The Death of the Gatekeepers

first_img“You aren’t tall enough.”Thank you very much for your time, but I believe someone is going to hire me anyway.“You don’t have the right education. You aren’t Ivy League.”Thanks so much for your time. I believe you are wrong, and I believe someone, likely someone across the street, is going to recognize my value and give me a job. See you soon.“We don’t think your book is good enough to publish.”Thank you so much for taking the time to read my manuscript and for your opinion. I am going to go ahead and publish it anyway.“We don’t think you have a good enough voice. Come back and try again next year.”I so much appreciate you taking the time to hear me. But I am a singer, and I am going to go ahead and share my voice with the world all the same. See you at the Grammys, bitches.The Gatekeeper’s DemiseThere are no more gatekeepers. There is no one with the right or the ability to stand between you and your sharing your gift with the world.If you want to be a model, no one can stand between you and the people who believe you are exactly right for their campaign. You can watch the television shows where aspiring models are told they’re not good enough, but know that those models can work with or without anyone’s permission.If someone doesn’t believe you are good enough to hire, for whatever reason, there is someone across the street waiting for someone just like you. Even without the Ivy League education. Even without the sheepskin. The person who believes you aren’t good enough has their own opinion, and that opinion belongs to them alone.Maybe you have written the great American novel only to be turned down by every major publisher. There is no one that can stop you from publishing your book, promoting it yourself, and building and serving your own community, the community of people who love your stories and the way you tell them.You are singer? Your voice isn’t anything like those people you hear on American Idol or The Voice? Neither is Bob Dylan’s, Neil Young’s, Brian Johnson’s, or Bruce Springsteen’s. The tools to record are cheap and ubiquitous. So are the tools to reach your community.There are no more gatekeepers. The only thing standing between you sharing who and what you are with the world is your willingness to put yourself out there. All you need is confidence.last_img read more

Cool runnings too as Malaysia, Singapore take up Winter Olympics challenge

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH There were no official programs or funding for figure skating so Yee’s parents had to spend huge amounts of their own money on his training.They also sent him to train abroad during school holidays, in China and South Korea.“People said: ‘Are you mad? You’re sacrificing all this money,’” his mother Irene Cheow told AFP. “We’re looked at differently now.”Yee’s efforts paid off and he won gold at last year’s Southeast Asian Games, and came eighth in the 2017 Asian Winter Games. His crowning glory was qualification for Pyeongchang, alongside Malaysian skier Jeffrey Webb.Speed skater Cheyenne Goh has faced similar challenges in neighboring Singapore, where even a modest cold snap can set the population shivering.This month a freak monsoon surge sent the mercury plummeting to almost 21 degrees Celsius (70 Fahrenheit) — chilly by Singapore standards — sending people rushing to the shops to buy scarves and winter jackets.But unlike her compatriots, Goh got a taste for a cold climate after moving to Canada aged four, where she developed a love of winter sports.The 18-year-old initially took up ice hockey, a staple of Canadian life, before discovering short-track speed skating while watching the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.As well as qualifying for the Olympics, she has represented Singapore at the Asian Winter Games and won two silver medals and a bronze at last year’s SEA Games.No winter to speak of LATEST STORIES Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Liukin steps down as US women’s gymnastics team coordinatorPutin to athletes: Ignore doping scandals at Olympics Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Goh, who is taking a year off after high school and splits her time between Singapore and Canada, insisted her success was not unusual.“It’s not all that strange that I’m representing a country with no winter to speak of at a winter sport,” she told AFP after a recent training session in the city-state.She is modest about her chances of matching the success of swimmer Joseph Schooling, who won Singapore’s first Olympic gold medal in Rio in 2016.But supporters hope her participation in the women’s 1,500 meters category will encourage more Singaporeans to take up winter sports.“After Joseph Schooling’s gold medal, many more became keen on swimming — and we are hoping that the same happens to us,” said Singapore Ice Skating Association president Sonja Chong.The Malaysian and Singaporean athletes join a small group of Southeast Asians heading to Pyeongchang, including several from Thailand and the Philippines.No matter how well he does, Malaysian skater Yee said his qualification had already shown that athletes from the tropics can prove the doubters wrong.“It really does show that many things are possible,” he said. “Even without winter in Malaysia, we can still be there.” ABRELATED STORIES:North, South Korea share the ice in figure skating When growing up, the only places he could find to practice were a handful of small, crowded rinks in the shopping malls scattered around the capital Kuala Lumpur.Figure skating on the tiny rinks was “like trying to get an A380 (world’s biggest airliner) to land on a very small runway”, the 20-year-old told AFP.But he persevered and began training in the morning and evening when the rinks were less crowded.“I skated two times a day, six days — sometimes six-and-a-half days — a week,” he said.‘Are you mad?’ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises It is the latest sign of an unlikely, yet growing, interest in ice and snow sports in a winterless, steamy region, where temperatures rarely drop below 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit) in most places.A major milestone for winter sports in the region came last year when they featured for the first time at the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia, with ice hockey, figure skating and speed skating making their debuts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut it was not without problems — puddles formed on the hockey rink during matches, slowing down the puck and forcing marshals with squeegees to dash onto the ice to mop up the water.Figure skater Julian Yee, who will represent Malaysia at next month’s Games, is typical of athletes from the region who have had to overcome a lack of facilities, limited official support and public skepticism to pursue their dreams. Eze’s triple-double powers Perpetual over JRU Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Malaysia’s Julian Zhi Jie Yee. Image: Christof Stache / AFPIn tropical Malaysia and Singapore, Winter Olympics medals are rarer than snowflakes — but a dedicated group of athletes are hoping to change that as they make their countries’ debut Games appearances.A Singaporean speed skater, as well as a figure skater and skier from Malaysia will compete in the Games, a huge achievement for countries better known for palm-fringed beaches and year-round heat than winter sports.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Whoops! Wardrobe malfunction mars Olympic debut for ice dancers

first_imgMOST READ View comments AP PhotoGANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) _ Five seconds into your Olympic debut, you suffer a wardrobe malfunction. What do you do? Keep your shoulders back and keep smiling.That’s exactly what happened to South Korean ice dancers Yura Min and Alexander Gamelin during their performance in Sunday’s team event. A hook on the back of Min’s red dress slid loose, threatening to reveal rather more than it already did.ADVERTISEMENT Hulk Hogan wants to make a wrestling comeback Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I know that if this comes undone, then the whole thing is going to come undone. So I had that panic,” she said. “That wouldn’t be the most ideal Olympic experience, obviously. The whole time in the back of my head I was just thinking: ‘Keep your back straight because it might come down.”Things got worse during the twizzles _ a synchronized side-by-side spin _ when Min felt the dress slipping off her shoulder and down her arm. She had to react fast to stop her Olympic debut being remembered alongside Janet Jackson’s halftime performance at the Super Bowl in 2004.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It started to come down so I had to stop my twizzle and pull it back up,” she said. Gamelin added: “We were skating well _ you just had to keep everything, well, intact.”Gamelin is from Boston, while Min was born in California to Korean parents. They might not have grown up in the Olympic host nation, but it didn’t stop the crowd from taking them to heart. Min’s dress issues hurt their points total as they finished ninth, but they’re optimistic for the ice dance competition starting Feb. 19. AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next “The second we stepped onto the ice, the fans started to scream and I think we really fed off that energy,” Min said. “Even with my costume coming undone, the fans helped us, picked us up.”Gamelin talks with Min in Korean and is “at least proficient” _ which was handy during his citizenship interview last year.To march as an American-born athlete alongside North Koreans in the opening ceremony was unforgettable, he said.“That was crazy. The unified team was a really historic event,” he said. “I’m loving this whole theme of peace.”ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

Azamgarh boy pens down ICC World Cup theme song

first_imgThe ICC World Cup is still two weeks away, but its official theme song is already making cricket fans in India dance to an Azamgarh boy’s tunes. Manoj Yadav, who has penned the World Cup anthem, De ghuma ke, can’t thank his mentors Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy enough for this opportunity.”I have been working with them for the last one-and-a-half years and they recommended me to O&M for the World Cup anthem. I am really grateful to them for their faith and appreciation,” he says.Though settled in Mumbai for the past several years, Manoj is proud of his small town roots and attributes the emotional connect in De ghuma ke to this fact.”I am happy to be from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh. I think being from a small town cultivates a passion in you which makes you work doubly hard. I’ve been lucky to have completed my primary education from Azamgarh. It has really made me an emotional person and I try to carry forward these emotions in my work.”It took Manoj almost two months to write the song. “Writing for cricket as a subject has been an emotional experience for me. I had to be really particular with the lyrics. There had to be a connect with the masses since cricket is considered a religion in India,” he says.The basic idea was to weave the excitement and passion of cricket in words, Manoj says. “For instance, the lines aasman mein maar ke dubki is an attempt to create a visual effect of fielding and sarr se cheer hawa ka parda an attempt to highlight the thrill of fast bowling,” he adds.The song, which has already been released, will be played during the inaugural ceremony as well as between the matches during the tournament starting February 19.Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have composed the music for the theme song.Manoj is on cloud nine that his song got the honour to be the World Cup anthem and that it is receiving appreciation. But this is not the first time he has written for cricket.Not many know that he also penned the title song of the Indian Premier League’s South Africa version in 2009, Ek desh ek junoon.He has also worked for several Marathi films and ad films, including the famous Abhishek-Aishwarya Lux jingle, Sone se bhi sona lage.Having received accolades for De ghuma ke, Manoj has many big offers coming his way, one with a leading Bollywood composer. However, this humble Azamgarh boy is reluctant to name the projects. “I am just keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best,” he says. – With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

How Likely Is It That Oklahoma State Runs the Table?

first_imgWe have already talked about the index ESPN created called FPI in previous months, but here is a refresher in case you missed that.FPI is a predictive rating system designed to measure team strength and project performance going forward. The ultimate goal of FPI is not to rank teams 1 through 128; rather, it is to correctly predict games and season outcomes. If Vegas ever published the power rankings it uses to set its lines, they would likely look quite a lot like FPI.In short, if preseason FPI had been used with no update to predict every game of the 2014 season, the FPI favorite would have won 71 percent of FBS versus FBS games (Vegas closing line was 74 percent accurate).So think of FPI as an indicator of sorts that shows which teams will be favored throughout the year (based on where they stand right now). OSU has moved up to No. 8 in ESPN’s preseason FPI behind just Alabama, Clemson, OU, LSU, Florida State, Tennessee and Ole Miss.Why?It returns a lot of starters and has a lot of depth on both sides of the ball. It also has a relatively easy schedule compared to the other top-ranked teams. Because of all this, OSU’s chances of winning its first 11 games are actually pretty good. Here’s a look at where FPI stands as we speak on August 11.Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 10.32.42 AMTasty, isn’t it? Here’s how that compares to OKC Dave’s survey results of how confident fans are in those games.Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 10.46.46 AMOSU fans are awfully scared of Iowa State, Kansas State and TCU compared to where ESPN stands. And finally here is OU’s FPI schedule.Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 10.45.38 AMNone of this means anything of course (ALTHOUGH OU’S CHANCES OF 81 PERCENT OVER OHIO STATE SEEM MIGHTY HIGH), but it sure is fun to look at. And anything that gets me more excited about OSU’s chances for the football season on August 11 is a welcome reprieve.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more