Thursday, September 20, 2012

Who Wants a Job?


So you want to be a writer, but you need a job too, right? Having difficulty? Well, it's no wonder people are having a hard time locating a job. Have you read any of the job descriptions lately? 

Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment. Must be able to handle extreme unrelenting pressure. Must handle extreme incessant interruptions while multitasking with ease. Must have excellent written, verbal, non-verbal, multi-verbal, multilingual, analytical, and organizational skills. Must be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

If you are feeling as if you must perform in a Superman or Superwoman fashion, you are not alone. Businesses today expect job applicants to present themselves as gods and goddesses – nothing less than perfection. 

Years ago a prospective employee could walk into the personnel office anywhere, apply for a job, and get offered a job the same day. These days getting a job is a process, sometimes requiring as many as three different interviews and numerous tests. And if you walk into these jobs with masters degrees or doctorates? Forget it – you have moved beyond perfection into the Twilight Zone. Now you're "over-qualified."

Will anybody ever hire you?

Fortunately, Janet Hunt helps you through the maze of acrobatics you must perform to get a job with her ebook, Employment 101: Finding Your Way through the Job Search Maze. Click the link and you can have immediate access to the Kindle Version of this e-book. It's only 99 cents!

Good luck!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012




Once upon a time, I sent greeting cards. You might think that because I'm a writer, I would enjoy sending greeting cards. I do, or more appropriately, I did, but I enjoyed writing them more than I did searching for them. Most of the greeting cards on store racks didn't say exactly what I wanted to say, so I would create my own and send them.

And then one day I forgot to send someone a greeting card.

I had committed a mortal sin!

I panicked.

After that unforgettable moment (though I can't remember which sister I forgot), how could I send another greeting card to anybody – ever? I was obviously in the early stages of dementia and who knows what else I might forget (from experience, I can tell you the answer to that question is – just about everything).

The sister who didn't get a card would surely discover my error and feel dissed if she found out I had sent one to my other sister and not to her. They would talk to each other BEHIND MY BACK and they WOULD KNOW that something was wrong with me.

They might even think that I loved one of them more than I did the other. The one who didn't get the card would spend each and every moment focusing on the card she didn't receive every waking moment of her life – for the rest of her life, I might add – and plot well-deserved vengeance against me. I would be humiliated and embarrassed. 

And scared. 

How could I ever again look her in the eyes – ever? How could I attend any family functions after making that mistake without looking through the piercing eyes of THE SISTER WHO DIDN'T GET A CARD?

In my defense for never sending another greeting card (cowardly lion suddenly popped into my head), at about the same time I stopped sending greeting cards, the cost of stamps rose. And then they rose again. And again. Seems that every time I bought a book of stamps, the price went up. Sadly, buying "Forever" stamps didn't help, because I would run out of stamps after the price went up – again.



With over 25 members in my immediate family, more than a hundred extended family members, some very special friends, birthdays, more than one holiday per year, and more holidays being created by greeting card companies as I write, I'd be averaging more than a couple of cards per week.

I blame the greeting card companies for my plight. Why can't they just create a generic annual card for people like me? One I could send once a year – whenever. Every year, once a year, or whenever I felt the urge to send a card, I could send one that says, Wishing You Happiness and Joy Every Day! 



The inside of the card could say that this card was for every special personal event the recipient could possibly celebrate throughout the year. That way, celebrations for all events would be covered and the recipient would get well wishes for every birthday, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, Easter, and every other national or international holiday ever recorded in every possible calendar for every possible country in the entire world, including other events we celebrate, like engagements, marriages, graduations, Valentine's Day, Sweetest Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Boss's Day, Veteran's Day, Halloween, and every other holiday that greeting card companies create throughout the year.

After all, are not the greeting card companies responsible for a lot of these "holidays"? I'm expecting one day soon to hear that we now have to celebrate, "Hot Dog Day!" or "Hippie Day!" or "Hump Day" or "Happy to be Alive Day!" 



I'm all for a once-a-year fill-in-the-blank card that wishes everybody Happiness and Joy Every Day for no other reason than to just celebrate living!

On second thought, that might not work for condolence cards. The card can't exactly say, "Happiness and Joy Every Day, because at least YOU'RE still alive." How insensitive. I may have to rethink this whole once-a-year card giving idea.

In the meantime, to all my family, including my parents, sisters, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins, all my friends (including my FaceBook friends), all my neighbors, and everybody else I might have forgotten, I wish you Happiness and Joy Every Day! 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Where's the Talent Competition for Screenwriters?




Are you beautiful? Can you act, dance, sing, or perform amazing and unusual feats? Can you WOW an audience or a judge? 

If your talent involves any of those previously mentioned categories, you can compete for a chance to win fame, fortune, scholarships, or – more importantly (at least to some people) – recognition for your talent. 

From America's Got Talent to The Olympics, from Miss World to Last Comic Standing, if you dance, sing, run, swim, act, provide comedy, perform magic, execute perfect cartwheels on high wires, or perform any of the myriad feats that appear in any of the myriad competitions available on television or online, you can compete for the chance to win BIG.

But what about those of us whose creativity lies in writing? Can we bring our laptops or even our screenplays to the stage of a competition and showcase our word acrobats? 

Of course not. Imagine walking onto the stage at America's Got Talent with your laptop in hand, ready to captivate your audience. You sit at a table and open your laptop. You being to type – s-l-o-w-l-y (creating drama). The audience members furrow their brows while the judges looking quizzically at each other. Behind you a gigantic screen shows your desktop. An announcer bellows through the microphone, "There's an 'F', followed by an 'A, D, E' – the 'I' and the 'N' are not far behind – wait for it – wait for it – and there it is!"

Even if what we wrote was the most brilliant piece of work anybody had ever seen, nobody (including other writers) would want to watch another writer type words.

But what if a competition (let's call it Act Write) allowed writers to write screenplays that actors could perform, thereby giving actors AND writers an avenue for success?

What if every week each writer was given an assignment that required him or her to write a three-minute mini-play based on a subject chosen by the competition committee? 

How might that work? Glad you asked.

Two actors would perform the mini-play before judges and audiences alike. That way actors and writers – of all ages, I might add – would be given an opportunity to compete for recognition, prizes, and the opportunity to work in Hollywood. 

But what if the actors performed poorly? Or what if the actors were great but the screenplay bombed?

The screenplay itself would be judged separately from each individual's performance. 

I know what you're going to say – screenwriters already have avenues to enter competitions. Yes they do – on paper or online – but not on screen. I should know – I just lost two of them (TVWriter™ and Scriptapalooza). Don't you think it's time WE had a television competition?   


What do you say, producers, promoters, managers, agents, or anybody else who has the ability to put a little money where my mouth is? Can you give us fledgling screenwriters an opportunity to appear in a medium that will help us break into our chosen fields? 

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