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Day 4: It could get boring September 24, 2009

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So today was a rough day. I found out that I didn’t have to go into work today so I had the day to myself. Sure I got some things done, but for the most part it was boring.

Waiting for the job of your dreams may get boring, but don’t let that stop you from going. One suggestion I have is to find ways to do what you love. If you love to write, then keep a journal, go outside and write about a certain spot you visited or something you saw, maybe write a story. If you are like me and like to work with cameras then go outside and take some still shots or record yourself doing things like fake reporting or something of the sort. If you like working with you numbers then, well that’s not really my area of expertise so I’m not sure what you should do in your spare time.

However, it is good to have a few lazy days. I believe they are good for the health. You need days to get yourself organized, clean, read a book, etc.

Remember that you should always be looking for connections. You could find one on a website or just walking around your living area. You could run into by accident in the grocery store. But you should always have your eyes and ears open for people that may be able to help you.

Sorry that today’s lesson is kind of boring. It’s just a boring day. I also was just writing my article for the Orlando Examiner so I am bit tired in the writing department. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

 

Day 3: Do not get discouraged! September 23, 2009

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So I haven’t heard anything from Mr. Ashe, the man I was told to send my resume to. I have decided to give it a week before emailing him again. But this lesson today is a good one. Discouragement.

I find that it is very easy to get discouraged. Now, more than ever, it is a good idea to teach ourselves to hold our heads high. Having and upbeat and positive attitude throughout your day, no matter what is going on, will help you have a positive attitude in all situations.

For example, today they asked me to come into work. Since I am broke and have lots of bills to pay I literally jumped out of bed, freshened up, packed lunch and headed to work. Now would be a good time to mention that I am sick with a nasty congestion. My voice comes and goes and I have coughing fits. It has made me tired and sometimes cranky. To put it simple, my couch and I have been good friends for the past few days. But I went to work anyway. I had to remind myself to stay positive and cheerful and so I did. Lots of other people were down, but I had already made up my mind to stay cheerful. Which is why the no response thing isn’t bothering me too much.

I have dedicated my night to watching youtube videos of my favorite Broadway singers, singing songs that you normally wouldn’t hear them sing.

Adam Pascal ~What I Did For Love

John Tartaglia ~ Disney Whore

etc.

I also got some cool news in the mail. I had sent away for information about Full Sail University. A University that specializes in show production, video production, film, video games, basically a school for creative arts and media. It is very interesting and I am considering going to see the campus. I am hoping that I can find a job that will help with tuition reimbursement and be able to go. It looks interesting.

I am dreading my bills coming in at the end of the week and having to pay them later this week. But this is life and this is life trying to make your dreams come true. It may mean living on the rough side for a bit, but I’m prepared.

“Always look on the bright side of life” ~ Monty Python

 

Day 2: Follow Your Heart To Pursue Your Dreams September 21, 2009

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Hey All!

Today is Day 2 in my 365 days of Following Your Dreams blog! An Amazing Series of events have happened to me.

As I have stated one of my passions is video production. I love the idea of entertaining people through videos. There’s something about creating a commercial that will catch people’s eyes or shooting an interview promoting a new film or TV show. I love being able to hold a camera and just record. It’s actually a lot of fun. I have a creative mind so it works.

Today, while I was at the outlets filling out applications for a part time job a thought occurred to me. Why not go over to Downtown Disney and try to apply at some of the restaurants there because they are not staffed through Disney. So I walked over and got the same response from most of the restaurants, “we’re not hiring right now.” I am beginning to resent that phrase. I decided to walk around and just enjoy the beginning of the afternoon before it got too hot. I was walking past Ghirardelli Chocolate when I was stopped. Then I noticed that I was stopped because there was filming going on. So I asked the man who had stopped me if this was something that occurred through Disney. He replied yes and he gave me the name of the production company and the name of the man in charge of the broadcast production area of Disney. I was Thrilled! I walked around for a little and then ran to my car, drove home (Happily singing Shania Twain’s UP) and emailed this man right away.

The response: They are always interested in part time cast members who have production knowledge. This made me extremely excited and I am off to send my resume to their Resource Manager.

Lesson: When you are feeling compelled about something, follow that feeling. It will most likely lead you to something that may change your course forever!

NEVER STOP BELIEVING IN YOUR DREAMS!

 

365 Days of Chasing Dreams: Day 1

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Hello All and Welcome!

My name is Lauren and I graduated from Penn State University in May 2009. After earning my degree in Telecommunications (focus in Broadcast/Video production) and a fascinating minor in Theatre, I have begun the search for a “real life” career. After an entire summer of applying to small production companies who weren’t even looking for new hires, sending resumes to television stations that were laying off, and working long days at a local diner, I have decided to take things into my own hands and move to sunny Orlando, Florida.

WHY The Move? Yes, it is true that I didn’t have to pay nearly as much as I am paying now in rent while living with my parents and I had all the comforts of people I love and a nice home, but I didn’t have a job. I also wasn’t finding a bite, or rather a bite that I knew would make me happy. I would rather be happy starting out in my career life, then miserable. I moved to Orlando because of Walt Disney World. I had completed their College Program during the Fall of 2008 and was welcomed back as a seasonal employee this past summer. More importantly, I knew I would absolutely LOVE my job. It meant making sacrifices and they weren’t easy ones to make. I miss home very very much. Fall and Winter don’t exist here in Florida.

THE JOB: Why not start at entry level and work your way up? Well, I thought about that. I applied for some entry level jobs filing tapes at TV studios and got no reply. Now wait a minute, I was a great student who ended up with a 3.40 GPA (pretty good), I interned with WPSU Sports and the Big Ten Network and a small video production company, not to mention was an employee of the Walt Disney World Company. Why wasn’t I getting any interviews? Why was my field so hard to break into? And as a girl, too. How many women cameramen do you see? Exactly. Anyways, since I had done the College Program before, I knew I would love working for Disney again.

WHY Do i Love It? Because it’s fun. I get to wear silly looking costumes and make people’s day brighter. I get to play a role in something bigger than I am. I have the power to make magic happen and watch dreams come true. I have the best job in the world. Sure it pays next to nothing and I’m living alone in a place I cannot afford. Sure I am having to dig a little into my savings and eat less lavish food. Sure it’s HARD, but no one ever said it was going to be easy.

I decided to make this blog because not enough people follow their dreams. Too many of us settle for what is “ok” for us. We stop chasing when we are comfortable. Most people don’t like to face trying times. We are comfortable working in tiny cubicles at a job we hate because it allows us to have money. The world is all about money. I know this because the company I am working for has decided that money is more important than Magic. What this company doesn’t understand is that The Company itself was BUILT on Magic and Dreams. Companies lose sight of their goals too, because most companies lessen their product because it gives them more money.

My question to you is WHY? Why do we settle for less?

I’m not going to be able to make it more than a year working for dirt with no benefits. So we’ll give this a shot. I challenge you to follow me as I embark on a journey to follow my dreams. What are my dreams you may ask? I’m not entirely sure that I know. However, I do know that I like to entertain people. I love making people smile, I like to sing and dance and be crazy. I like watching people’s dreams come true and hope that my dreams come true as well. I know that I love Disney and would love to work for them in any way that I can. Which is why I am starting small. I also dream that I meet Prince Charming and have a family, but we will cross that bridge when we get to it. My Dream is to be Successful doing what I love to do.

I hope along the way I can inspire you to somehow follow your dreams as well.Mickey and I

 

Same Blog, New Cause September 13, 2009

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Hey Gang!

I know I haven’t been writing in here lately. I hope to change that, but I have been busy moving on with life Post Grad. It’s hard because the job market in my field isn’t doing well. So I have moved to Florida and am working part time for Disney in hopes of going full time and into something more important like management or entertainment.

Anyways the real meaning of this post to let you guys know that I have changed my Social Vibe cause. While I still support To Write Love On Her Arms and think that you all should support it too, I have decided to change my cause to the American Diabetes Association cause. This cause is near and dear to my heart for many reasons, the main on being that my dad has been in the struggle with Diabetes since the age of 21. He’s now well into his 40s (sorry dad) and has a pump, but he still crashes. Lately, he took a really hard crash and it really hit home for us as a family. It’s scary when someone you know turns into a different person because their sugar is too low. ┬áMy dad, usually a stern but fun guy, gets really giddy and way out of whack. You know when something is up. My dad has not only be in battle with Diabetes but also with Cushings Disease. We are very lucky to have him with us each and every day and I hope that he is alive for many more years to come. Right now, while they are finding a cure, we have to support them in their search. We have to support the advancement of medicine and research. We have to support the families of those who are battling diabetes as well and those who are struggling themselves. So please take the time to visit click the like on the side and support this awesome cause.

Also, it doesn’t hurt to become aware of Diabetes so be sure to check out the ADA’s website! http://www.diabetes.org/

Thank you so much guys for helping me help this amazing cause (as all the causes on Social Vibe are)!

~~Lauren~~

 

Growing Up August 19, 2009

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Lately I have been having trouble sleeping. You could blame this on a lot of things but I think it’s mostly my fear of the future. Graduating from College and not having a job was really hard on me. I felt like I let a whole bunch of people down. I still don’t even know what I want to do with my life. I just need to figure it out. The worst part about this whole figuring it out thing is that I know I am not able to do it here at home. I am way to comfortable here and I am not interested in trying to make it on my own. So I have been having to make hard decisions that take me away from the one place in this world that I love the most: My home and my family.

I have decided to move to Orlando, Fl and work for Disney again. But as of right now I am only part time so I am without benefits. I will  have to find another job or two to make ends meet. I think it will be ok but I am scared.

I keep trying to put on this brave face because I really do want to work for Disney. But I’m really scared of the future. It might be easier if I was doing this with a friend, but I’m not. I’m going this road alone. I’ve done a lot of things on my own, but this I am not ready for. A lot of people have faith in me and I guess I just need a little faith in myself. I’m just scared. I don’t want to leave my amazing family, but I know that I have to. I need to push myself. I need to find what I really have a passion for in life. I need time to just be me, on my own, and to live. I hope to find a strong passion for something I can work at. I hope to find love and life long friends. For some reason, I never got that out of college.

I leave September 2nd. I’m nervous but I know this is the start of an amazing adventure. I just wish I knew for sure that this is the right thing to do.

 

Vacations and Happenings July 15, 2009

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There is no excuse for not writing in here more. I like to save this until I have something thought provoking and/or major Jonas related and neither has really been going on in my life currently. I have been keeping myself busy picking up shifts at work because I need the cash. I have been planning a Disney vacation for my two friends and I. I have been meeting with old friends, seeing great bands *Enter the Haggis*, and getting ready for the vacation I am on right now. I am trying to forget that the Jonas Brothers are touring about 4hrs away from me right at this moment and will be in PA soon and very close to me because I can’t afford to go.

So right now I am on vacation and I am trying to relax a lot. I am trying to do this because I think in doing this I am going to find out exactly what I will need to do in the months to come. I think this week I have finally made my decision and I am excited and scared. I was recently accepted as a seasonal cast member for WDW and I am Thrilled beyond belief, but I need more. I am planning to move down to Florida and I am fully prepared to do whatever it takes to become full time and try to get a position with that company in management or videography. I am ready to fight for it because I have decided there is no other place in the world that I want to work other than Disney.

So I have a lot of planning to do. I think that is what August will be for. I will be making two trips to Disney in August. One for vacation and one for Business. So is you are reading this, keep both trips in your prayers as I would love them to be safe trips and the business trip to be successful.