Thursday, November 19, 2015

Who run the world?

Photos: Rachel Eubanks
Athens is full of amazing women. They're creative, professional, musical, and at times intimidating. As an exercise to bust through the temptation to feel competitive or jealous, Rachel Eubanks made an awesome blog celebrating Athens, GA women. My roommate Rachel Bailey (executive director of My Athens, freelance writer, and photographer) and I were so flattered to be photographed for Boss Bitches of Athens and to have a chance to talk about female friendships and the dangerous fuel social media can give us to make fun of people we don't actually know.

Read the full post here.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Reading list: creative entrepreneurs and PR pros

After yesterday's lunch 'n learn, I sent out a list of books related to PR and creative business. I've found these helpful this year, both for my own development and for my music publicity students at UGA. I'd love to hear any suggestions you may have!
I included Amazon links for convenience / further info, but I encourage you to support a local bookstore like Avid Bookshop if you pick one up!
I'm thinking of compiling posts like this one into a monthly or bi-monthly resource email. If you'd like to be included, sign up here.

Blog, Inc. - not exactly a PR book, but understanding how to run a successful blog can give you insight into what bloggers need. And blogging may be part of your own marketing strategy!
Nicely Said - great for writing informally but professionally. Kate wrote MailChimp's style guide. I like writing that is clear and concise over flowery, and I think this book sums that up. A big focus here is on developing your brand's written voice for the web.
Recipe for Press - media relations basics and some fun case-studies from Athens' own Amy Flurry!
ReWork - haven't started on this one yet, but was recommended to me by John Beeler, brand manager at MailChimp and label manager at Asthmatic Kitty Records (Sufjan Stevens label) so I ordered it immediately! Seems like lots of great advice for breaking out of conventional ways of doing business.
Girlboss - Not PR related at all. Biographical with some business and personal advice. Sophie launched a wildly successful national clothing company that started as an eBay vintage biz out of her house. Irreverent and inspiring.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear - I haven't gotten around to reading this one yet either, but it's currently on the New York Times' best sellers list and I keep seeing it everywhere. "Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives." (Yes, it's by the Eat, Pray, Love lady :)
Passion Planner - If you like paper planners, give this one a try! I like how it has a journaling element when it comes to goal setting and reflecting on your past month, and an emphasis on work life balance (or balancing your main job with your side hustle :)

Friday, November 6, 2015

Publicity Lunch 'n Learn for Athens Area Arts Council 11/11

Photo: Paige French

On November 11th at The Lyndon House, I'll be presenting a Lunch 'n Learn for the Athens Area Arts Council as part of their monthly series focused on professional practices for artists.

Over the years I've secured coverage for my clients in national publications like NPR, Vogue, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Pitchfork, late-night television programs, and tastemaker blogs. I've also written for Paste, The Daily Beast, Design*Sponge, Urban Outfitters' blog, and more, and I teach music PR at UGA. I'm excited to adapt my knowledge to DIY tips for musicians, visual artists, and creative types.
Full event info here.

Hope you can make it! 

And, a big thank you as always to Paige French for taking the photo above. I can't recommend her enough for professional photos that don't look stuffy. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

CLOSED: GIVEAWAY: My_Athens' Projections fashion show tickets

Necklaces at Red Dress Boutique by Courtney Cooper Johnson/Whiskey Tango Studios
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I'm excited to give away a pair of tickets to My_Athens' Projections this Sunday night! The event fuses fashion and film as teams of local boutiques and stylists present looks inspired by iconic, style-inspiring films.

If you'd rather not leave things up to chance, you can order tickets here. As of yesterday, only 6 VIP tickets were left. That extra $10 for VIP gets you seating an additional drink.

The giveaway will take place on my Instagram account.
To enter: 
- Follow @my_athens and @myathensfashion
- Tag the name of the friend you'd take with you in the comments of the Instagram post 

Winner will be chosen and notified Friday afternoon using

CLOSED. Thanks for entering!

The full scoop on Sunday night via My_Athens: 

"My Athens presents its fall fashion show, Projections, Sunday, Nov. 8, at Stan Mullins' Art Studio (650 Pulaski Street) from 6-9 p.m. Projections will spotlight eight teams of local boutiques and stylists, each drawing inspiration from an iconic style film. A dance party, hosted by DJ Immuzikation, will follow the runway show. We'll also have beer from Creature Comforts and cocktails from Tito's Vodka and The National.


• Boutiques: Agora VintageAtomic AthensCheeky PeachCommunityDynamite ClothingEncoreFlirt Fashions and The Red Dress Boutique

• Stylists: Allison Skinner, Carlee Ingersoll, Elizabeth Herrin, aka Mz Savvy Style, Lucie Reynolds, Rachel Barnes, Shawna Lea Maranville, Stephano Diaz of Necklush and Trevor Blake

My_Athens exists to creatively celebrate the city through photography, events and the stories we tell on our blog, where we cover fashion, food and the arts. We love hosting events like this fashion show to showcase all the amazing talent in this city and create a sense of unity for the people who live here. Follow us on Instagram at @my_athens and show us your vision of the city by using the hashtag #my_athens!

Benefitting Habitat for Humanity"

A look from Atomic. Photo by Courtney Cooper Johnson/Whiskey Tango Studios
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A look from Cheeky Peach. Photo by Courtney Cooper Johnson/Whiskey Tango Studios
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Friday, October 30, 2015

Kudzu Creep: A Southern Gothic Playlist

Photo: Alec Soth
I've been on a playlist-making kick lately. I've always thought it would be a total dream-job to be a music supervisor for movies, tv, stores, workout playlists of exhausted celebrities, etc. When my friend April mentioned a Southern Gothic theme, I jumped the gun and maybe went a little overboard :) I thought about True Detective season 1 a lot while making this playlist (as always.) I read a definition of Southern Gothic as "atmospheric, dark, and funny" and chose these songs with that in mind.

Speaking of Southern Gothic, be sure to check out this New York Times photo essay by Alec Soth I came cross while looking for images for this post.  I really liked these photos. I've been a bit annoyed lately by a lot of writing/media about the South that puts it through a pristine Kinfolk-filter or speaks in a high-brow trying-to-impress-your-college-professor voice. That kind of style seems incongruent with the subject, and feels like it overlooks the oddity and vulgarity that make the South so unique. To me, the south is rich with idiosyncratic weirdness and wildness, and I thought these photos were a striking glimpse into that aspect. Southern culture is more than pimento cheese in a new cafe with great natural lighting and exposed brick. And a Southern Gothic playlist is likewise just one small facet of a big feeling.

Enough rambling. Enjoy the tunes, and as always, let me know if I left something out that I should hear.

And here's a direct link to playlist. Might sound better on shuffle anyway.

Flannery O'Connor
Photo: Marcus Kenney 
Photo: Bill Emory
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A Look Inside Lucky Peach's 101 Easy Asian Recipes

Bestie/roommate Rachel and I have a tradition of taking each other to a fun new Atlanta restaurant that we haven't tried yet for each other's birthdays (and detours to Asian grocery giant Super H Mart.) We've both had a pretty exhausting past few months so it wasn't feasible this year. Keeping with the dinner theme, I ordered her Lucky Peach's new cookbook. Rachel lived in Korea for two years, so her Asian cooking skills put my kimchi quesadillas to shame. 

Her copy arrived today and we're both thrilled with it. I'm really happy with how accessible all the recipes are. Lengthy ingredient lists, sub-recipes, and 12 hour condiment recipes typically make me go "mmm, maybe for another day" ie. never. None of that in this cookbook. Every recipe in this book is straight-forward and approachable, and the photos have a subtle sense of humor (like a hand out of spring rolls.) Looking forward to cooking and eating my way through it, cover to cover. 

If you don't have a local, independent book store, you can find it here. 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

If I Made The Soundtrack For: Inherent Vice

I loved the Inherent Vice soundtrack, and had some fun last night thinking about what I would have put on there. A couple tracks are from the official soundtrack, since I thought they were really perfect for it. I'm also really digging what comes up if you turn this playlist into radio on Spotify. 


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