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Do Angels Wear Spats?

Posted: March 3rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: career, synchronicity | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Do Angels Wear Spats?

This story comes from Kelly Simmons.

I am a writer who struggled to be published for over 15 years. One day, after my then-agent had summoned me to New York in near blizzard conditions, only to reject my latest book, I headed back to Penn Station at the lowest point in my career. Her hollow words rang in my ears, “Maybe you just need to write something more personal.” Please, I thought; my third-grade writing teacher could have given me that advice.

At the station, I waited for my delayed train and ruminated over my diastrous meeting when someone sat down next to me. I turned and saw Tom Wolfe, wearing an all-white suit, white overcoat, and white spats. At 2 pm, on a Thursday, in the middle of a freaking snowstorm.

I smiled at the ridiculousness of the situation, but before I could even think if there was anything I should say to him or ask him, my train was called. As we pulled away from the station, I decided it was a sign. Tom Wolfe was published late in life — and I would be too. I told myself I was going to come up with a new plot for a new book during the train ride — before I got to Philadelphia, I would know what to write.

And you know what? I did. And within two months, I had a new agent and a book deal. (Standing Still, published by Simon & Schuster)

Tom Wolfe, angel in white.

www.bykellysimmons.com


The Real World

Posted: March 2nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: career | Tags: , , | Comments Off on The Real World

Many students were favored and got cast in every show even if they put their audition together 2 hours before the actual audition. It made me work harder constantly finding audition pieces that you could relate to the show. Still, I was passed over. Students would get drunk and show up to rehearsals or shows like that and wouldn’t even get a slap on the wrist. When talking to a teacher about a student showing up to rehearsal drunk, he said “It’s not affecting me and it shouldn’t affect you”. I did graduate with a BA in Music Theatre and a few shows under my belt. Through my high school and colleges years, there were many accomplishments, but I still felt like anything I did wasn’t good enough. No matter how hard I worked, no matter what I accomplished, those that were favored in school would be favored out in the real world. A few months after moving back home, I decided that I’ll take one last stab at auditioning for a local theatre. I worked hard on my audition and got the part I wanted. With each audition I have there, I’ve realized that all my hard work in the past has paid off. I’m getting the roles I audition for, understudy for more than one lead in a show and the best part is I’ve done more shows than all those favored in my past. And while they learn to adapt to reality, I’m already living in the real world.


My Life

Posted: March 2nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: career, turning points | Tags: | Comments Off on My Life

I am Iris. My life has being blessed. I have for children from the man I love and I use to think the he love me too.My kids were born in New York ,when the little ones were 3, the other 4 and the other was 5.we moved to Miami in 1996,three months later he left for another women.I stood by myself with my four kids in a city where I did not knew anybody with out a car I was left all alone. I decide to go to school,now I have a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice .my children are 19 he is in college,the second one is17 and this year graduate from school and my twins are in 11 grade and go to the airplane mechanic school.Our life is great my personal growth is the best,I feel very proud of my self.thank you.


Random Meetings in a Car

Posted: February 28th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: career, connection | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Random Meetings in a Car

This account of random meetings in a car was written by Brad Feld and appeared in his blog.

I tried an experiment last week when I was in Seattle. I did two of my “random meetings” in cars between things.

I had a full day (a run with TA McCann (the CEO of Gist), the Gist board meeting, and then the Impinj board meeting. I had to catch a flight home to Denver at 5pm because I had a meeting first thing in the morning with one of our investors. So – I didn’t really have any slack time in my schedule.

TA had connected with me David Conrad who runs Design Commission and did some of the early design work for Gist. This intro was made and the meeting was planned a while ago. I shuffled the meeting around at the last minute so that it was sandwiched between the Gist and the Impinj board meetings.

After I tweeted that I was heading to Seattle, I received an email from Marcelo Calbucci who is the publisher of the Seattle 2.0 blog and recently put on the Seattle 2.0 Awards. Marcelo asked to see if I had 15 minutes to talk about a couple of things.

Now – I hate to drive. I’m a shitty driver so when I travel I take cabs or have a driver take me around. My assistant Kelly plus Taxi Magic on my iPhone take care of me so I don’t really worry about it too much. So – I thought I’d try something different. I asked Kelly to see if David would be willing to drive me from Gist to Impinj and if Marcelo would be willing to drive me from Impinj to the airport. In exchange, they’d have me captive in their car for a meeting for however long the drive took.

Both agreed. I got where I was going safely, we ended up having a face to face meeting (that otherwise probably wouldn’t have hapened), and we each have a memorable shared experience. Plus – I hope I was able to be a little helpful to them. Finally, I didn’t spend any money on a car service and – as a special bonus – David had a Prius so we get to feel like we were actually being somewhat energy efficient

I thought this experiment was a success and I’ll definitely try it again. Pay attention to my tweets and/or TripIt account for where I’m heading – if you want to give a “Random Ride” just holler. And hats off to both of these guys for being great entrepreneurs and just “making it happen” when given the chance, no matter how random it might seem.


“There’s No Business Like Show Business”

Posted: February 26th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: career | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on “There’s No Business Like Show Business”

I was blessed with a gift; I attract attention no matter where I go, eliciting laughter and leaving smiles behind. I was aware of my gift by age seven dreaming of life as an entertainer. One’s destiny is not always clearly written and my adult life was spent in sales. Each day this offered me a new audience on which to test my material. Fate stepped in a year ago and my dream is reality; I am guided by family, friends and strangers with unique messages of hope!


Tokyo underground

Posted: February 24th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: career | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Tokyo underground

I Do not want to give my whole story with this disclaimer giving you all the rights but basically

I was born in the Ghetto never got a chance in schools or life no matter how much I tried then I was awarded a scholarship to go to japan for school

I went learned and then decided I wanted to live there by any means eventually I got locked out of some dorms in LA and I yelled up to a balcony and got someone to come let me in little did I know I would end up living with this person and becoming good friends and little did I know he was a big head in Japanese underground

my story is pretty long and still unfolding

this is long story short but the whole story has drugs crimes rhymes and art

Kharma destiniy fate who knows
but everything happens for a reason its just what you do with what you get


My life

Posted: February 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: career | Comments Off on My life

I am Iris. My life has being blessed. I have for children from the man I love and I use to think the he love me too.My kids were born in New York ,when the little ones were 3, the other 4 and the other was 5.we moved to Miami in 1996,three months later he left for another women.I stood by myself with my four kids in a city where I did not knew anybody with out a car I was left all alone. I decide to go to school,now I have a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice .my children are 19 he is in college,the second one is17 and this year graduate from school and my twins are in 11 grade and go to the airplane mechanic school.Our life is great my personal growth is the best,I feel very proud of my self.thank you.