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 Amazon.com & BarnesandNoble.com this November.

100 Things Raptors Cover (1)

Check out the official book website, 100ThingsRaptors.com 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!

Jeff Pearlman & How To Become A Successful Sports Author

Jeff Pearlman

Being a long-time sports fan, I’ve followed Jeff Pearlman’s writing career since his Sports Illustrated days.

Jeff always knew how to craft entertaining controversial investigative features which intrigued readers and ticked off his targets (yep, John Rocker I’m looking at you).

John Rocker

Nowadays, Jeff is a best-selling author with a new book called Showtime which provides a fresh behind-the-scenes look at the Los Angeles Lakers 1980s dynasty.


Recently, he was kind enough to visit to offer tips to help you crack into the sports writing world.

The Dream Job Guy:  When did you realize this was your ideal career?

Jeff Pearlman: Well, as weird as this might sound, I was a senior at Mahopac High School in Putnam County, N.Y. I was the sports editor for the school newspaper, The Chieftain, and I was sort of a geeky, pimply, cross country-running geek. One issue I wrote a piece about the team’s cheerleading squad, and how it wasn’t really a sport. The paper came out, and the next day I’m surrounded by angry cheerleaders. They’re barking at me, and all I see are legs, breasts, lipstick; smell perfume. They’re all surrounding me! Me! Translation (to my 17-year-old mind): When you write, people will notice.

screechTDJG: What was the process in landing your Sports Illustrated job and how did you later become a book author?

JP: Well, I was a writer at The Tennessean in Nashville, covering high school wrestling. My dream for many years was to write for SI, and while I was down south I kept writing to SI, asking for a chance, etc. I actually wrote one letter that was designed to look like SI’s Letter From The Editor, with font, photo, etc. It said something like, “When we first hired Jeff Pearlman in 1996, he was …” That seemed to catch some eyes, and a few months later I wrote a freelance piece for the magazine about my efforts, while at the University of Delaware, to enter the NBA Draft as a junior (long story). That was a huge highlight of my career—being published in my favorite magazine. Then, in the fall of 1996, I received the call. “How would you feel about joining the staff?” I cried. After a few years at SI, I thought about books. I sorta had an edge, in that I was a baseball writer for a big publication. So I matched up with an agent, she had an idea I loved (’86 Mets) and off I went …

TDJG: What type of education or volunteer experience do you recommend those who want to be sports writers?

JP: Well, it’s not about major, it’s about clips. So just write. For everyone. Anyone. Student newspaper. Local newspaper. Start a blog about your college sports scene. Get summer internships. Don’t be afraid to spread your wings. After my sophomore year I moved to Urbana, Illinois for the summer.

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It was lonely and awful—but I got 50 clips. After my junior year I moved to Nashville. Awesome summer—and I got hired when I graduated. Also, write about anything and everything. I started as a food and fashion writer, because they needed one. So, hey.

TDJG: What are the best and worst parts of your job?

JP: Worst: Isolation, at times, and being paid four times over three years.

Best: Everything else. I drop my kids off at school, pick them up, know all their friends. I never wear socks. I have no meetings. I get to probe and dig and travel and research. I spend most of my time in coffee shops—and I love coffee shops.


TDJG: What does your typical work day look like?

JP: Up at 7ish with the kids. Make lunch. Give them breakfast. Walk the dog. Hit the gym for an hour of Stair Master awfulness.

Chuck Norris Stair Master

Gather all my notes. Walk to the nearby coffee shop (Swirl Coffee and Tea—awesome spot). Dig into notes. Make calls. Six hours later (or so) pick up the kids. Play. Eat. Put them to bed. Sit at the dining room table and work until 1 am or so.

TDJG: Where’s the best pay in sports writing these days? Working for a magazine? Website? Writing books?

JP: Ha. You’ve gotta ask Bill Simmons that one. I have no idea, sadly. I’m not rich. I pay the bills.

Bill Simmons

TDJG: In your opinion, what are the key ingredients to sports writing success?

JP: Doggedness—always making the next call, and the next call, and the next. Not following the trail of other writers. Meaning, if they all walk to Jeter’s locker, find the backup catcher.


Empathy—racists and xenophobes and homophobes make awful journalists. A joy of listening. I like hearing people talk. I genuinely do. Stories entertain me.

TDJG: Where do you see the future of sports writing heading?

JP: Well, the future is here. Sort of. Digital, digital, digital. Digital books, digital magazine, digital everything. It’s all digital. So, how will books, magazines, websites adjust? That’s the big question.


TDJG: What advice would you give those who are working dead end jobs, struggling to pay their college tuition, have family/friends that are not supportive, but are still pushing towards their sports journalism dreams?

JP: Well, if possible, forget about money, forget about geography, forget about everything—and chase it. Apply to newspapers, websites everywhere and anywhere. Also, there are 1,001 good stories right around you. Really. Go over the local college sports rosters. Find out where the kids are from and pitch their stories to their hometown papers. Be proactive. Bust your ass.

Honest Abe

Jeff, thank you for stopping by and offering some terrific advice.

Everyone be sure to pick up a copy of his book, Showtime which is available now.

Also, you can follow Jeff on Twitter and check out his website.

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

Thanks for reading and have a good one!

Job Search In The Digital Media Age

Greetings world!

Whether you’re a student and/or person in job transition, figuring out what career to dive into can be stressful.

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You’re probably feeling the heat right now.

I’ve lived that, but the great thing is you don’t have to stay there.

If you’re punching your life-sized Justin Bieber plush toy out of frustration, give your knuckles a break…


then consider this — a digital media career.

With the explosion of social media’s popularity, companies are realizing its profit potential and are hungry to employ those with specialized skills and knowledge to captain their digital media ship.

It’s definitely an industry which is constantly growing and innovating at warp speed.

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To get a taste of what roles are out there, here are some websites – Career Builder, IndeedDisney, ESPN and Digital Media Jobs.ca to name a few.

With this in mind, I was on a quest recently to find insider information on what it takes to successfully enter this unique job market.

While covering The Digital Media Summit, I interviewed 3 successful achievers with some insight – StumbleUpon’s Andrew Levine, Rogers Media’s Jason Tafler and EA Sports’ Colin Macrae.

By the way, this downtown Toronto conference also featured movers, shakers and whiz kids from the likes of Reddit, Tumblr, Twitter Canada, Yahoo Canada plus a special appearance from social media marketing rock star, Gary Vaynerchuk.

Overall, it was a good experience hearing from brilliant digital media minds including the gentlemen you’re about to meet.

First up…

Andrew Levine

Andrew Levine is the Head of Partnerships & Communication Strategy at StumbleUpon and 5by.


He leads brand integration opportunities with major media partners including Conde Nast, Hearst, Vice, and Mashable. Andrew is also in charge of PR and Social Media, across both StumbleUpon and 5by.

The Dream Job Guy:  Starting out, what helped your job search?

AL:  “If you want to be taken seriously, take yourself seriously. Go out. Take a class. Do something that will take you to the next level. I’ve helped myself in the past by working with a career counsellor. I think it, in some respects, it has some of the faux pas of going to a therapist but people do that stuff because it works. Working with a career expert has given me the ability to better manage my career. Sometimes it takes outside attention to help refine what you should be doing and where you should be putting your time and energy. Tips about how you even find out about new careers.”

TDJG: What qualities and/or experience are you seeking for newcomers to your team?

AL: “We generally look for people that have a very specific skill set and a high level of passion. A burning internal fire to build. These are people that want to be at a smaller company to build a company. These are people that don’t mind answering e-mails on the weekend because they can’t help it. It’s inside them that they’re just so invested in the business. Invested in ideas. Invested in idea exchanges. The other thing that I look for are just people that have skills that compliment myself and our team. We’re always looking to bring on people who do things better than us. That’s the most fun part of hiring.”"

TDJG: Any tips for students who are trying to choose a career?

AL: “Major in something that you’re interested in. In the United States, it’s 4 years of your life. If you’re not interested in it, you probably are not going to be going to class as much as you should. You might as well find something that you like and pursue it with all your might. Your undergraduate degree is certainly a helpful way to navigate yourself into a first job, but everyone in the hiring world knows that this is your first job and they’re not expecting you to come in on the first day with 10 years of experience or the world’s biggest rolodex. Part of the approach is how do you frame your undergraduate experience in a way that can be meaningful to that business? Then when you sit down with people, it’s you and another person. These people are, ultimately, if they’re going to have to work with you, they will have to like you then it falls on your shoulders.”

Andrew added StumbleUpon’s business team doesn’t generally hire right out of college and looks for a few years of direct experience. However, you can still check out their job page here.

Next up…


Jason Tafler is the Chief Digital Officer of Rogers Media.

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Jason is responsible for driving the company’s digital media strategy, growth and innovation through multi-platform media and marketing solutions across Rogers’s diverse digital portfolio of network sites.

TDJG: Early in your working life, you had some bad jobs. You were a telemarketer and worked 100 hours a week at an investment bank. How did you mentally make it through the challenging times?

JT: “I didn’t know exactly where I’d end up, but I always had sort of a long term goal to keep in mind as I want to be part of building something and leading and innovating. That was always a common thread throughout my career. So even though, I had a tough time through it at times, I always thought to myself, ‘This is giving me good skills. This is giving me good contacts. Giving me good knowledge, experience and wisdom that I can use in the future.’ If you’re stressed and it’s a tough situation, take a step back. Take a deep breath. Try to take some time away at times and then try to put in perspective and think about the long term.”

TDJG: If someone is looking to crack your team, what do they need?

JT: “There’s no magic answer, but I think a few of the key items for people that want to be on our team, 1) They’ve got to have a lot of passion and positive energy around digital. They’ve got to really be passionate about how digital can impact people’s lives. How it can help them, entertain them, etc. 2) They’ve got to be willing to realize that it’s going to be a progression in learning. They have to have a certain appetite for learning. They will have to be willing to work pretty hard. They have to be willing to be proactive and take ownership over things. We just want people who want to come in be a part of a great team, learn, make an impact and then if they do that and they have the right attitude and they perform well, they can progress very quickly and the sky is the limit. So, we want those passionate people with proactive attitudes that come with ideas and creativity and solutions.”

TDJG: What can job seekers do to be more attractive to potential employers?

JT: “Experience as much as they can. Try out all types of different digital experiences and try to get in somewhere where the leadership there sees digital as important part of the future and is willing to give them a shot, but also don’t just rely on the company to give you all the skills you need. There’s so much you can learn out there by reading books and taking courses. Talking to people. Downloading apps. The more you can learn, the more valuable you’ll be to the company.”

In terms of needing extra education, Jason mentioned his group is pretty flexible and open minded. People can learn a lot once they’re in and they’ll be taught many of the skills. He’s looking for passion and interest as the main requirements. Of course, if you’re aiming for a more technical role then relevant schooling will be needed.

To find Rogers Digital Media job opportunities, visit this link.


If you’re a sports fan, I’m sure you’re familiar with these…

Colin Macrae is surrounded by sports and video games constantly.

Colin Macrae

Yes, he does get paid for this and now you wish you did too.

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Colin leads the Integrated Communications Team for the FIFA, UFC and NHL franchises at EA SPORTS. He manages a global team and drives public relations, media relations, direct-to-consumer communications and social media for some of the world’s biggest video game franchises.

TDJG: Before landing your sweet gig, how did you cope with tough jobs?

CM: “Someone told me very early, the time you need to leave the job that you’re in is the day that you stop learning. You can always find learning opportunities in those jobs. Sometimes they’re just not in the job that you’re doing but learning from colleagues and people around you. If you’re learning, you’re probably in a pretty good place.”

TDJG:  In terms of adding to your team, what do you look for in potential candidates?

CM: “First, passion for video games. We also talk a lot about passion for sports. You have to be right into it. The teams that I work with and do communications on it are so fluent. They live, breathe, die soccer. They live, breathe, die hockey. They live, breathe, die fighting. Also, great communications skills primarily as a writer because the writers shall inherit the Earth. Communications is less about the techniques and the tools, it’s more about the fundamental of being a great storyteller. Being a great communicator in a variety of different platforms, so those are the things we get excited about.”

TDJG: Any tips for those going after their dream careers?

CM: “”Follow your passions. That’s the biggest thing. If you’re passionate about something, that is absolutely the way that you should go. Passion and caring about what you’re working on. Not just thinking about of getting like “a job”. Think about getting “THE JOB”. Maybe it’s not “the job” that you were thinking about at a certain level, but if you’re passionate about the subject matter, whether it be sports or technology or whatever it is, be passionate about that. That’s the thing that will get you through tough days.  You can’t manufacture passion. You can’t fake it. When you’re having a crappy day at work , you can’t go find it in your top left drawer. That just does not exist. You need to have it.”

Colin also says the career choices for people who want to get into the Canadian video game industry are enormous whether it be in programming, production or other areas. There are great development studios across the country including in Vancouver, Prince Edward Island and many stops in between.

As well, he mentioned Canada is the world’s 3rd largest video game developer behind the U.S. and Japan.

Very cool.

To check out EA Sports jobs, you can visit here.


Many thanks to Andrew, Jason and Colin for sharing some helpful insight and hope for those who are struggling to figure out their career path.

If you have any questions you’d like me to send their way, feel free to comment below or e-mail me.

Alright, thank you for reading and have a good one!

ESPN’s, Steve Levy & How You Can Break Into Sports TV

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Getting paid to watch sports.

ESPN veteran, Steve Levy has been living that dream for a while now.

Throughout his career, he’s anchored SportsCenter, covered huge sporting events, interviewed many high profile athletes and even flexed his acting muscles.

Not bad for “just a lucky guy who gets to co-anchor a little TV show on a small cable channel.”

Steve was cool enough to visit and share his success tips.

The Dream Job Guy: When did you realize sports broadcasting was your dream career?

Steve Levy: As soon as I realized I wasn’t going to play in the NHL which was around the age of 16 when I stepped on the ice for the first time.

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TDJG: What was the process in landing your ESPN job?

SL: I was working in NYC on WCBS-TV and WFAN-AM when ESPN approached my agent, turned down ESPN’s offer. 6 months later ESPN came back with a better offer and my agent told me if I turned them down again they wouldn’t come back a 3rd time. Wound up taking the job. In August, it will be 21 years…best move I ever made.

Steve Levy Twitter

TDJG: What type of education or volunteer experience do you recommend those who want to be TV sportscasters?

SLInternships are the single biggest key to getting into the biz. Journalism and public speaking classes are obvious. Not so obvious, is a typing class, that’s key.

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TDJG: What does your typical work day look like?

SL: In at 5pm for a show meeting, start watching games at 7, writing the show at 8, make-up 10:30 and live on the air from 11pm-1am.

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TDJG: What advice would you give those who are working dead end jobs, struggling to pay their college tuition, have family/friends that are not supportive, but are still pushing towards their sports broadcasting dreams?

SL: You have to keep fighting the fight. You just might have to attack your dream from a different direction. I tell people all the time, just get yourself in the door and you’re 1 sick call away from getting the opportunity you’ve been waiting for and don’t turn down any opportunity because the next person won’t and they’ll gain the advantage.
A big thank you to Steve for stopping by.
You can check out his Twitter page and watch him on ESPN.
Also, if you’re looking for ESPN internship opportunities, here’s a helpful link.
If you have any comments or questions, feel free to contact me below or via e-mail.
In the meantime, thanks for reading and have a good one!

Sean Astin Talks Acting, Auditions & Pursuing Your Passion

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It’s easily one of the most fiercely competitive professions on Earth.

Yet, it doesn’t stop millions of people from having movie star dreams.

So, what does it take to reach the top?

Lord of The Rings star, Sean Astin has an idea.

He was kind enough to offer some tips to help you on your journey.

The Dream Job Guy: Early on, did you ever have doubts you’d succeed?

Sean Astin: Well, I was blessed to start my career off with a bang with The Goonies.

Of course, I had many disappointments along the way. The hardest were moments when I felt like I was supposed to be doing something, whatever it was, and reality wasn’t matching up with my feelings. I can think of key moments, like right after Memphis Belle, when I realized I needed to focus on acting rather than just letting opportunities come along. I needed to really work for it. Also, after the third Lord of the Rings came out, I felt a sense of peace that I had made some kind of mark.

TDJG: I heard you auditioned for the movie, Stand By Me, but River Phoenix won the role. Were there other big acting jobs you wanted, but didn’t get?


SA: Lots and lots of acting roles that I auditioned for, went to the other guy. I wasn’t right for Scent of a Woman, but I had a misfired audition there. I’ve been on a thousand auditions and done maybe 70 shows. So, you do the math, if I kept track of the people I lost jobs to, I wouldn’t have time for anything else.

TDJG: Which audition did you truly bomb that still makes you laugh and/or cry to this day?

Mickey's Music Party

SA: I had a singing audition for one of the recent Disney Musicals. I didn’t know it was a musical until the morning of the audition. Note, read to the bottom of the email when your agent sets up a meeting for you. I through something together, but I’m not a trained singer. I couldn’t hear myself over the piano accompanying me. Train wreck would be a good analogy, but people sometimes survive train wrecks. I hope I get a chance to vindicate myself in that realm one day. I love singing, but on that day, you’d be hard pressed to tell.

TDJG: How do you prepare for auditions?


SA: I like putting myself on “tape.” Actually, having a friend hold up the iPhone worked for me once. I also like the video option on Photo Booth. There is a trick to directing yourself. Not a trick so much as a sensitivity, to making sure you get the lighting right, without looking like you’ve lit it. Of knowing where you should look, I find directly into the camera works a lot. Sometimes, I’ll just do my side of the dialogue, without having anyone read opposite me. Sometimes, I will just change a word or two and make it like one half of a conversation, so not waiting for an imaginary response. Or getting a friend to read can be good. I still get nervous when I audition sometimes and sometimes I don’t. I know I have a better chance of getting the part if I’m not nervous. And it’s always less disappointing if I don’t get the part, if I did it without being nervous. I’m not afraid to rely on the page in my hand. A lot of what they are looking for, once they’ve glanced at you, is to hear the rhythm of the scene. Every scene has its own music, they want to hear the right tone. It’s an auditory impact.

TDJG: What are your best audition success tips?

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SA: Confidence. Not necessarily in the script, sometimes you have no idea what you are reading for. But, if you are confident with yourself as a human being, not arrogant, but just knowing your own value, it’s appealing. Getting comfortable with the words is good, getting comfortable in your skin is better. It’s sometimes great to know everything about a franchise or book or underlying material. Sometimes it’s good to know nothing about it. Some people who don’t bother to think too much get the jobs. That’s maddening, but true. Are they any less deserving? Doesn’t matter, they got the part. The lesson to be learned is that stressing over what you don’t know is pointless. Studying the background material is great, if you love it. Finally, living a life where you read, write, travel and have great experiences, is the best prep you can do. You’ll hear a million times that actor had the part the second they walked in the room. While you have to prepare, it’s nice to remember.

TDJG: What advice would you give actors who have little money, are working dead end jobs, their families and friends think they are crazy, but they are determined to pursue their acting goals?

SA: First thing is that you should never be a burden to anyone. If you are able, you must provide for your own, food, shelter, clothing and healthcare. I believe that the Universe responds to right behavior. Often the negativity that comes to an aspiring actor has more to do with people’s perception of money and stability. Second, there is a very real risk that if you make some grand gesture to sacrifice something in pursuit of your dreams, you might fail. It’s healthy to seriously evaluate that and determine whether you can live with the consequences of failure. Third, living without much money at all sucks. Fourth, it’s a good idea to hear what others say about you, to listen to the way you’re perceived. Then, you need to honestly evaluate who you are. Is there some grain of truth in what is being said to you or about you? Finally, remember that this is your life to live. Many times in life, you will get to choose what happens with you. These are the best moments, regardless of the outcome. Acting is a noble profession with a rich history. While it is not meant for everyone and it has a high failure rate, if you must do it, then I salute you.

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Many thanks to Sean for doing this! He’s definitely a class act.

Visit his website and Twitter page to find out his latest news updates.

As well, if you have any feedback or questions about this interview, feel free to comment below or send me an e-mail.

Otherwise, thank you for visiting and have a good one!

Melissa Maerz & How You Can Become An Entertainment Writer

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Hello everybody,

I hope 2014 is treating you well so far.

Throughout this year, I’ll be profiling various talented people with cool jobs and businesses to give you a behind-the-scenes look on how they achieved their greatness.

Who knows? They may provide some tips which can help you find success.

First up, is Entertainment Weekly TV critic, Melissa Maerz.

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Imagine being paid to watch your favourite TV shows and interviewing actors you admire?

That’s just a small window into Melissa’s world.

Her job is a perfect fit for a pop culture connoisseur.

She’s built up a great resume in the entertainment writing game and will share her insight on getting a “real job”, her typical day at Entertainment Weekly and how to attract the attention of 1980s music superstar, Prince.


The Dream Job Guy: You’ve had quite an impressive career with writing jobs at Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times and now, Entertainment Weekly. How did you get your start?

Melissa Maerz: Well, I think it started with my first “real job,” at City Pages, the weekly paper in Minneapolis, when I was 21. I e-mailed the music editor there and sent him some clips I’d written during college for the weekly paper in Ithaca, New York. He was cool enough to give me a shot at writing music reviews on a freelance basis. Then, when he took another job in New York, I was hired as the music editor at City Pages.

Weirdly, Minneapolis has a long history of music writers who started at City Pages and ended up working at SPIN magazine in New York. And I really wanted to work for SPIN. I knew the editor-in-chief had started her career like I did, at a weekly paper, so I e-mailed her to ask for her advice about whether I should stay in Minneapolis and try to freelance or move to New York and try to get a magazine job. By coincidence, she was looking for a reviews editor at SPIN, so I applied and eventually got hired.

From there, the jobs I got usually came about either by e-mailing an editor there to ask about job opportunities or because I already knew someone who worked there and that person told me about a job opening.

The hardest thing is getting the first “real job.” After that, finding jobs gets a little easier because you have more experience and more connections.

TDJG: What things do you love about your Entertainment Weekly position and why?

MM: So many things. I feel like my whole life is my job, in the best way. Every time I see a movie or read a book or watch TV or listen to music, I’m always thinking about ways to write about it. I love traveling, and visiting sets for TV shows and movies, and interviewing people whose work I love. But the best thing is the people. My co-workers all know so much about pop culture and it’s really fun to talk to them about it every day.

TDJG: You’ve interviewed many high profile celebrities. Describe any funny and/or embarrassing stories that took place which still make you laugh to this day.

MM: When I was a young journalist in Minneapolis, Prince summoned me out to Paisley Park to discuss a piece I’d written about him. (Suffice to say he didn’t like it.) He was having some kind of birthday celebration that night, so Alicia Keys and Erykah Badu were there performing. It was pretty surreal. But looking back, I’m actually kind of touched he cared enough about what some 21-year-old kid wrote about him in a local paper to take time to talk to me about it.

TDJG: What celebrities really surprised you with how cool they were and why?

MM: I’m not sure he surprised me, because I expected he’d be cool, but Louis C.K. was incredibly smart. I loved interviewing him.

Louis CK

TDJG: What aspects of your EW job make you want to toss a computer through a window?

MM: Every job has its minor frustrations, but EW is actually a really great place to work, so I haven’t tossed any computers yet.

TDJG: Did you have any career moments where you thought being an entertainment writer wasn’t going to be a reality?

MM: I definitely worried about that all the time when I first graduated from college. I was working three jobs at once, and I didn’t want to have those jobs forever. So that’s when I wrote the music editor at City Pages to see if I could start writing for them. And once I started freelancing, I never said no to assignments. Anything the staff writers didn’t want to write themselves, I wrote. I think that’s part of the reason they hired me.

TDJG: What’s your typical EW day like?

MM: It really depends on the day. Sometimes I’m traveling for a set visit and those days are obviously very different, because anything can happen. But if I’m in the office, it usually goes something like this…

9:30 am - Take the subway to work. Usually, I spend that time either reading a book I’ll be reviewing or watching TV shows on my iPad I’m going to write about that week.

10:00 am – Get to work, check the news, eat some breakfast.

10:15 am – Go to the morning meeting. Our morning meetings are actually really fun because we talk about all the entertainment news we’re excited about and we advocate for certain stories we think should be in the magazine or online that week.

11:15 am – This time is usually spent doing research for something I’m writing or preparing for my Sirius radio show.

12:00pm or 1:00pm- Many of us at EW also host radio shows at Sirius where we talk about pop culture. I’m usually over there around this time, on the air.

1:00/2:00pm until 6:30 or 7pm - Usually spent doing some combination of writing for the magazine, blogging, interviewing someone, going to screenings to preview new TV shows or movies, brainstorming ideas for future stories or catching up on TV I’ll be writing about.

8:00 pm – Solve the U.S. deficit problem, with Katy Perry’s help. Celebrate by eating a bagel.

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TDJG: What advice can you give students, graduates and people in career transition to successfully break into today’s competitive entertainment print/online journalism world?

MM: The first editor I ever had told me that you should always have a dream job in mind, whether it’s a magazine or newspaper or website. Read anything and everything that publication publishes. Get to know its writers and its voice and the types of stories it runs. Then contact someone who works at that place, ask them how they got their job, and follow their advice. I think that helped me a lot over the years.

TDJG: If someone were to get an editorial internship at Entertainment Weekly, what would she need to do? Who should she contact?

MM: Look out for posts like this on EW’s Tumblr and follow the instructions:


TDJG: What skills, knowledge and experience do you need to secure a full-time staff writer job at a major entertainment publication today?

MM: Most major entertainment magazines won’t hire you unless you have a lot of experience at smaller places first. So, the most important thing to do is build up clips of great things you’ve written. Ideally, you’ll also have good relationships with industry sources who you could contact when you’re reporting. If you’re just starting out, you could also apply for an internship and try to work your way up the ranks. Many of the staff writers at EW are former interns.

TDJG: Do you have any other tips which can help future entertainment writing job seekers?

MM: If you can’t find a full-time job, freelance until a full-time job becomes available. Write for anyone and everyone you can. Also, ask to have lunch with people you admire in your field, even if you don’t know them. They might be able to give you good advice and tell you about job opportunities when they pop up.

TDJG: One more question. If entertainment writing didn’t pan out, what would you be doing with your life?

MM: Probably hosting a radio show, like I do at Sirius. Though when I was really little, I used to insist I’d become a professional octopus.

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A big thank you to Melissa for taking the time to visit.

Be sure to read her Entertainment Weekly articles and you can also follow her on Twitter.

As always, if you have any questions and/or comments, feel free to write below.

Thank you for reading and have a good one!