Contemporary sounds of Istanbul

first_imgThe tune is atonal. The computer-generated melody is based on a chant by Anatolian monks. But can it be considered beautiful?Absolutely, says Turkish-born pianist Seda Röder, an associate in Harvard’s Department of Music who commissioned the work for her new CD.For many listeners, the beauty of works by composers such as Beethoven and Brahms lies in their harmonic chords and melodic themes. But even those classic masters experimented with dissonance, juxtaposing notes that seem to clash chromatically, and jar the listener’s ear.Yet while many classical composers used the technique to heighten the sense of emotion and tension in a piece, they almost always chose to resolve the friction by restoring harmony.But sustained dissonance was a natural and important progression in the Western musical canon and carries its own beauty, said Röder, who recently released “Listening to Istanbul,” a collection of six contemporary Turkish piano pieces full of disharmonious chords.The CD was the result of an encounter between Röder and Tolga Yayalar, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Music. After attending one of Röder’s performances with the Harvard Group for New Music (HGNM) in 2008, Yayalar approached the pianist and asked if he could compose a work specifically for her.The piece, titled “In the Temporal Gardens,” premiered at Harvard last April during an HGNM concert. Based on a poem by Turkish poet Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar, the composition inspired Röder to further explore the world of Turkish contemporary music.“After that performance, I thought, not many people know much about Turkish music outside of Turkey, and they should,” said Röder, who studied at the State Conservatory in Istanbul and received her magister diploma, the equivalent of a doctor of musical arts degree, from the University Mozarteum in Austria.Encouraged by Yayalar, Röder contacted five prominent contemporary composers in Turkey who agreed to write pieces for the accomplished pianist, all with a theme or connection related to her native country.The result is a rich soundscape that includes an audio image of the frantic pace of rush hour in the nation’s capital, Istanbul, and a piece modeled after the traditional Turkish makams, or scales that use notes that fall between the conventional Western scales’ configuration of half steps.“I feel a responsibility to share this music with the world — mirror it, reflect it to the people who may not even know that it exists,” said Röder.Röder admits it is sometimes hard for listeners to warm quickly to contemporary music. Unlike many classic compositions that are well-known and contain familiar formal structures and harmonic progressions, contemporary works, she said, more often than not challenge the listener.“I don’t think it’s fair to expect people to immediately grasp and understand the music that was just composed versus music they have been hearing for 300 years. New music requires new listening in order to be able to adjust.”To help her audiences, Röder gives brief lectures prior to performing a new work to explain the compositions’ various layers.“People often feel lost, and with my talks I try to give them a branch they can hold onto. I am trying to make contemporary music much more approachable for everyone.”Röder came to Harvard in 2007 after conducting postdoctoral research at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich to further her study of lesser-known, 20th century Viennese composers. Since arriving in Cambridge, she has also been drawn to thematic concert programs that tell a story about a time, a city, or a people.“Listening to Istanbul” falls into that musical framework.“There are a lot of elements that you will not find in the contemporary music of other countries because these composers are specifically making use of Turkish elements or making reference to Turkish life,” she said.Furthering her exploration of contemporary music, Röder is working on an electro-acoustic composition that she plans to perform with one of Harvard’s student orchestras later this year. The piece, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, will include Röder’s improvised version of the work’s first movement cadenza that will use a computer to alter the sound of the piano keys.But purists shouldn’t cringe at the idea of tweaking a classic with a computer keyboard, argues Röder.“It was very conventional that people in Beethoven’s time improvised during the cadenza in the style of their time. When I think about it now, I think one should also improvise in the style of his or her own time.”Above all, Röder urges audiences of contemporary works simply to open up to the experience.“Go with the music, and be open for those new sounds. Just close your eyes, and don’t worry about understanding.”last_img read more

NCPD Conspiracy Case: Burglar’s Dad Panicked Over Press Story

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A school burglar’s father panicked and deleted emails to his high-ranking ex-Nassau Police brass buddies accused of covering up for his son after reading about the alleged cover-up in a newspaper article, the father testified Tuesday.Gary Parker described his panic near the end of his second full day of questioning by prosecutors until the defense conducted a brief, rapid-fire cross examination before the trial was recessed. Neither side identified the April 2011 story’s authors—the Press.“After you became aware of the article, what did you do with respect to your emails?” asked Assistant District Attorney Bernadette Ford, who also prosecuted Parker’s son, Zachary, once the alleged cover-up was exposed.“I deleted them,” Parker responded. “I panicked.”William Flanagan, the former second deputy police commissioner who’s pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and misconduct charges, was among the police brass who called Parker once the story hit, Parker testified. Parker then resigned from the police nonprofit to which Flanagan had recruited him.Prosecutors have alleged that Flanagan and two other ex-Nassau police commanders being tried separately conspired to help Parker avoid being prosecuted for stealing $11,000 from John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore in May 2009. The younger Parker is now serving prison time for the thefts and other charges.The elder Parker testified that he had asked Flanagan, with whom he had been friends, for advice in June on how to return stolen equipment in the police department’s possession back to the school, which he believed would result in the charges being dropped.The Manhattan accountant from Merrick said he gave Flanagan a flashlight, a $3,000 Tag Heuer watch and his wife mailed the ex-cop a pair of $200 gift cards to Morton’s Steak House after Flanagan confirmed the property was returned in September 2009.“I understood he had a close relationship with the police commissioner,” Parker said, referring to former commissioner Lawrence Mulvey, while testifying why he brought the issue up with Flanagan. Parker said Flanagan then “took it upon himself” to help ensure the property—two laptops and a projector—were returned.Among the deleted emails between Parker and Flanagan that Ford had Parker read aloud in the courtroom was one in which Flanagan wrote shortly after the article, “Remember what I said, your family, we take care of our own.”Bruce Barket, Flanagan’s attorney, argued that those other emails back and forth in the same chain were about Parker and Flanagan rescheduling their dinner plans—not evidence of a cover-up.“What you asked Mr. Flanagan here…was to help get stolen property back to its owner, is that right?” Barket asked. “Yes,” Parker replied.last_img read more

Suburb of extremes pulls buyers of all budgets

first_imgThe renovated house is on an elevated block and backs on to bushland. “I had initially thought it would be a young couple who bought it but in the end we found the right buyers,” Chris Foenander of NGU Real Estate Southwest said.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019“I had one buyer who missed out on the sale, she knocked on the door of the seller offering to pay directly to buy the property.”Fifty-five people viewed the property with multiple parties interested in the serene bushland location on a hill.“It’s good to send a positive message to the market,” he said.“The majority of people interested in this property were first home buyers, but they were most interested in the $500,000-$600,000 price bracket, we were chasing premium dollar.” SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN SINNAMON PARK Property prices in Sinnamon Park reflect the quality of housing stock, with the first three months of 2019 seeing sales ranging from $558,000 to $1.34m.“It was a price in line with what the sellers needed,” Mr Foenander said.“They are off to build their dream home on the coast.” A beautiful view and 800sq m of land in the Centenary suburb of Sinnamon Park has attracted broad interest.DOWNSIZERS from Brookfield were the surprise buyers of 89 Dove Tree Court, Sinnamon Park, paying $800,000 for the four-bedroom renovated brick house. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<<last_img read more

Sevilla star voted best La Liga signing for 2019-20 campaign

first_img Over 120,000 fans cast their votes to name the best arrival in Spanish football this season, with the Argentine collecting a whopping 38 percent of the vote. Sevilla star Lucas Ocampos has been comprehensively voted the best signing in La Liga for the 2019-20 season in a poll conducted by Marca.Advertisement Loading… Read Also: Chelsea ponder move for Barcelona shot-stopperHe also provided one of the moments of the season in Sevilla’s win over Eibar this month, as he scored the only goal of the game before ending the match as an emergency goalkeeper and saving from Eibar shot-stopper Marko Dmitrovic in a dramatic finale.Ocampos has already had somewhat of a nomadic playing career across River Plate, Monaco, Genoa, Milan and Marseille, but his form this season has exceeded that of any club beforehand in his career.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Ocampos romped to victory with Real Madrid left-back Ferland Mendy picking up 18 percent of the vote in second place, ranking ahead of his Sevilla teammates Diego Carlos and Jules Kounde and Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.The 26-year-old netted 14 goals and provided three assists in 33 La liga appearances for the Andalusian club this campaign and has thrived since joining from Marseille in a €15m deal last summer. Promoted ContentTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon6 Secret Origin Stories Of Modern Mouth-Watering MealCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWorld’s Most Delicious Foods7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Best Car Manufacturers In The WorldThis Nation Is Almost Impossible To InvadeThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The Worldlast_img read more

West Florida Blanks Another GSC Foe

first_img Share West Florida Blanks Another GSC Foe Oct. 21, 2007 Box Score  Carollton, Ga. – West Florida (12-2-0, 7-0-0 GSC) continued to roll through the Gulf South Conference, when they record their sixth straight shutout over a conference conference foe, West Georgia (7-11-0, 2-5-0 GSC), 4-0 Sunday afternoon on the Wolves campus.The Argonauts controlled the flow on the field and for the 10th straight fixture the defense held their opponent under 10 shots, as West Florida out shot the Wolves 11-7. West Florida has now out scored their GSC rivals 29-1 in 2007.The Argonauts cracked the score board in the 30th minute of action when Sheka Codner sent a cross into the box and Dernelle Mascall flicked the ball over the head of the Wolves keeper.Three minutes before the end of the first half Mascall struck again when she gathered in a attempted clear by the Wets Georgia defense and rifled a shot from the top of the box for her 18th goal of the season. The sophomore is now second in school history for single season goals, one shy of the record set by Brianna Oeser in 2005.Following the break the Argonauts would mirror their first half performance controlling the ball and netting two goals.Amanda Wallace became the 15th Argonaut to score a goal this season when she tucked away her first goal in her West Florida career following a Mascall cross.Alison Riley finished the scoring when she hauled in a thru ball from Niala Owens inside the box, turned and finished.”Every game presents different problems,” said head coach Joe Bartlinski, who surpassed the century mark in career wins on Friday. “West Georgia was battling hard for a conference playoff spot and they played a tough physical game.”Up next for the Argonauts is a final GSC home fixture, before the conference tournament, against rival Montevallo.”For a team that has nine new starters we have done pretty well but we are not there yet. I am pleased how the new players have stepped up but there is still a lot of work to be done, especially with Montevallo coming up.”Kick off at the UWF Sports Complex is set for 5 p.m., this Friday when West Florida takes on the Falcons. “Live Stats” will be available at goargos.com on the Women’s Soccer home page. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Solskjaer searches for answers to save Man Utd season

first_imgRashford’s recent form has helped paper over United’s lack of depth up front after they opted not to replace Romelu Lukaku, who left for Inter Milan in August.United’s midfield looks desperately short of creativity in the absence of the injured Paul Pogba and with Jesse Lingard struggling to find his best form. Scott McTominay is also currently sidelined with a knee injury, depriving the side of steel.And despite boosting their defence with the signings of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the summer transfer window at considerable cost, United do not look like a cohesive unit at the back.Maguire’s arrival has not had the same galvanising impact that Virgil van Dijk’s signing had at Liverpool, with United recording just three clean sheets in the Premier League this season. Only Norwich and Tottenham have had fewer.Solskjaer did not sound over-confident that the January transfer window would yield obvious solutions.“We are a young team and with the injuries we’ve had and illness it shows more and that’s something we are looking at,” he said.“If there is something there for us I’ve got the backing to do something but if it is not the right thing we won’t do anything.”Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish and Leicester midfielder James Maddison, as well as Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, have all seen their names linked with a move to Old Trafford.The problem is that January is a notoriously difficult time to persuade clubs to part with their best players. Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has said nobody he wants to keep will be leaving the King Power Stadium this month.Alongside the constant speculation over Pogba’s future, Solskjaer may have another headache, with reports that veteran defender Ashley Young has opened talks over a move to Inter Milan.“We can’t weaken ourselves. We’ve got to strengthen ourselves if any movement is going to happen,” Solskjaer said.Share on: WhatsApp SolskjaerLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United’s demoralising defeat against Manchester City in their League Cup semi-final laid bare their desperate need for reinforcements if they are to salvage anything from their stuttering season.United conceded three first-half goals in a match at Old Trafford for the first time since May 1997 on Tuesday in their chastening 3-1 first-leg loss against Pep Guardiola’s men.Bernardo Silva’s wonder strike, Riyad Mahrez’s cool finish and an own goal from Andreas Pereira put City well on course for a third straight final before Marcus Rashford gave the hosts faint hope for the second leg on January 29.The defeat was another stark reminder that United are light years behind the standards set by Premier League pacesetters Liverpool and defending champions City.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said there would be no easy solutions as United attempt to claw their way back to the top of English football.“I’ve said before it is not going to be a quick fix and the two teams you are talking about are probably two of the best teams in the world,” he said.“That’s the task we have ahead of us, it’s something that we’ve started. You can see we are still a way off but we’ve started something that needed doing.”The problem is that the shoots of recovery are hard to decipher, with United short of technical quality and fight against City.United have had some impressive performances this season — including a 2-1 victory at City in the league last month, wins against Chelsea and Spurs and a draw at home against Liverpool.But they have stumbled badly against sides they would expect to beat, losing to Watford, Bournemouth, Newcastle and West Ham, and face a tough battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League.– United flaws –There are problems for Solskjaer to solve all over the pitch.last_img read more

Broward County to Stop Recycling Paper This Summer

first_imgHundreds of thousands of Broward County residents will soon be required to stop recycling newspapers, pamphlets and other mixed paper.Waste Management is ending mixed paper recycling, claiming that Broward has not been following the program’s guidelines.The change includes newspapers, mail, magazines, glossy inserts, pamphlets, catalogs, print and office paper and school paper.However, environmental groups want Waste Management to consider other options.Fourteen Broward cities were recently told the change begins Aug. 1. They are: Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea; Lauderhill, Lighthouse Point, Margate, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Pembroke Park, Plantation, Tamarac, Wilton Manors.According to the notice given to those municipalities, mixed paper “has no viable market” to be resold as recyclables.Another 13 Broward cities are expected to be weaned off mixed-paper recycling, depending on new contract terms, according to Waste Management spokeswoman, Dawn McCormick.Those are: Cooper City, Dania Beach, Davie, Hillsboro Beach, Lauderdale Lakes, Miramar, Parkland, Pembroke Pines, Pompano Beach, Sea Ranch Lakes, Southwest Ranches, West Park, Weston.Broward County Vice Mayor Steve Geller says: “We’ve known we’d be dealing with this in the next year or two. I don’t think we had any idea we’d be dealing with this in the next week or two.”McCormick explains that Broward is putting trash in the recycling bin, causing contamination rates of around 30 percent. Unable to clean it enough to sell, the paper then gets sent to the landfill or burned to turn into electricity.In addition, the global market demand for recycled paper is slowing.The company’s recycling income dropped nearly $90 million last year, compared with 2017.Waste Management is the country’s largest hauler and the largest recycling processing company, with recycling operations in 30 states and Canada. McCormick explains that other locations around the country have abandoned recycling entirely.The agency handles recycling in Miami-Dade County, where mixed-paper recycling will continue since the contract does not allow for paper to be eliminated from recycling.No cities in Palm Beach County plan to end paper recycling, says Solid Waste Authority spokesman, Willie Puz.There, residents separate their paper for recycling from their glass, metal and plastic, cutting down on the contamination rates.Although paper does not produce much revenue, it will not disappear. Puz explains, “As a government entity we’re not in it to make money; we’re in it to do the right thing.”Once the changes are implemented, the financial burden could land on the individual cities, says Coral Springs Commissioner Larry Vignola.If people continue to recycle paper, Waste Management could fine the cities for contaminating recycling.“Hopefully the market will rebound in a few years, but this is going to be a challenge,” he adds. “It’s a shame. Everybody is a lot more environmentally conscious and striving to do the right thing by the environment. That’s very frustrating. We still have people putting plastic bags in the recycling bins. Not everyone really understands what’s recyclable and what’s not.”Despite Waste Management’s notification letters, Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Steve Glassman hopes the change will not occur. He explains, “I’m hopeful we are able to figure this out. It makes no sense to fill up the landfills with this kind of material that can be recycled. I don’t know if there’s time to change anything now, but I think we need to have that conversation. I think we need to get it back on track.”The list of what can still be recycled in Broward County generally includes clean, dry and empty cardboard such as Amazon shipping boxes and diaper boxes, plastic bottles and jugs, aluminum and steel cans, and glass bottles and jars. Clean pizza boxes with no grease, paper or food are also recyclable.last_img read more

Sports film documentary depicts Black athletes in Pittsburgh

first_img The film sheds light on many different topics, ranging from the town’s history in sports to the issues that Blacks face in trying to develop Black youths into good athletes in all sports.” “It was a good production. Good enough that I suggested that (White make provisions for the film to be broadcasted), nationally on ESPN. It told the story on a local platform and revealed some issues that present themselves all over the nation,” said Rock Robinson of the Western Pennsylvania Minority Golf Association.The process would present its fair share of financial difficulties. There was a smaller than usual budget for this project and this, according to White, made it difficult for the film to be complete.“We made this film with the grand total of funding at $10,000,” White said. “That is a small amount to make a movie. We were determined to make this production be the best that it could be.”Other perspectives were thrown into the mix from a production aspect. One of those was that of Martha Conley, another Pittsburgh native, who served as the associate producer of the film. She is a filmmaker as well and is in the process of producing her own documentary.“I am very pleased with the turnout of this film,” said Conley. “I learned a lot throughout this process. It has been a much more of a collaborative project than that of my own documentary and the team that White put together worked really well for the most part.”There were also a number of local and national representatives that took part and shared their ideas on some of the movie’s topics. Robinson was one of them and wants to see the film reach higher heights.“This film was just as good as ‘Uneven Fairways’ (a documentary about minorities in golf that was also televised on ESPN). It was a blessing in disguise that the film had such limited resources so that it could provide the type of information and feel that it did (in its current form),” Robinson said.The group has already sponsored two private screenings and plans to have multiple public screenings in the near future. The locations and times will be announced. Fund-raising for “Lost in the Hype” continues. Funds are needed for film festival submissions and distribution. Donations may be sent to Rights and Responsibilities at 5706 East Liberty Blvd., Pittsburgh Pa. 15206. With little time and resources, the Rights and Responsibilities Film group (Pittsburgh owned and operated) has finally introduced their film documentary “Lost in the Hype—African Americans in a Super Sports town.” “We started this film in January 2008 and expected to have this project completed by December 2008 so that we can be in time for this to be a part of the Pittsburgh 250 efforts, however, due to various setbacks, we were not able to (finish within that time frame),” said Aisha White, the film’s executive producer. MARTHA CONLEYlast_img read more

Memorial match for ‘Roycee’ raises over €4,000 for Irish Kidney Association

first_imgDUNLEWEY Celtic have presented the proceeds of a recent memorial match for Michéal ‘Roycee’ Roarty to the Irish Kidney Association House.Dunlewey held the match on August 4 at Glentornan Park.The game was in memory of Michéal, a player with the club who was one of four young men to lose their life in a horrific accident in west Donegal in January. The game raised funds for Irish Kidney Association House in Beaumont, Dublin as Michéal was a patient in the Renal Centre there a few years ago and his family selected this charity when approached about the game.The memorial match helped to raise €4,255.00 with the thanks of the local communities and beyond. Michéal ‘Roycee; RoartyThe club said: “We would like to thank everyone who donated and came out to support us on the day even though the weather was against us. “We would like to thank all the players that got involved and all the ladies that helped serve the food and all the sponsors that were kind enough to donate to us, Roarty’s Shop Dunlewey, An Chúirt Hotel, Donegal Bouncy Castles, Óstán Loch Altan, The Dunlewey Committee, Eamonn Coyle Memorials, Paul A Roarty Electrician and Ionad Cois Locha.” Memorial match for ‘Roycee’ raises over €4,000 for Irish Kidney Association was last modified: October 9th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DunleweyDunlewey CelticIrish Kidney AssociationMícheál RoartyRoyceelast_img read more

How To Get Ahead In Your Creative Career

first_imgYou can’t always control your creative career…but you can be ready to make the most of career building opportunities.These summer months are a time of great turmoil for many young graduates, emerging from the comfort of 20 years of systematic education, now faced with the wide blue yonder of the uncertain future and wrestling with ‘what they’re going to do with their lives’ and exactly how they are going to ‘make it.’If there is one thing that seems pretty certain about a creative career, it is that you can’t really control it’s trajectory, but you can be ready (or not) to take advantage of the opportunities that come your way. Here a few thoughts on how to get ahead in your own creative career – advice for current and future video editors, photographers, producers and other creative professionals.Faith, Hope and ReasonAs a creative entering into the marketplace for the first time there are a few things that you need to come to grips with. First of all you cannot always control your career trajectory, but you can be smart, prepared and ‘lucky’ in your career.Why do I think you can’t control your career?One job leads to another, or not. One connection leads to another, or not. A phone call out of the blue can change everything. Months of pounding the pavement on a project can lead nowhere. Life is more random than we give it credit for so we should be prepared for everything not to go according to plan, or at least not our plan. And that’s totally ok. If you go with the flow, instead of fighting it, you’ll have a much better time and not be so worried when its not all working out quite how you hoped.So what can you do to best prepare yourself for opportunities?I think its important to set goals, some audacious goals, but be flexible with the time and method of getting there. You and you alone are the forward thrust in your career and it won’t be handed to you on a platter. Be active in pursuing your goals, knowing that you are moving forward but in a zig zag fashion. One thing can add to another in unexpected ways but you probably won’t get there by a direct route.Secondly there tends to be two ways of engaging with the world. One way is that the world is a scary place and you should live cautiously. This thinking means you should shore up for yourself securities of money and always make job safety your first priority. Conversely, you can live your life more openly, viewing the world as a place to be engaged with and a place to make your mark in. If you can start thinking more like the second camp you’ll have more fun and be less afraid. All you need to have starting out is a bit of faith in yourself and your abilities, hope that everything will work out against the odds and a reasonable, yet flexible plan of attack.Making Your Own Luck“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” – SenecaHave you ever noticed how some people (other people) tend to get lucky more than you? They always seem to be in the right place at the right time, getting to work on the best jobs and with the coolest creatives.You can make your own luck. If you’re prepared to take advantage of the opportunities that randomly come your way you can get ‘lucky’ much more often. So what’s the best way to prepare?First of all, having an open mind as to what an opportunity looks like, means you’re more prepared to spot them. As Thomas Edison said ”Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”. Being prepared to put in the hours of hard and humble work and doing it all with a sense of humor and not entitlement, makes for 90 percent of having the right attitude. Your attitude matters more than your aptitude. As an example, I was working recently at a post production house that had two interns. One had been there a while and carried herself with an air of over confidence, she acted like every task was a little bit of a burden and she came across as a bit annoying. The other was always hard at work, happy to do any job no matter how mundane and in any spare moment that she had, asked if she could sit in to watch what I was doing, asked questions and seemed generally hungry to learn. Now which one of those two interns do you think I’m likely to recommend to someone else as an assistant? How you conduct yourself as a person is far more influential on your career trajectory than what you know. People work with people they like, and they can train those people to learn new things far more easily than they can train someone to have a whole new personality.Nobody knows anything – but everyone knows someone.In every single sphere of life, what really matters is people. Get good with people and you’ll get ahead in your career. Talent will get you there in the long run but its over rated in the short term. The production manager’s nephew is more likely to be hired as a runner than your CV in a stack of CVs.  You need to get out there and make your own connections.  Attend user groups, join professional organizations, be bold and reach out to other creatives in your community that have the type of career you aspire to.Community, networking (in the nicest sense of the term) and being good with people are what matters.“Nobody knows anything…… Not one person in the entire motion picture field knows for a certainty what’s going to work. Every time out it’s a guess and, if you’re lucky, an educated one.” -William GoldmanTo, circle back round to the beginning of this post…If you’re fresh from university and looking to find your way in the world remember what screenwriter William Goldman said:  “Nobody knows anything.”At this point in your life, people will start weighing in, telling you what to do, how important making money is, that you need to think about career etc, etc, etc. Of course you should listen to their advice and take it for what it’s worth, but be concerned about your chances of achieving the career you want if you only make ‘the safe choices’.There is no one way to make it in life. You can break the rules others think are set in stone. Cut your own path, make your own luck and be ready for and open to the opportunities that come your way.Have advice to share for creative professionals?Share your thoughts in the comments below!last_img read more