Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Paid Online Surveys

It's truly amazing how much business has converted to the Internet. And the more and more it transfers to cyberspace, the more it will continue to change/evolve. This is in no way a bad thing. It's absolutely beneficial to those who work in cyberspace. And at the same time, it doesn't seem to affect shopping malls and retail stores either. It's a win-win situation as far as I can tell. However, that's not to say that every business on the web is legit. There are plenty of scams being run on a daily basis. If you've never come across one, then you're certainly part of the minority. I can't even count how many fraudulent paid online surveys are advertised these days. It's basically a big scam.
There are plenty of us who strive to work from home. This is completely to be expected. So many people are fed-up with large corporations treating them poorly. It's not odd to feel like a cog in the machine. And this is why folks research alternative ways to make money. Possibly careers done completely from home. This is where scams such as paid online surveys come into the picture. If you search this phrase "paid online surveys" on Google, Yahoo or MSN, you'll come up with plenty of results. Now, how many of these results are legitimate? Uh, none as far as I have experienced. You see, I tested the whole "paid online surveys" waters a while back. Do you want to know what I ended up with? Well, I'm going to tell you regardless. Countless advertisements, infinite loads of junk mail and not a dime to show for it. I tried all the top websites and none were beneficial in any way. They send you through hoop after hoop. You end up passing out your email to everyone, and all they offer for your services are coupons. What a load of garbage! But the real fun begins over the next few days. Your INBOX will be literally flooded with junk mail. And I do mean JUNK MAIL. More ads and trash to weed through. Then you'll be stuck clicking the UNSUBSCRIBE link to all those junk mails. What a way to waste your valuable time!
The moral of the story is obvious. If it's too good to be true, then it probably is. When it comes to bogus paid online surveys, don't waste your time. Regardless of how intriguing they appear, they're bogus.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Drama School

I come from a pretty traditional family. My parents worship success, and expect all of their kids to go into areas where they cam make six figure incomes. My mom is a doctor, my dad a lawyer, and my eldest brother, a successful businessman. So when I told them that I wanted to go into drama school, they were less than thrilled to say the least.
It isn't that they did not like theatre school classes. Both my mom and my dad came from families which supported the arts, and they had actually met during a class at the local theater school. Nonetheless, they were the kind of people who believed that money trumps everything. Taking some classes in drama schools was alright, but after that you had to get serious and study something that was going to pay the bills. That was the kind of world view that they had.
Still, they were also supportive, loving people, and when they saw that drama school was where my heart lay, they gave me their blessings. I won't say that there were not a few fights about it, because there were. They were unhappy to see me making what they thought of as a big mistake, and they did every thing that they could to try to change my mind. Still, they were nice about it in the end. They even offered to help to pay for the cost of drama school tuition.
Acting school ended up being a lot different than I had pictured it. I had thought about drama school as a glamorous place filled with beautiful people, but in many ways it turned out to be just like any other academic program. We would study things like the history of theater and English language literature, along with drama school acting classes. Still, the drama school definitely had more than its share of strange characters.
In the end, that was one of my favorite things about the drama school. I loved the type of people which it attracted. I do not know if all drama schools are like this, but in mine, you were free to be anything you liked, as long as you did not act boring and ordinary. I have never felt so at ease expressing myself, and I made many friends from the first moment I walked in the door. All in all, I had a blast while I was there.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Into Jennifer Paige ?

Jennifer Paige fan site

Jennifer Paige was born on September 3 1973 in Marietta, Georgia, U.S.A. Her love for singing was obvious since she was only 5. By the age of 8 she was singing duets with her brother and was giving shows in coffeehouses and restaurants. Her first piano lessons came at 10 and she started tasting rock and pop genres. Jennifer admits that her first influences came from Gospel. Her love for the arts brought her to the famous Cobb Country Center where she got individual training in dance, performing arts, voice, drama. Her studies helped her star raise.

After High School she started touring with a Top 40 band. When they got to Las Vegas, Jennifer Paige met actress/singer Crystal Bernand who convinced her to come to L.A. That was what Jen did. She came to L.A. in 1995. She hooked up with another band called Joe's Band. Her 3 years tour with Joe's Band was successful and the highlight of this period was the show they gave in Atlanta in August 1996 in front of 50000 (!!) crowd, during the Olympic Games. In 1997 she teamed with producer Andy Goldmark (who have worked with Elton John, Natalie Cole etc). Goldmark and Jen created a dance version of Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools". She attracted the German Indie Label Edel Records which was looking for a pop persona in order to strengthen their presence in America. When the President of Edel, Jonathan First, heard Jennifer's demo tape, he was so impressed that immediately flew to L.A. in order to sign her.

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Do you Squidoo?

Do you Squidoo?

Squidoo.com is a social networking site that allows people to create a "lens" (page) about any topic. Many businesses are using these lenses to help try and build new business. Real estate agent Ken Smith has built up a few lenses that cover areas that he sells homes in. Here are a couple of them; Roselle, IL and Algonquin, IL. As you can see these lenses are built to give information about the city and then drive traffic to the main website to convert the leads.

By thinking outside of the "box" Ken had been able to increase his online exposure and capture new leads. So how can you use Squidoo to help build your brand?

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Rubber Bracelets

Rubber bracelets have become the poplar way today to champion a cause or to promote a message. The Lance Armstrong Foundation started the rubber bracelet craze with the first rubber bracelets that were sold for $1 each to raise money for cancer research. The slogan imprinted on these rubber bracelets is “LiveStrong”.
Today, many non-profit organizations have chosen to follow in their path. Pink rubber bracelets are sold to promote breast cancer awareness. Patriotic rubber bracelets are colored with red, white and blue. Schools can choose rubber bracelets imprinted with the school motto or school name in the school colors.
Rubber bracelets may not even promote a single cause, but are used by some to promote a philosophy or way of life. Teenagers may have matching bracelets that say “Best Friends Forever”. Families of military personal can wear rubber bracelets with the slogan “Support Our Troops”. Church youth groups may promote their faith with slogans such as “Faith”, “Believe”, “Hope” or “Strength”. Humane Societies and animal shelters have chosen slogans such as “I Love my dog” or “I love my cat”. I imagine that there may be thousands of slogans imprinted on rubber bracelets today. The only limit is the imagination.
The bracelet craze until recently was confined to the non-profit organizations and causes. However due to their immense popularity, that is no longer the case. Instead of dying out, it seems that the rubber bracelet craze is becoming stronger than ever. Even today, rubber bracelets are even making their way into corporate America to promote company ideals. According to the Detroit Free Press, Ford Motor Company is also promoting itself with these trendy rubber bracelets. Many Ford Motor Company executives are spreading their message while wearing a blue rubber bracelet. The message is simple –“Red, White and Bold” and is designed to promote it’s “American Innovation campaign”
The rubber bracelets are made from silicone. They can be produced quickly, cheaply and easily. The can be colored in almost any conceivable color or colors. Some bracelets today are even glow in the dark. Typically the bracelets cost 25¢ or less when produced in large quantities. They are then sold individually for about $1 each.
The rubber bracelets have helped schools raise money for athletics, churches raise money for charity. The have certainly helped non-profit medical foundations raise money for medical research. With the next step of corporate America, led by Ford Motor Company, will the rubber bracelets also help bring success to American businesses? Only time will tell us that answer.