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The Return of ‘Profit from Your Passion’

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Now that summer vacays are behind you, you’re probably thinking extra hard about what exactly to do with your life, right? Well, we can’t make the decision for you, but we can present a few options.

Each week in September, we’ll line up a creative interest with a path in media for the second installment of our Profit From Your Passion series. It’s packed with step-by-step features and insightful interviews from those who have successfully merged their personal and professional interests.

Like, is it really possible to make money telling jokes without becoming a stand-up comedian? Yes. The guy behind this season’s buzz-worth CBS sitcom tells you how. Wanna go to New York’s hottest runway shows? Become the next Kelly Cutrone by building buzz for designers, and those coveted front row seats could be yours.

And that’s just a taste of what we have planned. See more of the lineup for Profit From Your Passion after the jump…


THE CLASS CLOWN: SEPTEMBER 7-10
We kick things off with a LOL cheat sheet: How To Be Funny Online — Even When You’re Not. Plus, Justin Halpern details how he parlayed his father’s dry wit into book and TV deals.

THE FASHIONISTA: SEPTEMBER 13-17
Shouldn’t you be getting paid for that shoe addiction? In Week 2, we’ll break down what it takes to be a fashion publicist, interview one of TV’s hottest costume designers, and speak to the biggest fashion mags about what they look for in a perfect pitch.

THE TECHIE: SEPTEMBER 20-24
The folks at Mashable and Technology Review give tips to freelance writers and publicists on crafting query letters, plus we run down the best smartphone apps for media pros and take you inside our ThinkMobile conference.

THE ACTIVIST: SEPTEMBER 27-30
In the final week of the series, we interview the producers behind this award-winning documentary on Hurricane Katrina and teach you how to Tweet for a Cause.

Follow @AvantGuild on Twitter to get instant Profit from Your Passion updates!

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