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20something profile: Roe

Roe_PicThis post was written by Roe, a musician and songwriter:

Hi, I’m Roe. I’m an unemployed 24-year-old “adult” who unashamedly lives with my parents. I also take care of my grandmother who has a plethora of chronic ailments, while simultaneously striving to set a good example for my younger brother who’s still in high school. I’m also a songwriter.

I graduated Ramapo College of New Jersey in May of 2013 with a degree in Music, concentrating in Music Industry and Music Production and minoring in Information Systems — you know, for good measure. Read the rest of this entry

Don’t badmouth your co-workers

Freddie Prinze Jr.

Freddie Prinze Jr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Freddie Prinze, Jr., who you may know from She’s All That and Scooby Doo, has recently been in the press for badmouthing his former 24 co-star Kiefer Sutherland. Prinze called Sutherland “the most unprofessional dude in the world” and said that working with him almost made him quit Hollywood.

Prinze’s comments certainly didn’t help Sutherland’s reputation, but they also may have hurt Prinze by making him seem spiteful and opportunistic. This article discusses why that Prinze was wrong to complain about Sutherland and how job seekers could learn from this story when discussing their previous jobs:

Freddie Prinze, Jr. learns why you don’t say bad things about co-workers (cbsnews.com) Read the rest of this entry

Common Threads: A 20something web series

Twenty-something filmmaker Cris Thorne discusses his filmmaking background and his motivations for creating Common Threads, a web series about twenty-somethings: Read the rest of this entry

What “Breaking Bad” teaches job seekers

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Breaking Bad Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Breaking Bad is coming to end this Sunday. And while I would never advise job seekers to become murderers and drug dealers like the show’s characters, I believe that Breaking Bad demonstrates the importance of making connections when you’re breaking into a career.

Caution: Mild spoilers follow

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the show, Breaking Bad centers on Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who works two jobs to support a pregnant wife and a son with cerebral palsy. On his fiftieth birthday, he discovers that he has terminal lung cancer and only has months to live. Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Tina

tinaThis post was written by Tina, who blogs for an entertainment website:

“It’s a new chapter…a little scary, but that fear is how you know it’s working.”

I think I’ve applied for more jobs than I can count, none of which have come into fruition.  For once, I’d like a call back or an e-mail stating why I’m not a good fit. Instead, I’m left to pick up the pieces with the devil on my shoulder telling me all the reasons why I’m not worthy. Sure, I know in my heart I’d be a great employee, but my lack of a piece of paper seems to be the culprit. I try my best not to feel hopeless, but after all, I am only human. Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Julia

image006This post was written by Julia, whose goal is to work in film or television:

I can’t imagine a time when I wasn’t absolutely positive I’d find a place for myself in the film or television industry. It’s this gut feeling I’ve had for as long as I can remember, and although it may be naïve, it’s something I’ll never give up on.

I graduated in May of this year with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film & Television Production from The University of Arizona. I plan to attend graduate school in the near future in pursuit of a master’s degree in film studies. I currently run an entertainment blog and write film reviews for other sites, including critics-associated.com. Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Alyssa

1000833_10151774598905992_126557788_nThis post was written by Alyssa, a theatre and film actor in Chicago:

When I say “I’m an actor,” the response I always get is a few seconds of blank-eyed silence followed by, “But what…do you do?”

I sigh. “I work in a hotel,” I finish, and that is the end of the conversation.

I live in Chicago, where chances are that about half of everyone under 35 you meet is a performer of some kind. Improv, theatre, filmmaking, dance, music: Chicago does it all. So much, in fact, that when I had to drop out of Columbia College Chicago in 2011 because I was flat broke and couldn’t afford even the interest on more loans, it wasn’t a death sentence for my career. Read the rest of this entry

Busting millennial myths

Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb

Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb (Photo credit: Save the Children)

In this segment of the Today Show, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb interviewed psychologist Dale Atkins and Dan Schawbel of Millennial Branding about traits that are prevalent among millennials:

TODAY: How millennials see life differently from boomers (today.com)

Kathie Lee seemed to be the voice of negative millennial stereotypes during the interview, making statements like “They move from job to job and seem to be more laid back about life and seem to be very entitled.”

But Schawbel had more a esteemed opinion of millennials, praising their education, their desire to have meaningful work, and their optimism in spite of today’s economy: Read the rest of this entry

Pay attention to life’s whisper

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Oprah Winfrey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is some great advice that Oprah Winfrey — who’s certainly had her share of struggles and successes — gave at Stanford University’s 2008 commencement ceremony:

“And what I’ve found is that difficulties come when you don’t pay attention to life’s whisper, because life always whispers to you first. And if you ignore the whisper, sooner or later you’ll get a scream. Whatever you resist persists. But, if you ask the right question — not why is this happening, but what is this here to teach me? — it puts you in the place and space to get the lesson you need.”

Click here for a video of Oprah’s speech.

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“Yes” is for young people

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Stephen Colbert (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Trying to begin a career in this economy, I’ve often struggled with being cynical versus being optimistic. That’s why I was glad to read this advice that Stephen Colbert gave during his 2006 commencement speech:

“Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying ‘yes’ begins things. Saying ‘yes’ is how things grow. Saying ‘yes’ leads to knowledge. ‘Yes’ is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say ‘yes.’”

Click here for a video of Colbert’s speech.

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