Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Recognizing scams”)

Lately I have been getting emails from some sort of casting company that evidently is looking to promote models and entertainers. They sent me something that thanked me for my application (that I don’t recall ever sending) and wanted to schedule a time for me to come in for my audition. Years ago someone sent this same kind of thing to me and while I believed then that it was a scam I still went (just out of curiosity) to check out for myself. I was there with a lot of other people who looked like they were expecting to “get their big break” from these people.  I sat down and listened to a speaker talk about what it takes to get started in the industry. I then wondered how this company was going to give a break to “all these people” who were in attendance. When it came time to talk to me they asked me what I wanted to do in the industry. I responded by saying “I thought you already knew since you claimed to have my application.” As the talk went on I realized that these people wanted the same thing from ALL their “perspective clients” and that was “money.” They said in the beginning that they didn’t need any money but yet the subject “miraculously came up later about me paying $400 for them to shoot professional pictures of me.”  I told them that I was my own photographer and could easily take my own pictures if needed. There was no way I was going to give them any money whatsoever. They told me then that they were “very interested” in me, but once I refused to pay anything I never heard back from them again until now. I won’t mention the name of the company because it really shouldn’t matter. If someone wants you to come in for an audition over an application that you never submitted then a “big red flag” should come up. Rarely does “anyone” want something for nothing. The amazing part about this casting call was that “everyone was approved and no one was turned down.” When it comes to the possibility of getting money from these people I would approve everyone too. When it comes to agencies you need to keep this in mind: If a company really wants you then they should pay for YOUR services, not the other way around. The industry already has “tons” of models and actors already established. Why do they need you? You need to ask yourself this question before considering going to any agency looking for talent. Also you need to Google “reviews” on the company itself. There you will find some good reviews ( probably submitted by the company itself to make themselves look great) but they won’t outnumber the negative reviews if this is truly a scam agency. Make sure to check out as many postings as you can before you get suckered in. Your time is valuable and so if your money. Save yourself a lot of aggravation by checking them out first. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: Gay basketball player)

Jason Collins, a recent center for the Washington Wizards basketball team made a startling proclamation with a recent interview in Sports Illustrated magazine. He became the first player from a “major” sport to openly announce that he is “gay.” What possessed him to come out? Currently he is 34 years old and a free agent (which means that he is virtually without a basketball team at this moment). Chances are that at this stage of his career most teams would pass on him anyway (The career span of most pro ball players “rarely” gets past the mid thirties in age). He was not a “Hall of Fame” player, but he was a big guy who helped free up teammates like Jason Kidd to become all stars. What does his statement do for professional sports? I honestly don’t know, but I feel this could be the first step towards an “attitude adjustment for all.” There have been gay players in sports before but in order to keep peace none of them ever came out about  it. Maybe “now” is the time… Jason Collins had nothing to lose and the moment was right for “someone” to do it. There are times when society needs to accept change, and this may well be one of those moments. Many years ago, women were not allowed to vote, but through “change” they now have that right. Blacks were not allowed in sports (or most places) and society needed to overcome that thought as well. When Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball, he didn’t have the option of waiting until his career was almost over to announce that he was indeed “black.” Jason Collins at least had that advantage to be able to keep his way of life hidden. I just hope that more gay players “come out” now so that acceptance can develop more rapidly. Sometimes we tend to fear the things we know very little about. Being gay may be different, but if we can alleviate our own stereotypes then imagine how much better this world will be. I have no idea if Jason Collins will ever play another pro basketball game again, but I applaud him for taking the measures needed to “open our eyes.” How ironic if he becomes more well known for his proclamation than he does for his basketball abilities. If so, then “so be it” but there are times when the world needs to “wake up.” Hopefully Jason Collins statement can at least be the “alarm clock.” Have a great day and here is that radical, the Phantom Poet:)

This is a little story about a gentleman basketball player in the NBA
His career was only average, but he is making news because he’s gay
Normally we shouldn’t  have so much fanfare to come along with it
But it is making news because now he decided to admit it
If anyone knew about it during his career, they must have kept it secret
That was probably the best thing to do, because people know how crazy we get
It could have caused a lot of friction, and probably added some unnecessary drama
But in this case, I am glad that Mr. Collins got a call from President Obama
The world is changing, and for those people who find this hard to see
It all makes for a better world when it is accepted by you and me
So if you act out against homosexuality, I hope someone with sense gives you a nudge
Because the numbers are growing rapidly, and just who are you to even judge?
All human life is precious and we should all treat it as though it’s sacred
And there is really no need for anyone to display so much hatred
So if you harbor animosity, then that says a lot about you, you see
Some of these gay people are more decent than you could ever be
So if you encounter a gay individual, I hope you never live to regret the words you said
Because there’s a difference in viewing things with an open mind, as opposed to a “hole” in your “head

“Space, the final frontier”… The Phantom Poet

 

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: “Where are the good men?”

Mr. Jolly, I would like to know where all the good men are? I am tired of dealing with bums who can’t make  up their minds what they can or can’t do. It seems like each time I date a man he has some kind of issue going on. He is either married or living with someone, doesn’t own a car, doesn’t have his own place or doesn’t make enough money to allow him to incorporate a good woman in his life. A woman wants to feel secure and loved. I don’t need to support a man who has less than I do. What can I do to find Mr. Right for me?

The first thing you need to do is “define” what you consider to be a “good” man. A good man doesn’t “have” to  own a car or make enough money to allow him to incorporate a woman in his life. That won’t necessarily make him “good.” In fact, a man  with a lot of money is more likely to cheat on you because he has the resources to do so. “Do you believe a sanitation worker can be a good man?” They have jobs, and they work hard for a living. They may not have a high status of employment but that doesn’t mean that they are incapable of treating a woman right. Would you ever consider dating a  sanitation  worker if he was determined to be a good man? You see, “finding” a good man may not really be what’s at stake. “Recognizing” a good man when you encounter one might be the real issue. A “rich” man who only “tolerates” you will give you whatever he can “spare” to keep you satisfied. A man who truly loves you (but doesn’t necessarily have the  resources of a wealthy man) will only love you with “everything he has.” If you  determine that the definition of a “good” man should be based on money then you may “never” find true happiness in a relationship. However, if you judge a man according to his “heart” then you might have a better chance of “finding” that “good man.” This doesn’t mean that you should go looking for the poorest man you can find. If a man is between jobs or at least looking, then he has “potential.” It might be worth it to deal with him until he gets  it all together. He might appreciate you even more for sticking with him through the “tough” times. If he is married or living with someone then you shouldn’t be dating him at all, because by doing so you are only “contributing” to his infidelities. Of course, most married men won’t reveal their circumstances to you, but it shouldn’t be difficult to determine. If you have no means or information to contact a man at home, then that man is “married (or shacked up with someone). It is important to be able to look “beyond the surface” when it comes to dating men. Years ago I knew a female friend of mine whose name was “Irene.” Irene was a devout Christian woman who wanted a man in her life. She wanted her man to be “good looking, tall, light skinned and affluent.” She had joined Christian dating sites and never got any responses from men who fit the criteria she was looking for. She did, however, get a response from this man that she had no “appeal” for at all. He was  somewhat short, very dark skinned, not overly attractive and the exact opposite of what she desired. She was cordial to him, but for years she wouldn’t agree to meet him (because she didn’t want to give him any false hopes). Well, one day they actually “met up” and went out on a date. After getting to know him she found that he really wasn’t a bad guy at all. In fact, he treated her really well. Well, as time went on he wore her down and “grew” on her. She realized then that this man was the one for her and they both eventually got married and had a family. The moral of this story is that God knew what she wanted, but HE opted instead to give her what “she needed.” She has said that now she is happy with a great man who makes SURE that she has “everything she needs.” Her blessing came in a form that she didn’t readily “recognize” at first. If you desire a good man, then there ARE good men out there. As with “any” present, the “wrapping” only makes the gift seem “presentable.” No matter how good or bad the wrapping may be, it’s what’s “inside” that counts. I hope I have been of some help today, and thank you for your topic. Have a great day.

 

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