In between a trip to Paris for CEO, where he climbed into the wrong car whilst a guy with the same surname hopped into his limo (what are the chances), and a very last minute trip Bangkok, I had the experience of spending time in an elevator with Him. We were politely discussing the imminent changes to the company structure, when he suddenly asked: ‘What do you want to do in life?’
What could I say? (Similarly when he asked in my interview what drugs I’d tried.) I answered honestly, as, let’s face it, no one in their right mind dreams of being a glorified receptionist. I said I wanted to write for a magazine, and he responded with a pensive tone, ‘you know what I think you should do? You should get a job at a magazine. Go and apply for a job as a writer or editorial assistant.’ I was as amazed and shocked – automatically fearing he was trying to get rid of me in a more humane and inspiring way as opposed to ‘you’re fired’.
I added that I loved working with the company, and that I’ve learnt skills I’d have never learnt elsewhere; indeed, I am now a master of InDesign, organising flights, booking foreign taxis at 3am whilst he’s in a different time zone, and restraining myself from tearing my hair out.
So far, I am still employed.
He obviously took my passion for writing on board, and subsequently set me some writing tasks ‘as a test’. I have to admit, I absolutely loved being given a title or topic and a word limit – I was so excited I completed the first draft within an hour and gave him the end result as he was leaving the office. The first task was about his life which, of course, painted a very flattering picture of CEO with the odd bits of humour – such as making reference to his neurotic PA. He then set two more tasks – one about secrets/ unusual facts about Mayfair, and the second (don’t laugh) was to be 150 words about ‘Life as a young working assistant’. Needless to say I used a very shortened version of my online tales as a PA, removing episodes like the time I nearly ruined his car, or when I took someone’s bags instead of his. 150 words isn’t that much, but it gave him a peek into his life from a different view and I made sure to keep it light and funny so that he'll read it with fondness – like the time he lost his iPhone, iPad and Kindle in pretty much the same week, and a reference about his whiplash-inducing flight changes. I am sure he’ll laugh. Or fire me.
the crazy happenings in my life