What is the trick to selling yourself these days?

I can direct a television show.  I can edit a promo.  But it appears that I am lacking in the ability to market myself.  I’m not sure entirely, though, why this is.  I have skills that are in demand in the industry, hell, there are even places outside of the industry where I could probably find a job using these skills.  I guess…I’m just not sure how to make someone or a company or whoever realize that 1) I have the skills they need and 2) that they need me.  This is where I wish I could just scream out “Save me Obi-Wan Kenobi” and hope for someone to come and rescue me.  But that’s not me.  I want to dig deeper into this whole “how do I market meyself” thing.

There has got to be an expert in my network who has been in this spot.  

Let’s break myself down….

  • I have directed news broadcasts for the last 7ish years.  If you want to count the work I did in college, I have directed things other than news.  Hell, I directed a music series that spanned 2 seasons on the campus television station.  And even outside of college, I hate to admit it, but I’ve directed a Sunday church service that was broadcasts to the northwest corner of Illinois every week
  • I can edit on a number of different platforms.  I started out learning how to edit using an old-school tape-to-tape linear system.  The edit controller was a Sony RM-450 and I edited onto 3/4″ UMatic tapes!  My first NLE was a system that no one has ever heard of, Media 100.  No trust me, you’ve never heard of it.  I’m self-taught in Final Cut Pro and have picked up a lot of Avid experience as that’s what the television stations I’ve worked for have used.
  • I know how to run cameras, light a set, switch a broadcast.  I can even use these new fangled “Automated News Production Systems” that  are all the rage these days.  I even got OverDrive to do things that other operators gave up on trying to do.  
  • I even have a demo reel…ok yeah, I know, it’s not the sizzleist, but it’s a basic overview of what I’ve worked on.

But yet… I still can’t seem to convince people that they need me.

So if any of the hive out there has any tips, let me know!


Quickhit: DreamWorks snubs HBO, goes to Netflix

Deadline.com is reporting that the New York Times is reporting that DreamWorks is moving in 2013 to using Netflix, not pay tv, as it’s outlet of choice in the “pay tv” window of their films.  While the editors at Deadline.com don’t feel this is a big deal, I think it’s a bigger deal than they think.

While DreamWorks is no Warner Brothers or Fox, they’re still the owners of a couple of very popular franchises (Shrek and Kung Fu Panda) and if they’re willing to forgo HBO, et. al., who is to say that the big boys in the industry won’t at least consider it as an option in the future?

Remember… It only takes one to get the ball rolling and be disruptive to the establishment and you better bet that the outcome of this deal will be watched very, very closely by that establishment.

Dissenting Eagle: This is one of those odd situations


So I was browsing through the feeds this afternoon and stumbled upon a blog post from Jezebel. If you haven’t read the article, the main takeaways are that: 

1) Bristol Palin was riding a mechanical bull 

2) She was verbally assaulted by a drunk person over the views of her mother 

3) She used a rather homophobic insult as a retort to the verbal abuse

Now, I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m in no way a fan of Sarah Palin.  In fact, I can’t stand her at all.  Nor, really, am I that big of a fan of Bristol, especially since she seems to just be in the spotlight because of being her mother’s daughter and not for any meaningful contribution on her own.  But that doesn’t really mean, either, that I think the drunk guy was right for what he did.

This would be easier for me to write if Bristol hadn’t of called the guy a homosexual, since I honestly don’t think this guy was in the right at all.  Just because she’s Sarah’s daughter does not make it right for him to go off on her.  She, from what I’ve read, is not her mother, nor should she be expected to be.  Similarly, just because of who her mother is, does not make it right to verbally assault her.  (Even if the subject of the abuse was Sarah herself.)

Of course, I think Bristol could have handled the situation a lot better.  There was no need to insult the guy.  She could have just walked away and ignored it.  Of course, cameras for her reality show were rolling, so for all we know, this could have been a plant.  And well, the reaction could have all been for the cameras too.  Still, though, I know it makes for lousy TV, but she could have and should have walked away.

Oh…and the other thing that got me writing this is… After seeing her on the bull, I want to see her take a stab at the mechanical pepper at La Perla in Milwaukee.  Seriously, I can’t be the only one whose thinking that!  And that’d make for some entertaining television anyway.

If you want to view the video, it’s at the Jezebel site.



Commentary: ..and Cue the Google Plus is dead pundits

I love how everyone is prematurely putting the wooden stake in the heart of Google+. It’s amusing actually.

First it was Robin Wauters over at TechCrunch claiming the site was going down because they’d had a 41% drop-off in public posting. [1] (Though he stopped short of putting it into the DeadPool.) And now, today, in a post yesterday on Network World, I see that we have Paul McNamara freaking out because Larry Page hasn’t posted anything in public since the 15th of August. [2]

It’s not what you see, it’s what you don’t

Both of them have acknowledged that the possibility exists that while _public_ posting is down, _private_ posting may be going strong. That is what I’m seeing a lot more of.

I’ve had several friends post “polls” asking people what topics they were interested in, and in turn, have seen a lot more people limiting posts to only one or two of their circles. Basically, what we’re seeing, is that people are starting to treat sharing on Google+ as they would treat sharing over on Facebook. They’re limiting content to people who _they_ want to see it, and not, by default, posting everything to their public feed, as you would with Twitter status updates.

If everything was to be public, they wouldn’t have given us control

And that’s key. Google+ was designed from the start to allow you to pick and choose who you wanted to share with. Therefore, unless you have access to Google’s numbers (which I don’t) these writers, and everyone else, has no idea how well Google+ is doing.

Just remember: No matter what you think, Google+ is not dead until the fat lady sings.


[1] Robin Wauters – TechCrunch: “Raise Your Hand If You’re Still Using Google+”

[2] Paul McNamara – NetworkWorld/BuzzBlog: “Has Google’s CEO stopped using Google+?”

Dissenting Eagle: My Reflection on the Past 10 Years

In the decade following 9/11, we have seen a terrible rollback of our civil liberties, in the name of security, of course.

In the decade following 9/11, we have seen ourselves get into 2 wars, 1 justified, 1 not, in the name of rooting out terrorism.

In the decade following 9/11, we took far too long to stand up and challenge the policies of a nearly dictatorial president and the Congress who went along with him.

In the decade following 9/11, we ignored the fact that our military was treating captured enemies not as prisoners of war, subject to the Geneva Conventions, but as “enemy combatants” who were tortured, held in horrendous conditions, and generally mistreated.

In the decade following 9/11, my generation has watched far too many kids of our age die because of unjust policy.

In the decade following 9/11, we’ve gone from a country who can work together, to a country divided over the most stupidest of crap.

For many people of my age, we watched it, in our dorm rooms, unfolding live on our TV screens.  It’s a day that not many people will soon forget.  However, we need to sit back and take a good, long look at the state of our country.  In the last 10 years, we’ve gone from a prosperous country following the Clinton years, to a country that is fighting among the parties on whether or not we can pay our bills.  Polarized on everything.  The pundits might go up on Fox News or CNN or MSNBC and declare that “we won” or “mission accomplished” but really, have we?  I remember a TV spot following 9/11 that said something along the lines of “On 9/11/01 the country changed” and showed to shots of a “main street” with houses and then the same street with houses decorated with flags.  The reality is that we have changed, and not in a good way.

The country is broken.  We’re constantly living in a media-driven fear.  The only thing that’s changed is that we’ve gone from being able to work together, to being at each others throats.

So my big question is…   Who really “won” this?

Now… Of course the decade following 9/11 has also done one big thing: It’s brought us the technology to democratize the process of getting out information.  Before, the only way information got out was if it was in the paper, or on the nightly news.  Now, we have the likes of Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, etc.  Now, the majority of people are carrying phones that have better cameras, in a smaller package than what we had in 2001.  If things like the Arab Spring, or the Tehran demonstrations had happened without the advent of this technology, there’s a very good chance to say that we might not have hear about them.  The same can be said for some of the more damaging things that have come out over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  In the decade following 9/11, it seemed as thought the networks and the major papers became more of followers and sheep than the voice of the people.  They did almost nothing in the years following 9/11 to question the Bush administration.  No one challenged him over things like the Patriot Act.  Or why he thought we *had* to invade Iraq.  They just rolled along with the administration, feeding back it’s propaganda to the people.

But of course, that’s just my opinion.  And thankfully, they haven’t yet taken away my rights under the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States to express it.  Well, not yet anyway.