Musical Chairs

Musical Chairs…

 “The Music Biz Is Like Musical Chairs, It’s About Where You Are Standing Where The Music Stop Spinnin”- Jay-Z-“Hollywood”

You may be questioning your purpose in life, your mission, your goals, yourself. In this game of life you will continue to question the game and all the games within it.

We see the economic disparities of the world based on those who gain, are greedy, and live in excess luxury. People protest, march and boycott in the times of executives who hold onto their high paying positions that have paid them more than what they are truly worth.

You may look in the mirror and come to the realization that you are a member of this economic “recession” and are having a hard time on your career. No one is leaving their high paying job nor the shuffle, and the mix-up of every position is a game within itself. You may notice that many executives-  the heads of FORTUNE 500 companies or heads of billion dollar industries that put them on the top of the FORBES 400 list- who are moving around where their titles are the chairs, and the economic downturn is the music.

Sounds like the game of “Musical Chairs” that were all familiar with. You know the game, fewer seats than players arranged in a circle facing outward, music plays and stops every interval and a chair is removed. The aim is to sit down in an available seat to remain in the game every interval to be the last one seated.

Who will get a seat again?

Seems like on the job training ceases to exist. Unpaid internships work the best of the workforce for free, and those who sit in the executive chairs with the title don’t want to get up from their seat. They disregard the change of music that is the economic ups and downs of wealth and power and continue to stay seated.

Instead of giving the chairs and titles up completely or sharing the wealth- the salary, bonuses and of course power- they hold onto it for dear life. The executive titles and positions being highly coveted are shared with the elite and the main workforce becomes interns and executive temps that don’t or barely get paid at all.

There are many people waiting around in this job market for the music to start so they can get into a desired position only to realize a leader from one company replaces the other for another.

We all see what is happening in the job market and now this musical chairs game is not purely for entertainment anymore. You have to be unconventional in your growth using social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn) and blogs to garner attention to your personal brand.

The solution so you have a chair and position when the economy changes and the music stops or starts again is clear. You must learn to focus on your particular area of industry, look at the trends, research and truly delve into the history; and you will know what move to make in particular for your future.

Ian Evans

I hope you enjoyed this piece by my FIRST guest blogger and good friend Ian Evans. How do you feel about musical chairs in your career field? Do you agree or disagree with his views? Speak your mind in the comments.

-TheJournalist25 xoxo

The Lion King 3-D: A Rip-Off

Don't hate the playa, hate the game!

Okay, I find this really ridiculous!

“What?” you might ask… and I’m so glad you did.

The fact that Disney’s The Lion King 3-D made $30.2 million in theaters this weekend. I think it may be just me because I don’t have a job (like many other Americans out there) to go see a movie that I ALREADY OWN on vhs and dvd. I love The Lion King, but why would I spend extra money on a movie I’ve seen thousands of times, in the comfort of my home at that? Just because it’s 3-D?! I think not.

I’m sorry, but 3-D hasn’t made me a believer yet. I don’t like it! It’s too much on my eyes with all the images. I’m leery of those glasses I have to wear as far as germs are concerned. Lastly, I don’t want anything all up in my face or flying toward it, even if it is fake. I almost forgot, it’s too damn expensive!! Most people who probably went to go see this are families- that had to have cost them a pretty penny for a family of four or more.

I’m not trying to knock Disney’s hustle (or anyone else for that matter), but this is straight up capitalism at its finest. They took a movie already made and many years old (16 to be exact) and just made it 3-D. This did very little to add jobs in this economy, but made millions of dollars off of the American people.

I can’t be completely upset with Disney because American consumers are idiots. We will buy into anything which is very evident with the weekend box office total of $30.2 millions that were made. We can be so frivolous  with our money (yes, I am included in that statement).  And we wonder why were in debt and in a recession. I digress…

With all that is going on in our economy I would much rather spend the extra money to see the live production over and over at a theater. At least, I know that many significant hands are needed for the overall production (i.e. actors, production staff, ushers, etc). There are talented people able to work because of a play. A spectrum of employees from minimum wage to college graduates. May I add that the play is culturally more sophisticated than a movie, especially this day and age.

Maybe if our economy was in better shape and our unemployment rate was lower I wouldn’t be so annoyed about The Lion King 3-D. The fact of the matter is that there is a bigger picture here that apparently people are missing.

I love Disney and The Lion King very much. I saw the movie in the theater as a child and watched it day in and day out once it was on vhs (man I feel old talking about vhs), but at the end of the day I think that its a waste of time and money to see it 3-D. Even if you have children who are under six years old. I’m sure the Disney vault will open again and allow you to purchase the movie on dvd for your children. Nonetheless, the book is available for you to read your children the wonderful story of Simba and his journey.

What are your thoughts on the release of The Lion King 3-D? Speak your mind.