I am a 35-year-old bloke who drifts through life. But I have spent the past six months travelling the world, taking on some of the toughest and most "manly" jobs known to, well, man. I have battled the elements on a king crab fishing expedition in the Baring Sea, fought fires in Canada and in the Australian bush, and joined the Colombian police force in their fight against drugs. I have been an opal miner, gaucho cowboy, football manager and a crime scene cleaner.
Why? Because men like me have lost sight of what it means to be a man. I wanted to discover what man’s work really is and find out what real men are like. I wanted to know what it was like to do a hard day’s work, to break a sweat and experience true job satisfaction. It was also, if I’m honest, a chance for me to grow up a little and bring some substance into my life, having done little of real merit or note in my career to date.
I’ve been a fan of Ashley Hames since he did the series Sin Cities a few years ago. It was a fantastic show and still airs on Showcase in Canada late Friday evenings. Man’s Work is similar in the sense that he puts himself in a different kind of perilous situations; like being an Alaskan king crab fisherman – a job so dangerous that on each trip 1 in 200 will not return or an anti-narcotics officer on the streets of Columbia. That being said, any man who allow his body to be grievously harmed for the sake of entertainment is either very brave or quite mental. I think he’s a little of both. You have to be.
Man’s Work is currently airing on Bravo in the UK and on the Outdoor Life Network in Canada. If you want to catch a glimpse, you can watch episodes in a tiny, tiny window from the Bravo site.