SLAM Magazine Reviews 100 Things Raptors!


Hey everybody!

If you get a chance, buy the December issue of SLAM Magazine!

On page 32, there is a pretty cool review of my book, 100 Things Raptors Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die!

IMG_20151105_174342Thank you Duane Watson for the nice words!

I’ve been a fan of SLAM since I was a teenager, so having my book actually mentioned in an issue is a surreal and great honour!

THANK YOU to the world’s BEST basketball magazine for this amazing opportunity!!

100 Things Raptors Visits NBA TV Canada!


Hello everybody!

The 100 Things Raptors media book tour hit the road again and its next stop was the home of Toronto’s NBA basketball squad — the Air Canada Centre!

It was there where I appeared on an NBA TV Canada show called The Hangout!

0A0A7529 (1)I was part of an enthusiastic panel discussion that not only touched on my book, but we also dished about the new NBA season!

It was a fun time. You can watch the footage below!

A big thanks to the host, Akil Augustine, guests, Marlon Palmer & Raptors TV game producer, Dan Gladman for making my Hangout debut an enjoyable one!


You can watch The Hangout weekly on NBA TV Canada, but check your local listings for exact dates and times.

Also, don’t forget to grab a copy of 100 Things Raptors Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die just in time for the holidays.

Alright, thanks for visiting and have a good one!

Canada AM & 100 Things Raptors Media Tour!

IMG_20151027_075928 Hey everybody, The 100 Things Raptors media book tour rolled on this week with its biggest stop being on the nationally televised morning show, Canada AM.

Here’s my interview!

It was a blast talking about the book with Canada AM co-host, Marci Ien. IMG_20151027_084348 She’s a big Raptors fan and one of the sweetest TV people you’ll ever meet!

Overall, it was a really cool moment meeting her and connecting with people coast-to-coast!

Alright, the tour moves on, but don’t forget the book officially comes out on November 1st!

Visit the official book website, Chapter/Indigo stores and/or Amazon to buy your copy today!

The 100 Things Raptors Media Tour Has Begun!

IMG_20151018_082911Hey everybody!

As we build up towards the November 1st release of 100 Things Raptors Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, I’ve started promoting it in Toronto.

My first media tour destination was the CP24 Breakfast Weekend show!

Here’s the interview!

Stay tuned for more media tour coverage!

100 Things Raptors Bookstore Debut!

IMG_20151015_193931Great news!

Recently, I noticed an Indigo bookstore at Yorkdale Mall in Toronto was the first to carry my creation, 100 Things Raptors Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die a few weeks before the official November 1st release date!

I FINALLY got to see my book on display for the first time!

It was a very cool moment.

Here’s the video that documented everything.

Here are some other pictures that were taken..



Yeah, I’m a little pumped!

To think the book isn’t even officially released yet. :)

Well, it will be very soon, so get ready!

If you’d like to find out more, visit and follow the book on Twitter @100ThngsRaptors.

Stay tuned for coverage of my upcoming media tour soon.

Until then, have a good one!

100 Things Raptors Books Have Arrived!


Hi everybody!

Sorry for the delay. I had quite the hectic summer, but I’ve come back to let you know, I finally received my copies of 100 Things Raptors Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die!

It was quite an amazing moment to actually feel and touch my book.

It made all of the hard work, late nights, bloodshot eyes and sacrifice WORTH it!

If you’re interested, you can actually see my first reaction to the real life book when I opened the box.

Here you go!

Alright, I have to go, but I want to thank again my publisher, Triumph Books for giving me this incredible opportunity and my family and friends for being amazingly supportive throughout this whole process!

See you in October!

Marriage, A Toronto Raptors Book & The Return

Hey everybody!

I know it’s been awhile since my last blog post, but I have some great reasons.

Back in October 2014, I married my lovely bride then in December I signed my first U.S. book deal!

Yeah, it’s been a really cool and busy time in my universe.

As for my book, here’s a look at the cover below. It’ll be available in Canadian bookstores and across the world on & this November.

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Check out the official book website, for more information.

You can also catch book related updates on Twitter and Facebook.

A big thanks to the great people at Triumph Books in Chicago who gave me the amazing opportunity to pen this fun little book.

Alright, there’s the scoop for now.

Thanks for visiting and have a good one,


Working At Google – An Insider’s Look

google officeGoogle.

Ever wonder what it would be like to work there?

As you know, it’s one of the internet’s heaviest hitters and world’s most powerful brands.

Yet despite its enormous size, it still seems like a creative, fun and hip place to work.

Our buddies, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn did their best to give you a behind-the-scenes peek, but we want more.

the internship posterEnter…

Bette Ann Schlossberg.


In over 2 years as a Google+ Fashion/Lifestyle Community Partnerships Manager, she’s experienced why being a Googler is a pretty cool thing.

The Dream Job Guy: When did you first fall in love with fashion and social media?

Bette Ann Schlossberg: Fashion and social media did not really merge in my life until a few months into my career at Google. I always loved fashion and tend to be the first to try new trends. Social Media came naturally. I went to Duke University and we were one of the first schools to have Facebook. My freshman year Facebook was all the rage, so I really got into social media at that point. It wasn’t until I was at Google that I really combined the two. I was not hired to lead our fashion/lifestyle partnerships; it was just something that I paved a path for.

TDJG: Growing up, what specific job did you want to pursue?

BAS: I went through an array of aspirational career choices. I started around age 5 wanting to be a dental hygienist (no idea why).

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I progressed to a ballet dancer and managed to actually achieve that by dancing with The Atlanta Ballet for the better part of my life and then going on to becoming a half-time dancer at Duke. Upon graduating, I thought I wanted to go to law school, but then realized that I needed to be in a creative industry, so landed a role as a producer at the famed ad agency, Crispin Porter + Bogusky.
TDJG: How did you earn your Google job?
BAS: I got lucky. At the time, I was based in Miami, Fl. A friend from college reached out to me saying that his best friend was looking to hire somebody in Miami to run local influencer outreach for Google+. One thing led to another, I was flown out to San Francisco, and the next thing I knew, I was a Googler!
homerTDJG: As a Google+ Community Partnerships Manager, what do you do?
BAS: Every day is different — one day I might be working with top designers and fashion bloggers, the next I am working with major fashion media to create a innovative content program. Deadlines are really around major moments in time, so for example, a big one being New York Fashion Week.  
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TDJG: Is working at Google anything like what’s portrayed in the Owen Wilson/Vince Vaughan movie, The Internship?
BAS: The movie does not stray far from the truth. You definitely can find Razor Scooters zooming around the office, and sometimes people bike from meeting to meeting.

TDJG: What is the best part about being at Google?
BAS: I love working at Google because even though it is a large company, I am able to dream big and feel like I make a difference. I work with some of the most intelligent people in technology and I am constantly challenged. I also get to work with the most amazing and interesting partners, from the CFDA to Vogue. I love how I am able to take an idea and see it to fruition – no matter how big the idea.

A big thank you to Bette Ann for taking the time to share her thoughts!

If you have any comments and/or questions, feel free to reach out.

I’m always happy to connect.

As well, if you’re looking for Google job opportunities, here you go.

Thank you for visiting and have a great one!

Barb Matheson & How You Can Land A Movie Public Relations Job


Ever wonder what it would be like to promote Disney films?

Well, it’s definitely an exciting time especially since Mickey Mouse owns Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm as a part of Disney’s growing entertainment empire.


Recently, the Publicity Director of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Canada, Barb Matheson spoke with The Dream Job Guy about taking career chances, rubbing elbows with Hollywood stars and how you can succeed in film promotion.

TDJG: How did you start your public relations career?

BM: I wasn’t quite sure exactly what I wanted to do and I knew somebody had done the Humber Public Relations program. It kind of sounded interesting to me. I’d always been kind of good with writing and I liked the idea of having a job where maybe I could be persuasive and use a bit of my writing skills. I’ve always liked the idea of working in entertainment in some capacity, so it just started kind of coming together and so, after I’d heard about that program, I thought, “Yeah, that could be a good path for me.” So, I went to Humber and that kind of led me to here.

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TDJG: How did you find then secure your Disney job?

BM: It was a maternity leave. I had a full-time job at eOne, but positions at big studios (Disney, Warner Bros & Paramount) like this, they don’t come up very often. So, when I heard about this job, it was a little bit lower. It was a manager of publicity. It was a one year contract. No guarantees. I thought, “You know what? I just got to try. At least it would be a great experience for me.” So, I took a chance and I came over here. Thankfully, the person I was covering for didn’t come back. So, they kept me on. That was five years ago. I got bumped up to director and that’s kind of how I got to here.


TDJG: Looking back, what were some keys to your success?

BM: Staying in touch with contacts. Making really good contacts. Obviously, anywhere you go, even if it’s contract, doing the very best job possible because you want to make yourself indispensable. Even if the contract won’t be extended, you want to be able to at least have those people remember you, so if they hear of somebody that’s looking for someone at their company, they’ll think of you and they’ll put your name forward.


TDJG: What’s an average day like at your job?

BM: It’s actually always a little bit different depending on what he have going on at the time. Normally, I come in at around 9 o’clock and first thing I’m doing is I’m maybe checking out our Facebook page and our Twitter account and just sort of seeing what’s going on. I’m checking reviews, entertainment news, seeing what people are writing about. I have a ton of e-mails. I know that’s not unique to many people, but we tend to get a ton of e-mails.


So, a lot of that is just going through my e-mails. Responding back to some of our colleagues in Los Angeles. Any press requests that we have coming in here.

I could be pitching a feature with talent from one of our films or I could be in the middle of setting up a press day because we often try to bring talent from our films to Toronto to do a full press day, screening and premiere.

I could be working on making sure that reviews are going to be running in the right publications at the right time and basically trying to come up with the best strategies for our films. So, every day is a little bit different. I mean there’s some routine, but depending on the film, I could be researching and reaching out to food press and chefs for one film and then talking to sports press for another one, so it’s always quite different.

TDJG: You’ve worked with a few actors. Who were some of your favourites?

BM: Jason Segel was great. He was just a really great guy to work with. Just down-to-earth and nice.

Jay Baruchel is a fantastic guy. Canadian. Lives in Montreal. Very proud Canadian. He was great to work with.


I’ve worked with a legend like Sally Field. It could be a little bit intimidating knowing that you’re going to be working with somebody of her stature. She was amazing and a total pro. You couldn’t have asked for a better press day.


TDJG: For the students out there, what skills will they need to land a PR job?

BM: It helps if you have a real genuine interest in writing, communications. If you’re interested in social media because that’s such a large part of it right now. I went to Humber and it was great and I know there are other schools out there that are really good, but I know other people have gone in different paths. I think what’s really important is when you get an opportunity be willing to do anything and everything. If you can volunteer with somebody, if you can think of a company you’re really interested in and you can make a contact and you can offer your services in some way, that’s key. Good people are really hard to find, so if you can just get a foot in the door and just be willing to do whatever they throw at you and do it well and maybe it’s not the most exciting job in the world, but just do it to 110 percent of your ability. That’s the sort of thing that will really help you whether it’s PR or I think in any job. You just want to be able to be the person that is positive, enthusiastic and works really hard. Good help is hard to find, so when you make a good impression like that and do a good job, I think it would help you in the long run.


To view Walt Disney Pictures career opportunities, here’s a link.

A big thank you to Barb for taking the time to visit!

You can follow her on Twitter and be sure to check out Marvel’s, Guardians of The Galaxy in theatres now!

If you have any comments or questions, feel free to get in touch.

Thank you for reading and have a great one!

Brian Davis & TV Sports Play-By-Play Announcer Job Tips

brian davis thunderWithout TV sports play-by-play announcers, watching your favorite teams wouldn’t be as fun.

A play-by-play broadcaster is like a trusted guide who takes you on an adventure, through its highs and lows, while always informing and entertaining you along the way.

To score one of these fun gigs is tough, but it can be done.

Just ask Oklahoma City Thunder play-by-play man, Brian Davis.

Recently, he visited The Dream Job Guy to let you know what it takes to make it to the big leagues.

The Dream Job Guy: When did you first realize play-by-play announcing was your calling?

Brian Davis: I think, for me, it was more convergence than calling. I grew up a sports fan and was always drawn to announcers who could paint great descriptions of the action but were also wonderful storytellers. Chuck Thompson (Orioles and Colts) stands out from my boyhood. Later, Jack Buck (Cardinals and CBS Radio) became the guy ”I want to be when I grow up.”

Jack Buck

Jack Buck

I was lucky enough to meet both of them early in my career and realized they were basically the same people off the air as they were behind the mic — kind, decent men who didn’t take themselves too seriously.

TDJG: When you were starting out, did you have doubts about whether you could succeed?

BD: Oh, my, did I have doubts! It’s such a competitive field and you have to be as lucky as you are good. The only firm strategy I ever really employed was to target soccer as the sport where I wanted to break in. At that time (early to mid-1990s), the universe of soccer announcers was pretty small. I had a pretty broad sports background and thought I could help present the game in a way that might appeal to a wider base of fans at a time soccer’s powers that be were trying to grow the game in the US. Beyond that, I kept it simple — committed myself to improving at my craft with every show and trusting that, if I just kept at it, I would eventually get my break. It happened in 1998 with the Chicago Fire.

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TDJG: Nowadays, you’re calling Thunder games. How did you earn that job?

BD: I was the Sonics broadcast host for FSN Northwest during the team’s last four seasons in Seattle.


By this time, I’d had a lot of games under my belt — mostly pro and college football and college hoops. When Hurricane Katrina drove the Hornets from New Orleans, I got acquainted with Clay Bennett, who was instrumental in arranging the Hornets’ relocation to Oklahoma City and then a couple of years later bought the Sonics. I was also the Sonics’ fill-in play-by-play guy, so Mr. Bennett became familiar with my work. Another key part of the equation was some of the club’s senior executives made the move to OKC. When they put our broadcast team together, it all added up to an invitation to move into that spot full-time. It’s turned out to be a great fit and really goes back to being in the right place at the right time, conducting yourself professionally, working hard every day to be the best you can be and maintaining good relationships with the folks you encounter along the way.

TDJG: With any career, there are low points. How did you overcome them on your way to success? Any examples?

BD: My contract with FSN Northwest in Seattle had expired and I was hearing “No” a lot. It may be the only time I’ve ever felt the full pressure of being out of work with a wife and two kids (one in college) and a mortgage and other bills to pay. I thought I had a full season of college football lined up, but the guy who’d offered me the job was overruled by his boss, who liked someone else better. So, I get that phone call, walk down the hall, look at my wife and manage to say, “Someday, babe, we’re gonna get a break” before I burst into tears. That was in early August 2008. About a month later–and I’m not going to lie, those were four or five long weeks – the Thunder called. Five days after that, we were moving to Oklahoma City. It comes down to trust – in yourself and in the process.

TDJG: What audition/interview success tips can you give future TV sports play-by-play announcers to help them land a job?

BD: I tell people who are just starting out they may already know the person who’s going to give them their big break. It could be a college friend or someone from a place where they’ve interned. This is such a transient business. The people around us are constantly moving forward with their own careers. So, that woman in ticket sales you drank beers with when you were both working for the minor league baseball team in Idaho might, 15 years down the line, wind up as a VP of Marketing and Broadcasting in the NHL and remember you well when their P x P job opens up.

Staying in touch with people — having a network — is so important. I don’t mean in a suck-up way. People see through that. I’m talking about staying in occasional touch with people you’ve worked for or with — shooting someone a note of genuine congratulations when you see they’ve landed a new job or whatever.

The other advice I always give is to study the craft. Pay attention to the announcers you like and understand why you like them. Pay attention to the announcers you don’t like and be able to name why you don’t. Then develop your own style, which should combine skills
you like with your own talents and personality. Definitely be true to yourself rather than try to copy the presentation of someone who has been successful. I’ve come to understand the style I’ve developed isn’t for everyone, but it has served me well.


TDJG: You’re blessed to watch 2013-14 NBA MVP, Kevin Durant all the time. In addition to that, what is fun about your job?


BD: Most of all, I enjoy the relationships with the people I’m around — my broadcast colleagues, our players and coaches, folks in the front office. We spend so much time around each other during the season and there’s a real sense of fellowship — sometimes even family. After you’ve been around a while, this extends to people from other organizations and it’s just not something you find in many other professions. Every game’s like taking a final exam. You cram for the test and pour yourself into the broadcast then you move onto the next subject. That suits me well — don’t think I would have done well in the 9-to-5 world, working for hours or days at a time crunching numbers or whatever.

TDJG: What U.S./Canadian broadcasting schools, workshops, classes and clubs do you recommend to the next generation to improve their skills and networking opportunities?

BD: There are so many ways to approach the business. I went to Northwestern and was able to do some valuable networking in the Chicago market. I’ve become a big fan of the broadcasting programs at Washington State and Oklahoma State. Students get a variety of hands-on opportunities that aren’t available to them in larger markets. Same is true at the junior college level. At Butler CC in Kansas (between OKC and Wichita), students call every game in football and both women’s and men’s basketball and there is no substitute for that kind of experience.

I always encourage people to reach out to announcers and others in the business — to ask for a little of their time, not to hit them up for work but for their wisdom about the business, maybe their perspective on where opportunities might be as the business evolves. When you approach people in that way, it’s amazing how generous people are with their time. And then, if you’ve left a good impression, you might get a call down the road about a job or an internship!


TDJG:  What advice would you say to those future sports play-by-play announcers who are working dead end jobs, struggling to pay their college tuition, have family who are not supportive, but are still pushing towards their sports broadcasting dreams?

BD: I’m not going to lie: This is a tough racket. Early on, I worked endless hours sometimes seven days a week — sacrificed friendships and family time in my quest to advance. I’m not just saying this: I’m lucky I’m still married and my kids love me. I also wish I had more close friends. I’ve seen solid broadcasters opt out because their spouses became impatient with that sort of sacrifice.

You do what your circumstances allow/require. As someone who’s been fortunate enough to stay in it and move along the line, each step has been incredibly rewarding. I’ve learned a lot from every chapter — about the business, about the world and about life.

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A big thank you to Brian for visiting!

I’ve spoken with him a few times and he’s always been a class act.

Be sure to watch him and the Thunder this fall on Fox Sports Oklahoma.

If you have any comments and/or questions feel free to write below or send me an e-mail.

As always, thanks for visiting and have a great one!