Business and Career

PERCEPTION IS REALITY: LESSONS LEARNED AS A SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN

I am a millennial. There is a societal belief that because of the year in which I was born it is my job to understand social media. There is also a societal belief that all I care about is social media. And while the negative connotation associated with both beliefs is unwelcomed, those statements are not exactly wrong. Technically, it is my job to understand social media. And yes, I do care a lot about social media, but not in the way some individuals might think. Instagram has over 500 million active monthly users, and those users have shared over 40 billion photos since the start of the social media giant. There is no shortage of individuals creating, sharing and “#regram-ing” content, which makes one wonder, how and when did a feed full of sunrises, cat videos and avocado toast become ...

10 THINGS LADIES IN THE CORPORATE WORLD NEED TO READ

The fast-paced, ruthless and profit-driven corporate world tends to upset the optimistic 20-something clocking into the work force for the first time, hungry for success but unaware of how to achieve it. We unwittingly mistake the successful job application as our first step upon the rung of the career ladder, only to learn that our next few moves are not quite in the expected upward direction. Two turbulent years of being immersed in the corporate world have taught me 10 things and I try to remind myself of the following: As a graduate start, you will be wrong pretty much most of the time. This is in part due to lack of experience. Occasionally the ideas that young people bring to the table will not be heard due to the establishment’s reluctance to change. Best thing to do is soak it in a...

HOW TO BE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL YOU POSSIBLE

The road to success is long and filled with obstacles, but the end-goal and final destination never came to anyone without hardships and a whole lot of work. I was never the type of person to go along with life and let it steer me in the direction it wanted me to take me. I was the type of person who grabbed onto the wheel and drove down my own uncharted path, unwilling to simply be mediocre or “just okay” at anything that I did. Here’s how you can do the same thing: Don’t Slack I get it – school is hard, work is hard, everything is hard. Nothing in life is easy, and you learn that pretty quickly. You know the saying “dress for the job you want, not the job you have”? The same concept should apply to every facet of your life. Getting by and doing the bare minimum may seem like a good idea ...

SELF-TITLED

I miss the good old days when I was given a title. The title came neatly packaged with a full description mapping out 50 to 60 hours of my week. A one page present of convenience. When living in the corporate world explaining what I did for a living was never worrisome. When someone asked, “What do you do?” I didn’t have to think. The answer was written for me. I was a coordinator or a specialist or senior account executive. It was even typed out on a 2 1/2 x 3 inch card in case I forgot. When uttered, these titles were often accepted without explanation. It was an easy exchange. Titles, particularly job titles, are a funny thing. They can hold immense weight in the description of a person. It can determine salary and how close you park to the office. It can determine the...

5 SUCCESS TIPS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

  Running a small business can be a grind. What’s that phrase? Entrepreneurs quit their corporate jobs so they no longer have to work 9-5, only to end up working 70-hours a week??!! We definitely don’t want that to be the scenario for you. Running a successful business does take a lot of attention and time, but what if you can work smarter instead of harder? What if operating from an inspired and empowered place, can short cut the length of time it actually takes to achieve the results you are looking for? Well, after helping thousands of entrepreneurs around the globe, I have discovered how to just to do that. Here are 5 tips that will help you move into an empowered place, where you will be readily able to see the solutions that are already there for you that will lead you to the re...

HOW I STARTED MY OWN BUSINESS, Part II: Finding the time

   Let’s be honest, it’s a little ironic that the sequel to my first post, How I Started My Own Business, Part I: Finding the Courage to Start, is about finding the time — because it’s been about three to four months since I’ve found time to write this post. (Oops!) Unfortunately the world doesn’t have an emergency pause button, which can make trying to balance work and life extremely difficult at times. So, where do you start? First, take a step back and breathe. While hustling is important, you’ll only end up more stressed if you dive in unprepared. It’s easy to be excited and have momentum during the first couple days or weeks, but once all the work starts piling up it can get slightly (or severely) overwhelming. On the one hand, working solo gives you the opportunity to slow down ...

BLOGGING IN COLLEGE – WORTH IT?

  Over the past year, blogging has taught me so much about  creativity, technology, and social media. I started blogging because I wanted to use my platform or audience on social media to create positive change and inspire people. This broad mission statement allowed me to write whatever I wanted and really allow me to find direction. I’m only just now starting to feel like I sort of know what I’m doing. After spending so much time learning and perfecting -I have to ask if devoting so much time to writing, producing, and promoting posts was really worth it. I think people perceive blogs to be an easy hobby. Although they can be, to run a successful blog is much more work than it seems. With blogging, writing, being involved in two clubs, having some sort of social life and studying -I...

HOW TO GET WORK ACTING

  How do I get more auditions? What’s the best way to find acting work? How do I make money acting? If I don’t get answers soon, I’m going to lose my mind! Let me help prevent that from happening. If you’re brand new to acting and just want to try out a few non-union jobs, the go-to website is Actors Access. Sign up for an account, add as much info as you can, and start submitting yourself to auditions. While there are other sites you can use, this is the most popular. If you’re a more advanced actor and want “real credits” then here’s what I recommend… Obviously, the most effective way to get acting work is to sign with a reputable agency. They will submit you for work, you’ll do well in auditions (because you’ve read my book), and start getting work. Having an agent is by far the mo...

HOW MY TERRIBLE BOSS FUELED ME INTO LAUNCHING MY BRAND

  I’ve always dreamed of working for myself. I didn’t know what that meant though or what my life would look like. Would it feel easy? Fun? Inspiring? But coming from a degree in dance didn’t position me well for starting my own business. Yes, I had a business mind, but I certainly didn’t have the tools or breadth of understanding to know what it meant to even begin. At the time, a wonderful boss and mentor of mine told me that I wasn’t living up to my potential. “Really?!”. I was not insulted, but curious because I had already started to fall in love with branding. I’ve always been curious by nature. So over coffee that day, I listened and asked her what she thought I needed to do. “Go back to school. You’re young. Learn more” she said. So, one year later, I enrolled at BCIT where I ...

SOCIAL MEDIA: QUALITY VS. QUANTITY

Social Media is becoming an ever prevalent figure in today’s society- numbers of followers, likes, retweets and shares far outnumbering any other measure of popularity. But the credibility of this is something which is to be debated. I, for one, know that if I were shown two fashion sites on twitter and I were to find one had 12.1K followers and the other had 100, I would be far more likely to follow the first, simply due to numbers. Surely that many people couldn’t be wrong? I would then exit the second, no further thought gone on to the subject matter. But is this just shallow? Am I just judging something based on an initial impressive performance? I could find that the brand I followed – whilst having such a vast number of followers – actually receives no interaction from an...

EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF A HOMESCHOOLING MOM-PRENEUR

  Everyone says, “Build your own business, you will have more freedom to enjoy life.” What they don’t say is after your third day at home, with two teens and an adolescent dictator, while working on your business and teaching your kids about life, you forget yet again to get dressed and you just might forget to brush your teeth. No seriously, when building a business from your home and having little ones, or even teens in my case, running around getting into everything or interrupting every conversation, you simply forget to take care of basic needs, such as lunch. Your beloved shower gets pushed aside for those absolutely necessary bouncer moments when everyone seems to be fighting. Your home starts to look like a bomb went off in your living room, and your extended...

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS WORK-LIFE BALANCE

  There is no such thing as work-life balance. There is only life balance. Seeing these two things as opposing forces is part of the problem. Ever feel like going to work is more of a break than being home? Part of the reason for this is that the working environment is a controlled structure in which most people, if not all, are working toward a common goal. The goal: making the company or organization successful or getting a paycheck. Hopefully, you do not have to ask your co-worker for a report you need three times before it gets to your desk, like you have to ask your children to pick up their shoes. This feeling of structure and control can lead you to being at work longer than you have to, or should be, because it’s easier in many ways. If this is the case, ask yourself, how can ...

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