I’m starting this new series of posts where I signal out the best articles of the week. Most of them will include movie/television or media career news. A lot of them might be Buzzfeed lists or Entertainment Weekly articles (sorry, I maybe practice some favoritism). Anyways, below is a list of some great articles I found. They include things about a Forrest Gump mini reunion (yes!) and having a creative career (you aspiring film directors/oscar winners can relate).
It’s 4:30 a.m. While most are soundly asleep, Marina Shifrin is at work. She works at a Next Media Animation as a video producer. She hates her job. She has had to sacrifice her family, relationships, and free time in order to get work assignments done. Her boss was focused on quantity and wanted as many videos with as many views as possible.
The day finally comes when she doesn’t want to do the job anymore. She makes a video, puts it on YouTube, and it goes viral just days after. Less than five days after the video, titled “An Interpretive Dance For My Boss Set To Kanye West’s Gone” is posted, she appears on The Queen Latifah Show. Towards the end of the video, Queen Latifah speaks up and offers her a job. “With your experience, I could create a position,” Latifah said. The job she creates for Shifrin is a digital content producer position. Shifrin is meeting with the shows representatives and still considering the option.
This story brings about something very familiar to what I witness a lot while in college. These people are ones that are constantly trying to choose your path for you. They tell you to major in this. They tell you to not major in that. They tell you to join this, do that, take up this, and so forth. It can cause a person’s brain to go into overload. What “correct” thing should the person do?
Navigating college is tricky path. You have to focus on balancing schoolwork, working a job, paying bills, and at the same time trying to gain experience in their field. The important thing to remember is that you can build your own way of life. You have the power. It’s time to experiment and college especially, is a great place to do this. There are so many resources available to students. There are a variety of majors in college to choose from. Find a niche. Utilize all the things available to you. Take advantage of them. You shouldn’t let others decide what you will do. You are in control of your own self. Go out and make your highest goals come true.
“Sometimes I think that you need to forcefully close one door in order for another one to open a little easier,” Marina Shifrin [to Queen Latifah].
This is something that I’ve been trying to read every morning before the start of the day. It is something that I think a lot of recent college graduates should think about. It is easy to get discouraged in the job-hunt when hearing several rejections. Graduates shouldn’t let the rejections/joblessness get to them. As long as a person keeps at it, they will eventually get the opportunity they need. It takes patience and persistence. Below is a few excerpts from A Creek To Live By by Nancye Sims
Don’t undermine your worth by comparing
yourself with others.
It is because we are different that each
of us is special.
Don’t set your goals by what other people
Only you know what is best for you.
By living your life one day at a time, you live all the
days of your life.
Don’t give up when you still have something to give.
Nothing is really over … until the moment
you stop trying.
Don’t be afraid to admit that you are less
It is the fragile thread that binds us to each other.
Don’t be afraid to encounter risks,
It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.
Don’t shut love out of your life by saying it’s
impossible to find.
The quickest way to receive love is to give love.
By Nancye Sims
If the poem is not enough, consider this picture by Charlie from It’s always Sunny in Philadelphia:
(Photo Courtesy of http://weknowmemes.com/2011/10/oh-get-a-job-just-get-a-job/ )