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Posts from April 2013

Internship Tip #8
Internship Tip #8: “If You Have To Cry Go Outside”

The tip for this week is read Kelly Cutrone’s book, If You Have to Cry Go Outside, and Other Things Your Mother Never Told You.  While the book is mostly an account of Cutrone’s life working in public relations, she provides some great tips for interns that can easily apply to any internship.  Cutrone pulls no punches in telling how things work in the real world and gives some honest advice that may help put you on the career fast track.  You don’t have to be in the fashion or PR industry to enjoy this book because Cutrone focuses on general life advice.  So what are you doing?  Get a jump start on your summer reading!
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College Student Problems
Hey kiss listeners!!!! Yes, it’s almost the end of the semester. Some of you may be graduating and have a bad case of senioritis or some of you may have sunshine and lounging by the pool on your brain. At this time of year it is critical to stay focused, you’ve worked so hard to get this far why ruin a good thing. So for this post I wanted to give you some tips to get through these next few weeks.
  1. Really Manage Your Time- If you’re like me, chances are you have procrastinated throughout the semester and are now frantically trying to get everything done at once, but this is NOT the time to procrastinate. Look at your due dates for your assignments and exams and plan accordingly. Your social life may have to be put on hold for a little while- but that’s ok, it’s almost summer vacation. Just think of the beach and sunshine and flip flops and fun you’ll have in a few weeks.
  1. Sleep!  I tend to tell myself “if I don’t sleep as much, I will have more time to finish all that I need to do”.  Well, clearly I’m wrong.  Not having enough sleep will make you feel exhausted throughout the day and not to mention you’ll be less productive and motivated. Also make sure you eat, you need to be alert and on top of things during these last few weeks.  You’ll need at least 7 hours of sleep to function normally especially if you have to kick your body and mind into overdrive for a few days.
  1. Ignore The Celebrating Students- I have always been one of those “lucky” ones to have my last final on the last day of final week at the last hour while everyone I know was done days ago. Yes, it sucks but you have to keep focuses- then you can reward yourself after getting through the stress and craziness. Just try to ignore the ones who are celebrating, don’t let them distract you (too much) and focus on your goals.
Good luck to everyone on your exams/finals/projects; whatever it may be. You can do it!!!!!!!!!
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Internship Tip #7
Internship Tip #7: Always say “Thank You”

Two words: “Thank you” can never be said enough if you ask me.  There’s something about saying thank you that shows humility and of course gratitude.  If a co-worker treats you to lunch or coffee you are definitely going to want to say thank you!  But, don’t forget to thank your supervisor or co-workers after learning something new, asking for help, or when they give you an opportunity.  Always be extremely grateful when you are provided with a new opportunity at your internship because it shows that the people at your internship trust you to take on larger more challenging tasks.  These two words alone can take you far at your internship, so say them loud and proud!
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Get with the Vine!
Hello Kiss listeners!!!
Ok, so I’m guessing most- if not all of you- know about Instagram. Take pictures of things happening in your life and make them look sweet.  Pictures are great and all but don’t have the same effect as a video. Video sharing has been rejuvenated by the lovely folks at Twitter. I was introduced to this app by a friend who is all about the latest technology, and instantly fell in love with it. Like Viddy and Socialcam, Vine focuses on creating short clips- six seconds long- that can be more easily uploaded and viewed on mobile devices. Unlike Viddy and Socialcam, Vine has a simpler approach. Users must hold a finger to the screen to record and can pause a recording by taking their finger off the screen, this allows them to cut away to include something else in the six-second clip. It’s a fun way to share what you’re doing in your life; check it out (if you haven’t already!)
*The App is only available for IPhone and IPod touch as of now, but you can view the videos on Android supported devices.
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Internship Tip #6
Ask for a review!

Many of you may be completing your internship for college credit, in which case your school may ask your supervisor to complete an evaluation of your work so far throughout your internship.  However, if for some reason this is not a requirement or you’re not completing your internship for school credit you may want to ask your internship supervisor to sit down with you and talk about how you have been performing at your internship thus far.  This may sound a bit intimidating and nerve-wracking but it will give you a chance to hear directly from your supervisor what you have been doing well, the things you need to improve upon, as well as new opportunities for you to explore at your internship.  Asking your supervisor for an evaluation shows a great level of maturity and also shows that you are taking your internship seriously--and hey there’s nothing wrong with that!  This may also be a great time to ask for advice and if you have been interning for a while with the same company this may open the door for future employment with them.
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RyTunes - Alex G
Alex G is one of YouTube’s top female singers. Since she opened her channel in November 2010 she has uploaded 75 videos including 8 original songs. She currently holds just over  500,000 subscribers and her videos have been viewed 70 million times. She’s kind of a big deal.
What exactly can we call Alex, though? Well, she matter-of-factly refers to herself as “a singer/songwriter who posts covers and originals” and that could not be more true. She’s not some diva, though. When you watch an Alex G video you can tell that she’s just a regular girl with an incredible talent. She is in no way pretentious, arrogant, or boring.
Alex loves performing popular songs acoustically, so you’re going to see that a lot. She also is friends with many of YouTube’s top musicians, so expect a lot of collaborations. Some who collaborate often with her include Tyler Ward and Eppic, both of which are powerhouses in YouTube music.

On a side note: I am not sure who does her camerawork and editing (not every video, but if you watch a few you’ll know which), but whoever it is is extremely good at it.

She has also uploaded 6 to the “Beauty videos” playlist on her channel page. This seems to be a pattern with female YouTube singers. So girls: if you want to look like Alex G, she’ll teach you how.

My current favorite video by her is a cover/remix of “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift which she did with Eppic performing an added rap verse. I really enjoy this video because it conveys the feeling that I originally had when I first heard the song. Here, watch it and spread rumors about Alex and Eppic being together.

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InternshipTip #5
Learn as much as you can!  While this may seem obvious because that is the purpose of your internship, this tip requires you to take your internship to the next level and take advantage of every learning opportunity that is made available to you.  Whenever anyone at your internship offers to teach you something, make sure you take them up on their offer!!  A good internship experience is one where you walk away from it knowing a little bit about everything the company that you worked for does.  This makes you a well-rounded candidate if they decide to hire you…and we hope they do!!
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RyTunes - DeStorm
Alright, enough with the cover singers for now, let’s dive into some hip-hop.

DeStorm is arguably the top rapper on YouTube, boasting  1.3 million subscribers and almost 200 million video views. It’s near impossible to cover a rap song and make it interesting, so DeStorm had to find a different way to build up his audience on top of the occasional cover or remix. He decided to take challenges from the community to test his rapping and songwriting skills with. Hilarity followed.

Since the time he started, DeStorm has been challenged to do such things as rap a song using movie titles, the names of candies, and alphabetical order to name a few. Each and every time he’s been able to match these challenges, frequently exceeding them. He began starting every challenge video with the term “Another day, another challenge” which quickly became his slogan.

Power released his first mixtape “Be Careful” in May 2012, selling enough to mark his unofficial entry into the music industry as a performer. A while later, DeStorm released a song where he argues with his conscience over signing with a major label, coming to the conclusion that he can handle and thrive while being “in both worlds” as a kind of promise to his subscribers that while he is signing, he is not “selling out.” Since then, he has released another mixtape by the name of King Kong and has seen its single of the same name played on major media outlets like MTV. King Kong also includes the song Invincible which features singer Chester See and former YouTube #1 Ray William Johnson.

Actually, I’ll just put that one here.

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Spring Break in Buffalo
So, you’re stuck here on your break. Well it may not be California or The Bahamas; but Buffalo has a lot of things for you to do.

Take a tour- The Albright Knox Art Gallery has a lot of interesting exhibitions and installations to see. Admission to the gallery is free every first Friday of the month, thanks to M&T’s First Friday. There are special programs and events for the whole family, and the gallery extends its hours from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Shea’s Performing Arts Center- Built in the style of a European opera house in 1926 Shea’s is a national historic site.  They continue to entertain the Buffalo community with numerous Broadway shows, concerts, and performances.  They even offer a historical tour of the elegant theatre itself. More information is available on their website.  

And let’s not forget, we have a natural wonder- Niagara Falls!!! And it’s only 20 minutes away.

If you’re more into shopping, why not check out the Elmwood Village. Locally owned and operated these trendy boutiques have something for everyone.  Stop for a drink or a quick bite to eat at one of the many wonderful restaurants or coffee shops while you're out, or pop into a gallery.  If you’re feeling adventurous you can wander down side streets for hidden gems. Many stores feature products created by local designers such as clothing, artwork, books, and jewelry. Elmwood Village offers a unique spin on the traditional shopping scene.

These are just a few ideas; there are plenty of other wonderful things to do in the Buffalo area. Don’t be afraid to explore!  
Happy Spring!!!!!!
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