The following story is written by Ariane Brisson, a member from Québec, Canada. Ariane loves reading, photography, writing, video games, and movies. She studied French literature at Université du Québec à Montréal and is currently working on contract in the film industry. She also directs a magazine project titled Costumade Québec Cosplay. (Photo credit: Claudia Laplante)
I learned about Simbi this week, through a friend’s Facebook page. At first, I was just intrigued by Simbi’s concept. On paper, it looked great, and I didn’t know of any other services like that in my area. I gave it a try, not too sure, but following the steps the best I could. My first offer took me a while to write, but I thought, ” Yes, this is the angle I want; I can use that offer for my personal project and get “paid” to get other services!” Only win-win situations. But I was skeptical and I thought to myself, “Can it really work? Can my offers interest anyone? Will they gather dust or bring me some interactions? Will I ever be able to get rid of my Newbie title?! Please someone, help me!”
I had seen that awesome “Get an anime sketch of your picture” service and I could afford it. But, as I was a newbie, I couldn’t get in touch with that person yet. So I searched frantically for any kind of deal, already saying to myself that it would take months before I could talk to that talented missy. Then I found a survey to fill out, and just like that, I had a deal! I could finally ask for my anime portrait (that I’ve been waiting for so long, like 1 hour)!
Happy with the fast result and wanting to feel my new “experienced member” status, I started checking all of the offers. Scrolling through the other services available gave me plenty of ideas to write more offers.
Wow, I didn’t know I could become a “website tester”, a “shoulder to cry on” or a “gaming buddy”! And, above all, I didn’t know I could get dance classes, tarot readings, sweet artwork, and EVEN CAKES for free! How cool is that?
All you need is your time, and Simbi truly incarnates the saying, “Time is money”. I started to understand all the possibilities of this original website. All the effort I’ve put in commenting texts or helping in other ways could be done here and it would be like instant (good) karma! My actions would be taken into account and help me receive things I really need or have some meaningful interactions with my society and the rest of the world. And it wasn’t the last of my surprise.
After checking a few “Ask a…” services, I posted my “Ask a Film Industry Worker – Qc” offer. I was very happy with my idea, because I know that people are interested in this field and that I could be useful to them. On the same day, I received a request from a lovely sumo actor named Mike who was actually having his first speaking role in India and wanted to know more about landing roles here in Quebec. How freaking cool is that?! I was so thrilled that I filled him in as fast as I could, giving him extra information and tips to win over our talent agencies. He was really pleased with my answer, so it resulted in a nice and positive exchange.
I’ve been here for almost a week now, and Simbi is totally worth the 0$ I put in when I registered. For real — it’s just a fast, simple, and awesome tool, and I recommend it to everyone that has a bit of creativity.
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