Posted: August 18, 2019 Fun While Working
When I was first looking at places to apply for my first job, I was extremely picky. I didn’t want to work in fast food or at a grocery store. I wanted to work somewhere that it’s acceptable to be goofy and outgoing. My older sister was hired at Action City about two years before I started looking for a job. She always had cool stories about how she got to be a party host and play games with the kids in her party. She had been telling me to apply for a while, but I did the same thing any little brother would do, I didn’t listen. I wanted to see if I could find an awesome place to work without help! I slowly found out that there was no other place like Action City.
My first day on the job was the toughest. I was in an environment I didn’t know and working with a bunch of people I didn’t know. It’s kind of hard for me to break out of my shell in a situation like that. I quickly got over this feeling when I was warmly welcomed into this huge family who already knew me as “Taylor’s little brother.” Following those footsteps weren’t easy. Anyone who knows my sister knows she’s wild and when other employees found out we were related; they didn’t believe it. However, the more comfortable I got, the more I was told: “you’re just like your sister.”
How many jobs let you dress up as a gorilla, turn you lose in the building, and let you dance your heart out? I quickly learned what it was like in the life of a gorilla as I watched the look of fear in multiple children when they see a gorilla dancing around in public. I also found out that carrying a 30-inch pizza as the gorilla becomes difficult when you walk into a party room full of excited kids. That pizza starts to get heavy after a while when you’re posing for pictures! Next to running wild in the arcade, being the gorilla at a parade is the next best thing. It seems like when you’re a gorilla throwing out candy, kids aren’t as scared!
Aside from having the ability to be my goofy self, I get to meet and talk to people from around the country. I have heard some of the most interesting stories and learned a little about different cultures from interacting with a lot of the people that roll through Metropolis Resort. Along with talking to the locals and travelers, meeting new friends also employed in the resort is part of the fun. Like I said before, I was warmly welcomed into the family and since then, I’ve been trying to do the same for any newcomers. That’s really the best part about this job. I’ve made a ton of friends who share the same goofy traits as I do which makes the workday go faster, and it gives me people to hang out with after.