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? 

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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Nov 10

2017

Stop Waiting to “Be Ready.” Or “Have Your Ducks in a Row.” Or Until the Baby is Born, or the House is Built, or the Kids Are Older / More Independent / Less of a Pain in the Ass.

Nov 10, 2017

I hear people talk about job security all the time, as if this were a real thing. But people really seem to like the concept, you know? I mean, I can’t think of anything more comforting than 40 years of standing in an elevator every day with Lou from HR. <Wide, delirious eyes.> I’m not […]

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Jun 14

2019

If You Ain’t Feelin’ Your Work Anymore: HONEY, BURN THAT ISH DOWN.

Jun 14, 2019

So, here’s an idea: making money is not courageous. Anybody can ring a bell for twenty years. “Look, ma—I’ve been standing over here ringing this bell for two entire decades—durh, durh, durh—and I finally got a sticker!” Making money is a relatively straightforward consequence of showing up to breathe in the right place. Cause and […]

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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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Oct 24

2017

Don’t Sell Your Soul—Sell Your SKILLS.

Oct 24, 2017

Everybody knows how to do something, and that includes you. And guess what? That means you can teach someone else. And whatever you can teach someone, you can sell to someone. …And I say that without a shred of snake oil. Knowledge is what makes our world go ‘round. Now, more than ever, you can […]

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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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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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Jul 18

2019

“I Don’t Know What I Want to Dooooo, And I’m Kinda Confused, and I’m Feeling Like a Flakey Little Fruitcake, Ash!”

Jul 18, 2019

WITTY BANTER. Biggest turn-on ever. (Because we’re just opening with that, okay?) Like, I don’t even care if you’re wearing coveralls and haven’t shaved in forty-nine years: if you’re witty, I’m going to want to jump your bones. Which I won’t do, ahem, given that I’m in a relationship and all, but this is a hypothetical […]

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Dec 1

2017

“I Want to Do Something Else…But What?” Welcome To The Fucking Question That Everyone Is Asking Themselves.

Dec 1, 2017

I have a dirty little hypothesis. It’s about the discontent. The unrest. This global epidemic that’s happening behind closed doors of women wanting something else. It’s why the LuLaRoe, the Advocare, the Younique. It’s why books like Eat, Pray, Love became bestsellers. It’s why we’re spending so much time on the Internet, too, and drinking […]

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