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Dyllan McGee Explains: ‘Explosion of Platform is an Explosion of Opportunity’

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We recently caught up with Emmy Award-winning producer Dyllan McGee at the WiCi Awards sponsored by New York Women in Communications (NYWICI).

The event honored rising stars in media and as McGee emceed, we couldn’t help but get a dose of inspiration from the filmmaker herself.

She created and founded MAKERS, a digital and video storytelling platform that aims to be the largest and most dynamic collection of women’s stories ever assembled. It launched online in 2012 and premiered on-air in 2013 on PBS.

MediaJobsDaily: What were your thoughts when you started out doing a documentary about women only to find out it had never been done before? Read more

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Bestselling Author J. Courtney Sullivan Talks About Writing

chapters2Earlier this week we attended the WiCi Awards presented to rising stars in communications by New York Women in Communications (NYWICI). New York Times bestselling author J. Courtney Sullivan was among the honorees.

We sat down with the Brooklyn resident to hear how she juggled a day job with writing as well as rejections (yes, even bestselling authors get rejected).

MediaJobsDaily: So many of our readers have a day job and a novel inside them trying to bust loose. How did you originally pursue your path?

J. Courtney Sullivan: When I was writing my first novel, Commencement, I worked at the New York Times, I was a researcher for Bob Herbert, one of the op-ed columnists there. I wrote for the paper and I also had previously worked at a women’s magazine, Allure. So, I still wrote for Allure and a lot of other women’s magazines, freelancing. My fiction writing was something I really only had time to do on the weekends, sometimes at night after work and it was really just kind of like a labor of love, it was something I had to do on my free time.

It wasn’t until that Commencement was published and that I had sold Maine to my publisher that I then left and since then it’s been my full-time job. I wrote all of Commencement and the first half of Maine while I had a full-time job.

MJD: How did you deal with rejections?

JCS: I’ve had no rejection ever, just kidding. Rejection is just part of the game and it never ends. I think all of the earlier rejections you get are toughening you up for later on.  I think they’re really important. I submitted countless short stories to literary magazines, never did I have one published. I received so many rejection letters I can wallpaper this room with them. I still have a lot of them and the difference between a form rejection letter and one that was written by hand, “We like this but it wasn’t for us, keep sending us things” — that would just make your week.

There’s good rejections and there’s bad rejections. I would have those good rejections – I still have them in a box under my bed. But even now I’ve published three novels but I pitch things all the time – a magazine story or a newspaper story that just doesn’t work for some reason. Or I write a whole section of a novel before I realize these 100 pages just aren’t going anywhere.

You can add to that bad reviews or any level of rejection. There’s never going to be an artistic experience that’s totally positive, that everyone loves and adores. You just have to kind of accept it.

MJD: Let’s talk about your book, The Engagements, being made into a movie. Any involvement with it?

JCS: I’m really not involved. Occasionally they’ll ask me a question but for the most part, I have nothing to do with it which I’m actually pretty happy with. I’m primarily interested in writing fiction and I’m excited to be onto the next novel. I’m excited to see what they do with the book. I don’t know when it’s coming out yet but I think it’s the kind of thing where — being a lover of books and movies and seeing so many movie adaptations of books, some great and some not so great — I think you kind of have to give it over and just know it’s a totally different thing.

MJD: What’s your next book about?

JCS: An Irish Catholic family in which the matriarch has passed away and her six kids and her long-lost sister all come back together and drama ensues.

Megyn Kelly’s Career Advice: ‘When the Opportunity Comes Along to Grow, Seize It’

Need a boost on hump day? Look no further.

We caught up with media power players on Monday night at the annual Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Awards. Bob Costas and Megyn Kelly hosted the black tie event at the Waldorf Astoria.

ABC news anchor Robin Roberts, NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus, CBS chief research officer David Poltrack and Televisa CEO Emilio Azcárraga were among the new inductees.

Let’s hear what Costas, Kelly, Deborah Norville, Joe Torre and Matt WeinerMad Men creator, say about success. WATCH:

How Alle Fister Turned a Customer Comment Into a Career

Alle-Fister-ArticleStraight out of college, Alle Fister was driven. A  smart post to fashion site Shopbop‘s customer comments page earned Fister a stylist position there, and her hard work led her to become the company’s first public relations director. In 2006, Fister struck out on her own, founding PR firm Bollare Communications. She was its only employee.

Now a 65-member firm with offices in New York, London and LA, Fister’s work philosophy doubles as the ethos of the entire organization. Fister spoke with Mediabistro to discuss how she built up Bollare and the key points to her philosophy:

The first one is an entrepreneurial spirit. You have to constantly be self-reflective for the agency, for your clients and for your coworkers on how to always do things faster, smarter, cooler and more cost-effectively — constantly thinking about the bottom line. Second thing is a sense of team. I know I’m a better person for meeting all the people on my team and I want people around me who love that team spirit and love helping somebody else out. And the third thing is a nimble energy. We didn’t go from one person to 60 people in nine years and, working out of my house to three offices, without some good days and some hard days. You have to be able to bounce through those rides.

For more, read: So What Do You Do, Alle Fister, Principal at Bollare and Founding Member of Shopbop?

Morgan Spurlock on ‘We the Economy’ & His Greatest Lesson Learned

moneyNeed a little inspiration on this Tuesday morning? Look no further.

Over the weekend we caught up with Morgan Spurlock for the launch of We the Economy, 20 short films you can’t afford to miss.

Through all of his accomplishments ranging from 2004′s Super Size Me to his CNN show, Inside Man, the biggest lesson learned came from his serial entrepreneur father.

“I saw him start businesses and make businesses that would do great that he would sell off. Then I saw him make other ones that weren’t doing so well that he would shut down but I never saw my father quit.

My father was someone who’d get going, boots on the ground. Every day he’d get out of bed and I think that’s greatest thing I’ve ever learned from him. Success comes from many failures and you can’t just look at a failure as being a reason to stop. A failure is a reason to learn and continue.”

As for his current project, it sounds like it will give us food for thought in terms of the big picture of decisions we make and how they impact the economy.

He explains, “You start having an understanding of what your life is all about and the impact and the choices that you make has an economy and from there it may not be just about asking your boss for a raise but it may come back to the choices you’re making outside of work, where you’re spending your money. Once you watch these films, you’ll be more empowered to make different choices.”

We the Economy will be released in October across multiple platforms.

Check Out Our G+ Lunch Hangout Tomorrow!

mb logoWhat’s on your calendar tomorrow during lunchtime? Do we really need to ask?

We’re hoping you’ll join us on Google+ for the next career lunch hangout at 1 p.m. EDT.

Join your MediaJobsDaily editor Vicki Salemi and Mediabistro managing editor Valerie Berrios as they talk to Kim Taylor, a freelance copywriter for a variety of agencies and brands including David Levy, Brand Jam and American Express Platinum Travel.

Get tips on how freelancers can manage their time, land new clients and even pursue a passion project on the side.

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

Gloria Steinem, Queen Latifah & Powerful Media Women Chat at Matrix Awards

Need a little inspiration on a Monday? We caught up with powerful women in media about their careers at the Matrix Awards in April at the Waldorf Astoria.

At the annual New York Women in Communications event, Queen Latifah revealed how she made the jump from entertainer to daytime host, Gloria Steinem talked about mentorship, Eileen Naughton, vice president of sales at Google, talked about making your mark as an outstanding Googler and Today show co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb shared their wisdom. Check out the clip below!

Check Out Our G+ Lunch Hangout Tomorrow!

mb logoWhat’s on your calendar tomorrow during lunchtime? Do we really need to ask?

We’re hoping you’ll join us on Google+ for the next career lunch hangout at 1 p.m. EST.

Join your MediaJobsDaily editor Vicki Salemi and SocialTimes editor  Mona Zhang as they talk to Sarah Burns, journalism professor and editorial consultant with 14 years of experience in print and online.

Get tips on how writers can ramp up their LinkedIn profiles, what tools are the best for managing a freelance business and more.

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

Nicole Williams, Career Expert at LinkedIn, Shares Her Social Media Tips

Nicole-Williams-blogNicole Williams has been LinkedIn’s resident career expert since 2011. This best-selling author also has her own lifestyle brand, WORKS by Nicole Williams, which offers lifestyle content for career-minded women in their 20s and 30s.

In our latest So What Do You Do column, Williams talks about the best way to get your LinkedIn profile noticed and shares her tips on using social media as a professional:

It’s consistency now that’s really so important. It’s ensuring that all your social media platforms are sending the same professional message. Think about what your professional brand is: What kind of tone do you want to have, what kind of issues do you want to comment on, what kind of articles do you want to respond to? You’ve got to decide that early on, and then you’ve got to kind of have that theory in place so that you are using social media in an integrated fashion.

For more from Williams, including the biggest mistake LinkedIn users make, read: So What Do You Do, Nicole Williams, Author, Entrepreneur and Career Expert at LinkedIn?

Media Powerhouses Dish Career Inspiration at 2014 Matrix Awards

NYWICI logoAs this week comes to a close, we can’t help but recall one of the highlights in Manhattan: The Matrix Awards.

MediaJobsDaily was front row and center (okay, more like table 8 near the stage but still…) at the Waldorf Astoria in midtown. Regardless, the annual Matrix Awards presented by New York Women in Communications did not disappoint!

After conducting red carpet interviews to be aired shortly, it was time to settle in for an afternoon of motivation and inspiration. Oh, did we mention Gloria Steinem was in the house? Along with hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb and notable names like Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah and Cynthia McFadden, in true form the luncheon was full of memorable moments and of course, quotes.

One by one as each presenter and honoree gave their speech, there’s a common thread. Persistence, dedication, setbacks, risks and overall achievements. They all had to start somewhere, they all had to earn their first byline, their first rejection and get back up on their feet again. Look at Queen Latifah who’s now a talk show host and started her career in a male-dominated industry.

That’s why their stories have so much mojo and meaning — they all have a back story. You have a back story. We all do and that’s what makes us so vibrant, interesting and  resilient.

So, without further ado, let’s check out some of the quotes and then, of course, look at the list of winners… Read more

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