How to tell if your project is fake or not
On a Saturday morning in early March, I had breakfast with some of my friends.
We were eating at a cafe on the edge of London’s Chinatown, and I started talking to a woman in her fifties.
She was chatting about how she had just moved into the neighbourhood.
Her home was a modest two-storey apartment in a quiet part of the city, and her son was just a few months older.
“I’m happy to see he’s here,” she said.
I told her I was looking for a job.
She smiled, but it was clear she wasn’t too happy about it.
She had already been laid off a year earlier, and was desperate for work.
She told me she had been unemployed for four months.
“What do I do now?” she said, trying to recall what her dream job was.
I offered to show her the ropes.
After all, we were a couple of years into our partnership.
But she hesitated.
After some explaining, I asked her what her career was, and she explained she had recently moved into a management role with a firm in London, where she had previously worked.
She said she didn’t want to be confused with someone who was unemployed.
I was intrigued, so I told them about a recent article on a website called Project Veritas that claimed to have recorded a video of an employee at the London-based company, and that she had said she was unhappy about her job.
“It’s not that you can’t do your job,” she told me.
“You just need to be able to tell the difference between the two.”
The video, dubbed “Project Veritas Live,” was widely shared and eventually made its way onto the internet.
At the time, I was a freelancer, but I didn’t have the time to dig deeper.
After the video was released, I found out that I was not the only one.
A few weeks later, I received a call from someone named Rachel who was interested in my story.
I gave her the video, and we started chatting about the video and the claims of the company.
She asked me about the job.
I said I had no idea, and asked if I could look it up.
I didn’st want to get sued, she told a friend.
She didn’t seem too worried.
Rachel was interested, so she told Rachel about me.
It wasn’t a surprise.
In the past, people like me have gotten caught up in a kind of manufactured crisis when we’ve been exposed to some of the same accusations that are being made against the company behind the Project Verity video.
I’ve been in a lot of situations where I’ve heard these allegations, and when I saw that Rachel was willing to put herself out there, I knew it was going to be a good story.
And it was.
A year and a half later, the Project Provence video was made public.
In it, the woman in the video is named Rachel Brown, and the story she told was about how the company she worked for, Project Verce, used her to recruit a female client.
I called her in London to ask if she’d heard the Project verce story.
Rachel, a blonde in her early fiftys with hazel eyes and a thick beard, told me that she was a friend of a friend, and had seen a video.
The video claimed to be from the company, but she was only able to identify the employee’s name, and did not say whether or not she was paid.
She also said she’d never worked for them before.
“The video is the worst thing I’ve ever seen,” she says.
“And I’ve seen it before.”
The next morning, I called Rachel back.
She hung up.
As I sat on my front porch in the early hours of the morning, watching a man dressed in a red hoodie run through the streets of London, I wondered if I’d made a terrible mistake.
The woman who was working for Project Versecce was not an employee of the firm, and not a member of their board of directors.
And I was sure that she’d told the truth.
Rachel had done nothing wrong.
She just made a bad mistake.
She went to a company where I work, and found out what the truth was.
The woman who made the Projectverce video had been hired to do a project for a company called Project Provece, and Rachel had asked her to go into a meeting with a company executive.
After talking about the details of the project for two hours, the executive left.
She gave the woman her business card and left the room.
“Then I was left alone with her,” Rachel said.
“When she came back in, she asked me if I wanted to go back to work.
The executive said she wanted to interview someone for her company.
“She told me they needed to know my story,” Rachel says.
The executive offered her a job