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USF grad Amy Mariani, finalist for Charlie Sheen intern job, starts media blitz to win his attention

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mariani-tigerblood.jpgIf anybody is going to try working as an intern/assistant for the man who brought tiger blood and Adonis DNA to the world stage, they better know how to handle the media.

So it makes a certain kind of sense that University of South Florida graduate Amy Mariani has created a local media blitz of her own, in her bid to earn a spot as Charlie Sheen's paid helper.

With Sheen scheduled to bring his Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option tour to the St. Pete Times Forum tonight, Mariani has taken advantage of the media interest -- along with the fact that Sheen himself isn't doing any interviews -- to plead her case on Bay News 9, WTSP-Ch. 10, WFLZ-FM (93.3) and, now, the St. Petersburg Times.

Mariani says she is among the top 50 finalists for the job, which Sheen announced via Twitter weeks ago. According to the listing placed on internships.com, the job would involve helping Team Sheen develop their social media presence.

Already, the Warlock has released an iPhone app which includes a fortune teller, video clips and the ability to ask a question which is answered with one of Sheen's trademark, unhinged sayings.

Mariani, 22, says she got an email from Internships.com April 11th saying she was in the top 50 among 8,500 people who applied and that the website was turning the process over to Team Sheen, who would contact her shortly.

iphone-app.jpeg"They must have a different definition of shortly than I do, because I haven't heard back," said Mariani, who has worked as an intern for WTSP and an editorial assistant at the St. Petersburg Times; see her website as a multimedia journalist here.

The St. Pete Times forum says they've sold about 2,100 seats for Sheen's show tonight, out of a 3,000-seat theater configuration. So Mariani plans to show up in a self-made outfit and big neon-colored signs, hoping to grab Sheen's attention in the same way her prospective employer has hijacked the world's media.

She'll also be posting on Twitter and her Facebook page, while also networking with journalists like me during the whole event. "My motto is, don't put anything online if you don't want it in the newspaper."

Indeed. Looks like this intern has already learned the first lesson of life in Sheen's universe: Never be afraid to work the hype machine until you get what you want.

How can the Sheenius pass this up? 

[Last modified: Friday, April 22, 2011 2:39pm]

    

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