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Hardcore Pawn Stars Talk About the Show’s Popularity

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Back in ye olden tymes, pawn shops were dark, dirty and cramped storefronts where fictional detectives would go to sweat a confession from an equally fictional shop owner. Who would want to work in that environment?

Now that pawn shops are featured on reality TV, the former dens of iniquity are revealing a softer side complete with a family focus.

Recently Les Gold and daughter Ashley, stars of truTV’s Hardcore Pawn sat down with MediabistroTV to give us some insight into why viewers like to watch shows about what they do. One hint? Anyone looking for a slightly used prosthetic leg?



Last week: Hardcore Pawn stars talk about the weirdest things they’ve bought or sold.

Next Week: Is Hardcore Pawn real or just reality show?

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Hardcore Pawn Cast Talks About the Weirdest Things Ever Pawned

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Maybe you have dreams of working on a reality show one day? Hardcore Pawn is the pawn shop show shot in Detroit starring the Gold family.

Father Les and daughter Ashley sat down with mediabistroTV and told us the five weirdest things they’ve seen come across the pawn shop counter.

So next time you need cash and you’re worried the pawn shop won’t give you cash for your dusty basement treasure, just remember these guys bought something called a “Death Mobile.”

Next week we’ll find out why Pawn Shop shows are so popular.

Jim Cramer: My First Big Break

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You may know him for his stock-picking strategies, staying ahead of the bulls, and out of the way of the bears. But Jim Cramer‘s big break happened far from Wall Street, in Tallahassee, Florida, at a sorority house, which became the scene of a grisly crime at the hands of a notorious serial killer.

Following his humble start as a newspaper reporter, along the way Cramer became a magazine writer, a lawyer, a hedge-fund manager, an online publisher and a best-selling author. And he did it all while honoring his parents’ wishes. Here’s Jim Cramer’s First Big Break.

Check Out Our Google+ Lunch Chat Hangout Tomorrow: Media Pros Talk Advancement

mb logoWhat’s on tap for lunch tomorrow, you ask?

That would be our career lunch hangout at 1 p.m. EST. We hope you will join us on Google+!

Join your MediaJobsDaily editor Vicki Salemi and Mediabistro’s managing editor Valerie Berrios as they talk to Emmy Favilla, copy chief at BuzzFeed and former freelance writer.

Oh, did we mention that it’s free? Looking forward to having you join us!

Shepard Smith, ‘What’s Your Show?’

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Shepard Smith has been a part of Fox News since there has been a Fox News. But the longtime anchor took on a new challenge late last year: hosting a high-octane newscast from a futuristic (yet functional) studio without compromising the mission: report the news, first and fair. So, what does that take to accomplish every day?

In the first edition of the MediabistroTV series “What’s Your Show?” Smith and his team take us behind the scenes of “Shepard Smith Reporting.”

Look for upcoming episodes of “What’s Your Show?” from MSNBC, Al Jazeera America and more. And to watch more MediabistroTV videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV.

Joe Ruffolo, SVP of ABC News Digital, Offers His Best Career Advice

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For the next installment of Mediabistro’s Profit From Your Passion series, we talked to Joe Ruffolo, senior vice president of ABC News Digital. His job encompasses everything from overseeing ABC News online’s various mobile properties and live streams to the site’s social media presence.

In a recent mediabistrotv interview, Ruffolo shared his best career advice: “You have to do well at what you’re doing now, and what you’ve been given — especially when you’re just starting in this profession. And when I look at people even in grade school and high school and college, people who can shoot and edit and all the technology understanding that they have… I think [they] have an incredibly bright future.”

Check out the video below for more from Ruffolo, including an important lesson he learned as an intern.

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Jackie Stone, Marketer Extraordinaire, Shares her Advice for Newcomers

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Jackie Stone has been working in online media since 1995, when the Internet as we know it today was just a baby. At the time, Stone was an account supervisor for the Promotion Development Group and pioneered the first web-based marketing efforts for companies like Budweiser and Macy’s. Stone has also contributed her marketing talents to top digital companies, including AOL and About.com. These days she is the senior vice president of marketing for Spanfeller Media Group, which publishes The Daily Meal and The Active Times.

In the second week of Mediabistro’s Profit From Your Passion series, Stone offers advice to anyone looking to break into the ever-evolving world of marketing: “Ask a lot of questions. I feel a lot of people are scared [of that]. I asked a lot of questions in my career, and I think it got me to where I am.”

Check out the video below to learn about Stone’s innovative content strategies for The Daily Meal and the best career advice her dad ever gave her.

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Kim France, Former Editor-in-Chief of Lucky, On Breaking in to the Magazine Business

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Early in her careerKim France accomplished something that not many people can boast about: She launched a successful magazine, from the ground up. In 1999, Conde Nast hired France to launch a brand new shopping pub. Thus, Lucky was born.

Nowadays, France focuses on her latest passion project: Girls of a Certain Age, a fashion site dedicated to the over-40 crowd. And she has plenty of advice for today’s youth: “Do what you’re asked to do, and do it with a smile,” France says. “People will notice that you’re somebody who really wants to get work done and do it well.”

Check out the video after the jump for more straightforward career advice from France:

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Chef Roblé on His Life as a Reality TV Star

When you’re watching reality TV, and we know you do watch reality TV, do you ever wonder what’s really going on? How did the reality stars become reality stars? How much do they get paid and is anything faked?

MediabistroTV asked Chef Roblé Ali, star of Bravo’s “Chef Roblé & Company” those very questions. Watch the film to see what he says.

For more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Elevator Pitch: ‘Burn Note’ Keeps Private Messages Private

Remember on “Mission Impossible” when messages would self destruct after an agent listened to them? In this episode of “Elevator Pitch,” Alan Meckler speaks with Jacob Robbins about his startup “Burn Note.”

“Burn Note” allows you to send a secure email and set a timer to destroy the message after it’s read…forever…without all the smoke and drama.

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