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Former Kamloops resident in running for world’s greatest job
UPDATE: Former Kamloops resident Chris Henschel did not land the Best Job in the World, but he did gain a few new skills.
Henschel made it to the 28-member short list for the Australia Tourism contest, but that is where his journey ended.
Despite not landing the photography gig of a lifetime, Henschel said the self-advertising skills he learned throughout the competition will be invaluable to his career.
A former Kamloops resident has the chance to get paid over $100,000 to do his dream job.
Chris Henschel applied for one of the Best Jobs in the World without ever expecting to get it.
Since receiving an email indicating he was one of the top 25 candidates for a contest created by Tourism Australia, his life has been a whirlwind.
Henschel has spent the last few weeks attending television interviews and working to promote himself in hopes of landing a six-month photojournalism position that would require him to put his MacGyver skills to the test.
“While working on a film set, you have to make do with what you have,” Henschel said.
“You need to be MacGyver.”
Henschel lived in Kamloops until moving to Montreal for school in 2005, but he still considers the Tournament Capital his hometown.
It was in Kamloops that his career in photography and film began.
If Henschel wins the contest, he will work as a lifestyle photojournalist in Melbourne, Australia, with Time Out magazine.
He will be expected to produce blogs and video diaries and create city and country photo shoots, while working with well-known Aussie personalities, designers and artists.
Henschel will be capturing the experiences of Melbourne’s laneways, cool cafes and hidden rooftop bars, while hot-air ballooning and attending major festivals and music events.
Some of the assignments will include surfing on the Great Ocean Road, skiing at Mount Hotham, researching penguins on Phillip Island and winemaking at a leading winery.
In addition to the gross wage of $50,000 AUD ($50,269) CDN) for six-months’ work, he would also be given $50,000 AUD to cover accommodation and transport, as well as a laptop supplied by Dell.
For Henschel, however, the experience itself would be worth well more.
“It has already given me the confidence to promote myself,” he said.
“To get out there and just know that I can do it has motivated me.”
Henschel also believes he would be able to learn a number of valuable skills through the job, allowing him in many ways to further his career.
“I love photography and the ability to capture the intimacy and joy in life,” he said.
“But, my true love has always been film.”
If Henschel makes it through to the next round, he and two others will be flown out to Australia, where he will need to complete the final phase of the process.
There has been no word as to what it will entail, he said, explaining organizers are keeping a lot of details of the contest — and the job itself — quiet.
Henschel said he expects to find out as soon as Wednesday, May 15, if he has made it to the top three.