Archive for April, 2008

Pomegranate and Lemon Curd

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Waffle special brunch at Saving Grace

Special Waffle

Pants in a Twist? Try Some Knickers

Monday, April 28th, 2008

New York Times Fashion & Style Column: May 17, 2007

This is an old link for my friend who told me in fall 2006, when I was telling him about how excited I am about biking, “It’s impossible to look cool on a bike,” and didn’t believe me when I said bikes and bike fashion are going to be really, really cool soon, mark my words.

And here is a simple Flickr search result on “bike fashion.” I don’t like to be that smug, self-righteous kid that says, “I told you so,” but uh… yeah.

The worst best criticism

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

I have an MA degree in Communication and Culture. This is undoubtedly something that I am quite proud of. However, I am applying to entry to mid-level positions in the media and an MA is never a requirement. Throughout my job search I have grappled a bit with the question of how prominently to showcase the masters degree on my applications.

I started out putting my education first on my resume before I realized that my work experience was more impressive to the types of jobs I was applying. I downgraded my education on the second page, but then friends who I got feedback on my resume kept telling me that my masters was most impressive and that I should put it first. I felt however, that hiring managers taking their first glance would see that and might get turned off. I really want to convey, more than the fact that I’m well-educated, that I have a lot of experience, I am a very hard and reliable worker and I am willing to do things that aren’t as “sexy” or high-level, but necessary to gain experience and carve out a place for myself. On the other hand, an MA degree proves that I am capable of a lot of commitment, hard work, independence, and all sorts of other good qualities that I also can convey. A compromise I came to was mentioning my degree first and only briefly in my “relevant skills” section, but keeping my education on the second page. I have been happy with this arrangement up until now.

Very recently, a few things have happened that have opened up this question again. My friend, an account supervisor at one of the better ad agencies suggested I move my “solid education” to the front of the resume, bring up again this question of emphasizing the academic qualifications. But also lately, I have gotten a few responses on my resume saying that I am over-qualified. They think I would be “too smart” for or “bored” in the position. And this is only from those that have bothered to give me feedback. This is the kiss of death that I have been dreading all along.

So after giving it more thought, I have decided the only thing I can do is anticipate people worrying that I’m over-qualified by emphasizing my willingness to slog it out and perform necessary lower level tasks, with the expectation of moving up in the future in my cover letter. I’ve decided to keep the short mention of the MA at the beginning and the details on the second page after my work experience. Hopefully this will pique the interest of hiring managers with openings that have potential for growth and they will want to meet me so they will see that I’m down to earth and eager to work hard and prove myself.

Urban Outfitters on the fix gear bandwagon?

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Urban Outfitters site screenshotUrban Outfitters uses fix gear clips in their promo, but not everyone is happy about it:

The mini-Macy’s of downtown inspired fashion, Urban Outfitters, thinks fixed gears are sooo cool as you can see by this web promo. Especially when you match them to these energy wasting, soft-soled Gola line of sneakers—quite considerably the worst type of footwear when riding a bike, real cycling shoes have super stiff soles.

Gritty addiction tale enthralls

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

I’m so proud of my friend Kyle who is in town with his play Cranked which got an amazing review in the Toronto Star.

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Kyle Cameron is awesome here playing Stan, as he is throughout the whole 45-minute show. He’s not afraid to show us the disgusting physical side of his addiction, picking at sores both real and imaginary, while wiping away a cold sweat that never seems to vanish no matter how hard he tries.

His dementia is equally convincing, with some of his hallucinations proving so deeply felt that when we later find out they were false, we’re as relieved as we are surprised.

I’m so excited to see it for the first time on Friday night!

Casting wise, funny female actor, 24-40, any race

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Casting call for my friend Sarah Michelle Brown’s play. Looks like an awesome opportunity to work with great people:

Interested in being a part of a great all female ensemble cast and taking the Montreal Fringe by storm?

Fire Up Productions (based in Toronto) is looking for a strong actor & team player to complete their cast for Sarah Michelle Brown’s new play, “First Hand Woman.” FHW tells the story of a woman going through the stages of grieving from the loss of a love relationship. Her journey of the spirit is told through five parts of herself: Denial, Bargaining, Anger, Depression and Acceptance.

CHARACTER:
Looking for the character “Acceptance”-
Female, Late 20’s to late 30’s, all ethnicities.
Strong, mature woman
She has been through a lot and survived, though not without scars.
Patient, encouraging, wise, great sense of humour and fiery spirit.
Strong vocal and movement skills needed.

TORONTO REHEARSALS:
Need to be flexible to rehearse part-time days in Toronto during May-June.

MONTREAL SHOW DATES:
Festival dates are in Montreal June 12-22nd, 2008.

PRODUCTION DETAILS:
Open to Equity and non-equity performers.
Compensation by profit share.
Accomodation and travel (Toronto to Montreal) provided.

HOW TO APPLY:
Please email headshot and resume to Sarah Michelle Brown downtownSbrown@sympatico.ca

Auditions- Monday, April 28th, in Toronto
If chosen to audition we will contact you with location and times.

Thank you!

Esther Jun, director
Sarah Michelle Brown, writer/producer

Exciting Opportunity for Toronto Shops

Monday, April 21st, 2008

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Bicycle Film Festival Shops

Email: Aliza Ma

Link: bicyclefilmfestival.com

muxtape.com

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

Make a mixtape online or listen to mixtapes other people make! New idea but still so classic.

Muxtape.com

Kanye and his fixies

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Kanye West is really into fixed gear bikes lately.

Pharrell gave Kanye a little present…

Read more on the Billionaire Boys Club Blog…


Kanye and his bike

Lists = Life

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

The older I get and the more I learn, the more I am convinced of the incredible value of spreadsheets in every facet of life. I admit that bureaucracy can sometimes be a bore and turning soft and squishy things into admin can occasionally be life-draining, but I will never say anything bad about spreadsheets. I’m sorry. We owe them too much.

I’ve taken my spreadsheet dependence to its logical next step: my job search. I would really suggest this for everyone who is also pounding the pavement. My spreadsheet has a list of places I want to work divided up by industry, I identify my contacts from each company, and then I have a box for status (initial contact, met with them, follow up, etc.) and the date for when we last spoke so I can know and follow up with them if it’s been too long. This is also helpful because it is easy to see which companies I still need to make contact with or cold call. It’s invigorating to organize it out and check things off the list. When I’m feeling down and rejected and my leads seem to be going nowhere, I can look at my list and see that there are still things I haven’t done or tried and my motivation is renewed.

Remember obviously, that your contacts are people and your friends so don’t treat them just as “a number,” but it’s valuable to keep them organized so they don’t fall off your radar and they don’t forget you.

** I also have a separate spreadsheet for research which includes job boards, company-specific job boards, industry publications, business sections, and other applicable blogs and forums. You should make one of these too to keep on top of your game.