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The End of Another Year

That year went awfully fast, didn't it? It's been a year of fascinating highs and lows. As I think back to everything that happened, it seemed like only a brief moment and time, but there was really quite a lot packed in there. Just like in years past, it's about at this time of every year that I realize it's almost time for the ball to drop, so I briefly consider making a resolution, then drop the idea. It's true. I never make a resolution. I haven't for years. In fact, the last resolution I made was, I believe, in 2004, when I resolved to 'continue to kick ass, and be as bad as I can be.' I succeeded that year, so I kept it, and it has been the only one I've ever made since. There is a met

Reprioritizing Language

In our country, we have a strained relationship with foreign language. What should be looked upon as a non-threatening embrace of multiculturalism is sometimes seen as a direct attack on assimilation. I don't know why - learning a second language (or more!) shows intellectual advantages for both children and adults, not to mention added competitiveness in the global marketplace. In fact, the number of jobs that prefer or require a second language is growing rapidly. Don't blame the bodega operator down the street - blame the internet, the global supply chain and international free shipping. Despite that, however, America still has a lot of catching up to do in how we learn language. When I w

The Person I Care About Most Doesn't Care

The intensely bored looking man on the left there is Ludwig Wittgenstein. He was born in Vienna in 1889, and he was a philosopher at a time when that was a field that could keep you fed. He's really helped my marriage, but I'll get to why later. Success can be a bit paradoxical. I'm happy to say that I've realized quite a bit of it, by my own measure. My greatest satisfaction comes from always being on a journey toward greater achievement. I'm quite happy most days. What gives me pause is when I have something great happen to me, and I rush home excitedly to tell my husband all about it, and it lands with a thud. Don't get me wrong, it's not that he doesn't care. Well, let me take that back.

The Worst Business Advice I Ever Heard

I'm back with my next video, the worst business advice I ever heard! When you launch a business, advice from those that have come before you is incredibly valuable, but not all of it is as useful as the rest. I'll save you some time on one bit - it's total crap.

I Failed

When I relaunched this blog, I said I was going to be real, and vulnerable. I wanted to talk about my pitfalls, as well as my successes. Well, I've had a pitfall, and I'm going to talk about it today. Not that it's easy to do. Nay nay, my type A inner self is straining at the reins, urging my hands to stop typing, because admitting a failure is just about the last thing I like to do. I set lofty goals, and crushing them is what I do. But I haven't done that, and talking through these feelings is what I'm going to do in this post. I founded Level Up Prep because I loved helping people find success in their job search. Career coaching is good, but I wanted to disrupt the field. I wanted to tak

Working for Free is for Chumps and Philanthropists

To begin this post, I'd like to ask a client and friend, Suzanne, to relate something that happened to her recently. Suzanne is a talent agent, and she was approached to refer some of the members of her roster for an acting gig. She'll take it from here... Today I had to tell a potential client that no, I couldn’t help him find models to work his event for free. “This job isn’t paid, but it’s exposure so can’t you help me?” I replied: “I do not get paid until my people get paid. Neither my people, nor my children, can eat exposure.” I work really really hard. Being an agent involves hours and hours of work, developing trust in working relationships, curating careers, and YES, emotional labor

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