The Straw-Hat Pirates

Key Principles to learn from the soon to be King of Pirates

If you are new to the world of Anime/Manga, you may not have heard of the franchise One Piece. To give some context, One Piece is widely regarded as one of the greatest Anime franchises to ever exist. Launching in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1997, it has since been collected into over 80 volumes, while breaking records in both Japan and The United States. The franchise has even set the Guinness World Record for “the most copies published for the same comic book by a single author”, and is “the best-selling manga series worldwide with over 430 million copies sold”

Your audience is pinning, and you’re not. See a problem there?

Everyday, another Instagram user tells someone how frustrated they are with the algorithm, a lack of engagement, or struggling to build their brand. Everyday, that same user decides to go back to Instagram and become frustrated all over again; it’s actually kind of funny. What’s even more funny is there being a platform that’s designed to address all of those pain points, but someone convinced us it’s only for small-town bloggers, wedding planning, and the occasional DIY recommendations. If you really want to laugh, imagine trying to build a brand today and still thinking that creating on Pinterest isn’t necessary.

It’s time your strategy embraced the platform of discovery.

As humans, we’re creatures of habit and creatures of imitation generally speaking. It’s easier for us to fill in the blanks of what we don’t know or what we’re unsure of, with experiences and responses from other people. Our tendencies to lean on this approach to decision making only increases the more variables we add to the equation. “Are you hungry?” is easily answered with a yes or no. “What do you want to eat?” becomes a completely different question with an annoying amount of variables for most people to consider like:

  • What do I actually want to eat?
  • What…

We deserve more honesty in Fashion

We’ve all been apart of this conversation as we venture off to be the very best that no one ever was in the Fashion Industry. That conversation that has not only been used as a stick of judgement, but also a gatekeeper to those shallow enough to believe in its validity; the conversation about “high fashion” and “I want to be published in (insert generic magazine name here)”. These conversations often times are more shallow in their presentation than we realize. I won’t say it’s because the person having the conversation is shallow (benefit of the doubt), but because these…

A checklist to go through to make sure you get the money you deserve.

It’s time to confront the issue head on. You engaged in a business transaction with a client and have begun giving deliverables and have yet to receive payment. Now you’re feeling uncomfortable because you’re not sure how to proceed. On the one hand, you can not bring it up and just hope that they will simply give you what’s rightfully yours. On the other hand, you want to send them a really strong message using a lot of passive aggressive language to suggest to them with a lot of force that it’s in their best interest to give you your…

Why Model-Release Forms are crucial for today’s photographer and how they protect both the photographer and the model they’re working with.

For a lot of people who work in the creative industry today, it may feel a bit like the wild wild west; a world full of no rules that welcomes you to define it as you go. For the most part, you wouldn’t be wrong. I believe one of the greatest things about working in the art related spaces is that you have a certain agency to create the reality in which you work. You get to decide your rates, your team, the projects you’re assigned to, the environments you work in, a lot of it is very much up…

Why now, more than ever, it’s important to invest time into building your LinkedIn brand

Here are a few cold-hard facts. Right now, in the United States of America, at least 14.7% of Americans are currently unemployed. Right now, in the United States of America, close to 10% of all home loans are in delinquency. Right now, in the United States of America, the national debt has increased to $14.30 trillion. Everywhere you look, you are finding more and more evidence that the economic status of the United States is in a stage of both uncertainty, and dramatic shifting. Where most companies view this as a cause of fear and panic, certain industries are properly…

With the success of the first quarantine tour, the concert experience has now entered it’s next evolution.

In an unforeseen turn of events, Youtube has established itself as the commander of live music experiences with a concert by the “King of Quarantine”, Tory Lanez. With all of the attention going to Instagram very early on during the quarantined experience, the expectation was that Instagram would be the first space to evolve how fans were able to engage with their favorite artists. Not only did they have the users, the involvement from the celebrity community via live-streaming, and the command of the current trend, but they had the most time with those advantages than any competitor. …

A winner’s list of 3 fundamental tips to make sure you’re built to be profitable and stay profitable.

Time’s have changed they say. We are moving into an age of such technological advancement that we are often questioning whether we’re living in the middle of a Sci-Fi film or not. At a pace we’ve never experienced, businesses are evolving and so is the process in which companies are looking to stay profitable. For some businesses, subscription based media is the future, for others, the premium add on model is the way forward as we have seen in apps that we frequently use. At the end of the day, these things are all smoke and mirrors; what keeps a…

Finding Hope in despair; how the life of Nipsey Hussle The Great gives proof to the famous quote about fear and liberation by Marianne Williamson.

How do you mourn a person you’ve never met, but felt was a member of your family who always looked out for your best interest? How do you grieve a fallen hero when because of their very nature, they couldn’t have fallen in your eyes? The mind is stuck trying to pair reality with what you deemed as impossibility because your imagination never created such a space for it to experience. Millions of people around the world, including myself are struggling with adjusting to the reality that Nipsey Hussle The Great is no longer alive; slain in broad daylight by…

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