California Company Wants to Pay You $100,000 to Quit Your Job and Follow Your Dreams

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Have you ever thought about quitting your job and pursing what you truly love? If so, what would that dream job be? Maybe you want to start an animal sanctuary, or build a house shaped like a beagle, or open a store for left-handed people. Is it money that’s holding you back? prAna, a California-based sustainable clothing company that sells apparel containing recycled content, hemp, and organic fibers, wants to give one lucky dreamer $100,000 to quit their job and make a leap into the unknown.

“The goal of this promotion is to spread our ‘Clothing for Positive Change’ philosophy,” Jeff Haack, prAna’s vice president of global marketing, said in a press release. “By asking the question, ‘How can prAna help you affect positive change in your life?,’ we are giving our audience a means to share their stories about what positive change looks like for them.”

To enter the promotion, rules state applicants must be at least 21 years old. While you shouldn't quit your job just because you entered, whoever wins the contest will be asked to quit their current job and pursue their dream job—and to generate updates along the way.

Applicants should submit a video that’s between 30 and 180 seconds long and describe their current gig and what their dream job would entail. Originality is key, so prAna encourages entrants to show their “passion in action.” For instance, an aspiring filmmaker could share a sample of their work while a pastry chef might want to show off some dishes they’ve made.

A panel of judges will review the videos and judge them on the quality of submission, originality, boldness, personality, and passion/enthusiasm. Applicants have between now and September 16, 2019 to submit, and prAna will announce the winner around October 17.

If $100,000 seems like a lot of money to win at once, there's a caveat: the money will be doled out in four quarterly installments over a year. The winner can expect the first installment in November 2019 and the last installment in November 2020. If you've ever wanted to transform your daydreams into reality, here's your chance. Click here for the full list of rules, and to enter.

Ski.com Wants to Pay You $2000 to Go on an Epic Ski Vacation

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The northern Rockies have already been hit with a massive snowstorm, and that means ski season is almost upon us. This year, Ski.com is planning to make dreams come true for not one, not two, but 12 lucky skiers.

Travel + Leisure reports that the ski vacation booking service will send two people to each of six top ski destinations, where they’ll ski their snow-loving little hearts out and document their adventures on social media. The trips are all-expenses-paid and then some; not only will skiers fly United Airlines and receive VIP resort experiences for free, they’ll also be given gear from Stio, Black Crows, Giro, and GoPro—plus a $2000 paycheck.

To apply, you have to choose one of the six destinations—Aspen Snowmass, Colorado; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Big Sky, Montana; Banff and Lake Louise, Canada; Chamonix, France; or Niseko, Japan—and create a 90-second video explaining why you’re the best person for the gig. If you’re thinking this is the perfect opportunity to try skiing for the first time ever, you might want to scope out a few bunny slopes on your own and apply for Ski.com’s Epic Dream Job next year: The listing asks that applicants be “able to ski and/or snowboard at an advanced intermediate level.”

Dan Sherman, Ski.com’s chief marketing officer, told Travel + Leisure that the decision to add 11 more winners was partly because “a very passionate community formed online in support of the [nearly 1200] applicants” last year. And, since two people will be sent to each location, you can even apply with a friend.

If you’re interested, submit your video here before October 29, and check out these ways to train off the slopes while you wait for the winners to be announced on November 19.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

EatStreet Is Hiring a ‘Curd Nerd’ to Travel Wisconsin in Search of the Best Cheese Curds

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Italy has Parmigiano-Reggiano, France has brie, and Wisconsin has curds. The bite-sized nuggets of curdled milk may not be the most sophisticated products in the cheese aisle (they're often served deep-fried with a side of ranch dressing), but they hold a special place in the hearts of many cheese lovers. Now, one curd connoisseur will have the chance to sample the fare across Wisconsin and get paid for their efforts.

As Thrillist reports, EatStreet is seeking a "curd nerd" to traverse America's Dairyland in pursuit of the best cheese curds in the state. From the 15th through the 29th of October—which is National Cheese Month—the cheesy ambassador will visit Wisconsin's top curd destinations with EatStreet's social media team. After tasting a variety of styles (battered with Wisconsin beer and as a topping on poutine are some possibilities), they will determine which curds reign supreme.

The job pays more than literal cheddar. For every hour they devote to the campaign, the curd nerd will make $12.50, earning a maximum total of $1000 over two weeks. The expenses of the trip, including an unlimited diet of cheese curds, will also be covered.

If you're ready to turn your love of cheese into a lucrative gig, submit an application to EatStreet before October 2 by answering these two questions: "Why do you want to be EatStreet’s curd nerd?" and "What unique skills and abilities do you bring to the table?"

The ideal candidate is a Wisconsin resident with a "big personality and a passion for storytelling." You should also be willing to share your lactose-fueled adventures on social media. Ready to start planning your trip now? Prepare yourself with these (slightly) cheesy facts about Wisconsin.

[h/t Thrillist]

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