Jump Shipp and Take the Leap Into Your Dreams – Inspiration from Josh Shipp

“If you don’t bring your dream to life, your dream dies with you.”
– Josh Shipp

Josh Shipp is an entrepreneur I’m constantly inspired by; he’s an author, youth expert and speaker who is genuinely passionate about seeing teens succeed (I recently invested in his Rock the Stage motivational speaker resource to help to gain insight for my youth speaking career).

Josh is also an INC Magazine 30 under 30 honoree and host of the show Jump Shipp which premieres October 21 on Halogen (find it on your TV or watch online at halogentv.com/shows/jumpshipp). On every episode of Jump Shipp Josh helps a young adult leave their dead-end job to follow the career path of their dreams; you can watch the promo for the show above to get a look at Josh’s real and relatable way of motivating people into action.

Jump Shipp is also having a giveaway for an Apple iPad and a $100 Visa Card, you can go here to enter: http://wfi.re/cr4vn

To kick off the show, Josh Shipp had a live online Dream Job Town Hall (click here to hear the call playback) where he gave a valuable talk about how to make the leap form your dead-end job to your dream job. Here are some of my notes below, I hope they inspire you as they did me to make a leap of your own into your dreams (P.S. there’s a lot more detail and depth to the actual call, click here to take a listen):

Josh Shipp – 7 Strategic Steps To Getting Your Dream Job

1. Define Your Dream Job

    • Don’t be vague – the more specific you can be, the better – the more likely it is to come true
    • If your bank account was full of money would you still go to work?
    • What kind of work would you do if you weren’t doing it for the money
    • What do you like? What are you good at? – Ask others who are close to you

2. Dream Job Reality Check – Do a gut check

    • The motto “Dream it, do it” is impractical – misses so many steps in between
    • Ask yourself the hard questions
    • Do it now before you invest time, money, energy
    • What is your dream job REALLY like?
    • What will it cost you?
    • Try to talk yourself out of it, is there any reason why this would be a bad idea?

3. Test Drive Your Dream Job – Do a hands-on gut check

    • Commit to 15 hours on the Dream Job Experience – You need to try it out first
    • Meet with three professionals who have your dream job – mentors are a must
    • Send them a piece of snail mail – cuts through the clutter of email
    • Introduce yourself, ask for an informal ten minute chat
    • They might say no but you have to get used to potential rejection
    • Study the origin of their success story not just the success
    • What advice would they give to themselves just starting out?
    • Ask if you can do some dream job experience with them, to study them, help them, learn from them

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Resources for Photographers – Free Online Workshops from creativeLIVE with Bambi Cantrell and Jasmine Star

CreativeLIVE is an awesome and valuable resource for anyone interested in photography, video, web and graphic design, app development and a wide array of other creative topics. It’s virtually a worldwide creative classroom that streams workshops online in real-time for free then offers the recordings for purchase once the live workshop is over.

I first came across creativeLIVE from one of the photographers I’m really inspired by, Jasmine Star. I love that she’s living out her dream and is doing what she loves, capturing moments and sharing others’ stories. Her specialty is weddings, and last year she had a live wedding filming where she brought the online audience behind the scenes of shooting a real wedding -it was amazing and informative to say the least! Ever since then I’ve been tuning in to creativeLIVE for their other workshops so that I can expand my photography horizons. Here are some great upcoming free workshops that might be of interest if you are an aspiring photographer like me or if you want to grow and learn more about various techniques and the business side. One of them is another free workshop from Jasmine Star:

FREE Workshop: Posing and Lighting with Bambi Cantrell – 3 sessions: 03/18/2011 to 03/20/2011

Join in a LIVE ONLINE weekend with Bambi Cantrell for an intimate three day workshop focusing on posing and lighting techniques with a focus on wedding, boudoir, and portrait photography.

FREE Workshop: Building your Wedding Photography Business with Jasmine Star Jasmine Star – 2 sessions: 04/08/2011 to 04/09/2011
In this workshop Jasmine explores how to grow your wedding business. Build a brand that embraces your unique strengths, and communicate that brand to attract clients through today’s online social media tools.

Visit www.creativelive.com for even more workshops and resources

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Opportunity: Nike Field Reporter Contest For Young Women


Here’s a great opportunity for young women who are into journalism and media:

NikeWomen.com is searching for the One. A girl with crazy charisma and sports savvy to become the next Nike Field Reporter. She’ll hop across the continent to interview sports stars, music stars, rising stars and super stars.

She’ll chill with them. She’ll chat with them. She’ll challenge them. And report it all back in the form of videos and blog posts on

Learn more about the contest and enter at:

Deadline: Contest ends April 30, 2010

Who’s eligible: A one-of-a-kind 18 to 24 year old with crazy charisma and sports savvy.

Check out the promo video below to see clips from past field reporters:

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Opportunity: YouTube’s Project Report

Here’s an opportunity for journalists to submit original pieces for a chance to win some great prizes. If you miss the first round you can still submit for the second round until April 4. At the end of Round 2 the Pulitzer Center will select 1 winner who will receive a Sony VAIO Notebook with the All New Intel® Core™ Processor. Visit http://projectreport-3.appspot.com for more information:

Description from website:
In partnership with the Pulitzer Center, YouTube presents Project: Report, a journalism contest (made possible by Sony VAIO & Intel) intended for non-professional, aspiring journalists to tell stories that might not otherwise be told.

This year there will be five grand prize winners, each of whom will receive at $10,000 grant to work with the Pulitzer Center on an international reporting project.

Winners in each round will receive technology prizes from Sony & Intel.


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Opportunity for Writers: Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship


For all you aspiring screenwriters out there, here’s an opportunity that can give you hands-on experience in writing for television, the Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship Program. The submission period is between January 2, 2010 and February 28, 2010. You can find out more at http://www.nickwriting.com and follow them at http://twitter.com/NickWriting.

I found out about the opportunity late last year entered at the last moment with a spec script for the Nickelodeon show “True Jackson VP”. Though I didn’t win, just the process of writing the script was alot of fun, and a great way to exercise and stretch your writing skills. You can purchase or download a free trial of the software Final Draft to format your script, it really helps to get the layout correct.

About the Fellowship – From the Website

Developed to broaden Nickelodeon’s outreach efforts, the Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship is designed to attract, develop and staff writers with diverse backgrounds and experiences on Nickelodeon Network productions.

Operating in a three-phased structure, the Fellowship provides a salaried position for up to one year and offers hands-on experience writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas in both live action and animation television.

This three-phased structure allows fellows an opportunity to nurture relationships with creators, network executives, line producers, head writers, showrunners and story editors.

As part of their script writing, each fellow will be assigned to an Executive in Charge of Production and have an opportunity to write a spec script for an on-air Nickelodeon show.

In addition, all fellows are integrated into the activities of both the development and production departments. This allows the fellows an opportunity to attend storyboard pitches, notes meetings, records, table reads, show pitches and show tapings, all while being exposed to top creators and key production crews.

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Opportunity for Young Dreamers: Steve Harvey & Disney’s Dreamers Academy


Steve Harvey is looking for 100 students to take part in Disney’s Dreamers Academy (application deadline, Friday, October 2, 2009). The program “takes creative and imaginative teens from across the country & immerses them in a mind-blowing, life-changing experience they’ll never forget. The teens will have hands-on experience with Disney Cast Members, executives and celebrity guests, who all share their blueprints for success. For more information and to apply, go to www.steveharvey.com/disneysdreamersacademy.

Want to meet the 2009 Dreamers? Click here to read their profiles.

Check out this overview video of the program:

Harvey talks about the program and why he started it:

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