SUBMIT YOUR STORY

Instructions

1. Record a short video (5-10 minutes) about how COVID-19 has affected you as someone who works in the gig economy.
2. Sign the release and upload the video to the link on this page below. It's as simple as that.

Need help? Check out our Technical Instructions below. We promise getting involved is easier than you might think.
Please:
- Please say your name at the start.
- No logos or identifiable brands of any kind on your clothing or in the background (like on a poster, hat, or t-shirt).
- No TV or Music playing in the background.

Tips for Success

1. Choose a location with decent light and minimal noise. We know many participants are at home with kids and family. Just do your best, it's more important that we get your story!
2. Your recording can be with your phone, laptop, camera, or whatever you have at your disposal. Even a selfie video is fine! Check out our Technical Instructions below if you need help. You've got this!
3. Tell your story about how COVID-19 has affected you as a worker in the gig economy in a 5-10 minute video. Not sure where to start? We’ve provided some questions to help. Feel free to use or ignore them.

Question Prompts

These are simply to help get you started if you are unsure of what to say - nothing is required.

Tell us about yourself
 
- What’s your name? (Fake names are fine)
- What city/state/region do you live in?
- What’s your occupation? (You don't have to name your employer by name unless you want to)

Tell us about your work (pre-Covid-19)
- How long have you been working in the gig market?
- Tell us about your day to day as a worker in the gig economy. 
- What are the highs and lows of the job? 
- What prompted you to do this type of work? 
- Tell us about some of your previous experiences. 

Let's talk about now
- How have you and your work been affected by COVID-19?
- What are some of your fears? 
- What are your hopes for the future? 

Do you need my story? Who is considered a "gig worker"?

The "Gig Economy" is a nebulous term whose definition many experts have yet to fully agree on. We are still navigating how broad the term is for this documentary ourselves! For now, here's what we are looking for:

- Online platform workers (Uber/Lyft drivers, Instacart workers, Taskrabbit, Fivver, etc)
- Professionals whose industry utilizes a "gig work" model (many construction workers, writers, designers, marketers, data analysts, consultants, film industry professionals, etc)
- Some single owner "small businesses" whose work scope is smaller and client direct ("self-employed" hair stylists, house cleaners, "handymen", etc)
- Individuals who are working multiple part time jobs to make ends meet (even if some of those jobs may not normally be considered "gig economy" jobs, such as working multiple jobs at different fast food restaurants)

If you're unsure, just shoot us an email!

I'm still a little nervous...

We get it! There's a reason we prefer to stay behind the camera, too. If you're on the fence, here's a few things that might make you feel better.

- You don't need to share your real name, your specific employer's name, or any other identifying information unless you are fully comfortable with doing so. Honestly, even if you do, it likely won't make the edit.

- No one is expecting a TED talk - that's not the best way to tell your story authentically anyways! If you're on the nervous side, just take your time following our question guide, don't worry about pauses or moments of silence in your video. None of that will make the edit, and it's better for you to pause as needed to gather your thoughts. Feel empowered to be yourself.

Technical Instructions: Pick your Platform

Step 1: Take a video selfie in your camera app. If you need help, click here for a guide.
Step 2: Open this Submit Your Story Page on your phone browser.
Step 3: Click the upload link on this page below, find the file in your photo folder (yes, the video will be mixed in with your photos), upload, and you are done!
Step 1: Take a video selfie in your camera app. If you need help, google your "[phone model] video selfie" as each android phone is slightly different.
Step 2: Open this Submit Your Story Page on your phone web browser.
Step 3: Click the upload link on this page below, find the file, upload, and you are done!
Step 1: Open Videobooth App and record away! Click here for a guide.
Step 2: Save recording to your desktop (or anywhere you can find it!)
Step 3: Click the upload link on this page below, find the file, upload, and you are done!
Step 1: Record using any free web recorder like webcamera.io
Step 2: Save recording to your desktop (or downloads, or anywhere you can find it!)
Step 3: Click the upload link on this page below, find the file, upload, and you are done!

I'm Ready to Upload! Let's do this.


The link will take you to a form that give us permission to use your interview in the doc
and will then take you to an upload page after it is signed.

Sign release + UPLOAD HERE