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The Non-scientific Breakdown of A Critique

If you’ve ever been in a critique, chances are you probably fall into one of the following categories:

1. The Defensive Back: Like a 250lb All American, the DB has a comeback for everything and is not letting anything through that tough exterior– not even valuable feedback. Not to worry; we still love you– after the critique.

2. The Ghost: Also-known-as “Casper,” this person has a strange way of always disappearing right before that 2 hour critique.  “Hey?! Wasn’t so-and-so just here a second ago?” “They’ll be back–they left their keys.”

3. The Fat Lady: Before you get upset about the category title, remember the expression, “it ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings”? Well, these guys are still slapping on paint on the way to the front of the room.  They always manage to keep things interesting.

4. The Quiet Genius: They let the work speak for itself. Deep down, we all envy them.

There are probably a lot more categories that are missing and should be added to the list. Either way just remember, it’s not you we’re critiquing– it’s the work!

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Goldilocks and The Three Bears of Business

You get the anticipated callback and that’s when the questions come firing in; “So, why are you applying for this position? You seem too___.”

Yep, it’s the corporate version of Goldilocks and The Three Bears– this one’s too senior, this one’s too junior, this one’s just right (if you’re lucky).

You would think someone overqualified would go in there like a badass and do an extra damn good job, right? But, HR probably figures you’ll leave once a “higher calling” comes a-callin’– which is most likely true.

Flip the script– now you’re “too junior” (code for, “this person ain’t worked a day in their life”– at least, not at this level).  In this case you would think someone junior would go in bright eyed, energized, and eager to learn, right? Not to mention flexin’ their innate knack for social media (because that’s what we do). But, HR probably sees it as too risky; we rather go with what we know– better safe than sorry!

Now, this time you’re that sweet spot in the middle– not too senior, not too junior– juuust right.

The end.

Wait a minute– there’s a part II. And in this chapter, you’re the Goldilocks making all the decisions around here (well, kinda). We have the responsibility of also choosing which company/employer is the right fit for us. Too stuffy? Stuff it. Too snobby? Slash it. Too geeky? Well, if that’s what you like– then go for it Goldilocks.

Fin.

The BET Hip-Hop Awards cyphers may be over, but the battle’s just begun

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The thing about the west coast– we’re just now seeing the #HipHopAwards and all my ppl on the east already shared what happened lol.

As I sit here watching the Hip Hop Awards I get a message from North Carolina and OH MY GOD, BRANDY, QUEEN LATIFA,  YO YO, AND MC LYTE ARE PERFORMING, “I WANNA BE DOWN“!!! (excuse my outburst). Here’s North Carolina’s contributions to the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards. Artists Yung Blaza, Nige Hood, Chaz and Rakeem put some of their most epic lines over East Flatbush Project’s Tried by 12

 

Video produced by Fame Photography’s Orlando Davis.

Life’s Not About A Job– It’s About Purpose

Have you ever really sat down to think about your life, your purpose, your “element”, and then realize that frankly, your job or career path is not in-line with any of them? Maybe it’s okay to step back and re-evaluate your current situation. Where else can life take you if you realize that we’re more than just a fancy position title and puffed resume– we’re beings, with a purpose.

 

 

Trouble finding your passion? Here’s a little Monday Motivation

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“If you don’t have an obvious passion, follow your curiosity.”– Elizabeth Gilbert

Remember, it’s okay not to know what your one true passion is right this second. Take some time to follow your curiosity– it may just lead you to your passion.

Listen to author Elizabeth Gilbert’s story on creativity and passion on TED Radio Hour.

Happy Monday.

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Portland Paints: Pop Artist, FreshGhost’s, “Freshest” Work

Self-taught Portland artist, FreshGhost, finished this painting of Hunter S Thompson on Sunday, guys. Talk about “fresh”.

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And of course,  there’s more “fresh” (as in cool, dope, hella dope, 🔥– you get the picture) work where that came from…

 

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FreshGhost is a self-taught artist currently living in Portland, Oregon USA. His paintings are done with acrylic paint on stretched canvas. Much of his work up until late 2013 had been a progression of geometrical improvised art done freehand with the occasional use of a compass for circles. More recently he has also been experimenting with stencils made from photographs and painting in a minimalist pop art style. The paintings are numbered rather than titled as a way to leave them open for interpretation. 
 

For more information on FreshGhost and his art; visit his website, follow him on Twitter, and like him on Facebook.

Thanks again to FreshGhost for sharing.

 

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New Music From Thieves & Lovers Will Steal Your Heart [Listen]

SoCal band, Thieves & Lovers, shares with us their latest self-titled EP–enjoy.

Thieves & Lovers hails from sunny southern California, blending driving guitars and sugary melodies to create an ambient sound all their own. –Thieves & Lovers 

If you want to hear more from  Thieves & Lovers, visit their soundcloud, follow on Twitter, and like them on Facebook.

Special thanks to Thieves & Lovers for sharing.

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