Scott Ellison

I find everyday life to be both petty and amazing. Excellence to me is living with this contradiction and never letting it interfere with giving my best—especially when it comes to being kind and compassionate to people I meet along the way.

Goals

I have seen and understood that the world, life, is an immense thing—and that my individual wants, interests are small and insignificant. This sustained, I'm still healthy, motivated, and intelligent, and I want to develop my capacities to their fullest. The following professions stand at the verge of my abilities; I pursue them as an opportunity to give my best.

Firefighter/EMT

Working as a firefighter was probably one of my earliest childhood dreams. I grew up watching shows like Rescue 911, and—like most kids—I loved the bright red trucks (i.e. fire apparatus), the lights and sirens. I also liked the idea of being able to help people as a profession.

I eventually forgot about working for the fire service because I didn't think I could satisfy the athletic demands of the job. Today, I still see the physical aspect of firefighting as something I must work very hard to develop; however, I've also come to see other important aspects of the job that I'm already very good at.

First and foremost, I have the spirit for this work. I feel strongly about life, not only when times are good, but also in times of great loss and uncertainty. I have the capacity to do the right thing even when my own, personal interests are thwarted.

Secondly, I'm generally a good student, and I know I can excel at the emergency medical aspect of the job, which has become a significant part of the modern fire service.

Finally, I'm in excellent physical health. Although I wasn't a star athlete growing up, I know how to eat properly, and I exercise daily. I've made great progress in strength and conditioning through consistent weightlifting and running.

Public office

We have an image about positions of leadership at the city, state or federal level; we think they're important, powerful, and as a result we set them aside as something to which only the rich and famous should aspire. However, it is because these jobs are so important that I think they should be approached much more plainly: is the candidate a good leader?

I have leadership experience from my time at Ontracc, a media development company that I started with two partners in 2009. The three of us were incredibly optimistic going into the venture—we had written down business plans and ideals, and we believed we were united around those plans. However, it was fascinating to see how each one of us translated the plans, ideals according to our own inclinations. So although we agreed on paper, we operated in a manner that was largely isolated, which led to infighting and inadequate progress in our work.

I want to work in public office because I've made mistakes in leadership positions before, and I know I will lead differently, better, right going forward; I also want to serve others. I see that government, as an institution, is subject to many of the same demands as commerce; however, there is still some aspect of it that retains a public interest, and for me that is worth the struggle.

Filmmaker

When I was growing up, my parents frequently took my brother and I to the Houston Museum of Natural Science. It was (and still is) a special place, and what I loved most about it were the programs they showed at the Wortham IMAX Theater.

Back then (i.e. 1990s), IMAX was all about science films. I remember Fires of Kuwait, Blue Planet, Cosmic Voyage, Ring of Fire—and before each film, there was an anthem video for the City of Houston, showing diverse blue-collar and white-collar workers around the city, images of downtown, and other landmarks. In the theater, it always felt like we, the audience, were doing something important together; somehow these momentous events unfolding onscreen were part of our daily lives, whether one was in grade school or working to put food on the table.

To this day, I still imagine filmmaking to be this way: creating pictures and sounds that have some sort of relevance in our everyday lives. Between 2006 and 2010, I lived in LA and worked in "the industry;" I gained first-hand experience on how difficult it is to accomplish this goal. However, I still want to do it and believe I will ultimately find a way—if not for any reason other than the fact that I will keep trying.

Conflicts

There is a lot of self-promotion out there, and I think if any of it is to be productive, then it must present more than just the respectable aspects of an individual—it must present those aspects that might be used to deem one unworthy. Personally, I don't believe in problems; my only concern is to understand what my best is and to live it. So long as this remains my central interest, there is no fear, and therefore there is no problem.

No bachelor's degree

I have about 110 credit-hours in undergraduate studies, but I have yet to acquire a degree. If I could go back to age 21, knowing what I know now, then I would've made sure to finish my degree. However, I didn't know at 21 what I know now, and so I chose to drop out to pursue a business venture instead.

At least, I thought I was pursuing a business venture. I can see now that what I was actually pursuing was an understanding of myself—why I felt so strongly about life and what place that feeling has in a world that is largely mechanical.

Ultimately, I found the answer I was looking for, and it was absolutely necessary that I did. Unfortunately, there are consequences for straying from a traditional path (e.g. fewer job opportunities, lower pay), regardless of however necessary I think my actions were.

I do plan to finish my degree when I'm financially able to do so.

Debts in collection

I have defaulted on two credit card accounts and two private student loans. All four of these financial obligations were acquired at about the same time (i.e. 2006), when I was 20 years old.

For several years, I was able to keep these obligations in good standing through consistent on-time payments—but in late 2009, I was laid-off from my job at a post-production facility in Los Angeles, and a business I started a few years earlier was in decline. I began to fall behind, and my repayment efforts in the years since have been mere patchwork.

I think it's possible to remedy these accounts, to pay-in-full, and I have every intention of doing so. First and foremost, I need to get a good job, which is one of the purposes of this very website.

Same-sex relationships

For as long as I can remember, I have only been physically attracted to men. Therefore, I self-identify as gay.

I find that most of my family, friends, and co-workers assume that I'm straight. I'm not trying to mislead them; it's just rare for the topic of sexual orientation to come up in the course of everyday conversation, and it seems ridiculous to interject that information otherwise.

I understand that there are people who disapprove of this; I also know that I have goals in which being gay could be perceived as a conflict of interest. My response is that I'm much more interested in what I can offer the world than what I can gain for myself; therefore, there is no conflict.

For Hire

The primary objective of this website is to find work that is both challenging and rewarding. I know that careers of this kind are rare and competitive, requiring graduate degrees and other overt indicators of achievement. However, I think there's probably important work out there that could benefit from my particularities.

The qualities that I can bring are integrity, resilience, adaptability, and the ability to motivate others.

A community is the sum total of the individuals that operate within it. If you have an interest in the strength of our community—and if you see value in an individual who's working to find his place within that community—then consider sponsoring one of the items below.

Spanish lessons

  • Purpose: to communicate better with victims and bystanders during an emergency situation
  • Related goal: career as a firefighter/EMT
  • Cost: $155

Rock climbing pass, 10 visits

  • Purpose: to become more comfortable with heights, develop general muscular strength, increase familiarity with different types of rope and knots
  • Related goal: career as a firefighter/EMT
  • Cost: $175

Boxing

  • Purpose: to study myself during stressful situations, general fitness
  • Related goal: career as a firefighter/EMT
  • Cost: $100 per month

Personal training, four 60-minute sessions

  • Purpose: to have an expert double-check work that I'm already doing and provide launching points for improvement
  • Related goal: career as a firefighter/EMT
  • Cost: $189

Scott Ellison, Houston, Texas, United States of America. 713-678-0780.