Photographer down to final five in "dream job" competition

When Rory Coomey was made redundant last March from EMC in Cork he dusted himself off and decided to pursue his dream of becoming a photographer.

Photographer down to final five in "dream job" competition

The only trouble was he didn’t have the money to invest in what could be a promising career.

That may be about to change.

Last month, West Cork-born Rory learned about an inspiring project being run by the drinks giant Budweiser which has already galvanised more than 1,000 Irish men and women to pursue the career they have always wanted.

Budweiser Dream Job, launched last month by Entourage actor Kevin Dillon, offers talented and passionate people in Ireland the chance to kickstart their dream career.

“It is a great opportunity,” says Rory, 29, who is one of five finalists left in the competition. “I had been in quality engineering testing at EMC for more than five years, after graduating with a degree in computer science from UCC.

“I had been doing photography as a hobby for years, first using my Dad’s film camera and then graduating to digital when it broke. I have been snapping every day since.

“I also do extreme sports like snowboarding and wakeboarding but the thing I really love doing is photographing live music gigs.”

From 1,009 applications, the judges have chosen four other finalists: Limerick film director Michelle Ryan; Laois fashion designer Helen Lalor; Mayo artist/surfer Shane Cannon; and motorsport video journalist Des Foley, from Carlow.

Any Irish resident over 18 can vote for the Dream Job finalist that most inspires them on the Budweiser Ireland Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Budweiser) until midnight on Friday, Sept 6.

The applicant who receives the most votes will be revealed at a Budweiser Dream Job winner’s event taking place in Dublin on Sept 12. Judges include Dave Harris, Irish music mogul and marketing director at Universal Music Ireland, successful fashion designer and business woman Heidi Higgins, Love/Hate actress Aoibhinn McGinnity, and former Munster rugby star Barry Murphy.

Budweiser senior brand manager Colin Donnelly said: “It’s all about inspiring people to fulfil their dreams. We received just over 1,000 applications from people who wanted to pursue all kinds of weird and wonderful dream jobs.

“The passion and determination shone through with the five shortlisted applicants so now it’s up to the public to vote for the person that they feel has the potential to succeed.”

Busier than when he had a full-time job, Rory will be attending Electric Picnic at the weekend to photograph every band. “Even if I don’t win the competition, I have won a great opportunity and that is fantastic,” says Rory, from Bandon and now living on Model Farm Rd in Cork City. “My portfolio got me into the final and I have been snapping every minute I can ever since. I’ll sleep when it’s all over.”

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