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GKN Weekly Update 2/23/09

Happy Mexican Flag Day and Ash Wednesday! My planner is sitting right next to me and that’s what I saw. Deal with it!


I hope everyone had a great weekend. I had a crazy one at the 2009 Dreamation Convention in Morristown, NJ. My friend Mike needed help running his All In One Collectibles table. This place was filled with very, erm, interesting people. All I have to say is if you don’t know what LARPing is, you’re better off!

Anyway, let’s start off with an announcement (bump bump ba da dum!): the Good Karma Network is now on Facebook! I started the group last week and within a few days over 110 members joined, even more than on the Yahoo Group. Woo hoo!!! Thanks to all of you who joined and I look forward to your contribution to the group. BTW the portals that people use to be a part of the GKN include Blogger, Yahoo, Facebook, MySpace, and Nextcat.

For you new GKN’ers, every week I share my professional (and occasionally personal) experiences from the previous week. Then I post a “Tip of the Week” which is usually derived from said experiences. After that you get to bask in the “Quote of the Week” (a fan favorite). BTW it’s been over two years and I haven’t used the same quote twice! If you have any particularly profound or fun quotes please email them to me and I’ll be happy to feature them in an upcoming post. I always finish with “Food For Thought”, an open-ended question derived from the “Tip of the Week”. I like to give you guys something to chew on!

So, here’s what happened last week:

I had an audition for Shockwave.com in NYC courtesy of Ingrid French (she’s my manager). While I was getting ready for the audition a guy walked over to the desk I was sitting at and asked the girl there if any voiceover talents were coming in because he need to cast a different project fast. Being the shy person I am I said “How ya doing?” The next thing I know, he casts me! I recorded it the next day and got paid on the spot. It was for Field Share, a medical blog. A special thanks to Peter Sasowsky for casting me. Talk about serendipity!

I attended the Media Communication Association International (MCA-I) North Jersey chapter monthly meeting. The guest speaker talked about how to get the most out of using Linked In, a professional networking site. I picked up some good tips and got to see fellow GKN members Paul Payton, Liz DeNesnera, Melissa Ex, and a few others. If you’re looking to network and learn about the industry, I strongly recommend it. Go to their website to see if there’s a chapter near you!

TIP OF THE WEEK: I’m really excited about having all these new members of the Good Karma Network. It’s very satisfying to see something you care about grow and touch people in a positive way. It’s actually gotten some people paying work! The only way that happens is when you take the first step and you did by joining. That means you’re participating in the advancement of your career. Trust me, nobody else is going to do that but you. Not your teachers, not your coaches, not even your agents. Only you can make those cold calls. Only you can join those networking sites. Only you can seek out and nurture those relationships that will get you in front of the right people. Looks and talent aren’t everything, my friends. It takes action!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: The story of the human race is the story of people selling themselves short. Abraham Maslow

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: What one thing can do this week to move yourself closer to success?

Have a great week!

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