Last year, Andrew Smith landed one of six "Best Jobs in the World" in Australia, as the Chief Funster. That meant a six-month contract with a paycheck of A$100,000 (US$94,000), all expenses included. All he had to do was party his way around New South Wales, the region he was assigned to, and then talk it up on social media. The other dream jobs, which were assigned to various other regions, included outback adventurer, park ranger, wildlife caretaker, taste master and lifestyle photographer. Chief Funster sounds like a great gig, but what exactly does a Chief Funster do all day? Here's Smith's tell-all.
What was your background — what sort of experience and qualifications did you have to be the Chief Funster?
I'm from Orange County in California, USA. Previously I was a producer at the agency, Envoy; social media manager in Dubai for the travel show, Peeta Planet; and a consultant for HarperCollins. Spending the last three-plus years as a digital storyteller has taken me to six continents on a mission to pique curiosity and make experiences come to life for those on the other side of the screen.