Tuesday, March 24, 2009
14 Year Old Boy Makes Video For Laid-Off Dad
With thousands of people out of work we know it can be tough to land a job these days.
For every opening, there are hundreds of applicants so people are finding themselves having to go above and beyond to stand-out.
In Florida one teenager is trying to do just that for his dad.
He posted a video on YouTube and it is now a viral sensation. Now he and his father are getting attention from all over the world.
Ben Gullet is like a lot of ordinary teenagers. He loves his drums and can spend hours on the internet.
But when his dad, Mark lost his job last Thursday, the eighth grader did something extraordinary.
He made a video for his dad and then posted it on YouTube hoping someone might see it and offer mark a job.
"I wanted to get obviously across that I love him very much and I want him to find a job too at the same time," said Ben.
Well, thousands have now seen it and the e-mails have been pouring in.
For nine years Mark was the vice president of marketing for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
It seems he's taught his son a thing or two about crafting a powerful ad campaign.
"He's taught me to think outside the box," Ben said of his dad.
And in these days of layoffs Ben's black and white message is one of the more colorful attempts at getting work.
But for this family and the thousands who have been touched the most important message may be even simpler.
"For a 14-year-old to say 'I love you' on camera pretty amazing," said Ben's dad, Mark.
"In the end, it's not job... it's your family and friends," said Mark.
Both Ben and his dad say they are now confident Mark will be back to work soon but they hope to keep up their newfound task of encouraging others.