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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My boyfriend and I have been seeing each other for a few months now. He has come up with describing my actions sometimes as “psycho girlfriend.” As much as this bothered me at first I started to realize there is nothing wrong with my “psycho” actions.

I don’t monitor who my boyfriend hangs out with and I don’t care who he texts, I trust him, but I do watch other things he does.

I probably check his location about once an hour, maybe more if he isn’t texting me back.

This isn’t some way for me to find out if he is with another girl, it’s so I can ensure he isn’t dead in a ditch somewhere. If he was on Snapchat five minutes ago but hasn’t texted me back in 45 minutes, yeah I’ll call him out on it but I'm not actually mad. If he is with friends and not answering me, it’s cool. I just want to be able to make sure I know where he is and that he is alive on a regular basis.

I make him keep his read receipts on for me.

I don’t care if he leaves me on read, I just need to know he is seeing what I’m saying. Half the time, I text him random facts or thoughts I have throughout my day, those don’t always need a response back. However, I do want to know he is acknowledging me through reading my texts.

Yes, from time to time I will spam him and make him respond to my messages so we can make plans or I can know what he is doing with his day but it’s not like I plan out his every move for him or care if he is getting drunk with the boys on a Wednesday, not my issue.

I don’t ask for all of his time or anything. I know he is a busy person. All I ask for him to text me back on a regular basis (once an hour to be exact), for him to allow for me to know where he is at all times and to get one night a week with him.

I don’t plan to show up where he is or anything, I simply just like to know information and get a weekly time with him. I don’t care if I only see him that one night a week, I just want one night with a movie or dinner or snuggles so I can get my boyfriend time.

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We've all dealt with them: That one person who we will always like no matter what. There's always that person who treats us like dirt but we would still drop everything for them. But why? Why do we allow someone to have the power to walk in and out of our lives whenever they want to?

With us, it's been up, down, left, right — basically anywhere besides the right direction. After all of these times of being lead on and hurt, why am I still here waiting for you? Am I waiting for you to grow up? To want the same thing? To realize how much you actually need me? It might be a combination of all three.

However, this story is getting a little shaken up. I'm done waiting for you. I cannot take three steps forward just to jump back to the starting line. After more than 10 chances over the years I've known you, you still couldn't make it work. If you haven't realized what's right here after all of this time, then I have come to the conclusion that we don't need each other at all.

I will never understand you, and that's OK. I'll never understand why you say that you regret not taking the chance to be with me but will screw me over consistently. Maybe I'm a confidence boost for you or someone you go to when you're bored. That was fine. But not anymore.

The fact that I'm walking away shouldn't make you upset or anything that will make me feel guilty. I'm doing me and I mean it this time. I will not chase you down to love me. I'm not posting things in hopes for you to like them and I am no longer checking to see if you've seen my snap story. The games are over and I am tired of holding myself back from everyone else because I want you to come running to me out of the blue.

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