From Tanzania to Nepal to Australia, Blake Eve has never met an excursion she didn’t like. In January, the Ursuline Academy and Miami University graduate had the chance to get paid to travel when she was selected as one of four finalists for the Chief Exploration Officer job at Michelob.
More than 100,000 people applied for the position that entails traveling the America’s national parks and taking pictures for the company as an individual arm of Michelob’s brand. Because of her passion for travel and the outdoors, the position seemed like a very organic fit for her lifestyle.
“It had never been in my plans to stay in Cincinnati after graduation,” explains Eve, who grew up in Finneytown and graduated from Miami with degrees in marketing and entrepreneurship in 2014. “I just had an itch to see more of the world.”
That led to her decision to take an account manager role at an ad agency in Australia before moving on to a similar position with an ad agency in New Zealand. From there, she traveled nine countries in Southeast Asia, including Nepal, where she backpacked 17 days to a Mount Everest basecamp.
Eve notes that her long-term goal is to climb the seven peaks of the world, but for now, she’ll continue working on her own startup, Thetryist, a platform to connect people with coaches in their desired field.
While she recently found out she didn’t make it to the next round of the process, Eve says she doesn’t regret applying or any of the experiences that led her to the position.
The marketing executive, who currently lives in Colorado, offers advice to those hesitant to take a chance on something they want. “The biggest barriers are more in people’s mind than in reality,” she says. “It’s more about the decision to actually do something than the execution.”