How Do DJs Make a Name for Themselves? That’s My DJ Tells Us How

Author: Elizabeth Zarb, Entertainment

Being a DJ looks cool and glamorous, right? Well millennials, thanks to a new series, we get a inside look at what it’s really like. 

That’s My DJ, a multi-award winning web series by D.W. Waterson (also known by her DJ name hey!dw), follows aspiring DJs as they try to break into the EDM scene. Yes, it’s just as awesome as it sounds.

The idea for the show came to Waterson based on her life as an EDM DJ for the past 3-5 years, knowing she wanted to bring this other world to life. “I remember when I was getting started just kind of looking around the room and being like ‘wow, there are a lot of interesting people here, and characters, and awesome music, and these flashing colorful lights, why isn’t anyone kind of telling that story?’” she said.  

The premise of the show goes beyond those colorful flashing lights, and into a world that seems glamourous on the outside — but is a whole different story on the inside. Mainstream media often shies away from showing the world of DJs for what it is.

Waterson wanted to change this. She was so inspired by the world around her that the entirety of the series’ second season is autobiographical, while the other seasons are based on people she has met and stories she has heard while being a part of the EDM scene. As a result, That’s My DJ’s scenes are shot clearly, without any sugar coating but rather, in a gritty reality. 

Season 3, however, is the darkest season of the show. “Sam (the DJ who is Season 3’s main character) is more of a producer, and he’s kind of being pushed into the DJ scene,” Waterson said. Sam’s “happy place” is making beats by himself.

“He’s constantly being pushed out the door to socialize, to drink with people, to stay up until six in the morning doing drugs in order to book his next gig, which kind of sends him on a downward spiral… it’s a very chaotic dark world.” Waterson wanted to use season 3 to show the consequences of drugs and alcohol, which are so present in the DJ world, and to explore where the line between doing drugs casually and becoming addicted falls. How does it end? Watch the series to find out! 

The webseries’ success came as a total surprise to the cast and crew of the show. It won awards at both the 2016 New York Television Festival and the 2017 Vancouver Web Series Festival, including Best Directing. “It’s cool to see when you pour your blood, sweat, and tears into something… and for everybody to react the way that they did to the [second] season was very humbling and grateful,” Waterson said.

When asked if she had any advice for people trying to break into the EDM scene or people trying to get a web series off the ground, Waterson offers advice that is applicable to the DJ realm and beyond.

 “You really kind of just have to do it,” she said.I know that sounds almost like a cop-out advice, but that’s kind of the advice that I got at the beginning. A lot of people sit on ideas and are like ‘oh but we don’t have enough money’ or ‘we lost this location’ or ‘I don’t believe in myself’ or ‘how do I get a DJ gig at a bar?’ You just kind of have to be like stupid confident… Just do it and finish it, and it you’re proud of it at the end then put it out there and really push and try to build your fanbase, because that’s how you build yourself career at the end of the day. And if you finish it and you’re not happy with it, then it was an amazing life lesson for what you want to fix next time and then go do it again.” 

How can the show inspire you? It is, (as other webseries are) is a shining example of a millennial with an idea brought to life. While not everyone can relate to the EDM scene portrayed in the show, the arcs the characters go through — whether it’s heartbreak or trying to make your mark on the world — are arcs that every young person goes through.


All three seasons of That’s My DJ are available to watch on YouTube and at thatsmydjseries.comYou can follow D.W. Waterson on Twitter and Instagram at @heydw_x. 

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‘Twas the Night Before the Interview…

Author: Gauri Bhatia, Career Advice

….and all through the house, not a creature was stirring…. save the panicking millennial!

Okay, maybe more than just the night before the interview, but you get the point.

Hello there, job-seeking millennials! You may remember this article with Interview Tips on how not to be a NINJA: “no income, no job, and no assets.” Now I want to share with you some last-minute advice. So here is what to do the day (and night) before a big interview.

Dry run
Try to take at least one trip to the interview site before the day of the actual interview. You should know approximately how long it will take to get there (and should allot double that time on the actual day).

Print out multiple copies of your resume
Yes, I said multiple. Trust me, you may not need more than one (or any actually), but it is better to be prepared.

Make sure your clothes are ready for the next day
Clean, no stains, no wrinkles –- you should be looking your absolute best!

Eat a proper (not too heavy) dinner
You want to wake up feeling fresh and ready to take on the day! Maybe this is even the time to make some “overnight oats” for breakfast the next day, that’s up to you.

Make sure your car is fully gassed up, your MetroCard is full and your spirits are high, and have your briefcase, purse, tote bag, etc. ready for the next morning
You don’t want to be running around packing things up when you should really be on your way out the door!

Speaking of being prepared…
Take an extra shirt, extra tights if you are wearing tights, extra shoes, an extra tie, whatever you think, just in case a mishap occurs. There is nothing worse than trying to get a coffee stain out of your shirt in the bathroom five minutes before your interview! Bring a “Tide-To-Go” pen in case you are really clumsy.

Most importantly: set several alarms and then go to sleep
Sleep early! Get a full night’s sleep! You want your interview persona to be the best you possible.

Don’t Let Estate Planning Scare You: A Chat With an Estate Planning Attorney

Adulting, Author: Michelle Ioannou

#NAMB is here to try and make adulting a bit easier for you. We’re trying to simplify those cringe-worthy terms like Auto Insurance and Fire Insurance. We’re trying to get you to understand finance and prepare you on what to do if you get in a car accident.

Well, now’s the time to add to all that. We’re taking it to a whole new level. We’re chatting with millennial experts in fields that you may have tried to avoid in the past because, well, they can be scary things to think about. We’re currently chatting with an Estate Planning Attorney.

Don’t worry, I did all the work for you. All you have to do is sit back, read, and learn. It’s not overwhelming, I promise.

What is estate planning?
Estate planning is a way to identify those people or causes most important to you (your parents, spouse, children and charities) and determine how you can help them if you become sick/disabled/incapacitated, or when you are no longer around.

Why should you start thinking and acting upon this from a young age?  Why is estate planning important to millennials?
A typical millennial first encounters estate planning upon starting a first job. If you were fortunate enough to land a position at a company that offers a retirement plan, you likely filled out what is called a beneficiary form, where you selected the individuals, entities (usually Trusts), or charities that you wish to inherit the assets in the account.

Additionally, though they may not appear as assets initially, millennials will need to develop plans for their digital assets – which could include online accounts like an iTunes music collection, online banking, or even access to social media accounts like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. Understanding how access and ownership of these accounts works after you become incapacitated or pass away is important.

The first time in which millennials must do what is considered “traditional” estate planning is when they have children. The selection of a Guardian, the person or persons you select to care for the minor child (below the age of 18) if the parent or parents pass away, can only be done through a Last Will and Testament. The selection of the Guardian does not automatically go to the next closest relative. It is important for the parent or parents to select individuals in order to avoid having relatives fight in court over who will get to take care of the minor child.

The plans you create today are not set in stone. You can always edit documents and update your plans at any time down the line, so there is no harm in drafting a Will or other documents now.

How can millennials start taking action in terms of estate planning?
The best and easiest way to start estate planning is to make sure all your assets (401Ks, IRAs, Roth IRAs, bank accounts, etc.) have a beneficiary.

The next step in estate planning would be to create a basic Health Care Proxy. Once you turn 18, you are no longer a minor and your parents are no longer entitled to your personal information, specifically health information. A Health Care Proxy nominates another person (can be a parent, spouse, significant other or close friend) to make health care related decisions for you in case you are in an accident or undergoing surgery and are unable to speak for yourself.

How can this help in the long run?
Estate planning provides peace of mind. It is comforting to know that if something happens to you or a loved one, a plan exists to handle the health related decisions – through a Health Care Proxy and to manage the finances, through the use of a Power of Attorney or Trust. Plus, some should determine who will raise the children – by selecting a Guardian in a Will – and distribute the hard earned assets you have accumulated throughout your lifetime when you pass, through a Will or a Trust.

Why should millennials care?
Millennials are getting to the point in their lives in which their families are starting to change. If they have a child, they should create a Will to select a Guardian. Millennials might begin to inherit money from parents or grandparents, so having some basic knowledge of trust/estate administration would be helpful. Also, as parents and grandparents get older, there is a greater likelihood that they might need some help managing their own health and finances. Understanding the benefits of having an estate plan in place, with a Health Care Proxy, Power of Attorney, a Will and maybe even a Trust in order to protect assets from the costs associated with long-term care (either at home or in a nursing home) would ensure that your family’s wishes are adhered to.

What resources are there out there to make it easy for millennials?
Some of my favorite millennial related follows include @dougboneparth (hey remember him – he was mentioned in our Finance Cheat Sheet!) for financial planning, @IRAGuru4EdSlott for accounting and IRA planning, and @Quantanamo, the “Dear Abby” or arbiter of all conflicts involving estate planning and family money matters.

Well there you have it, estate planning summed up just for you from an expert. Stay tuned as I chat more with Michael down the line about other topics that may have originally frightened you. See, not so scary at all!

Michael J. Greenberg, Esq. is an Estate Planning, Elder Law, and Special Needs Planning attorney at Keane & Beane, P.C. in White Plains, New York. He is on the Executive Committees of the Trusts & Estates, Elder Law and Special Needs, and Young Lawyers sections of the New York State Bar Association as well as the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Michael received his law degree from Emory University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Williams College. He is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Florida. You can follow Michael on Twitter @MJGElderLaw or email him at mgreenberg@kblaw.com.

Why My Friend is Voting for Donald Trump

Author: Alexandra Black, Current Events/Politics

It’s time for me to explore the truth that many millennials cannot face: young people are voting for Donald Trump.

In an America where most of us grew up with Trump’s face plastered as the poster boy for “You’re Fired” rather than “Make America Great Again,” it is very puzzling to our generation both why and how he came to power. However, we cannot ignore the truth that Donald Trump is the Republican Party’s candidate for the next POTUS.

I spoke with George Washington University student, Allison Coukos — an undergraduate student majoring in Political Science and minoring in Business Administration and Communication. She is also an active participant in GW’s Greek Life and head of PR for GW College Republicans.

As off the record as I can be while still on the record, I think it is very important to read what Allison has to say. You do not need to agree, you do not need to vote for someone you do not want to, but you, as a voter and an American should have an open mind and a well-formed opinion before you head to the polls.

Q: Do you identify with a specific political party? If so, which one?
A: I identify with the Republican Party.

Q: Which values do you identify with most strongly within your party? Are there any values or aspects that you disagree with?
A: The values that I most strongly identify with are the party’s beliefs in individual liberty, the free market, a strong national defense and a limited national government. Naturally, there are aspects of the party’s platform that I disagree with, but ultimately the core values of the party override whatever peripheral disagreements I have with the party’s platform.

Q: Trump’s slogan is “Make America Great Again.” What aspects of his platform would you say support this call to action?
A: Trump is calling for policies that generate economic prosperity in the United States and respect in the international community. He wants to strengthen the middle class through tax relief, simplifying the tax code and through reinvigorating American business interests (by bringing jobs back home). If we can become an economically prosperous country, we can create stability both at home and abroad.

Q: As he is not a politician, Trump has been praised by many as being anti-establishment. Do you think his background in business rather than politics is what we need in a President?
A: A recent Gallup poll from June of this year found that 80% of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job. I think having an outsider, or anti-establishment, candidate will bring a refreshingly new perspective to Washington.

Q: How do you think our foreign relations will change based on Trump’s foreign policy? 
A: Trump has indicated that he would be more supportive of our allies and re-evaluate our relationships with other countries. In particular, I think his pro-Israel stance is extremely important. Under Obama’s presidency we have not been a good ally to Israel. Martin Indyk, a special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations during Obama’s presidency, said that President Obama distanced himself from Israel in order to gain credibility in the Arab world. It is especially important – given the current political instability there – that the United States builds a strong alliance with Israel.

Q: Trump has a very blunt attitude. He has made comments against past Republican presidents and politicians, beyond his past opponents, such as Reagan, Bush and McCain. Why do you think someone who has a history of speaking ill of people in his party is so successful?
A: A 2015 Pew Research Center poll showed that only 19% of Americans say that they trust the government in Washington. Trump taps into this frustration that people have toward the political establishment.

Q: Is your personal support based on Trump’s platform or the idea of “Never Hillary?” Why or why not?
A: It’s about supporting the policies to improve the lives of all Americans. Unless there is a Republican in the Oval Office, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Congress will not be able to pass the legislation needed to bring prosperity and security back to American citizens. Such legislation includes a system that increases upward mobility through reforming our current welfare system with poverty-fighting programs that are tailored to individual needs. Ryan also wants to create economic reform that increases the transparency and oversight of the Fed and enables Americans to achieve financial independence. Finally, he wants to reform healthcare by strengthening Medicare and lowering the cost of healthcare through a refundable tax credit to help people buy health insurance in the individual market.

Q: What are your thoughts on VP running mate, Mike Pence?
A: I think Pence is a great Vice President choice for Trump. Truthfully, I would have liked to have seen someone like Nikki Haley or Mia Love on the ticket. The great thing about Pence is that his is the yin to Trump’s yang. He brings a calmness to the ticket as well as a wealth of political experience both on the Hill and as Indiana’s Governor. During Pence’s tenure as Governor unemployment dropped to 5% (from 8.4%). He also reduced taxes every year while having a budget surplus.

Q: Finally, what do you want “Never Trump” voters to know?
A: The race is between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. “Never Trump” now means “Hillary.” I ask people to consider which vision for America’s future most closely matches their own. It’s easy to get angry at some of Trump’s comments and his bombastic nature but at the end of the day, Trump wants to work with a Republican Congress to move America forward.

 

Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.

Why My Friend is Voting for Hillary Clinton

Author: Alexandra Black, Current Events/Politics

According to NPR, millennials make up 31% of voters in the United States, now matching Baby Boomers. However, with much power comes much responsibility. In this case, getting millennials to go out and vote at the polls, instead of solely posting and sharing on Facebook, seems to be a major challenge.

As much as we love to post articles praising one candidate or slamming the other, most do not know the overall facts of the platforms and future effects of each major party candidate.

With the DNC just finishing up, I was able to interview Corinne Falotico, a 2015 George Washington University graduate who majored in Political Communication. She is very supportive of the Democratic community and a huge advocate for women’s rights.

Q: Do you identify with a specific political party? If so, which one?
A: The Democratic Party.

Q: Which values do you identify with most strongly within your party? Are there any values or aspects that you disagree with?
A: I most identify with helping the poor and other marginalized communities. I’m a pretty staunch Democrat so there isn’t anything I disagree with in the party’s current platform.

Q: Hillary has been in the high-end political sphere longer than most, but why exactly should she be President?
A: I believe she is the most qualified candidate in this election and I feel she brings the best policies for fixing our nation’s biggest problems.

Q: Hillary is regularly prosecuted by the public for her history of flip-flopping on issues. What makes her stances valid now?
A: I believe that human beings are allowed to evolve their opinions. A number of politicians have changed their views on gay marriage, abortion and other progressive issues, so I don’t have a problem with Hillary’s evolution on those issues.

Q: How do you feel about VP running mate Tim Kaine? Would you have preferred someone else and why?
A: He definitely wasn’t the most progressive choice, but I understand her strategy behind picking him. There are a lot more moderates/independents who Hillary needs to get on her side rather than people who disagree with her from the left.

Q: Hillary’s foreign policy is seen as more militaristic than President Obama’s and is not the most favorable in China. How do you think these issues will form her potential foreign relations?
A: It’s actually not more militaristic than President Obama’s. She served as his Secretary of State so she played a huge role in carrying out his foreign policy decisions.

Q: Thoughts on the e-mails?
A: “I’m sick and tired of hearing about her e-mails.” But really. The FBI found no wrongdoing, so I don’t understand why it’s still an issue for some people.

Q: There have been many public and private scandals within Hillary’s time under the political scope (the Monica incident, the confidential e-mails, Trump’s friendship and private conversations with the Clintons). It has taken a lot of work to get her to where she is today. So, with all of these skeletons in her closet and conspiracy theories, regardless which are true and which are not, Hillary has proven to be strategic. Do you think being this strategic as well as her attempts to be secretive would hurt her ability to be an effective President and be honest with the American people?
A: I think it’s horrible for people to say she’s an unfit leader because of her husband’s indiscretions. Despite the “skeletons” in her closet, Hillary has very high approval ratings when she is actually holding a position. It’s when she’s running for one that people begin to lash out against her. Hillary is a much better public servant than a typical “politician.” She might not be as charismatic as her husband is on the campaign trail, but I’d rather have a President who can actually get the job done than one who just schmoozes well.

Q: Are you a “Never Trump” or a constant supporter of Hillary?
A: I think Trump would be a dangerous President and Hillary would make an excellent President.

Q: What do you want “Never Hillary” voters to know?
A: I want them to realize that Bernie and Hillary are a lot more alike than different, that a Trump presidency would make our country worse and that many of the critiques against Hillary are not based in fact or fairness.

 

Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.