February 26, 2012
February 14, 2012
Some people just don’t realize how damaging some actions can be to a career, a reputation, and a personal brand within their industry.
These five simple actions are why you aren’t getting ahead:
- Being late or a no-show: Don’t make someone else wait to do their job because you haven’t done yours.
- Not returning calls or email: When you ignore people or wait to reply, you are saying “your business is just not that important to me.”
- Doing just enough to get by: As my father used to say “If you are going to do a half-ass job, don’t do it at all.”
- Complaining or assigning blame: Blah, blah, blah. No one cares. Really. They don’t care. You are wasting my time, or someone else's, even yours.
- Never saying thank you: This simplest of actions is the one most often forgotten. Appreciation is the most powerful tool you have. Use it.
Any one of the above actions can be detrimental to your career and can cause a client or customer to move on to someone else. Two or more? I think I see your problem. Are you guilty of any, some, or all of the above--and what others do you think should be added to the list? Change your ways today and you’ll change your career and your life. It is that simple.
February 13, 2012
- Have you run a spell check on your entire manuscript? (If you have problems with the passive voice, run a grammar check too.)
- Have you made sure that character names and place names are consistent throughout?
- Is the chronology correct?
- Is the language in your novel clear and understandable?
- Did you make sure that the text isn’t overly complex, verbose, patronising or obscure?
- If more than one comma is in a sentence, should it be two sentences?
- If you use more than one adverb and adjective in any sentence, are you sure you need them? In fact, is every one of them necessary?
February 08, 2012
February 04, 2012
How to Make It in America works as a comedy, a drama, and a character study that completely draws in the viewer--even if the characters aren't always likable. TV doesn't really get any better than this. And remember--if you can "Make It" here, you can make it anywhere. --A.T. Hurley
The first season received mixed reviews. As of this writing, it currently has a score of 59/100 on review aggregator Metacritic. David Hinkley of the New York Daily News gave the show a positive review, giving the show 4/5 stars, and calling it a "winner". Brian Lowry of Variety was doubtful of the series, stating "barring a dramatic leap in quality" it probably wouldn't last on pay cable. Mark Perigard of the Boston Herald wrote critically, saying "this sad sack of a show plays like an East Coast, economically challenged version of his HBO hit “Entourage.” Randee Dawn of The Hollywood Reporter said the show "isn't as textured and riveting as it thinks it is". Other reviews, however, favored the show in comparison to Entourage.
In its second season, "How to Make It In America" averaged about 2.3 million viewers on Sunday nights -- down 25% from its first season -- and suffered from a serious lack of buzz. (In comparison, HBO didn't cancel the newbie "Enlightened," which only premiered to 1.5 million viewers.
What about season 3Although on December 20th, 2011, HBO announced that the show was cancelled, a Season 3 is expected by the fans of the show following their protests and petition for a new season. Also the executive producer Mark Wahlberg has stated that the producers have been talking to other networks, with the hope that a third season is aired on a new network.
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