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November 26, 2014

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Joe Downtown: How to get paid to be at or get free admission to Life is Beautiful festival

Life is beautiful when you have a paying job, and that’s what organizers of a two-day event with that same name — Life is Beautiful — want to give to an estimated 150 bartenders.

Casa Di Amore, which is in a partnership with Superior Event Services to provide beverage concessions, will hold interviews at 2850 E. Tropicana Ave. today and tomorrow from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. If the jobs aren’t filled, a spokeswoman said, interviews may be held next Tuesday and Wednesday or until the jobs are filled.

If hired, the pay is minimum wage plus tips. Shifts for the festival, which is Oct. 26-27, will be eight-plus hours, starting at 11 a.m. through closing, which is expected to be midnight.

An ad posted on eBayclassifieds.com says no phone calls will be accepted. Potential hires are asked to bring current work cards and their “A game” to the interviews.

Festival organizers also are looking for 300 volunteers who would put in 10 to 12 hours in exchange for free access to the event that features a few of the biggest names in music; the Odyssey, a visual/art experience; a speaker’s series and a chef-filled Culinary Village.

People are needed as greeters, to provide information, scan tickets and other services. Volunteers are being organized by Work Exchange Team, which does the same for festivals such as Coachella and Bonnaroo.

Qualified volunteers need to be at least 18, and when signing up, they can write in their job preferences, which a press release says will be considered but not guaranteed. A bonus is that assignments for volunteers will take into consideration their band preference so that the job doesn’t interfere with the the festival experience.

Volunteers must post a $185 refundable deposit, which is to ensure that they show up. Volunteers also pay a $15 nonrefundable processing fee.

Click here to sign up.

Joe Schoenmann doesn’t just cover downtown, he lives and works there. Schoenmann is Greenspun Media Group’s embedded downtown journalist, working from an office in the Emergency Arts building.

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