Hello Beachfront Blog Readers, My name is Rob Kulisek and I recently joined the lovely Marketing Team at Morey’s Piers as a contributing intern for Summer 2011. I will be working mostly in the creative areas: helping revamp the visual content on MoreysPiers.com, as well as covering the many summer festivities and events that we have to offer until I return to class in September.
Born and raised in North Wildwood, I graduated from St. Augustine Prep and then went on to study in a 7 year program at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008. While living in New York, I realized that medicine — albeit a great passion of mine — ultimately was not the right career path for me to take.
I slowly began pursuing my lifelong interest in photography more seriously and before I knew it, I was receiving small assignments from magazines like Nylon, Vanity Fair and The New York Times Magazine (living in NYC has its perks when it comes to networking). All of this eventually led to an assisting position with a photographer who I had admired since I was younger, which changed my life in terms of viewing the possibilities of making a living with a camera.
Last semester, I decided to formally switch my major to marketing in an effort to fuse the visual arts with a business mindset. I plan on finishing my degree at The College of New Jersey within the next year or so.
It wasn’t happenstance that my career choice ultimately turned toward the creative realm. My mom Dorothy, who is the publisher of The Sun By The Sea Newspaper here in town, instilled in me a fascination early on with photography as it relates to advertising and marketing. I’ve had a camera in my hand since I was 8, and I haven’t set it down too much since.
After being in New York for a few years now, everyone has been asking me why on earth I would come back to South Jersey to work for the summer. Educationally speaking, being able to gain insight into the hands-on applications of the marketing world is something all students hope for and (most of the time) it’s a requirement in order to graduate. But the major “selling-point” of the job was the privilege to work in such a fun environment. Having traveled to Egypt, Rome and a few other exotic destinations with Jack Morey and his sons, I have learned that pretty much everything Jack does is fun and figured that working for him couldn’t be too bad either.
This internship will be a radical change of pace from the past two summers that I spent working in the ER as part of my curriculum for pre-med. There, I saw people at their lowest points and witnessed way more death than I had expected; here, I get to observe and document all of the smiles and happiness that being at Morey’s Piers incites for our visitors (way more exciting in my opinion).
Ok, well enough about me… Morey’s Piers is all about YOU and I hope that I get to take tons of footage this summer of everyone having fun here at America’s Boardwalk. I have a lot of pride for the Wildwoods, and I think that everyone who lives here can attest to the fact that without the Morey’s presence for 40+ years, our island would hardly be what it is today.
So here’s to The Morey’s and my appreciation for this awesome internship; and also to a safe, sunny, non-rainy/windy summer filled with tons of good clouds for photos so I don’t have to Photoshop them in!!
see you on the boards,