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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.

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A Struggling Artist’s Perspective: The Story of Running Bear

Artist and entrepreneur, Kacey Atreyu Lee Running Bear (also-known-as RNDM: pronounced, “random”) shares his art, his life, and his hustle.

My name is Kacey Atreyu Lee Running Bear; I grew up in most of South Central Los Angeles, but my home town is Hawthorne California–home of The Beach Boys, good vibes, and south bay area culture.

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Being a youth from a bay city, I immersed myself heavily into skate culture and the underground music scene, acquiring a taste for spoken word, indie rock, punk, and rap music myself. It was this, that sparked my recording under the moniker, “Deadbeat, The Heretic”.

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Some of my projects included talented minds like Jack Mushroom of Odd Future. We had a few friends in common, and he asked me to do some artwork for him. He was a fan of my art page, and had followed my art for some time. He asked me to use his love for his stuffed elephant, demonic-like subculture, and Odd Future association, as inspiration for the piece–and what transpired, was something truly magical.

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Jack Mushroom of Odd future

I also hope to spread my love of art with the world. And hopefully this gives a little insight as to who I am, what I’m about, and provides a stimulating story, in which you could maybe gather a little inspiration from. And maybe see a point of view, from a struggling artist’s perspective.

– K.A Running Bear

To learn more about Kacey Atreyu Lee Running Bear,  download his full biography and visit his Facebook fan page.

Special thanks to Kacey for sharing.

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.

 

 

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3 Producers Come Together For A New Sound You Won’t Forget [Listen]

L.A. based producers, Grim Collective, share with us their “drippy” music.

We are Los Angeles based, Bay area raised. We are a collective of producers delivering you trillwave. –Grim Collective

If you want to hear more from  Grim Collective, visit their soundcloud, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and IG.

Special thanks to Grim Collective for sharing.

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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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She’s Gotta Have It: 10 Paintings Inspired By Women & Pop Culture

Well-traveled artist, music exec, and producer, Otha “Vakseen” Davis III, shares with us his love of women, identity, and popular culture in these ten paintings. 

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“She’s Gotta Have It”

I’m invigorated by women, popular culture and the value of self.

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“Ribbon In Her Eyes”
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“Crock Tearz”
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“Eyes Wide”

My paintings deal with the theme of female identity and evolve around society’s idolization of beauty…

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“Gaudy Me”
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“Lecherous Tastes”
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“Brilliant Dope”

The enhancements women endure to obtain this level of “perfection”…

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“Madam Renaissance”
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“Open Virtue”
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“Tainted Lusts”

And the impact this has on the female species. 

If you want to see more from Vakseen; visit his website and tumblr, follow him on twitter, and find him on IG. Oh, and don’t forget Facebook.
Special thanks to Vakseen for sharing.