ASH AMBIRGE

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Frustrated You Can’t Catch a Break? No One Giving You a Shot? Need Experience?

In: Hate Your Job?

“No one will give me a chance.”

“There are no opportunities.”

“I don't know how to break into the field.”

“If no one gives me a shot, how can I build the required experience?”

I hear a lot of that type of chitter chatter on the streets, these days, and frankly I'm tempted to buy a cane just so I can swat people with it. If Jenna Marbles thought this face was scary? Imagine me with that same crazed look on my face AND A CANE THAT I'M HOLDING LIKE A BAT.

Waitress forgot my hot sauce? SWAT.

Politician at my door? SWAT.

You don't take credit card? SWAT.

And, of course, my most diligent swatting to students and mentees who are still waiting on the world to give them something. SWAT SWAT SWAT.

Because here's a fun fact:

Nobody's going to discover you.

When you want something, you gotta discover it. 

What do I mean by discover it?

:: Instead of tirelessly getting shot down because you don't have enough real-world experience, go get some by joining Mozilla Firefox's PR Team, for example. Or edit and translate at Kiva. There are brilliant opportunities if you look for them…instead of waiting for them to look for you. First, you'll open some really heavy doors for yourself. My first job offer ever was doing PR for the FOX Network, because I interned there and they liked my skills–most notably the sweet Seinfeld commercials I once produced set to the tune of Gold Digger…no joke. But you'll also end up with some pretty swanky names to drop, AND something impressive to say when you meet snobby people. And you thought there were no benefits.

:: Not getting hired because you don't have a portfolio? Call out sick from life and MAKE ONE. I hear this a lot from copywriting students–“But I don't have any writing samples.” But here's a secret: You don't need clients to write. Sit down, pick your favorite company, and come up with some new creative ad copy for a new product they've released. Or their homepage. Or their tagline. Or something else. And then do it again for your second favorite company. And your fiftieth. (It's the Philadelphia Zoo, isn't it. I knew it!) As long as you make it clear to prospective clients that they are samples and not live copy, it's fine. And you've now showcased your talent–without needing permission, first.

:: Wish someone would give you your own radio talk show? Create your own. Grab the mic. Get on the air. With the internet, you really *can* do anything. And you might end up getting paid much better for it in the long run, too.

And so forth.

Because today more than ever, there are as many opportunities as you want to take.

The only question to ask yourself now is:

Will you? 

Feb 13

2019

How to Start an Online Business When You Are Not an “Internet Person”—And Are Seriously Doubting That You Can Do This

Feb 13, 2019

So, the other day one of my best college girlfriends reached out and was all, “Ashhhhhhhhhh! I need your helpppppp! I’m trying to start an online business but I have no idea what I’m doing and you’re obviously the first person that I thought of, muahahaha.” (She. Is. Adorable. She’s been hand-painting wooden signs and […]

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Apr 28

2017

Make Something That Matters

Apr 28, 2017

Things aren’t always what they seem. An email list full of 100,000 people is meaningless if only 100 of those people open the emails. Similarly, an email list of 100 people, with 100 of those people opening them, does mean something. Who is more successful? And who is doing something that actually matters?

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May 1

2013

Here’s an Opportunity – TAKE IT

May 1, 2013

I’ve got a theory. Don’t tell anyone, because if they take it to heart, they might get even better at this business thing, and then what’s going to happen is that one year from now, you’ll somehow find yourself eating red velvet cupcakes at their book signing instead of your own, except you won’t just be […]

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Feb 19

2019

[NOW OPEN!] Register Now for B-School and Get a Private, 60-Minute Call With Me

Feb 19, 2019

…I realllllly want to make a joke about B-School opening its legs, but I will refrain from being ever-so-classy. Instead, I will tell you, in equally classy big, caps letters, THAT AS OF 10AM EST THIS MORNING, B-SCHOOL IS NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION! Which either means you’re rushing to register, or you’re about to kill yourself. It’s […]

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Jun 1

2017

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait for No One

Jun 1, 2017

Here’s a principle I vehemently disagree with: Good things come to those who wait. You know who probably came up with that stylish piece of wisdom? Someone in a position of power, tasked with managing the masses and getting them to obey orders. You can hear a teacher saying that, can’t you? Now, there, little […]

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Jun 18

2017

Seek Pleasure, And You Will Have Found Your Work

Jun 18, 2017

Procrastination is not a symptom of something that’s wrong with you, your brain, or your level of commitment—it’s a clue. Something is wrong with it. The thing you’re doing—do you really want to be doing it? Does this actually give you joy, or have you roped yourself into yet another maze of obligations and onuses, […]

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Jul 8

2017

You Find Peace With Your Work Through Tension

Jul 8, 2017

It’s never as scary as it seems. Everything you’re worried about happening? Won’t. It might seem intimidating, the world—putting yourself out there, taking the chance, trying something new, going all in, showing up, asking for help, connecting with strangers, and, ultimately, gambling your ego and everything you know to be true. There will be a […]

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Jul 1

2017

I Became an Entrepreneur Because My Life Stopped Being Fun

Jul 1, 2017

I’m in the airport, on my way to London. London is officially my favorite city in the world because it’s the one place where I don’t feel like an overdressed moron. (Try going anywhere in Costa Rica with even so much as kitten heels and YOU WILL LOOK RIDICULOUS.) I’ll be there all summer, excited […]

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I'm a Bad Influence on Women

Hey, I’m Ash! Twenty years ago I was a small town girl growing up in a trailer park in rural Pennsylvania. Fifteen years ago, I lost my family and everything I knew right as I became the first to graduate college. Fourteen years ago, I found myself leaving everything behind for a new life in the city where I could be “normal.” Ten years ago I realized normal was the most disappointing thing that ever happened to me. Nine years ago I quit my job in advertising and pursued my dreams as a creative writer. Eight years ago, I built a 6-figure business doing what I love using nothing more than the Internet and my voice. And now, today, I’m the founder of The Middle Finger Project, an irreverent media co. that helps other women find their voice and teaches them to use it to build whatever the f*ck they want to. With a book coming out with Penguin Random House in February 2020 (YASSS, WE’RE A PRODUCT IN TARGET!) I’m proud to be a bad influence on women and guide them into doing something disobediently brave with their life and their career.

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