Monday, December 8, 2014

#MusicMonday- Lolawolf.

(photo credit: News.com.au)
On this episode of "Brea's Late with Artists" we take a look at electronic r&b trio, Lolawolf.

Lol but seriously, the band members consist of: James Levy, Jimmy Giannopoulos, and...Zoe Kravitz? YES! From her films to her style, I'm here for all things Zoe Kravitz! I'm still trying to figure out how I didn't know the Princess of 'I-Do-What-I-Want-And-Regret-Nothing' (because we all know her mom is queen) was in a band??

I recently started following her on Instagram and noticed that she kept talking about being on tour, so I headed on over to Youtube and got to searching. Now I'm not sure what I thought Zoe's voice would sound like over a beat, but I wasn't expecting what I heard. I guess I thought she'd have a LOT of struggle notes but she sounds great to me. But then again, her dad is extremely fine Lenny Kravitz and her mom is Lisa Bonet. Both are very talented people, so of course she was born to be great!

The band's music is definitely different than what's being played on the radio now and if you aren't open to listening to different types of music, you may be quick to dismiss it (Kind of like how I am when my friend tries to force me to listen to K-Pop. I just can't seem to get jiggy with that stuff). For comparison sake, their sound is similar to Santigold or even M.I.A.!

 "Summertime" and "Jimmy Franco" were a couple of the first songs I heard from the group. Both are super fun and make me wish I would've heard them sooner. Especially "Summertime", that could've been my anthem this past summer but there's always next year :) And let me not even get into the cuteness that is the "Jimmy Franco" video (which features ASAP Rocky as her leading man). I always wonder how people have such great chemistry in music videos and don't even be into each other like that. But for those 3 minutes and 18 seconds, they sure fooled me. Check out both songs below!!



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Like what you've heard so far from Lolawolf? Checkout their Soundcloud for more awesomeness!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Updates on Life...or Whatever.


Hello again, ya'll. It's been all of 5 or so months since I last posted on here, and I thought I may owe ya'll an explanation as to why I've been slacking on my blog (and Twitter). The answer to that is simple: time management.

Within the past few months I've become so bad with time management (as far as doing things I want to do, not HAVE to do because I make sure that's taken care of). I can't even begin to count how many Twitter chats, new blog posts from a few of my favs, and even networking opps through my own blog that I may have missed out on. But let me update you on what's been going on with me.

Back in May I landed a PR internship in Atlanta (Ya'll can only image the excitement I felt to finally leave my small hometown)! Luckily I had some friends who let me crash on their air mattress while I completed that internship and looked for jobs to have money for basic things like food and gas. And as always, God was looking out and I landed a part time job at a boutique.

By the time the first internship was coming to an end I applied like crazy to other firms in the city so I wouldn't have to go back home and low and behold, I landed another one!

So basically in the last 6 months I've had to work, complete internships and go to events for each internship I landed, find jobs in town where I can put my degree to use, find time to read all these books I bought (it was on my vision board for this year and I was determined to stick with it). 

I went from doing absolutely nothing all day (besides blogging and job searching) to doing something every single day and sometimes not being done until 9 or 10pm at night. I was pooped! Granted, I'm a strong believer in, 'you make time for who and what you want to make time for', but I just couldn't find the time to prioritize EVERYTHING in my life which resulted in me being extremely flustered. So this time management thing is an ongoing process (if ya'll have any tips for me, I'm open to your suggestions)!

As of now, I'm still job searching since my second internship is coming to an end. Much like last year, this job hunt thing is the pits! But I know that positive thinking yields positive results so that's my mindset right about now.

I'll be discussing my internships in other posts so, look out for that :)


Monday, December 1, 2014

#MusicMonday- Banks.


Why hello there, you beautiful people!

 
Well, I'm back!...at least for the remainder of this year. I have so much to update you all on, but I'll wait for Wednesday's post for those deets.

Anywho, I thought I'd come back on this glorious Monday to expose you all to the wonderfulness that is BANKS. As usual, I'm late to the party when it comes to a few artists but I'm always happy I've discovered them.

The LA native has such a chill type of sound and the credible sources over at Wikipedia list it as triphop-like (apparently this is a genre that dates back to the 90's). She cites Lauryn Hill and Fiona Apple as a few of her musical influences and also released her debut album 'Goddess' back in September.

The first song I heard from her was "Goddess" and I immediately wanted to know more about this artist and why I hadn't heard about her sooner. Naturally, I went to Spotify and listened to everything that was available there. After an intense music sesh, I came to the conclusion that BANKS is my fav and I want her to be your fav as well! Check out the lyric video to "Goddess" below.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Before You Go: Send Thank You Cards.


I’m so sad that this is my last post in our summer collab series! It was a ton of fun and I enjoyed sharing my knowledge with all of you, and I hope you enjoyed it as well. 
Now, this last post will feature something that is very important: writing thank you notes. In the digital age that we live in, most people send a quick email to show their thanks, but it is much more thoughtful when you take the time to actually hand write a note. 
Write a thank you note to your supervisor and anyone who you’ve shadowed. First you should buy a set of thank you cards that is sophisticated, but shows a little of your personality. Or if you are really talented, feel free to make your own. Next, start the note off by thanking the person for helping make your internship experience a great one. Then, mention something that the two of you talked about that really stuck with you. For example, if they gave you some good advice about your major, then mention that. Or if they taught you something, mention that. Just mention anything (that’s positive) that was memorable to you.
As far as handing them out, what I plan to do is give them to the receptionist on my last day, then have her hand them out the next day. This way it will be sort of a surprise to receive a thank you card from me. 

Good luck with the remaining time in your internship! If you have any questions regarding your summrt internships, feel free to leave a comment or tweet me at @tiatamjam using the hashtag #workandplay


Tia James is a student at the University of Missouri, studying Strategic Communications. She is passionate about helping others with branding, job search, and career development, which she received training on from her school’s Career Center. In her spare time, Tia loves watching movies and YouTube, and making crafts. One day she hopes to own her own agency that focuses on branding and advertising. For more advice, check out her blog at tiajames.wordpress.com

Thursday, July 17, 2014

10 Activities to Add to Your Summer Bucket List.

A few weeks ago I wrote about summer music festivals and how every year I want to attend one. Due to school, and most recently my post grad job search struggle, my funds always seem to be a little too low to go.

For us financially challenged folk, I've decided to compile a list of other fun activities we can complete this summer! Check it out below :)




If you have a summer bucket list, I'd love to know what's on yours! Tweet me at @breajallen and use the hashtag #WorkAndPlay 

Here's to trying new things this summer!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Before You Go: Ask For a Letter of Recommendation.

So far you had an informational interview, learned about something new at the office, and now it is time to ask for a letter of recommendation. Letters of recommendation are very important when it comes to applying for jobs because on a resume, everyone just lists their previous work experience and then tries to jazz up the wording on what they accomplished. The problem is this only shows the future employer a biased view of what you say you accomplished, but when you have a letter of recommendation, it makes you more credible. 
It's similar to when you are shopping online; let’s say you are looking for a new dress and you're trying to choose between two options. The first option has no customer reviews and the second has reviews stating how great of a dress it is. Now, you’re more likely to choose the second option because you know the store wants to sell, so having the reviews helps you choose.
You're probably wondering who to ask to write your letter, or how to ask them. You should choose someone with whom you have worked closely with or has witnessed the type of work you did, like a supervisor, mentor, or manager. When approaching them, make sure to do it at a time when they aren’t swamped and do so in a respectful manner. You can say something along the lines of “I’ve been enjoying my internship experience so far, and I’ve learned a lot. Since you are