Find or Make Your Own Dream Pink Collar JobMerrell Hollis

by Jeremiah Dover, Aug. 9, 2010
Wondering how to land that dream job in these troubled times? Don’t limit yourself with the typical 9-to-5. Think outside the box and discover where your real passion really lies.

As part of Outword's Careers and Business issue, we have included some Sacramentans with interesting and successful careers in our print edition. There are many paths though, and here are five more exotic examples of gays who have found their calling:

 

Merrell Hollis, Makeup Artist for Wendy Williams Merrell Hollis
What makes your job so amazing?
I transform people with my own personal stamp.
Did you always know you wanted to work with celebrities?
I knew I wanted to work in the fashion industry but I wasn’t sure in what capacity.
How did you land your job?
I snuck on a music video set when I was 17 and met a make-up artist who took me under his wing and offered me my first job.
Is the money good?
It’s feast or famine. Some months the industry is rolling in dough with so many new jobs for artists. Other times, it can be as dry as the Sahara dessert! Make-up artists have to be smart with their money.
What fringe benefits does your job offer?
Benefits are fabulous: VIP parties, great seats in restaurants, travel all over the world. I meet people I would never meet in any other profession.
What’s the worst part of your gig?
It’s dog-eat-dog. I’m a good ol’ southern boy. Sometimes I feel like a guppy swimming with sharks.
What does someone need to do to get your job?
Learn everything you can about applying colors. Education and professionalism is key.

Brock Sousa, Event Production Manager, Manhunt.comBrock Sousa
What makes your job so amazing?
I work for the biggest and best site for men to meet men, and I love that traveling and socializing with men from all around the world is part of the job.
Did you always know you wanted to work in gay event production?
No, I never thought I’d be working in this industry. I grew up in a conservative, strongly religious family where everyone shuddered when they heard the word gay.
How did you get your job?
Five years ago, I came upon a job posting on Manhunt seeking a Marketing Assistant. I really didn’t think in a million years I had a shot, but I applied and got hired.
What fringe benefits does your job offer?
I travel all over the world and meet lots of sexy guys, all on Manhunt’s tab. Who else would send me to Key West in the middle of winter to stay in a four-star hotel and throw a fun party?
What’s the worst part of your gig?
Being sent to an event in Nebraska in October when there’s a foot of snow on the ground.
What does someone need to do to get your job?
You have to be willing to start at the bottom (insert Manhunt joke here) and work your way up.

Daniel Lee, Director of Male Massage Site, Manworks.comDaniel Lee
What makes your job so amazing?
I like to get my hands in everything and with this job, I get to do that: from product development of new user features to marketing and sales. It’s great to have input in all areas of the site.
Did you always know you wanted to do your job?
I didn’t. I’ve done so many different things in my life. I was a stripper and a dotcommer. I worked for a non-profit, a national gay magazine, then consumer products.
How did you get your job?
I’ve known the CEO of Manworks.com’s parent company for years and with the launch of the new site, he needed someone to head it.
Is the money good?
In this economy, isn’t any salary good?
What fringe benefits does your job offer?
I get offered free massages from gorgeous masseurs and bodyworkers. I have never taken advantage of the offer.
What’s the worst part of your gig?
There is an incredible satisfaction that comes with having an actual physical product be out in the marketplace that one doesn’t get at an internet company.
What does someone need to do to get your job?
A big bag of tricks. A person really has to have a broad, critical and strategic mind and a great sense of humor. There isn’t one specific area of the site that I am dedicated to so that requires a whole range of skills: writing, number crunching, editorial direction. I never thought my job promiscuity would ever be an actual asset, but in this case, it has been.

Jincey Lumpkin, Lesbian Porn CEO, Juicy Pink BoxJincy Lumpkin
What makes your job so amazing?
I own a company that produces lesbian porn. What’s incredible about my job is that I get to be around really exciting, “out there”, wild people who are living their lives the way they want to live them. I work with porn stars who let it all hang out, and that kind of honesty is really cool to be around.
Did you always know you wanted to do your job?
I never imagined I would become a porn producer. After graduating law school and while working at a super boring law job, I started writing a sex blog. Everything grew out of that.
How did you get your job?
I created it. I think that there are two kinds of people in the world: people who do things (“doers”) and people who wait (“waiters”). Doers get shit done. They don’t sit and wait for opportunities to come to them or for some magical moment where everything becomes clear. I am a doer! I go out and make things happen. I guess that’s why I became a producer. I don’t think being a “waiter” is bad, but it just means that while you are waiting, others are creating the very opportunities you might be waiting on.
Is the money good?
Mama don’t work for free! Pornography sales are higher than the revenues of ABC, CBS and NBC, combined. In this man’s market, I am making my place and creating content by women for women who like women. It’s sexy to know that my creativity is rewarded with a loyal, paying customer base.
What fringe benefits does your job offer?
Perks include seeing naked boobs for free all day long, invitations to cool parties filled with colorful characters and the ability to live glamorously. Life is better when it sparkles, I think.
What’s the worst part of your gig?
The hardest part for any boss is managing other people. I hate to reprimand people, but sometimes it’s necessary. I also hate it when people are late. People should realize your time is just as important as their time.
What does someone need to do to get your job?
Come and work with me! I’m looking for good interns. You might end up becoming a producer yourself.

Tim Wildman, Men’s Swim/Underwear Designer, WildmantTim Wildman
What makes your job so amazing?
I get to be creative, designing products, ads, Web sites, hang tags. It’s not a stuffy office job.
Did you always know you wanted to do design?
I always knew I wanted to be a designer but I didn’t know I wanted to be a men’s underwear/swimwear designer.
How did you get your job?
Built it from the ground up.
Is the money good?
The money that comes in goes right back out in order to grow the business. Growth is good — and we’ve got plenty of that!
What fringe benefits does your job offer?
My dogs are always with me. There’s never a shortage of pool party invitations.
What’s the worst part of your gig?
An unhappy customer. I don’t like it and we always try to fix it!
What does someone need to do to get your job?
Sleep with the boss.
If you didn’t have your job, what other job could you see yourself doing?
I would create chocolate bars. Wildmant Chocolates!

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