Unpaid work leading to paid work

As a historian, and a filmmaker, I’ve studied the careers of many screenwriters, directors and others.  As students, they do unpaid work under mentors (their instructors and more experienced students.)  Normally, however, their first industry job is a paid one. Outside the film industry, I’ve seen something else.  Sometimes, unpaid work does lead to a […]

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What your LinkedIn headline means to me

I like people who talk about themselves. It’s more interesting than politics, or academic philosophy. Let me know what you’re doing, what you’re struggling with, what your dreams are, and I can see whether we can help each other. Now, increasingly, more and more LinkedIn titles are meaningless. They are philosophical sales pitches that tell […]

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How to send a rejection

We all receive rejections from time to time.  Perhaps there are some masochists who enjoy the experience, but I’m not one of them. To add insult to injury, a few people feel the need to give mountains of unsolicited feedback in their rejection letters.  Others are terse, with annoying cliches like “you’re not a good fit.” […]

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