Out of sheer desperation for work, I sent in a resume & letter to a floral shop to apply for a floral designer job. I've never done it, but have been a professional artist my whole career & have been doing silk arrangements in my spare time to learn/practice/put a small portfolio together.
So I sent this letter saying, 'I don't have any experience as a floral designer, but here's why I'd be a good candidate, and I'll come work for you for 2 weeks for no pay to show you that I could do the job before you make a final decision."
So they took me up on the offer, & I start next Wed. I had an interview on Monday which went very well. Their manager went to school for graphic design too, so we speak the same language & she understands the crossover between artistic pursuits, and is totally on board to train me & has pretty much said she plans to hire me when the trial 2 weeks are up. She loved that I had taken the initiative to learn as much as I could on my own & that I showed such motivation.
SO--I need to do a GREAT job for the next 2 weeks!! Any tips/suggestions would be much appreciated. Also your impressions of the field in general; I'm expecting to be on my feet pretty much all day, & doing lots of un-glamorous things like bleaching the buckets & rummaging around for supplies in the creepy basement. I'm also expecting the time to go fast & to enjoy my work because I'll get to be creative & I really liked my first impressions of the shop & the people.
I do find it quite ironic that out of the hundreds of applications I've sent out, the one job I manage to get is the one I'm totally unqualified for!