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Fifteen Tips for an Effective Job Search

Job searching isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to feel overwhelming, either. There are many factors to consider when you’re looking for your next position, but you can break them down into three basic stages: assess, research, and apply.

By working through these stages, you can significantly decrease stress and find your next job quickly. Let’s get started!

Stage 1: Assess

Before you update your LinkedIn account or start searching job boards, begin by deciding what qualities you’re looking for in a job.

Get out a journal and your colored pens, and work through the following brainstorming questions to set a solid foundation for yourself. You’ll use these notes to filter possible jobs later on in the research stage.

  1. Check Your Hours

Job hours vary widely. Consider the difference between a regular 9-to-5 and a job waiting tables or working retail. Ask yourself the following questions to decide what kind of job would work best for you:

  • How many hours a week do you want to work? Remember to consider other responsibilities, and don’t overload yourself if you can help it.
  • What kind of job hours have you worked before, and what did you like/dislike about them?
  • Do you prefer a regular, dependable schedule or schedules that vary week to week? 
  • Are you okay with overtime?
  1. Consider Pay

Next, think about compensation. Don’t shortchange yourself, but do be realistic about what companies offer, especially if this is your first job. To get a better sense of your paycheck goals, ask yourself these questions:

  • What are my living expenses month-to-month?
  • What are my savings goals?
  • What percentage of my paycheck will go to taxes (local, state, and federal)?
  • Do I have a buffer in case of emergencies?

While you’re thinking about pay, also consider company benefits:

  • Do you want a pension, 401(k), or a company savings plan?
  • What kind of health care package do you need?
  • How many days of paid time off would you like?
  1. Integrate Personal Goals

Think about how you’d like your job to connect with the rest of your life. Do you have personal goals that you can combine with work?

  • Do you want the option of a raise in the near future?
  • Do you want to go back to school eventually?
  • What personal growth goals do you have for yourself?
  • What positive benefits do you hope to receive from your job, other than financial pay?
  1. Determine Your Working Style

Learning about yourself and how you work best is a life-long process. Start with what you already know and consider what kind of job environment would best suit you. Below are some questions to help you get started:

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Do you enjoy working with others or by yourself?
  • Do you operate better in quiet or crowded settings?
  • How much oversight do you need to feel motivated?
  • How do you communicate with others best?
  1. Decide on Location

Location is another essential factor to consider during the assessment stage. Many people move when they get a new job. However, in the last few years, remote work options have increased. Answer these questions next:

  • Does working remotely sound amazing to you?
  • Are you excited to work in an office?
  • Would you be willing to move for a job?
  • If so, where would you be excited to move?

Stage 2: Research

Great work! Now that you’ve considered your side of the working relationship, it’s time to look at your potential employers. Take a break, grab a coffee, and get started!

  1. Keep a Record

Before you start searching, make a spreadsheet to keep track of what you find. Add categories for company names, job roles, pay, benefits, hours, notes, and your current application status. 

Filling out this spreadsheet as you go will save you a lot of time and confusion later.

  1. Search Job Boards

Now that your spreadsheet is all set up, you’re ready to start searching! Here’s where your notes from earlier come in handy. Use the filters offered on the job sites below to streamline your searches based on personal preferences. This list of job sites is by no means exhaustive, but it’s an excellent place to start:

  • Indeed
  • SimplyHired
  • Handshake
  • LinkedIn
  • Monster Jobs
  • Glassdoor
  • Hired
  1. Talk to People

Don’t conduct all of your research over a computer screen. Talk to people you know and let them know you’re job searching. Many work opportunities come through word of mouth. Consider taking these additional steps to round out your research:

  • Message an employee over LinkedIn and ask for a phone call.
  • Schedule an in-person peer interview.
  • Talk to people you know who work for the company or work similar jobs.
  • Go to networking events and career fairs.

One thing that sometimes goes unsaid is to ask for help if your mental health is affecting your search. Finding gainful employment is essential, but it shouldn’t come at the cost of your well-being.

  1. Dig Deeper

To get a better picture of the companies you’re considering, check their websites. Google them and read employee reviews on sites like Glassdoor. Just remember that for every angry review you read, there may be 10 happy employees.

Stage 3: Apply

Now that your research is complete, you should have new connections and a spreadsheet filled with multiple job opportunities. Time for stage three: applying. Here’s how to move through the application process and get hired.

  1. Update Your LinkedIn Account

Four people are hired every minute through LinkedIn. Updating your LinkedIn profile makes it easy for recruiters to find you and gives them easy access to more information about you. Get professional headshots and update your LinkedIn profile before you start sending out applications.

  1. Revamp Your Resume

If you are applying to high-competition positions with many applicants, your resume may be read by a machine rather than a person. So, while it may be tempting to make your resume look stylish and artsy, it’s better for you to make it scannable. Use clear sections, a simple font, and dark headlines.

Avoid images and incorporate your LinkedIn account into your contact information instead. Tailor each resume you send out to fit the company role you hope to fill.

  1. Write Cover Letters

Personalize your application further by also including a cover letter. There you can share what you can bring to each company and why you’re excited to work with them.

Make it clear that you’ve researched their company and that you align with their values. Be clear and personable, and end with a thank you.

  1. Apply In-Person

If you can, deliver your resume and cover letter in-person. Making personal contact with your future employer makes it far more likely that they’ll hire you.

Hiring is a time-consuming and challenging process – it’s not fun for companies, either! Give relief to the hiring manager by making yourself an easy choice for the position.

  1. Pass the Interview

Interviews don’t have to be stressful. Remember: an interview is your chance to get to know a company just as much as it’s their chance to talk to you. Ask questions, listen, and be genuine.

Working with a company is a partnership, and an interview helps both parties know if it will be a long-lasting and successful one. Do your research and connect genuinely with your interviewers.

  1. Follow Up

After applications and interviews, send follow-up emails. This extra bit of human contact shows companies you care and reminds them of your name. You know that you’d be a fantastic employee – show them that by using your excellent people skills.

Be creative and take every opportunity to show companies that you’re personable, motivated, and genuine. Hopefully, you’ll hear back from several potential employers soon.

Congratulations!

At this point, you’ve done everything you can. Take a breather, and rest. Remember that it can take a long time for hiring agents to get back to you, so be patient.

It’s a good idea to repeat the cycle of assessing, researching, and applying at least once while you wait for responses. More experience with the process may have changed your priorities or opened up new questions. Don’t be afraid to branch out and try something you didn’t initially think would work for you.

Happy job searching!

ITALKI: A GLOBAL LANGUAGE LEARNING COMMUNITY

Although excessive screen time is often frowned upon, language experts say that watching shows in a foreign language – if done with near obsession – can help someone learn that language. Since its Netflix release in September, Korean thriller Squid Game has become an international phenomenon.

We’ve relied on online platforms like Netflix more than ever these last two years, proving that the streaming platform can inspire one to learn a language through entertainment.

italki, the premiere online language platform, can help even the most devout Squid Game enthusiast take their curiosity of Korean culture to the next level with dedicated 1-on-1 lessons. The online platform currently offers 150+ languages taught by teachers from 180 countries. 

“In the US we’ve seen a 15% increase in demand for Korean language lessons in the past 3 weeks” says Kevin Chen, founder of italki. Korean is the 6th most studied language in the US on the platform. So far, nearly 30,000 italki teachers have helped 10 million users from 190 or from all over the world countries learn a new language more effectively and efficiently.  

“Most of my students have already learned the Korean alphabet, called Hangeul, for themselves before taking their very first lesson. That’s why they understand its structure and how it works pretty much well. There are some who believe all the Asian languages are a lot in common as European languages originated from Latin are, which actually are not true.” says italki Teacher Karen. “I am also a big fan of BTS, one of the biggest Boyband in the world. Also, some of my students are fans of K-Pop stars, Korean actors or actresses. There are a growing number of people who get interested in K-Pop, K-Movie, K-Drama, K-Food, K-Beauty, etc. Sometimes, their interest in Korean culture encourages students to learn Korean continuously” 

Apart from grammar, vocabulary, and the technical building blocks of language, learning a language means learning the culture. Learning a language through video chat or italki’s own “italki Classroom” would have offered a private and supportive environment. 

“I’ve seen an article about the drama that has earned a critics’ score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and also became the most popular show on Netflix ever. People started making merchandising of the Squid Game Netflix show and I’ve been seeing those all over social media. So yes, I can say I’ve noticed an increase in the popularity of Korean culture.” says italki Community Tutor Gio. “I think people sometimes underestimate the importance of Hangul, which is the Korean alphabet. Memorizing Hangul is inevitable for learning Korean. But it might take more time than you expected. Even if memorizing Hangul takes some time, I hope people know that they have to endure it to move on to the next level.”

If you would like to speak with our teachers Gio and Karen, to get their thoughts on the popularity of Korean Culture as it relates to online learning, please let us know. italki also offers the gift of language through its gift cards throughout the holiday season and beyond: https://www.italki.com/giftcards

About italki

italki is a global language learning community that connects students and teachers for 1-on-1 online language lessons. At italki, we believe that human interaction and cultural sharing are the best way to become fluent in a foreign language. With over 5 million students and 10,000 high-quality teachers teaching more than 130 languages, italki helps everyone with their personal journey to fluency. Learn more at www.italki.com and follow their social channels on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube

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Halloween Party Guide

NEFT Vodka

Have you been waiting for something truly unique to enter the already crowded vodka market? Enter NEFT Vodka, an all-natural, ultra-premium spirit with a taste so pure and smooth we challenge you to put it up against any other brand whether neat or in your favorite cocktail. Distilled in Austria, NEFT is made from only two ingredients, 100 percent ancient rye grains and pure Austrian Alps spring water with no additives of any kind. This decidedly rare combination results in a flavorful vodka with hints of lemon, black pepper, and creamy vanilla for a slightly sweet finish. With holiday content in the works and Halloween coming soon, I thought this might be a great fit for a highlight!

Packaged in a one-of-a-kind unbreakable barrel that keeps the chilled vodka cold for up to six hours in any season, NEFT is the perfect addition to holiday celebrations and can be taken anywhere you plan to go. With Halloween season right around the corner, you can enjoy a spooky cocktail made with this NEFT Vodka recipe.

Flying Purple People Eater

1.75 oz NEFT vodka

0.75 oz white peach juice

0.25 oz lychee liqueur

2 dashes blue butterfly pea powder

Directions: Drizzle thin layer of orange oleo saccharum (or, orange cake frosting) around the inside of a martini glass. Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into glass. Garnish with a pellet of dry ice.

NEFT Vodka is $37 for a 750-mL barrel and available online.

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D’USSÉ

Naturally confident and boldly outrageous, D’USSE is providing a cognac cocktail for Halloween. Whether you’re hosting a spooky Halloween bash or spending the night cozied up to the fire with festive treats, this is the ultimate cocktail to sip on.

D’USSE Cognac’s Friday the 13th cocktail filled with VSOP Cognac, Blood Orange Syrup and more. The VSOP is naturally aged for at least four and a half years, the bold and full-bodied blend of D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac is made from a selection of the finest eaux-de-vie, including some that were carefully matured in the cellars of the Château de Cognac. On the nose, it reveals a powerful bouquet, rich in woody notes layered with touches of cinnamon and floral notes. Distinctively and unexpectedly smooth, each taste reveals hints of spices and almonds with undertones of honey and dried fruits as the grand finale.

Friday The 13th

2 Parts D’usse VSOP Cognac

1 Part Fresh Lime Juice

1/2 Part Blood Orange Syrup

Top with Ginger Beer

Highball & Lemon Wedge

Add D’USSÉ, lime juice and blood orange syrup into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with ginger beer.

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Santo Spirits

Halloween is right around the corner, and it would not be complete without spooky cocktails crafted with the best BOOze in town. Skip the tricks this year and treat yourself to Santo Spirits, premium tequilas made with 100% Blue Weber Agave.

Legendary Red Rocker, Sammy Hagar and culinary icon, Guy Fieri teamed up to bring to life a portfolio of authentic agave expressions with smooth and bold flavors that are sure to elevate you to a “higher spirit” this coming Halloween. Whether you are getting ready to go out and about or staying in to binge your favorite horror movies, these spooky drinks are easy to create and even easier to enjoy.

Bloody Citrus

  • TheBloody Citrus is the perfect cocktail to kick off mischief hour! Featuring the Santo Tequilla Blanco, it is a Santo Spirits fan favorite that will have you rolling over in your grave. Combining citrus fruit galore, this sweet cocktail is the trick to satisfy your sweet tooth this Halloween and is dressed up in spooky orange and blood-like red color.

2 oz. Santo Tequila Blanco

1/2 oz. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur

1 oz. House-made fresh lemon sour

1 1/2 oz. Clementine and Peach flavored sparkling soda

1/2 oz. Blood orange soda

Directions: Combine all ingredients but the blood orange soda in a shaker. Shake and strain over a tall rocks glass filled with ice. Add floater of blood orange soda.

FEARFUL FIERI

  • TheFearful Fieri brings the heat by combining the unique favors of Guy Fieri’s Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ Australian Aromatic Bitters and a Chipotle Chili Sugar Rim with Santo Mezquila. The liquid shines as its smokey notes blend with the sweetness of the brown sugar and spicy hint of chipotle that are sure to turn things up a notch this Halloween!

2 oz Santo Mezquila

1 oz Agave Nectar

1.5 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

0.5 oz Guy Fieri’s Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ Australian Aromatic Bitters

Garnish: Chipotle Chili Sugar Rim

THE HAUNTED SPIRIT

  • The Haunted Spirit takes your taste buds to a new levelwith the unique combination of Santo Mezquila, Aperol and Yellow Chartreuse. This simple and spooky cocktail is perfect pairing for your scary movie marathon.

1 oz. Santo Mezquila

0.75 oz. Aperol

0.5 oz. Yellow Chartreuse

0.75 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

0.25 oz. Agave Nectar

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Sparkling Iced Spiked

In case you needed more cocktails to try out, Sparkling Ice Spiked has released their limited-edition festive flavors that just hit the seltzer scene: Cranberry Orange, Apple Cider, Raspberry Truffle and Grapefruit Juniper.

In addition to these festive flavors, Spiked is hosting a sweepstakes, called Holiday Hero, which gives 21+ consumers in eligible states the chance to win $5,000 to help fund their upcoming celebrations in true hero fashion.

Juniper Gin & Tonic

8 oz. Sparkling Ice Spiked Ruby Fizz​

1 oz. Gin​

1 oz. Simple Syrup​

Grapefruit Slices​

Lime Slices​

Garnish: Grapefruit Wedge, Sage

Directions: ​Muddle fruit in a cocktail shaker. Add simple syrup and gin and shake with ice until chilled. Pour over ice in a tall glass. Fill with Sparkling Ice Spiked Grapefruit Juniper. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge and fresh sage.

Apple Cider Aperol Spritz

6 oz. Sparkling Ice Spiked Apple Cider​

1 oz. Aperol ​

Sliced Apple ​

Cinnamon Stick ​

Garnish: ​Thyme Sprig, Cinnamon & Sugar

Directions: Rim wine glass with water and dip into cinnamon sugar mix.  Fill wine glass with ice and add Aperol. Fill with Sparkling Ice Spiked Apple Cider. Stir with cinnamon stick and garnish with an apple slice and sprig of time.

Raspberry Truffle Floats

Sparkling Ice Spiked Raspberry Truffle​

1 Scoop Raspberry Sorbet

Garnish: ​Chocolate Shavings​

Directions: In a wine glass add one scoop of raspberry sorbet. Fill with Sparkling Ice Spiked Raspberry Truffle. Garnish with fresh raspberries and chocolate shavings.

adidas × IVY PARK × Peloton

This season adidas x IVY PARK and Peloton have come together to present their first capsule collaborative collection of apparel and footwear. This follows the announcement of Beyoncé’s unprecedented partnership with Peloton in 2020 which featured a Peloton Artist Series and pro-social initiatives.

The first-of-its-kind collection celebrates the joining of music, sport and fashion. Purposefully crafted to empower everyone on their fitness journey, adidas x IVY PARK x Peloton is a statement of inclusivity and energetic movement.

The Campaign

Accompanying the inaugural launch of the adidas x IVY PARK x Peloton collection is an evocative campaign that highlights the dynamism of the human body featuring a number of Peloton’s best-in-class Instructors, who bring the inclusive collection to life. Gracing the campaign are Peloton Cycling and Dance Cardio Instructors Ally Love and Cody Rigsby, Tread Instructors Becs Gentry and Kirsten Ferguson, Tread and Strength Instructor Adrian Williams, Yoga and Meditation Instructor Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts, and Strength Instructor Rad Lopez. The cast is rounded out with Yoga Instructor Jessamyn Stanley, holistic esthetician Shani Hillian, and meditator Sheena Sood.

The Collection

True to adidas x IVY PARK’s undeniable DNA, this exclusive capsule collection adopts a neon pop of color that is grounded in black and olive palettes. Merging style with function and shining a light on the best of the adidas x IVY PARK collaboration, the apparel and footwear offering features new and signature style updates inspired by the Peloton brand.  This collection has been perfectly created for layering looks; from bike shorts and tights with matching bra, to looser shorts and tees that layer over to complete the look. Each piece has been designed for activewear yet maintains a heightened level of comfort, with both the cropped hoodie and the long windbreaker purposefully crafted to be worn before and after a workout. With inclusivity at its heart, sizes run from XXS – 3XL as well as unisex items, empowering everybody to step into the collection and into their power.

The adidas x IVY PARK x Peloton collection launches globally on November 10th and is available on-line at adidas.comapparel.onepeloton.com and select adidas stores worldwide.

The IVY PARK x Peloton Collection consists of: 

·         The IVP Ultraboost priced at $200

·         Unisex sizes ranging from 4 US – 14 US

  • 29 apparel styles, 1 footwear style
  • Colors including Black, Focus Olive, Shock Slime
  • Fabrics including 100% Cotton, 64% recycled Polyester / 36% Elastane, 79% Mesh recycled Polyester / 21% Elastane,     87% recycled Polyester / 13% Elastane, 74% recycled Polyester / 19% Cotton / 7% Elastane
  • Clothing sizes range from XXS-3XL
  • Clothing prices range from $45 to $200

Five Reasons Solar Energy Could Save You Money 

Are you thinking of switching to solar? There are tons of benefits for your wallet, your family and the planet. 

However, time is running out if you want to get the most bang for your buck. Here are five reasons why solar energy could save you money — especially if you act quickly. 

1. Earn Tax Benefits 

The tax credits you can get for switching to solar are set to expire in 2024 unless Congress acts to renew them. The more rapidly you convert, the more you can save. Systems installed in 2020 through 2022 are eligible for a 26% credit. Those who wait until 2023 can only claim 22%. 

You must own the solar panel system, not rent it from a conglomerate, and locate it at your primary or secondary U.S. residence to qualify for the tax credit. You can’t install it on your vacation home in the Bahamas.

You might also be eligible for state and local tax credits, depending on where you live. These could also put hundreds of dollars back in your pocket come tax time. You can look these up in an online directory or contact your state government offices to learn more. 

2. Collect Credits and Reduce Payments 

Many homeowners ask how solar panels can save you money on your monthly utility bills. Some property owners reduce their electric bills to zero. How does the magic work? 

When you install solar panels, they convert photons from sunlight into direct current. This energy then flows to your inverter, which translates the direct current (DC) into alternating current (AC) and sends it to your electric box to power your home. 

If your home is on the grid, you have an electric meter somewhere outside that measures the electricity you use. However, your system will use the stored energy from your solar power before renting it from your provider. The less power you use from grid sources, the lower your monthly bill. 

In months when you generate more power than you use, you build up credits that work to lower your bill through a process called net metering. These credits are applied to future bills to make up for months when you might use more than you produce — such as during winter. Therefore, your solar system works to lower your utility bills all year, not only during the summer heat. 

You might ask whether you can reduce your monthly bills to zero. The answer is yes. If you’re accustomed to paying $200 or more a month for power, switching to solar can put some serious green back in your pocket while protecting the planet. 

3. Reduce Reliance on Nonrenewable Energy Sources

Have you noticed gas prices lately? They’ve more than tripled in the last 18 months, and they don’t look like they’re going to fall anytime soon. When they go up, so does the cost of heating oil for your home, and at the risk of sounding like Ned Stark from “Game of Thrones,” winter is coming. 

Switching to solar energy can save you money now and in the future by reducing your reliance on nonrenewable energy sources. The reality of climate change coupled with the natural expiration date of such resources means that sooner or later, everyone will have to make the switch or get left behind. 

Scientists estimate that humankind will run out of oil by 2060 if the pumps continue running at current rates. Fracking causes a host of environmental problems, contaminating groundwater supplies that human beings rely upon to live. Why not get ahead of the curve and save money with solar today — while preparing for tomorrow? 

4. Enjoy Increased Reliability 

Are you hesitant to switch to solar power because you fear outages? Quite the opposite is true. While you might run out of your backup supply if you go off the grid, you have no such fears when you remain connected. 

You’re probably in a better position than your neighbors if rolling blackouts or other outages strike your neighborhood. Since your home will draw on the power from your panels first, you’ll keep your lights on while everyone else goes dark. 

5. Enhance Your Home’s Resale Value 

Solar energy can put significant extra cash in your pocket when it comes time to sell your home. Today’s buyers look for energy-saving features as one of the topmost desirable qualities when choosing a new home. Why wouldn’t they? They also want to prepare for America’s energy future while saving money on monthly utility bills. 

A recent comparative analysis by Zillow bears out this logic. Homebuyers shelled out nearly an extra $10,000 for properties with solar panels versus those without this feature. Your investment will pay for itself in increased resale price alone, let alone all the money you’ll save on tax credits and monthly utility bills. 

Today’s panels offer more attractive options than ever before. The next generation of solar panels uses photovoltaic (PV) cells instead of bulky panels. These integrate with the rest of your home or roof design instead of standing out for all passersby. 

Solar shingles combine thin PV cells with molecules on a flexible copper/indium/gallium diselenide base. Today’s versions are three times more powerful than the first generation, allowing you to generate even more power. They integrate flush with concrete/asphalt shingles, creating a uniform look for your roof. 

While not yet readily available, manufacturers are now investigating solar window technology. Once perfected, these panes will take advantage of the sun’s rays to generate electricity without changing the exterior appearance of your building. 

If you’re still unsure about converting to full solar, why not investigate portable panels? This option also offers promise to renters who want to reduce their monthly energy costs without discussing extensive remodels with their landlords. 

Solar Energy Could Save You Money 

There’s never been a better time to invest in a greener future for your home. Solar energy could save you significant money — why not convert today?

Team Liquid: How It Became Huge

The eSports industry is still rather young, even by new tech-driven sectors of the modern age, and yet, its market has already breached the $1 billion mark. Set to continue to grow tremendously over the coming years, several new organizations and some traditional sports teams are looking to get in on the gaming action.

Now, the eSports leagues and competitions for each competitive game span a huge range of teams from around the globe, all competing for chunks of prize pools that range from sizeable to multi-million. Still, a mainstay name in the eSports scene as it’s grown to reach these unprecedented heights is that of Team Liquid.

Not just a long-standing brand, Team Liquid has made the right moves at the right times, signed on top-class talents, won major titles, and developed such a devout fan base that they have helped the eSports industry to grow rapidly as a result. Having exploited every possible avenue of competition in ways that most traditional sports teams simply don’t, Team Liquid has earned multi-discipline recognition and is now a colossus.

Yet, as eSports is still relatively niche when it comes to general public knowledge, many don’t know much – if anything – about Team Liquid. Here’s how they became huge, who you may liken them to in traditional sports, and the triumphs that have led to Team Liquid’s endearing popularity and backing.

The rise of Team Liquid as an eSports superpower

As detailed by the team, they come from humble beginnings in the form of a clan forged by Victor “Nazgul” Goossens in the game Brood War in 2000. In 2001, the team created a community site, which would prove to be a platform for viewers and potential competitors alike, developing into a hub for StarCraft. Here, Nazgul and Co. staged tournaments and encouraged the community to grow around Team Liquid.

The next big step came with the release of the StarCraft II beta towards the end of that decade. Team Liquid went all-in, creating tournaments and attracting the attention of top-class players, leading to them being granted passage to the Korean SC2 scene – the first overseas team to do so. Success in the Korea Republic followed, as did an all-important heated rivalry with Evil Geniuses, which captivated fans and players alike.

StarCraft was Team Liquid’s forte, the game that made the team and their fame, but “Nazgul” wanted to expand further. So, towards the end of 2012, he launched a Dota 2 team in North America, making Team Liquid a two-discipline eSports organization. Later, to kick off 2015, Team Liquid assimilated the popular League of Legends and Counter-Strike organization Team Curse, further expanding its reach.

With the coming together of Liquid and Curse, an unprecedented era of success ensued. Competing across the board in League of Legends, Dota 2, Street Fighter V, StarCraft II, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the silverware and prize money started raining down from 2015 onwards. Now, they boast a social media reach of over 28 million people and over 100 million hours of views on Twitch.

Making the most of the eSports scene to become the biggest team going

In traditional sports, teams tend to stick to their lane. For example, the Detroit Red Wings, whose star center Dylan Larkin is a top target as a brand’s athlete partner, are a hockey team, and that’s it. Given their revenues, name recognition, and success in the sports business, the Red Wings certainly have what it takes to expand the brand into other sports, but they haven’t done.

Team Liquid, on the other hand, has taken part in tournaments for 26 different games, including Counter-Strike, Dota 2, Hearthstone, Valorant, Rocket League, and Tekken 7 – all of which differ tremendously. This approach is somewhat more similar to that of college sports, with even the top college football teams competing at their highest level just being part of the university program of the Florida Gators, for example.

Still, to offer a comparison to a traditional sports team, Team Liquid is akin to Manchester United, loosely speaking. Team Liquid’s sheer dominance through the years is like that of the legendary teams captured in art under Sir Alex Ferguson. Still, with increased competition and becoming the team to beat, they’re not as guaranteed to win tournaments anymore, but still rank as the most successful team of all time, with United boasting 20 English league titles and Team Liquid having the highest overall team earnings at $37.6 million. 

It’s the legendary name with the best players, its dominance, and the continual threat that continues to draw fans to Team Liquid, though. While United has stopped winning the few trophies on the line, Team Liquid’s stars continue to add to the trophy cabinet. This is why, across the disciplines, the team continues to be backed in the betting. They’ve always got top-class players who can compete at the highest level and even cause upsets. So, regardless if it’s betting on CS: GO, LoL, Dota 2, Valorant, or Rainbow Six, if Team Liquid is there, fans will pile on the odds.

The legacy of the team and this entrenched and unwavering belief in their ability to go big is well earned. In 2017, they won the richest competition in eSports, The International, taking home $10 million from the $24.7 million prize pool. More recently, in 2019, Team Liquid landed a further $5 million in Dota 2. That year also reeled in $2.4 million in CS: GO, which amounted to nearly 50 percent of the prize money that was on offer across their 32 entries. This year has also started hot in LoL, placing first, second, and second in LCS contests.

Team Liquid is still the biggest name in eSports, and as long as they continue to acquire top-class talents from around the world, they’ll remain a top pick for fans. 

RESPECT – Starring Jennifer Hudson

Own it on Digital Now, Blu-Ray and DVD Release November 9, 2021

Jennifer Hudson stuns with her performance Brian Truitt, USA Today

Experience the cinematic music event of the year featuring Oscar and Grammy Award winner and vocal powerhouse Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) as legendary singer Aretha Franklin in the inspiring true story RESPECT, available to own for the first time on Digital now and on Blu-ray and DVD November 9, 2021 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Hailed by critics as electrifying (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter) and extraordinary (Pete Hammond, Deadline), MGMs musical biopic gives an authentic inside look at the life and legacy of one of the greatest, most influential recording artists of all time.

Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, ”RESPECT” is the remarkable journey of the music icons path to find her voice. Directed by Tony Award nominee Liesl Tommy (Insecure, The Walking Dead) from a screenplay written by Emmy Award nominee Tracey Scott Wilson (Fosse,Verdon, The Americans) and story by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise), ”RESPECT” is the biggest female-led musical drama in recent history and a must own film with extraordinary show stopping performances to watch over and over in spectacular Dolby Atmos quality sound, available exclusively on Blu-ray.

Hand selected by Aretha herself, Hudson leads an all-star ensemble cast including Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker (Black PantherThe Butler), Marlon Wayans (SextupletsFifty Shades of Black), six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Beauty and The Beast, Private Practice), Marc Maron (JokerGlow), five-time Emmy Award nominee Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Addams Family), and Grammy Award winner and Academy Award nominee Mary J. Blige (MudboundRock of Ages) along with Tony Award nominees Saycon Sengbloh (The Wonder Years Delilah) and Haley Kilgore (Amazing Stories).

The ”RESPECT” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features Jennifer Hudson’s uplifting vocal performances of 17 Aretha Franklin classic songs along with the original song “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home),”  which Hudson wrote alongside four-time Grammy Award winner, Kennedy Center Honoree, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee Carole King and Jamie Hartman [Lewis Capaldi, Christina Aguilera]. The soundtrack is now available to own on digital/streaming services, CD and vinyl from Epic Records.

BLU-RAYTM & DVD EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES:

  • The Making of ”RESPECT” – Explore the unique telling of this Aretha Franklin story, what the project meant to all involved and how music played a pivotal role in crafting this film.
  • Becoming Aretha – Take a behind the scenes look at Jennifer Hudsons incredible transformation into the Queen of Soul including her commitment to the character, her connection with the late singer, and why inhabiting the legendary artist felt more like destiny than anything else.
  • Capturing a Legacy – A celebration of director Liesl Tommy’s artistry and professionalism as the cast and crew express their appreciation and admiration for her and her process.
  • From Muscle Shoals – Sit-down with the cast, crew and some of the original musicians that recorded with Aretha at Muscle Shoals to learn about this crucial time period in Aretha’s life and how it helped propel her evolution.
  • Exploring the Design of ”RESPECT”– Production designer Ina Mayhew and costume designer Clint Ramos discuss the research they conducted in order to create the beautiful sets in the film as well as the various custom-made wardrobes that span three decades of style.

“RESPECT” will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.

  • Blu-ray – unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • Digital – lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly buy or rent.
Exhibition created by Heather Shovlund from 360 Magazine use by 360 Magazine

Art Basel in the Miami Design District

Art Basel – and all that comes with it – is around the corner, and we’re pleased to share a few client initiatives set to debut in the Miami Design District! From art installations, to pop-ups and events, please find below information for Miami Design District’s 2021 Commission winner: a physical and virtual site-specific installation coined Tomorrow Land, Jeffrey Dietch’s ‘Shattered Glass’ exhibition, Craig Robins Collection, the Mitchell-Innes & Nash exhibit, Shoes + Art by Matthew Chevallard, and CLIMAX by Jean Thierry Besins.

2021 MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT DESIGN COMMISSION: TOMORROW LAND 

The Miami Design District is pleased to unveil Tomorrow Land, a physical and virtual site-specific installation created by Studio Proba and Enjoy the Weather for the neighborhood’s Annual Design Commission 2021. Tomorrow Land features a series of playfully designed sculptures, seating, and ornamentation, created by Studio Proba in her signature, popular style. In addition to the physical components woven throughout the Miami Design District, the installation boasts an interactive, virtual game created by Enjoy the Weather. A dedicated app built around AR technology and proximity beacons which allow visitors to “collect” and digitally customize Studio Proba’s shapes and place their own custom totems throughout the neighborhood—and beyond—for other participants to discover and play with.

Dates: November 2021 – May 2022

Location: Miami Design District as well as at the entrance of Design Miami in Pride Park

JEFFREY DEITCH PRESENTS: ‘SHATTERED GLASS’ 

Shattered Glass, the acclaimed exhibition of new art by emerging artists of color, which was shown at Jeffrey Deitch Los Angeles last spring, will be presented in an expanded version in the Moore Building in the Miami Design District. The Los Angeles version of Shattered Glass, curated by Melahn Frierson and A.J. Girard, was more than an exhibition, it was a phenomenon, attracting 1,000 visitors per day in its final weeks on showcase. Shattered Glass connected with a diverse art audience, giving visitors a rare opportunity to see art that reflected their own life experience. The expanded Miami version of Shattered Glass will include fifteen new artists. The painting, sculpture, and photographic works in the exhibition are all figurative. The subject matter is often the artists’ family and friends. Their primary subject is their own life and their community. The participating artists are all strongly socially engaged; many of whom incorporate powerful social messages into their work. The exhibition represents a remarkable new generation that connects with a new art audience. Jeffrey Deitch has been presenting exhibitions and public art projects in the Miami Design District since 2002.

Dates: November 29 – December 5, 2021

Location: Miami Design District The Moore Building

CRAIG ROBINS COLLECTION

The Craig Robins Collection, displayed within the Miami Design District headquarter offices of DACRA, is a private collection of contemporary art and design that represents a broad range of artistic perspectives. Based on the belief that art should be shared, highlights from the collection are constantly rotated and put on view within the workspaces at DACRA, the innovative development company founded by Craig Robins in 1987. The annual re-hanging of Craig Robins contemporary art collection highlights the work of American conceptual artist John Baldessari (1931-2020), and features recent acquisitions including work by Kenturah Davis, Sayre Gomez, Yesiyu Zhao, and more. Encompassing the disciplines of design, art, and architecture, the multifaceted collection also features pieces by established favorites such as Urs Fischer, Jean Prouvé, Richard Tuttle, and Marlene Dumas.

Location: DACRA Headquarters: 3841 NE  2nd Avenue

MITCHELL-INNES & NASH

The Mitchell-Innes & Nash exhibit will feature early works by Eddie Martinez alongside works by Freddie Brice, David Butler, Ray Hamilton, Ike Morgan, Mary T Smith and Billy White among others.

Dates: Monday, November 29 – Saturday, December 4 from noon to 8pm, Sunday, December 5 from noon to 6 pm – Winter Exhibition

Location: 151 NE 41st Street, Suite 125

SHOES + ART BY MATTHEW CHEVALLARD 

Footwear Entrepreneur, Matthew Chevallard, is debuting an innovative modern-retail experience in the Miami Design District, coined: Shoes + Art. Merging Chevallard’s passion for footwear with his passion for art collecting, this multifaceted speakeasy retail concept, invites the public into a forward thinking and design-driven oasis in the middle of the most popular neighborhood in Miami. Chevallard’s new Avant Garde boutique, is situated in front of luxury houses Fendi and Louboutin, and features his two Italian hand-made footwear brands, Blu Scarpa and Concetto Limone all within Chevallard’s art gallery, THE OFFICE. The unique boutique concept will open to the public in time for Miami Art Basel 2021, on November 28th, 2021, with a solo exhibition by the coveted Mexican American artist, Eduardo Sarabia. The exhibition will feature a full range of works from Eduardo’s practice. For the first time, Eduardo will be displaying 10 limited edition lithographs, with several of them hand embellished by Eduardo Sarabia himself. Tying in the brands, Eduardo will be painting a set of Blu Scarpa products, and will be displaying a large selection of unique hand-painted ceramic plates. The remainder of the works will be revealed during the opening.

Dates:  November 28 – ongoing

Location: 160 NE 40th Street; 2nd floor of OTL

CLIMAX BY JEAN THIERRY BESINS

Designed by Jean Thierry Besins, CLIMAX is a 13-foot sculpture made of 1 ton of recycled stainless steel. The radiator inspires viewers to stop shielding themselves from the existential threat of death when facing climate change. CLIMAX is the first version of a 100-foot-tall heater that Jean Thierry Besins plans to install in Iceland in September 2024. The sculpture will be inaugurated in October in Jungle Plaza and will be on view through February 2022.

Dates: October 2021 – February 2022

Location: Miami Design District Jungle Plaza

ABOUT MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT

The Miami Design District is a one-of-a-kind neighborhood that combines luxury shopping, galleries, museums, design stores, restaurants and major art and design installations all within an architecturally significant context. The Miami Design District is owned and operated by Miami Design District Associates, a partnership between Dacra, founded and owned by visionary entrepreneur Craig Robins, and L Catterton Real Estate, a global real estate development and investment fund, specializing in creating luxury shopping destinations. As Miami becomes increasingly known for its own rich culture, the growth of the Miami Design District further reflects how the city is deserving of its place on the global stage.

Cryptocurrency illustration by Heather Skovlund for use by 360 Magazine

SIKI – Where Entertainment Meets Crypto

As a multi-media, multi-blockchain NFT Creation Engine and marketplace wrapped in a social ecosystem that streams NFT music, live streams and post, SIKI app is one of the fastest-growing companies in the blockchain/crypto space.

SIKI is in a private “invite only” stage currently which users can apply for. Despite so, the app is already packed with cutting-edge features such as fast royalty payments, advanced statistics, security, gamification, multi-chain NFT engine, and cryptocurrencies. At this time, SIKI is mostly onboarding artists and crypto-enthusiasts.

Taking pride in making sure the platform will be ready and simple to use even for those who are new to NFT’s and crypto, SIKI is not in any rush to launch.As the app is relatively new and upcoming, we were lucky enough to speak with CEO Chris Moraites on what plans he has for SIKI.

Where did you get the idea to create the app?

Being a musician myself, I have always been trying to figure out a way to advance the music industry for new artists. I had worked on a few tech concepts in college and over the years but nothing felt like it could make a big enough impact. After meeting Jason Dowd and learning the possibilities of NFT’s, it helped me realize this is what I needed to connect everything. Since then, the project has grown so much further thanks to people like my brother Myles Moraites and longtime friend Nick Gangi.

What is the targeted market for this app?

Music, crypto, and gaming enthusiasts. As it grows, we are hoping that it is built to be simple enough so anyone can use whether they have knowledge of crypto or not.

How would you explain this app to people who are not familiar with NFT?

If they were familiar with gaming, I would say it’s like a music or media idle game. If they upload music, created playlists, or have collaborated, their accounts will grow even when they are not using the platform. The more they use the platform the higher their ranking in the platform allowing them to receive more rewards as well.

What will your app do that regular streaming sites are not doing?

Being able to support your favorite artists on a financial level isn’t something that has been available in all the major music streaming platforms. Also, by using the platform it isn’t just the songs that receive stats but fans will also be able to shine. In many situations most artists have no clue how much a fan supports them, we want to make this more transparent.

What are the goals for the launch of this app?

To bring in a strong and active community that looks to help support artists as well as each other. We would like all fans to be seen as curators, not just people who stream music but people who want to help push the reach of artists.

How do you see this app expanding in the future?

In our next phase we expand heavily into a social media approach allowing for NFT’s in images and videos. Unlike Instagram and other platforms, we allow users to monetize and NFT each piece of content. We then will be expanding into live streaming as well as gaming.

Can you explain the term ‘gamification’ to your audience who would like to be a part of it?

Gamification refers to a level/ranking system that is implemented for users and artists. This way, artists can increase in level the more active they are. For example, if they tip $1, they will rank up to a level 1 tipper. There are many different level categories as well as various rewards and benefits that come with being within the top ranked.

Will uploading my song to SIKI immediately turn it into an NFT?

No, you may upload music to SIKI and not NFT the song. However, if you want to receive royalties then it must be an NFT.

What are some of the latest developments that may excite users? 

We are excited to have DJ Clue on board with SIKI as he is one of the legendary shapeshifters of today’s music as he is a multi-platinum artist, DJ and producer who has been instrumental in the development of artists like Jay Z, Mariah Carey, Fabolous and many others, as well as DJing for NYC’s hottest music station Power 105.1. We also recently have begun some major partnerships with some of the top crypto companies out there. We launched our SIKI.io content house on November 1 in LA which has 2 recording studios in it. We will also be throwing networking events for artists and industry professionals in the future. Other events include an upcoming art basel where we will be announcing much more exciting news. I am so grateful for the SIKI team and can’t wait to share some of the developments everyone has been working on to build this platform.

Thanks to the popularity of its collaboration with DJ Clue and other celebrities, SIKI has been growing exponentially. “This is groundbreaking…This technology bridges music in a way never seen before. Putting every artist in a win/win situation,” says Platinum Recording Artist DJ Clue. in a report on the company’s plans to expand the NFT’s.

There’s a music angle here too: DJ Clue is not only one of its first clients, but he is also taking a stake in the company. There are more details on his plans where you can see at Siki.io: Clue’s NFTs will be launched on his upcoming show which complements the launch of the SIKI app this month. That hints at the NFTs being bundled with ticket sales, or perhaps offering seats at the concerts as rewards, Taylor Swift-style. Fans can be ahead of the NFT’s going on sale in the final quarter of this year.

About DJ Clue

DJ Clue is an American DJ, Platinum Recording Artist, Platinum Producer, and CEO of Desert Storm Records. He airs on NYC’s Power 105 6-10PM Monday – Friday. Born in Queens, New York, DJ Clue, also known as Ernesto D. Shaw, he was originally interested in pursuing a rap career, but quickly fell in love with generating his own beats and making crowds dance.

His first mixtape, released in 1990, became an almost instant hit, circulated widely because it contained a large amount of music that could not be heard anywhere else. He also recorded his mixing live freestyle, giving all his tapes a raw, immediate feel that became part of his signature sound. He distributed tapes independently throughout the 90s, and his first mixtape CD, “The Professional: Part 1”, sold over a million copies. Since then, he has had the opportunity to collaborate with several artists, including JadakissDMXSnoop DoggNasMary J. Blige, and Lil’ Mo.

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OXYGEN TRUE CRIME

OXYGEN’S “911 CRISIS CENTER” REVEALS THE FAST-PACED INNER WORKINGS OF AN EMERGENCY CALL CENTER AND THE UNSUNG HEROES EXPERTLY HANDLING REAL, HIGH-STAKES DISTRESS CALLS ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6 AT 9:00PM ET/PT

The New Series Gives Viewers a Front Row Seat to the High-Intensity Environment Dispatchers Thrive In During Emergencies

Oxygen, the home for high quality true crime programming, drops viewers in the middle of the action at a dynamic Chagrin Valley area emergency call center in Ohio.  At the center, the responders’ calm demeanor, quick thinking and ability to draw out essential information from callers in the midst of extreme situations is often the difference between life and death. From gut-wrenching to heartwarming, these very first responders hear it all over the course of a 12-hour shift.  The all new series “911 Crisis Center” premieres Saturday, November 6 at 9:00pm ET/PT.  

For a sneak peek, please click here.

Team members’ experience varies from those who are 20-year veterans to those who are just starting out.  However, all dispatchers are primed and ready to respond to a wide array of panic-stricken callers.  Hearing callers terrorized by shots fired, angered over stolen cars, tearfully pleading during life-threatening medical emergencies and anxiety ridden over lost children makes working efficiently critical.   The dispatchers work to swiftly extract needed intel while calming the callers, providing them with detailed, life-saving instruction and relaying all pertinent details to law enforcement on the ground and en route.

“911 Crisis Center” also examines the friendships between the dedicated professionals. The bond this tight-knit group has formed goes deep.  They support each other through challenging calls and lift each other up when they’re experiencing tough times personally.  However, not every moment of a shift is rife with traumatic calls.  The dispatchers celebrate birthdays, share homemade treats, and crack inside jokes that lighten the mood. They also try to heed the ever present warning to never, ever jinx a shift by saying things seem “quiet” at the call center. 

From Warner Brothers Unscripted Television, “911 Crisis Center” is produced by Shed Media in association with Green Lakes Productions with Dan Peirson, Lisa Shannon and Adam Kassen serve as executive producers. 

About Oxygen

Oxygen is a multiplatform crime destination brand for women. Having announced the full-time shift to true crime programming in 2017, Oxygen remains one of the fastest growing cable entertainment networks with popular unscripted original programming that includes the flagship “Snapped” franchise, “Cold Justice,” “Killer Couples,” “Criminal Confessions,” and breakout hit event series such as “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway,” “Dahmer on Dahmer: A Killer Speaks,” and “Aaron Hernandez Uncovered.” Available in more than 77 million homes, Oxygen is a network of NBCUniversal Entertainment & Lifestyle Group, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. Watch Oxygen anywhere: On Demand, online, or across mobile and connected TVs.

About Warner Bros. Unscripted Television 

Warner Bros. Unscripted Television is the leading unscripted studio in America with over 50 series totaling nearly 2,500 hours of programming annually across broadcast, cable, streaming, digital, first-run syndication and podcasts. Led by studio president Mike Darnell, the division’s leading franchises include ABC’s “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette”; NBC’s multi-Emmy®-winning blockbuster “The Voice”; NBC’s returning Emmy® winner “Who Do You Think You Are?,” “Family Game Fight” and “Home Sweet Home”; Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City”; E!’s “The Bradshaw Bunch”; “Extra”; “The Real”; and the multi-Emmy®-winning “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” among others. After producing HBO Max’s highly-anticipated “Friends: The Reunion,” the unit’s upcoming projects include NBC’s “The Wheel”; Peacock’s “Paris in Love” and “True Story”; and HBO Max’s “The Real Magic Mike,” to name a few.