Mini Truckin' Job - Hard Work, Long Hours: The Perfect Job?
I can't tell you how many times people give me and Mike flack about having the mini-trucker's dream job. They bring up that we get to go to all of the cool shows, party, and live the mini-truck lifestyle and get paid for it. It leads me to feel that most people don't realize what we have to go through to get the magazine the way it is. Let's just start by saying that it can be a giant pain in the ass sometimes.
For what we do and the hours we work, we don't exactly have bottles of Cristal stacked on our shelves, which is contrary to many people's beliefs. Would it even strike you as odd that Mike and I both left higher-paying jobs to pursue a career in our hobby (which can be disastrous and ruin your hype for the scene)? There are fringe benefits here and there that we have access to that others may not, but this brings up the point of why we are here.
The thing that keeps Mike and me so close and on a common level is the fact that we both have an unwavering sense of pride. We want Mini Truckin' to be the best that it can be...and we aren't just talking about the magazine. Mini-truckin' as a whole plays a big part in the lives of Mike, me, and pretty much all of our close friends. This is our world, and this is the world that surrounds us.
I don't think I have ever admitted to this before, not even to Mike (he'll read this when the first layout of this story gets on his desk): At one point I didn't read Mini Truckin' every month. It just got old to me. It wasn't the trucks, because I always have and always will be into rocker-burying mini's. It was the staleness of the mag. There was no forethought, no cool layouts, nothing to excite me anymore. What once was my bible had fizzled away to nothingness.
I had only met Mike once or twice before he worked at the magazine but I knew he would be a good man for the job. I knew he was into extremely custom mini's and was as hardcore as they came. The thing that amazes me now is that he is still just as motivated as before, if not more!
So, is this a dream job? Partially yes, partially no. I don't know if there is such a thing. I have never been happier at a job, but at the same time, I've never been more frustrated. I have never been more proud at my sense of accomplishment or more disappointed in myself for not making something the best it can be. I pull myself back and forth all day long and I'm sure Mike does too. One thing is for sure, though. You know you can always count on us to work tirelessly to bring you the best MT we can.