Megan: The Brand

Megan May 2014
Megan: The Brand
June 20, 2014

For class this week, we needed to come up with a way to effectively market ourselves to potential employers by combining content communities with email blasts. The following is the copy that I have designed for myself–centered around music, of course.

I am always in pursuit of out-of-the-box employment opportunities that stretch the imagination and challenge my talents and experience.

As the talented Marilyn Monroe once said, “It’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

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Megan: The Brand
Release date: June 22, 2014

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Track Listing:
1. Attention, Ladies & Gents
2. Creative Parodies
3. Writer & Producer Extraordinaire
4. Through the Lens
5. The Really Real & the Fake

* Special bonus track: Pixel Perfect[/column]

Track One: Attention, Ladies & Gents
I’ve had the opportunity to film spots for television shows like the now defunct Wayne Brady Show and TLC’s Lottery Changed My Life. It’s always so exciting to step in front of a camera and act! Being a big fan of music, it was also fulfilling to be part of a music video for a band from Florida called Go Radio. My friend, Megan, and I were extras who happened to be shopping on the streets. Take a look and see if you can spot us! Fun fact: We were filming this in the middle of a Hurricane. (Marketable)

Track Two: Creative Parodies
Give me a video camera, some editing software and the freedom to develop something based on a current trend and you will wind up with creative content. I had the idea to do a skit based off of “Hunger Games” and relate it to baseball. The result was me running on a beach and stranded in the woods while promising that I was training to represent the Rays (a la “District 30”). Once I posted it to Twitter, my follower count increased and my tweet was retweeted like crazy. I also posted a clip of a “Wrecking Ball” skit (centered around the Tampa Bay Rays losing to the Boston Red Sox) to Instagram and it received over 25 likes and numerous retweets within the first few hours. (Action-oriented)

Track Three: Writer & Producer
This ties in with track two a little bit. As part of my music blog, I’ve had the opportunity to interview some really amazing musical artists. The interviews, content and videos are of my original creation from start to finish. I oversee the research, editing, filming, and every other aspect. I have had artists compliment me after interviews saying they rarely enjoy doing them because people don’t usually know what they are talking about but the questions that I ask are well thought out and made them actually think. Fans of the artists also grasp on to the video interviews and I have some that have reached over 30,000 views. The featured interview in this post is with Framing Hanley and has over 41,000 views on the Stardust YouTube channel. (Autonomous)

Track Four: Through the Lens
SET IT OFFI enjoy capturing experiences through photography. I am self-taught and have had the privilege of even shooting my favorite band in the entire world, My Chemical Romance, in 2011. I’ve gotten roughed up from crowd surfers and moshers alike while clicking away but that’s all part of the fun and unpredictability of a live concert atmosphere! Prior to Flickr changing around it’s upload allotment, I had reached my limit on the amount of photos I could have posted numerous times. I have always felt that it is hard to remove images that aren’t “as good” as how I shoot now when they are so popular on the platform. It’s refreshing that Flickr has expanded to allow us photographers a better opportunity to share our images with the world. The bulk of my images are always displayed through my music blog and Facebook if they cannot be found on Flickr. (Passionate)

Track Five: The Really Real & the Fake
One of the last things you can probably picture yourself actually doing is driving around town sitting on an ice pack because your tailbone hurts. Well, I can check that off my list of things that I never thought I would do too–because I have. I trained to be a professional wrestler. Yes, it hurts. Yes, I’ve gotten hurt. No, it’s not all fake. There is no way in the world to make a two hundred pound dude landing on top of you feel like you are jumping around in a foam pit; it hurts. The “fakest” part about wrestling is obviously the common knowledge that some things are planned out, but again, there’s nothing fake about the physicality and endurance. You either have it or you don’t. My gimmick, as a manager, is a fusion of Mean Girls, Barbie, Clueless and all of those other really awesome girly movies. I’ve also gotten to work with some former WCW and WWE talent–a dream come true to that starry-eyed ten year old girl who never knew where dreams could take her. (Ambitious)

* Special bonus track: Pixel Perfect
From an early age I have been using HTML and I’m pretty well versed in it. I can also use and alter different java and php codes. Along with coding, you also need vivid images to make websites pop. I believe that it is safe to say that I am a Photoshop-aholic. Aside from having designed 60+ page program books, I have contributed to different merchandise sold by artists and different tour/ID laminates. Furthermore, my editing skills carry over to Final Cut Pro where as I have mentioned above, I enjoy making videos. (Successful)

As you have read through each section, you may have noticed that I included a word that described myself and my work for that particular track title/headline. According to Forbes, having an employee that embodies traits such as being marketable, action-oriented, autonomous, passionate, ambitious and successful is ideal when it comes to your business. Action-oriented people take chances, ambition is what keeps a company innovative and future success can be predicted by a person’s past success.

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Tags: brand, content communities, design, email, final cut pro, media, network, photoshop, social