5 Things: In which I attempt to give job advice

I’ve been job-hunting a lot since graduating a year ago, and it seems I might actually get a decent position, so why not bestow some advice?

1. Be open – I want to be a producer at the BBC, but that’s not going to happen overnight. Or over a decade. Instead of limiting myself to specific jobs I’m open to anything that could help enhance my journalistic skills. So, always try to apply for the jobs that can help you land that dream career, even if that means utilizing one skill at a time.

2. Be shameless – This applies to networking events and calling in favors. Sure, I always feel awkward as an avocado having to ask someone if they’d be down to be a reference, or nudge their buddies to look at my resume, but I think all people are aware that job-hunting is synonymous with desperation.

3. There are no small jobs – If you land a job you need to run with it, especially if it isn’t your dream job. What can you do in your current position that can help you move in the direction you want? Recently, I was filling in for someone and I just went wild with the social media expansion. I created pitches and strategies and pretty internet things with cats. No, that wasn’t in my job description, but there was nothing that said I couldn’t do it (plus everyone else on staff was completely behind me).

4. There is no such thing as free time – I’m a workaholic. I’m aware this is a problem, but it’s no sleep ’till BBC for me, so I try to pack my non-work time with projects that keep me creative. I help admin at Drunk Austen, attempt to finish my film and read as much good reporting as possible. If you’re in school you should dip those fingers and toes into every bit of experience you can get. For me that included volunteering at the radio station, tv shows and zines.

5. Own it – Don’t let the job descriptions scare you. It says you need a minimum of five years experience, but you have three and you KNOW you can do the job? Apply anyway. Write a strong cover letter and highlight your expertise. What’s the harm? You get called in for an interview and they don’t hire you? In that “worst case scenario” they know your face and see that you want to work. Next time you apply at that company you’ll already stick out.


Misc. tips

- Have multiple resumes to suite different jobs you’re looking for.

- Dress for the job you want. (Sure, this is shallow, but I was the best dressed intern at one place and was told that really helped solidify how seriously employees took me.)

- I don’t know if LinkedIn really helps or not.

- Indeed, JournalismJobs and MediaBistro are my BFFs.

- Cookies help with image. Just sayin’. (No, you can’t have my super secret Wookiee Cookie recipe because I changed it for maximum delicious.)

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Posted by on August 23, 2014 in life/lists


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Book Review: The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet


In which I review a fab book.

Originally posted on Drunk Austen:

Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet

You watched the vlogs, kept up with the tweets and repinned Jane’s adorbs clothes, but that’s still not enough. The fantastic creators of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (LBD) have come up with yet another way to tell this story. They masterfully used transmedia to rehash the timeless Austen novel, so why not take on the medium that inspired it all?

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet is a fantastic way to present a different side of the story. It’s not a long book, but it gives enough to reel us in. Sure, the plot mirrors the vlog, but there are new tidbits of the story and insights into Lizzie’s own feelings that wouldn’t have come across the same way in front of the camera. Her voice is still so clear; witty, crass and secretly funny. Plus, we are treated to pie charts, illustrations and even a poem from Lizzie.


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Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Uncategorized


5 Things That are Keeping me Busy

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  1. Work – I know I’m just an acting editor, but dear-baby-raptor-Jesus there’s so much to learn and work on.
  2. Dance – I’m actually glad I have dance because it’s regular physical activity that I would not be partaking in otherwise.
  3. Getting it on – I said it. I went there. After a years-long dry spell I have something going on and it takes time out of my week to maintain that relationship (of sorts).
  4. Chores – My gma pretty much leaves all major cleaning to me. I just got over the Flu and the kitchen floor looks like the grossest bathroom in Scotland, if you take my meaning.
  5. Sleep – When I get off work I don’t want to spend my hour+ commute reading (especially since I most likely spent hours doing that), so I veg out to podcasts and music. When I get home I have to clean up other people’s junk, then I have dinner and try to catch up on my Netflix queue like any modern woman. But I mostly just curl into bed and hope my insomnia abates.


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Posted by on May 24, 2014 in life/lists



Weighty Issues: People are cruel

I’ve been trying to take care of myself and be fit since graduation. For the first time in four years I’m back to a healthy weight and I feel energetic and fab. The last time I was at this weight I had a really terrible experience, and I hope through sharing it other people won’t put up with the bullshit I did.

The last time I was at this weight (125, if you must know) I was working at a warehouse, lifting and moving heavy boxes, bins and materials all day. I had been pudgy when I started the job, but by the end of the summer I could feel muscles all over. It was amazing.

When classes started again I started getting compliments, and it felt good. It felt good because I honestly felt good. It was the first time in my life I was eating well and working my body. I was finding joy in going to the gym.

What could possibly bring me down from this body-positive cloud? Cruelty. Cruelty from someone I thought was a friend. A couple of weeks into the semester many friends came up to me, concerned about my physical state, rather than complimentary. I was confused.

They were concerned because this so-called-friend had been telling everyone that I had an eating disorder. Though she had spent all summer observing my healthy changes she began this rumor when the semester started, when other people started taking notice.

One person actually came to me on the verge of tears, so terrified by the rumors this single person was spreading.

I couldn’t believe it. Why do that to someone? Why go out of your way to make them feel badly about their body? I couldn’t believe  that a woman would intentionally try to bring down someone else by using an eating disorder to put a negative spin on a positive change. If she had been concerned for me she would have come straight to me about any condition she thought existed.

My warehouse job had shifted my hours when classes started, so I spent less time at work, and in the gym. Eventually I lost a lot of my muscle and gained a lot of my weight back, but the more lasting, hurtful, impression from my last golden days as a fit person were tainted by the fact that many people thought I had an eating disorder.

I’m reflecting on this incident now because I am finally back to a healthy weight and diet. The exact weight I was when someone felt the need to tear down my body-positive state.

The bottom line is: if you think a friend is indeed suffering from an eating disorder DO NOT go behind their back. If you want to help don’t start rumors. There are numerous on-campus resources and free community programs you can refer someone to. Those same services could even help you figure out the best way to approach talking to your friend.

DO NOT be the person that tears down someone else because of jealousy. DO NOT tear down someone’s body-positive state because of your own insecurities. DO NOT be that person.

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Posted by on February 9, 2014 in life/lists


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LA Adventures

  • Chinese New Year
  • Book Fair
  • Tacos
  • San Diego trip
  • Conference presentation
  • Sun
  • Tacos
  • Beer
  • Library Bar
  • Expensive drinks
  • Metro rides
  • creepy men
  • Tacos
  • A cat that plays fetch
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Posted by on February 2, 2014 in life/lists


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The 2 things you learn working retail

1. People suck.

2. Rich people suck more.

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Posted by on January 30, 2014 in life/lists


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5 things I regret about this vlog paper

I’m presenting a paper on video blogging/vlogging at a conference on Friday and as I write it I feel these are my main regrets…

I wish I had:

1. Written it consistently over the year.

2. Maintained forum posts I started.

3. Consistently vlogged myself.

4. Been a more active vlogging community member.

5. Watched more vlogs!

*if you know any anthropologists that vlog let me know!

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Posted by on January 27, 2014 in fieldnotes


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