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May 21, 2013

Ryan McNamee's cool cruise-line job

Ryan McNamee's cool cruise-line job

Ryan McNamee shoots marketing photos from an Un-Cruise Adventures boat at Fishermen’s Terminal in Seattle. (Courtesy of Un-Cruise Adventures)

What do you do? I am the marketing coordinator at Un-Cruise Adventures, an adventure cruise line [based in Seattle]. My primary role is to manage the visual assets and act as the company photographer and videographer.

How did you get that job? I have a background in photography and videography, and I love boats and traveling; this job really appealed to me. I liked the idea of using my skills to create, edit and manage videos and images that depict life-changing experiences people have while traveling with us.

What’s a typical day like? My days vary from video shoots to photography sessions with guests and staff, or I may be in the office editing video that was taken by another videographer on board one of our eight vessels. Sometimes, I head down to one of the boats to take pictures or video to incorporate into marketing pieces.

What’s the best part of the job? Traveling to the destinations and recording guests’ and crew experiences, as well as finding unique ways to show potential guests exactly what we do. It’s not your typical cruise, so marketing it requires a lot of fun and creativity.

What surprises people about the job? Once you’re hired, you realize that you are part of a very unique working environment. It’s fast-paced and everyone works hard. There are so many different jobs -- shipboard to land-based, and everyone wears many different hats. But most important, we have a lot of fun here.

--NWjobs staff

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