How To Screen A Potential Creator

How To Screen A Potential Creator

Your go-to guide for bringing Creators onto your team.
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Part 1: Start the screening process


At the beginning of the call, introduce Odyssey’s mission for democratizing content creation and what our vision is for our platform.


Tell them Odyssey is one of the fastest growing social properties in the world, and our thousands of Creators are a diverse array of millennial influencers and respected leaders across the U.S. They are writers, photographers and videographers who believe they have stories worth telling that aren’t otherwise being told by traditional media. They hold various leadership positions in their communities and have social followings that they bring to our platform to drive conversations.

Describe what an Odyssey community looks like:

In an Odyssey community, content Creators contribute at least one piece of content per week by a deadline— typically Fridays. After a piece is submitted, the local Editor-in-Chief of the community edits it, followed by a Managing Editor in Odyssey’s New York City headquarters edits the content and posts it on our site on Mondays or Tuesdays.




Part 2: Ask Culture Questions

  1. What do you think an Odyssey Creator looks like? What are some qualities a Creator should have?
  2. If you were to talk about our platform online, how would you describe Odyssey?
  3. As a member of an Odyssey community in your area, what types of stories would you want to share on our platform?
  4. What questions do you have for me?

* If the Creator is interested in video content, ask these additional questions:


  1. Have you produced video in the past? If so, how and where?
  2. What type of video content would you be interested in creating?
  3. Are you interested in the Video Producer position? Would you like to hear more about it?

Part 3: Onboarding

After the call, determine if there is a fit. If approved, accept their invite in the system. New Creators will receive an automated welcome email with a link to complete their account. Make sure you follow up with the Creator to ensure he/she has done this!

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To The Boy Who Tried To Break My Friend's Heart

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Here are the things she didn't say. The things that she so kindly held back to spare you your feelings. She was too nice, and in my opinion, you did not deserve it. You took her kindness as an example that you did nothing wrong. But you did... and I am informing you this for more than your own sake. I do not want another girl to go through what she did.

The thing is, I knew from the beginning that you would have to go above and beyond to deserve her. I wanted badly for you to prove my doubts wrong because I could see how much she cared about you in her eyes. I wanted to like you for her sake, but I couldn't. I could not understand how she could settle for someone who put little to no effort into the relationship. You did not care and it was pretty obvious ( you weren't as sly as you thought).

I remember the first time she came to me crying, and she still wanted to believe you would be better. I knew you wouldn't, but I kept my mouth shut. But after the second time, she realized how terrible you were for her. I was the one who watched how much you tore her down and made her feel terrible. I made you out to be more of a monster than a man. For that, I am sorry.

As much as I want to bash you and humiliate you for being such a terrible person to my friend, I am trying to understand where you were coming from. To this day, it puzzles me. I am afraid that you do not even know why you treat girls the way you do. And I am warning you, you will never maintain a valuable relationship with the way you are handling them.

Although I thank the Lord every day that your toxic relationship with my friend ended, I do wish you happiness. I want you to learn something from this. I want you to be able to take a step back and let go of your pride. I get that we are young and you were simply just not ready for something serious. I can totally respect the whole, not being ready aspect. I just wish you would've handled it with a little more thoughtfulness for my friend's feelings.

Whether you learn now or 10 years down the road, I hope you realize that what you did was out of line. When you marry the love of your life, I hope she never meets the version of you that I know in this moment. If you have a daughter, I hope she never has a boy treat her like you did to my friend ( and you will, too).

As much trash as I talked about you to my friend during her healing process, I really do want the best for you too. Everyone deserves love, I just don't think you deserve it until you learn how to give it properly.

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I'm Moving Cities, And I'm Saying Goodbye To So Much More Than Just A House

But I've got to quit you.
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We like to shame people who run away from their problems. Running away is a trademark of weakness, and the truly strong step into the battle and fight, never once giving up. I used to think that I was one of the strong ones. I guess I'm not. After a year-long battle, I am cutting my losses. I'm ready to run.

This will be my last post for Odyssey. This is my last week in Houston. The boxes in my room are halfway packed as I slowly fill them with everything I own. I'm leaving this city.

I'm escaping the ghosts of my past — leaving the stifling sense of betrayal in desperate hopes it doesn't try to follow me where I go next. In the process, I'm also leaving behind a lot of things that I love. My family. Dear friends. A community that I viewed as special, and people who helped each other pull through after tragedy. A World Series team.

Unfortunately, the ghosts have won.

You've won, baby.

I'm finally escaping you.

I wonder how it feels to do to me exactly what she did to you. To break me in the same way she broke you. Just like you left your community in search of a better life, so also am I leaving mine.

But here's the difference. You left a school you were no longer attached to — a basketball team you were no longer apart of, and a major you no longer wished to have. I, on the other hand, am leaving my home, leaving the people I love most in the world. Congratulations. Houston is yours. Our church is yours. It's all yours.

I wish I could say that I hate you, but I can't seem to lie. Despite all you've done to me — the cowardice with which you've acted, and the blatant disregard you clearly hold me in — I just can't seem to hate you.

But I've got to quit you.

I still believe in God's promises, and I still maintain that He called me to be with you. I still believe I've heard Him time and time and time again about this situation. But I can't cry until I'm nauseous waiting for God to move anymore, waiting on you to become what you're called to be. It's been nearly a year. I have got to make myself happy again. I don't know what that looks like. I don't even know if it's possible. But I'll lose my mind if I don't try.

I'm not sure I believe that you can be a great man anymore. I used to believe that, even after you cheated on me and then lied about it. Even after you started working at our church while living a lie, and following porn accounts on Instagram. For almost ten months, I believed that you could be someone great someday. Now, I'm not sure you could ever be anything remotely good. You have been so bad for so long... You're toxic.

And I'm the victim of your venom.

Maybe you cheated on me because she cheated on you. I want you to know that the cycle ends here. I will never be unfaithful. I will never put this hurt on anyone else. I am not going to give you the power you gave her, because I will not become the monster you became. I will not inflict pain on others in an attempt to free myself of my own. Even if that means I am trapped in my pain forever.

You had so much potential. You still do. It is my greatest hope that you don't waste it, even though all of your actions indicate that you will continue to squander everything. And because of those actions, I try every day to kill the hope that you will come back to me.

You, and Houston.

I must leave you both behind.

Goodbye Houston; goodbye you.

I love you both far more than I wish I ever did.

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