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Profit From Your Passion in 2014

Profit-From-Your-Passion-tv-150We at Mediabistro have always been huge advocates of doing what you love — whether it’s breaking free of your ho-hum job in corporate law to work for magazines, like Brides‘ editor-in-chief Keija Minor did, or turning a passion for the written word into a lucrative novel- and TV-writing career (before the age of 25, no less, in Kara Taylor‘s case). And we aim to inspire — which is why we’re bringing back our Profit From Your Passion series. Each week in January, we’ll offer tips on how to pitch such prestigious pubs as the The Saturday Evening Post, give you a step-by-step strategy on how to perfect your book proposal, and share the secrets to success from media pros like Lucky founding editor Kim France, HollywoodLife’s Bonnie Fuller, and Dave Ramsey, finance guru, TV personality and author. Whether you desire a job in magazines, digital media, book publishing or TV/entertainment, now’s the time to pursue your dream. To whet your appetite, our first feature is How to Become a Six-Figure Freelancer. Yes, it is possible. See the full “Profit From Your Passion” lineup after the jump.

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Score That Job: Lippe Taylor

Looking for a new job but getting frustrated? Are you trying to figure out who you need to talk to? What does a company really mean when they say they “work hard and play hard?”

In this episode of “Score That Job,” career expert, author and mediabistro editor Vicki Salemi sat down with Lori Rubinson of Lippe Taylor, a New York agency with clients like IKEA and Elizabeth Arden that focuses on women through public relations, advertising and social marketing.

>You may remember Lippe Taylor from an episode of “Cubes”: Cubes: Office Tour of PR Agency Lippe Taylor

Find out why they’re looking for someone who is creative, not “boring” nice and how you can “Score That Job.”

You can view our other MediabistroTV productions on our YouTube Channel.

TV Fall Schedules Dotted with Made in New York Productions

Television shows have a long history of being produced in New York. Broadcast and cable networks unveiled their fall schedules in recent days. New York City’s media and entertainment commissioner Katherine Oliver is delighted that six new shows call the Big Apple home.

“New York City is a ‘Lights, Camera, Action City and we are very proud to be on track to break another television record putting 2012 on track to be the busiest year yet for television production” Oliver says.  “As television and cable networks present their schedules for the fall 2012  season,  more and more, producers and writers around the country have realized that New York City is the best place in the world to make television. Mayor Bloomberg and I congratulate the shows and everyone who will be working on them.”

Blomberg and Oliver recently discussed a Boston Consulting Group report that details a record 130,000 jobs for New York in the film and television industry. There is an estimated $7.1 billion being spent in the local economy every year by film and television, also a record.

The six new programs are:

666 Park Avenue (ABC)
Elementary (CBS)
Gotham (ABC)
Golden Boy (CBS)
Made in New Jersey (previously Baby Big Shot–CBS)
Infamous (previously Notorious–NBC)

9 Interview Errors You Might Not Know You’re Committing

Let’s be honest: Getting the job is all about staying on the interviewer’s good side. But even the best of us can annoy the hiring manager without even realizing it. Example one? Talking way too much.

Sheryl Bender, senior HR representative with the Port of Long Beach, Calif., calls people who gab incessantly “the bane of an interviewer’s existence.”

“We understand that you want to answer the question fully, but being concise — as long as you’ve answered the question — is truly okay. The longer you talk, the higher your chances of turning the interviewer off to your answer,” she said. “Also, pay attention to social cues; if the interviewer frequently has to cut you off in order to move on, you’re probably talking too much.”

Learn how to fix eight more blunders in 9 Things You Should Never Do on a Job Interview.

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June Ambrose on How to Become a Fashion Stylist

Follow the conversations @juneambrose has with her “style socials” (or Twitter followers to you and me), and one thing becomes clear: people either want to dress like her or be her. So, in the final installment of our Media Beat interview, we got the celebrity stylist and star of VH1′s Styled by June to tell us the biggest mistake aspiring stylists make on the job.

“[A lack of] Osmosis. You know, sometimes, just sitting back and just sucking it all in, you learn so much,” Ambrose said. “When you’re new on the scene, I’ll definitely ask you trick questions just to kinda see where you are. Humility is your best aspect when you’re entering a new area, and I learned that. I would just sit around and just listen.”

But what about fashion courses — are they worth it? And how does a newbie afford the clothes necessary for editorial shoots? Watch the full video to find out.

Part 1: June Ambrose on Styling Diddy, Jay-Z and Hip-Hop’s Most Iconic Videos
Part 2: June Ambrose on Her New VH1 Show, Styled by June
Bonus! Stylist June Ambrose on Her Trademark Turban

Hiring: Tumblr Needs An Ad Sales Executive

Not too long ago, we posted about Tumblr’s hunt for journalists. Now the blogging platform is looking for someone to lead ad sales, reports Business Insider.  The role would likely focus on partnership development with interested companies as a strategy for increasing ad revenue.

Katherine Barna, a spokesperson for Tumblr told Business Insider, ”We currently have people working on revenue products and partnerships and now it’s about leadership to take it to the next level.”

Are you that leader?

Essence‘s Mikki Taylor Takes on Casual Fridays

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In her new book Commander in ChicEssence editor-at-large Mikki Taylor doles out fashion and beauty tips for the everyday woman based on examples from Michelle Obama.

“I love her clear cut assurance, the way she owns her style from within,” she explained in our Media Beat interview.

And one thing FLOTUS has done, according to Taylor, is inject a much needed sophistication into America’s dress code. Casual Fridays? No, thank you, she says.

“I think that we’re a little too relaxed. I think a relaxed nation creates other kinds of flexibilities that shouldn’t exist. Let’s treat each other with the respect and the honor that we are due, and so the subliminal things play into that. If we’re coming to work in sneakers, if we’re coming to work in ripped jeans and plaid shirts, who are we representing?”

Part 1:Mikki Taylor on Her 30 Years at Essence
Part 3: Mikki Taylor’s Advice for Magazine Editors: ‘Take the Leap Forward’

New Year, New Job Skills

With every new year, we make a promise to our resolutions that that we won’t abandon them, that this year will be different. By February, we can’t even remember what they were.

It’s time to get serious about turning ourselves around — and we can help.

All this week, we’ve got great step-by-step AvantGuild features to help media professionals shed their old habits and begin anew in 2012. Read more

Want a Job at Essence? Be Curious.

If you’ve spent any time as a freelance writer, you’ve probably toyed with the idea of chucking in that endless pitch-follow-up-pitch-again cycle for the steady paycheck and free A.C. of a staff gig.

But if you’re thinking of sending your resume to Essence, you better bring a little something more than knowledge of AP Style to the table.

“One of the things that will make you successful at Essence is to have a vast curiosity and openness, number one,” said editor-in-chief Constance C.R. White in the final installment of our Media Beat interview. “Number two, you have to have a love and a passion for Black women and their lives and an understanding of that, an understanding and appreciation for Black women’s struggles and issues and challenges, as well as an appreciation for Black women’s triumphs and successes.”

Having climbed the publishing and fashion ladders herself, White also revealed what she would tell her younger self: “You’re never gonna get rich being a journalist,” she said.

Part 1: Essence EIC: We Are ‘Absolutely’ Looking for New Writers

Part 2: Constance White: ‘Essence has always had a diverse staff’

This video can also be viewed on YouTube.

Share Your Job-Winning Resume or Cover Letter and Win Perks From mediabistro.com

1006_jobpost_200x200Have you landed your dream job recently? Share your winning resume and cover letter with mediabistro.com and you could win access to one of our educational events, valued at $499.

Here’s the deal: I’m going to be appearing at mediabistro.com’s Career Circus in NYC on Aug. 4 to discuss what makes a successful resume and cover letter. I’d love to use your example on stage to examine what worked and why.

If you took a risk with your resume or letter and it paid off, or if you have an unusual story, share it with us by emailing resumedeconstructed@mediabistro.com by this Friday, July 29 at 10 a.m. Read more

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