by Hans ten Cate
Tuesday, 10 August 2004

To celebrate the magazine's milestone 75th anniversary, BusinessWeek magazine is offering its readership and the public-at-large an innovative opportunity to try out-of-the-box careers that might inspire a career change or may just fulfill a whim, by way of a two-day apprenticeship. Beginning August 9, entrants are invited to visit and share why they are deserving of a risk-free chance to experience the job of their dreams. Three lucky winners will receive one of the following all-expense paid two-day 'Fantasy Career' packages:

-- Manage an NBA Basketball Team: Learn what it takes to run a winning NBA franchise as you shadow Danny Ainge, Executive Director of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics. Go courtside to meet the players, attend practice, and cheer on the team.

-- Manage a Vineyard: Discover the art of winemaking at Lago Di Merlo in Sonoma, California where the Merlo family winemaking traditions span generations and help produce award-winning wines.

-- Produce a Broadway Play: Experience first-hand how to produce a Broadway show. Go behind the scenes with the cast and crew of Monty Python's "Spamalot" as they launch their new musical.

How to enter the BusinessWeek 'Fantasy Career' Contest: Entries, consisting of a short essay (not exceeding 300 words) with an optional video or photograph, can be submitted online at or by mail to BusinessWeek Fantasy Career Contest, c/o 303 Park Avenue South, #1275, New York, NY 10010. Entries must be received by 5pm EST September 6, 2004. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Contest is open to U.S. residents 21 years of age and older. See complete rules at

Winning the Broadway Play prize will have the winner joining the production team for "Monty Python's Spamalot" the hilarious new musical lovingly ripped off from the cult classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Part of this job would give the winner the chance to:

  • Meet the stars of the show
  • See the Oscar®-winning director at work
  • Experience backstage excitement with the actors, dancers, set and costume designers, musicians, and more
  • Learn the inner workings of producing a show including casting, staging, directing, marketing, PR, and sales

Prize Package Includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare to New York City
  • 4 house seats to "Monty Python's Spamalot"
  • 3 days/2 nights hotel accommodations in NYC
  • Ground transportation to/from the hotel
  • Monty Python DVD box set
  • $500 spending money
  • A one-year subscription to BusinessWeek