brand: Roadtrip Nation
Event: Nationwide RV Tour for 2 Months
Pay Rate: $5,000 + Swag + Free Accommodation + Free Event of Choice

If you know me, you know I LOVE to travel. So I couldn’t turn down the chance to road trip through the US on an RV for 2 months…with 3 complete strangers! It was amazing! We explored 19 different states and visited 25 different college campuses to speak with the students about finding that they are passionate about. We also collected information from students who wanted to be on our TV show as well as helped promote the new mobile app for Blackboard. This was an experience I’ll never forget. I made some lifelong friends, got to see and eat my way through the US, and I drove an 40’ RV through the country!

 

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Brand: Chevrolet
Event: Youth Baseball Leagues across Southern California
Pay Rate: $350/day + Swag + Clothes

From February to May, I managed a Chevrolet promotional tour across Southern California. This was a lot of fun! Every weekend we drove to a different Youth Baseball League and set up our booth right next to the snack stand. Yum! The local Chevrolet dealerships would bring out their latest Chevrolet vehicles (including the sexy Camaro) and for every test drive that was taken, Chevrolet would make a generous donation to the local Youth Baseball League. The parents had a blast test-driving the cars, the kids got new equipment and Dodgers tickets, and us Brand Ambassadors had a ton of fun out in the sun with the families!

 

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Brand: Samsung
Event: US Open of Surfing
Pay Rate: $1,800 for the week + Clothes + Shoes + Gift Cards

Surf’s up! I worked with Samsung to promote their new virtual reality technology – the Samsung Gear VR. This promotion was at the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. This was so awesome because we got to work on the beach all week, the weather was perfect, and we got to watch the surfing, skating, and biking competitions during our breaks! For “work”, we helped people experience virtual reality surfing and Avengers superhero fighting and all of the attendees were blown away by the technology! The agency hooked all of us up with new Vans shoes and I even got to meet and hang out with professional surfers and the President of Vans, Steve Van Doren.

 

Oculus

Brand: Oculus
Event: E3 (Electronics Entertainment Expo)
Pay Rate: $200/day + Clothes + Swag

This promotion was one of my favorites! We got to represent the super cool virtual reality company, Oculus, at E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo). You are only allowed in if you work in the gaming industry and were invited or if you paid $600-$900 for a general admission ticket. Our whole team got in for FREE 99! Us Brand Ambassadors helped attendees try out the new Oculus Rift headset and it was so much fun watching their reactions and being a part of their first virtual experience. During our breaks we got to wander around the convention and test out the latest games, see the newest trailers, meet celebrities, and take home lots of extra goodies and gift cards!

 

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Brand: State Farm
Events: Sports Games, Trade Shows, Festivals, and Concerts
Pay Rate: $18/hr + Clothes + Swag

Throughout 2015, I worked with State Farm as a member of their “Better State Crew”, where we helped people get in a better state mentally by playing games such as corn hole and Big Jenga, handing out free swag, and entering people into a Sweepstakes for gift cards and vacation getaways. My favorite events to work at were the Dodgers games, the Clipper games, the Ski Dazzle Snow Sports Convention, the LA Food & Wine Festival, and the Kid Rock concert!

“Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there!”

 

And there you have it!

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And finally…

I just wanted to take a quick moment here before 2016 is upon us to thank you. This has been an incredible year for me, and I hope it was the same for you, too. Either way, I’m here to help make 2016 a great year for you, and I hope you’re as excited as I am! I have some BIG plans for you that will unfold early next year.

What are some of the big plans that you have for yourself next year? Share them below and let’s make them happen!

Kenny teaches friendly and outgoing people how they can get paid to represent their favorite brands at amazing events across the nation. Read Kenny’s story of how he went from being broke and in debt to making $8,000/month as a Brand Ambassador. Feel free to send Kenny a message here!

How Being a Brand Ambassador Adds Years to Your Life

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If a life is not remembered, is it actually lived?

 

Memories come and memories go.

Everything we do and work for is to create as many positive memories as possible and to minimize the negative ones. Either way, memories are what make life interesting and worth living.

It’s too bad we hardly remember any of them.

Studies show that most people only remember 3 days out of the month. This equates to just 1 memorable year out of every 10 years!

Yet, we shrug it off like it’s not a big deal…

We make light of the times when we “can’t believe it’s Friday already” or when the “New Year sneaks up on us” or when the “years go by in the blink of an eye.”

It must be normal…right?

Because time seemingly vanishes for many of us, a common question we casually ask ourselves is, “Where does the time go?”

But the question we should really be asking ourselves is, “Where do my memories go?”

It’s the memories that disappear, not the time.

So what’s to blame for our lack of memories and why do we as humans seem to miss out on so much life?

The answer?

Routine.

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The majority of people in society partake in the same mundane routines day in and day out. As a result, our brains get bored and begin to function on autopilot. It sort of caches everything we see, hear, and do in order to save energy and the end result is that we zone out.

We simply go through the motions and let time tick away without realizing it.

Can you blame the brain though if this is what the average day looks like:

Wake up at the same time, drive the same commute, sit in the same cubicle, work on the same mindless projects, talk to the same people, drive the same commute back home, then go to sleep and do it all over again the next day…

I used to work as a Program Manager for an event marketing agency and looking back on it now, time in spent in my tiny cubicle would fly by and I hardly have any memories to show for it. I’m not sure if I even remember 3 days out of the 2 years that I was there…It all just kind of blends into one big memory.

So the big question: How do we disengage this autopilot mode and start remembering our lives again?

The answer is rather simple.

We need to break out of our routines and do memorable things.

Change things up!

Take a different route to work, ask for new projects, talk to different people, eat at a new restaurant…just try new things!

That’s how you stimulate the mind. That’s how you turn off the autopilot. That’s how you take control of your memories.

And that’s how being a Brand Ambassador adds years to your life.

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For those of you who have been in the promo industry for awhile, think about it.

I bet you you’d be able to recall almost all of the promo gigs that you’ve ever worked. What events you worked, what brands you represented, when you worked, where you traveled to, what your positions were, what you wore, what you did, what you ate, who you worked with, and how happy you made other people.

You were immersed in those experiences and all of your senses were engaged.

That’s how you live a memorable life.

And because you are rich with memories, you are rich with life!

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You will not remember the days you worked in an office, but chances are you won’t forget the days you helped people experience virtual reality at a technology convention, or the days you gave out bottles of soda to families at theme parks, or the days you dressed up in costumes and handed out free swag at music festivals.

You will not remember the awful rush hour commutes you had to drive every morning and every night for work, but I bet you won’t forget the crazy fun road trips that you and your friends took to get to trade shows in Las Vegas.

You will not remember your office coworkers half as much as you will remember working alongside friendly and outgoing Brand Ambassadors. Seriously, where else would you be able to work alongside actors, musicians, entrepreneurs, college students, and overall fun and energetic people in one place?

Only in the promo industry can you create memories like these.

Our job as Brand Ambassadors is literally to be memorable and to share memorable experiences with others.

As Dustin Gares from TEDx Renfrew-Collingwood shared: “Life is not the number of days you live…it’s the number of days you remember.”

And if at the end of it all your life is filled with days that you remember, then I’d say that’s a life well lived.

 

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Kenny teaches friendly and outgoing people how they can get paid to represent their favorite brands at amazing events across the nation. Read Kenny’s story of how he went from being broke and in debt to making $8,000/month as a Brand Ambassador. Feel free to send Kenny a message here!