In the winter of 1994, the TGIF lineup on ABC was this: 8:00 PM – Family Matters 8:30 PM – Boy Meets World 9:00 PM – Step by Step 9:30 PM – Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper (which changed to Sister Sister by Spring) In the winter of 1994, I was seven and like the rest […]

Paid and Locked Out

On a cold February morning in 2010, I found myself at a tall office building near 50th St. and 3rd Avenue in New York City. I’d been there before, in a dream possibly. The main lobby had rows and rows of elevators with different destinations. I entered one. It was gold-plated and warmer than the […]


by Tracy Soren If I was a hype man and my latest project was to hype you up for this post, I would say: “If you’ve ever been on the corner of 34th and 7th at 5PM on a Thursday, just trying to make your train back to Ronkonkoma, this one’s for you! If you’ve […]

Suit Up

by Tracy Soren For my second temp job, I wore a tuxedo. I received a call from my agency asking if I was available for a four-day job at The Knot’s Wedding Expo. The Knot, a wedding planning site and magazine, was running their bi-annual expo at a fancy hotel and needed a slew of […]

The Pre-Interview Interview

by Tracy Soren A few years ago my mother found some of my elementary school papers hidden in a night-stand drawer. As per children who made it through the trials of kindergarten, there was an abundance of sloppy drawings, last ditch efforts of sad brown crayons, and my name scribbled across the top as if […]