What’s up & what’s gone down :: June 2011

colleen wainwright

me, totally pulling a talk out of my ass

A mostly monthly but certainly occasional round-up of what I’ve been up to and what’s in the hopper. For full credits and details, see this entry.

Colleen of the future (stuff I’ll be doing)

  • June L.A. Biznik Mixer at Jerry’s Famous [Los Angeles; Wednesday, June 22]  Fun, free, low-key networking plus great tips, tricks and ideas from your fellow indie-biz folk, which of course includes me. Duh. All that, and Happy Hour specials, too. My co-host this month, photographer/creative director Josh Ross, may or may not be taking excellent shots of the whole affair. Join up here (free membership, which is nice), then sign up here.

Colleen of the Past (what I have done for you lately)

  • World Domination Summit [Portland, OR; June 3-5] This fantastic conference put on by my friend Chris Guillebeau of The Art of Non-Conformity and his crack team of dedicated volunteers exceeded even my loftiest expectations. (Bollywood dance lesson! Group crying! Free, Oprah-style fortunes taped to the bottom of our chairs!) There are photos available to view on Flickr (and my June newsletter shares one lesson learned). There will also be a documentary assembled eventually. What can I say? Get on the list for 2012; I’ve already bought my ticket.
  • ASMP’s Strictly Business Blog I’m an occasional contributor now, because dammit, I just can’t talk enough about marketing. This post covers the use of personal work in portfolios, written for photogs, but applicable to any artist whose life and work overlap.
  • The Suitcase Entrepreneur Podcast The already-high-spirited Natalie Sisson got rip-roaring drunk on cider and asked me my thoughts on how to build your audience as a blogger. And she did it all from a café somewhere in the world with really spotty wifi. God bless the internets!
  • World-Changing Writing Workshop 2011 My special poetry feature bonus thingy gets released later this week. If you’re a member of this year’s WCWW class, please be sure to join the forum dedicated to my bonus feature. It’s the place, and the only place, where I’ll be discussing aspects of the pieces, and answering questions.

Colleen of the Present (stuff I do, rain or shine)

  • communicatrix | focuses :: My monthly newsletter devoted to the ways and means of becoming a better clearer communicator (plus a few special treats I post nowhere else). This month: How to talk FAST (or, pulling a talk for 500 people out of your ass the night before). Free!
  • Act Smart! is my monthly column about marketing for LA Casting. Nominally for actors, there’s a ton of good info in there for any creative business person. Browse the archives, here.
  • Internet flotsam :: If you suffer from a surfeit of time, you can always look for me on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, StumbleUpon and delicious.

xxx
c

Image by Armosa Studios via Flickr, used under a Creative Commons license.

6 comments

  1. I love that you captioned the photo “me, totally pulling a talk out of my ass” because you really did talk about your ass a lot!! Great, inspiring story with a look at the world that I also try to achieve. Thanks for stepping up that day and sharing! Cheers!

  2. Hi. Just discovered your blog in the last few weeks. Compelling and fresh. Thanks. So tired of being bored by poorly written blogs.

  3. Colleen that new ass you got has some awesome content! You made me see “the light”, or remember it more accurately. I’m wondering what I can pull out of that spacious space that used to be my uterus ;-)

  4. ooooh – it IS a nice ass! ;)
    – and I know your talk kicked some, too –
    Thanks for the reminder that, no matter the nominal target audience, there’s juicy-goodness to be gleaned from all over the place!

    Bright Blessings ~ Karen

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