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Archive for July, 2011

Composed of…

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Ok, I’ll confess: I haven’t gotten much accomplished today.  Been reading, surfing the internet, and finding ways to generally vampire my time.

Just spent the last hour on etsy (I know what you’re thinking, but it is one of my favorite online places) and just found this button that says, and I quote, “i’m composed of 85% Kick-A$$ and 15% Crippling Self-Doubt.”  I like it.

After seeing it, I thought about my own percentage formula for today, and seeing the button above and all the other chemical formulas from etsy (like the seratonin necklace, etc.) I think the best shot at my own formula today would be the following:

10%    Kick-you-know-what
5%      Fierce
2%      Fabulous
28%    Time Vampire
7%      Truth-Seeking (not so much studying entertainment law or the MPRE as it is how to make a book purse)
10%    Sleepy (yup took a nap)
20%    Reading
6%      Productive
10%    Writing
2%      Imbibing in Adult Beverages

Is that a successful formula for a Saturday?  Pretty close in my book!

“Real Recognizes Real”

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

I didn’t come up with the title of this blog post – so to get it right out in front, Angel Laws did.

She’s the author of ConcreteLoop.com Presents: Angel’s Laws of Blogging: What You Need to Know if You Want to Have a Successful and Profitable Blog.  But she not only wrote the title of this post in her book, but she did it twice.  It was the biggest message that resonated with me after reading it.

She is successful in her own right, granted.  But I loved most her way of articulating the blogger’s frequent albatross:  be real, or sell out?  When trying to figure out how to make money on the internet by blogging (or anything on the net, or in life in general) we always have to stop and ask: is this interesting stuff, or am I selling out just to make a buck?

If you’re faking it, people can usually spot that about a mile away.  It is better to admit you don’t know what you’re doing rather than muddle your way through it–in blogging, or in life.  I’ve had this conversation with a lot of other blogging friends, who try to screen or edit their own authentic voices when blogging because they are afraid of keeping it real.

I say, the surest way to get to being miserable is trying to please everyone all the time.  And Angel also shared this in her book in her own voice, which I dug.  Aside from the interesting parties she’s attended of celebrities and how she’s effectively managed their eccentric personalities, she’s always held true to herself…and aside from whether or not to turn a blog into a business, this message was the truest one I heard from the voice of her book.

Read it.  If you know little about blogging (like I do) or even know a lot, she’s got some great ideas on how to optimize your blogging life online…and some good stories to boot.  And Angel, if you happen to be reading this–hopefully I didn’t overstep my bounds.  Just wanted to give you some love, for keeping things positive in a world that is overly-snarky.  Let’s vow to keep it real out here.

Preach!

Please Step Into The Hall…

Friday, July 29th, 2011

When God closes a door, another one opens.

Yeah, I get that.  But it wasn’t until I watched fellow Single Women Entrepreneur, Coach Darla LeDoux’s new video here, that finally put in the missing punchline all these years.  And guess what?  I’m going to let you watch the video to finally get the punchline too.

But for all of us who are about to step into the hall, or who are in the hall, in between the closed door and the new open one, give yourself the permission that Darla gave herself in her video.  I think I’m going to.  Although my own hallway march this time is going to be more related to professional than personal, transitions, although they are new, exciting, risky and unknown, are also tough to get through.  BUT–the silver lining in the hallway walk of the unknown is getting to the other side and evolving as a human..that’s why we are here.

And Darla, THANKS for sharing this part of your life with others.  It certainly wasn’t an easy hallway walk for you, either!

Coacheesy, or Coachieving?

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Thought I’d share a little secret with you, my 5-most-amazing-and-off-the-hook readers of this blog (including you, mom).  But, before I even get into this post too far, I have to throw out a (massive) disclaimer: by this post I mean ZERO offense to coaches of the world.  Really.  I have a lot of respect for what you do.

In fact, I’m thinking of hiring a coach myself.  It is something that I have pondered for quite some time now, probably since SWE, more than any point in my life.  There were coaches in that book, and they were awesome.

But the thing that is really bothering me about the process is that it’s probably a lot like dating (ugh – something else I’m just not that into): you have to meet up with a bunch of them before you get the right fit.  And by right fit, I don’t think any amount of emails or pieces of paper is going to clearly define that for you: it just has to be the right gut feeling.  Kind of like a light switch–it’s either on, or it’s off.

I used to think the notion of having a coach was a little cheesy, ergo, seeking some type of external validation and permission for what it really is that you want and what you’re gut is already telling you.  But as I chatted with one of my new entrepreneurial colleagues and friends today, sometimes the signs are already there, we just choose not to pay attention to them, that is until they become sledge hammers rather than mere hints or whispers.

Of one thing I am certain: the answers of what it is that I want must come from somewhere within me.  I’m not going to get them from external forces.  However, now I’m getting to the point where I think coaches are more like mirror holders: they are there to just get you out of your own damn way so you can listen to that inner voice and get to gettin’ – get to being your best you.  And THAT, my friends would be a fantastic reason to have a coach.

So, I’m just sending this little note into the universe to ask–what questions does one ask to obtain a great coach?  Or, is it just a click – like that light switch?  How long should someone have a coach, or what is the optimal time frame to have one?  And most important of all, how do you know if a coach is “working” for you?  How do you know you’re becoming your best you, or is it some other benchmark by which we should measure ourselves while working with a coach?

Dear universe, I look forward to your thoughts on this.  Because frankly, just like everyone else, I’m just trying like crazy to maximize my time here on Earth.  For I know it is ephemeral.

The Beautiful Tragedy of the Internet

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

I < 3 the internet.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m super stoked that Arpanet came along and gave all of us the amazing ability to connect with pretty much anyone we want online.  It’s awesome.  Gold stars.

But, I also find it kind of tragic.  In that while we can reach out, anytime, anyplace, we still don’t have teleporters and spend as much time face to face with our friends.

Case in point: heard from my friend in Paris, France this morning.  She used to live in Indy. She’s still looking for a job over there (so, BTW, dear universe, if you know someone who can help her out, please let me know so I may do the connecting).  But while I love hearing from my Paris connection, I would much rather and prefer to just teleport over to say hello to her, have (a proper 3-4 hour Parisian) lunch, and catch up face to face, eyeball to eyeball.

That, my friends, is both the beauty and the tragedy of the internet.  We can reach out, but it still isn’t the same as physically being there.

Still on the hunt for my teleporter.  Beam me up.  Or over, to Paris, si vous plait!

Bjork, Al Gore, and Why Law School Drives Me Crazy

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

What a trifecta this is – but stick with me here, this is going to be a good rant.

I figured out in class tonight why law school drives me nuts most of the time, and believe it or not, it occurred to me as I read last week’s Rolling Stone being sent around class.  I know what you’re thinking: a prof who actually passes Rolling Stone around in the classroom can’t be all bad, and you’re right.  BUT–what struck me about the magazine was an article in it on one of my favorites, Bjork, and her new…appalbumgameartvideo-thingy (Biophilia) she’s putting out for the iPad.

It’s not just an album anymore, peeps.  It is a constellation of experiences.

As I read, I totally wanted to know what type of agreement she struck with her “record” label on this one.  Game?  App development?  Music video and gaming all in one?  Boss!  But then, all I could remember was Al Gore’s new book as it appeared on TED, which is also interactive on the iPad…a vook?  I’m not sure what they officially call it.  Either way, they are each an experience.  Only thing missing is the scent, and that’s coming soon with the new TV. (Most artists already have their own scent, they’ve just got to pump it in to the end user…)

And now, to why law school drives me nuts: because we are constantly spending the majority of our time on…HISTORY.  Context.  What WAS.  As a futuristic person, I want to know WHAT WILL BE.  WHAT IS COMING.  THE FUTURE.  Better yet, how to harness what is coming and maximize it.  That’s for example what I want to know about around entertainment law–the convergence of books, video, music, movies and even games into ONE THING!  Dude, that’s where the money is!  It’s not spending hours talking about what the recording industry USED to do or what the traditional publishing industry traditionally did.  They’re on the ER table, they’re dying, and no amount of epi in the world is going to bring them back UNLESS they adapt to the future!

Law school (I thought) was about solving problems and coming up with solutions.  Therefore, if that is the case, we really need to focus less on the past and instead focus more on the future.  Yes, I know the counter argument you might be thinking, “the law traditionally takes a while to catch up.”  I’m here to say Bah Humbug!  That excuse might have cut it in the past, but guess what?  The United States of Awesome isn’t so awesome anymore, and part of that frankly is due to all the draconian laws we have on the books and the ‘historical’ focus our legal system holding us back with the excuse of “that’s the way things have always been done.”  That mentality is going to take us down.

So, I have a challenge for the legal industry (and for that matter, the entertainment industry as well): get on board with change, soon, and let’s take the best hits from the past and create a better future faster.  Bjork has.  Even Al Gore has.  So, WHY can’t the rest of us!?!

The Mix Tape

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

For the past week+, I’ve been swimming around the world of entertainment law (via summer school).  Honestly?  I took the class to learn about the publishing industry.  But, the more interesting legal stuff is in the world of music right now.  There’s also interesting cultural stuff going on in terms of music aficionados too, of which I’m one.

We’ve “evolved” musically in the US this way:
Record player -> 8 track -> cassette tape -> CD -> streaming online and digital downloads -> cassette tape.

I know what you’re thinking: Albert, you got it right for the most part except for the end.  BUT–the Washington Post agrees with me: there’s a resurgence of the cassette tape according to this story.  Why then are mix tapes re-surging?

I personally think there 2 reasons: 1. As my law professor said yesterday in class, there is a beauty in curating one’s own music collection for the music lover.  Cassette tapes keep that physical, rather than just having access to everything, 24/7/365 like online via streaming.  2.  I think there’s another element to music that people in the music industry may have discounted, which is the brand or images that come along with a new album.  If, for example, I say ‘Joshua Tree’ to you, what’s the first thing you think of?  For me, that iconic picture of U2 is right there, top of my mind.  There’s a constellation of art, music, lyrics and branding (even video) that used to come along with an album or a cassette tape.  So perhaps for the love, it isn’t just the music; there’s more.  And maybe, we’re losing that with digital-only music accessibility.

I grew up on cassette tapes.  And although the sound quality probably makes most audiophiles shriek like little girls when they hear them, there’s something I love about them, and always will. In fact, I still have a bunch of them, and records too.  I love the pop of records.  And those qualities, my friends, you’ll never get from a digital download.  (Unless, of course, they’re digitally implanted in the music, and that’s cheating in my book.)

Fierce and Awesome: No Licenses Necessary

Monday, July 25th, 2011

After spending 3 hours tonight at class trying to wrap my brain around all the different licenses and copyright clearances (mechanical, public performance, etc.) necessary for music, I’m super glad we don’t need licenses to be awesome and/or fierce.

So get out there!  Be fierce! Be awesome!  And if you do think you need a license, I’m officially granting it to you.  Now.  Immediately.  Stat.

Get to it!

The Doctor Is In

Monday, July 25th, 2011

After solving a bunch of problems this AM, I’m going to send you over to my other blog to read about them.  Maybe you have a better solution than I do…?  If so, please share and thanks!

Writing

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

People who write one sentence.

Then start another paragraph, with only one more sentence.

Drive.

Me.

Nuts.