Contest Winners: ALBERT NOBBS!

January 22nd, 2012 in Contests by 25 Comments

Update #2 – 1/22: Congratulations to our winners: melsel, Renard Berry Sr., Brian Blottie, esp2170, Thunder, Electricblue717, debora ellis hawkes, Renie Hamilton, worldmikel and 1soccermom! You have all won passes!

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Update: 1/22: This contest is now closed. Please check back later today for an announcement of winners.

Come on. Fess up. We’ve all done it at one point or another.

We’ve all pretended to be a member of the opposite sex in order to get a job in a tough economy. It’s a story as old as Tootsie.

The latest cross-dressing labor pic is this month’s Albert Nobbs. The story focuses on a 19th century Irish bloke working as a butler in an upscale hotel, except he’s really a she! And she’s become smitten with a young maid at the hotel who still thinks she’s a he.

All kidding aside, this isn’t some screwball Tom Hanks TV show. It stars Glenn Close in a buzz-worthy performance in a poignant tale of identity and emotional freedom.

Sound like a movie you want to see? Well we’ve got 10 passes for two to a screening on January 25th at the Main Art theater in Royal Oak at a time to be named.

No, we’re not going to ask you to post stories about your cross-dressing adventures. Instead, you can qualify to win by posting a comment below telling us the strangest or most interesting thing you’ve ever had to do to keep a job.


  1. Register a Backlot D account if you haven’t already.
  2. Post a message in the comments below giving us the story of the most interesting thing you’ve had to do to get or keep a job.
  3. Do all this before midnight on January 21st.

We’ll select 10 winners for the list of all entries.


  1. Valid entries must be received before midnight on January 21st.
  2. Prizes are provided by Allied-THA.
  3. No purchase necessary to enter.
  4. You must be 18 years or older to enter.
  5. Winners are responsible for getting themselves to the theater on the day and time of the screening as specified above.
  6. Your pass does not reserve you a seat. This is a promoted, public preview and seating will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis to all pass holders. The theater will be filled to capacity. In other words: MAKE SURE YOU SHOW UP EARLY ON THE DAY OF THE SCREENING TO WAIT IN LINE AND CLAIM YOUR FREE SEATS.
  7. Winners agree to abide by further rules and restrictions prescribed by the studio and its publicity agents that may be printed on or presented with the pass.
  8. Winners will be selected by a method of Backlot D’s devising. All judgments are final.
  9. No whining.

The Trailer

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Movie Info

Synopsis: Award winning actress Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) plays a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland. Some thirty years after donning men’s clothing, she finds herself trapped in a prison of her own making. Mia Wasikowska (Helen), Aaron Johnson (Joe) and Brendan Gleeson (Dr. Holloran) join a prestigious, international cast that includes Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Janet McTeer, Brenda Fricker and Pauline Collins.

Rodrigo Garcia directs from a script that Glenn Close, along with prize-winning novelist John Banville and Gabriella Prekop, adapted from a short story by Irish author George Moore.

Author: Rob Worley


Chris Giroux - 1/15/2012

I have to keep my wife happy in order to keep my job as a stay-at-home daddy. As the old saying goes, “a happy wife is a happy life.”

melsel - 1/15/2012

In order to keep my job, I had to allow a cognitively impaired girl pull my hair daily in order to keep her happy! Typically I’d have headaches by the end of the morning, but still have a job and a happy kid!

1soccermom - 1/15/2012

In order to not be bumped from my job, I got my co-workers to talk to the person with more seniority and convince her that my job was the pits and she’d be unhappy taking my over my job…and it worked…yeah

Shelli Lempert - 1/15/2012

I had to travel and accept less pay!!!!!!!!

slimjon - 1/15/2012

Unfortunately sometimes I have to do what I am told to do, even though it might not be the “right” thing to do. Keep up the great work, Rob.

robt4848 - 1/15/2012

I never had to do anything interesting thing to keep my jobs.

NORMA - 1/15/2012

The strangest thing that happened was when I prepared my employment contract at the home of the Director of Human Resources. That was weird!

worldmikel - 1/15/2012

While working at a community college, I had to turn a blind eye to the boozing, thefts of time and goods by fellow employees, the illiteracy of my immediate boss and the fact that 50% of the employees were there because they were family or cronies of one another. This was on your tax dollars. Why didn’t I squeal? Besides the odds against me, they ran their own police department which was committed to the nepotism and took orders from the president whose entire family worked at the college.

Ryan1476 - 1/15/2012

working at “7-11” graveyard shift was alwayz interesting

Thunder - 1/15/2012

I would have to do all the work while my boss sat & read comic books & “girlie” magazines all day. At the end of the day he would come & sit by me & tell stories about his past “romantic” adventures. I should have sued his butt!

Electricblue717 - 1/15/2012

One of the most interesting jobs/US Air Force missions was when I was part of a maintenance aircrew flying on a C-130A aircraft into Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, Central America’s primitive airport. This was to evacuate our US Embassy dependents out of this country during the high tensions at the beginning of the Nicaraguan Civil War of 1979. All personnel and equipment were flown out to safe soil at Howard AFB, Panama City, Panama. This was a very rewarding experience for all crew members involved 🙂

esp2170 - 1/15/2012

To get a computer consultant job, I had to prove I knew how to use a computer! The people interviewing me asked me to do a step-by-step type thing of how I would help them use Word and Excel to format certain documents, if they had no idea whatsoever of how to use a computer.

Kathleen - 1/15/2012

I had to start my own business.

ajea - 1/15/2012

I’ve had to do questionable photoshopping of executive photos.

Brian Blottie - 1/15/2012

Having worked with the mentally disabled for years back in the day, I’ve had to change MANY a grown man’s diaper.

Carl - 1/16/2012

I had to into work today because I don’t get MLK Day off paid. WTF!!!


Renie Hamilton - 1/16/2012

Working as a Demo Worker not knowing how to cook. Now I can boil water!

polwu - 1/16/2012

To keep a job, I had to take on an additional role, and not complain about it.

debora ellis hawkes - 1/16/2012

My boss asked me over her house and wanted to show me something in her bedroom. So I went to see it, then she needed help pulling something off. It was time to leave. I made an excuse, to see about my child. I didn’t suffer any because I was nice about leaving. It was clear she wasn’t ready for me to leave. She was the Human Resources Manager.

Liz Parker - 1/17/2012

To keep my job I had to wear a bathing suit to work every day … so debasing. A red one with skinny straps too.

(Did I mention it was a Swim Instructor job? LOL)

Stephanie Rooks - 1/17/2012

To keep my job, I was sent out to Billings, Montana for 8 weeks…which turned into 8 months…of pure purgatory.

Renard Berry Sr. - 1/17/2012

I was at a job fair interviewing for jobs at the Palace of Auburn Hills. I’ll NEVER forget the guy interviewing me had on this terrible Hawaian shirt…I saw a bunch of sad faces leave his area. I hoped I’d be I’d get another interviewer, but nope I got him too. So, we are talking and the interview went ok, I felt like I was gonna be another sad face because he had pointed out a lot of areas where I had no experience, so I didn’t think I’d be getting the job–Then, he had to ask if I liked his shirt (me being kind of pissed thinking that I wasn’t getting the job) I told him “It’s really not my style, but if we were in Hawaii…maybe” (I dunno why I said that) but he laughed and said “You got the job”…He told me he does things like wearing that shirt to see how many people will be honest and tell him what he may not wanna hear. I got the job in security…HE WANTED SOMEONE NOT AFRAID TO GIVE AN HONEST OPINION,or the TRUTH.

Renard Berry Sr. - 1/17/2012

So, the most interesting thing I’ve done was tell a guy who was interviewing me that his shirt SUCKED (in so many words, lol) to get a job.

Eastbaymi - 1/17/2012

Had to work 70+ weeks to keep a job … not the best.

Paul Goldstein - 1/21/2012

In order to keep a job I had to take turns cleaning the restroom!