New on Wanderthief: Some Ugly Truths

New on Wanderthief: Some Ugly Truths

In this month’s Create Like Crazy newsletter essay, I wrote about a detour I’ve recently inadvertently taken with my writing. I lost my way a bit and got distracted by wanting to be published and wanting to be read, by wanting to be liked and wanting to be accepted. I told the truth and tackled it the only way I know how. Here’s to what’s up next.

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New for MUM: Billy Kidd: Magician, Street Performer, Monkey Wrangler

New for MUM: Billy Kidd: Magician, Street Performer, Monkey Wrangler

It’s hard not to gush when conversation turns to Billy Kidd; she is a talented, deep thinking, humble magician dedicated to building a body of work that can speak for itself. From all these serendipitous connections emerged this feature profile, the cover story of MUM’s December 2018 issue. It’s a closer look into what makes Billy tick, from softening her edges for Disney Cruise Lines to debuting her psychic monkey, Charlie, at the Magic Castle earlier this year.

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New on Wanderthief: Canyon Whispers

New on Wanderthief: Canyon Whispers

It’s my first Wanderthief from Las Vegas! And the end of my first full week in town. What have I done in this time? Explored the local cafe scene, naturally, and there’s a lot to learn from just a little bit of eavesdropping. I spend the rest of the time staring at the mountains and soaking up the sun. I consider these all to be very good life choices.

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New on Wanderthief: Reminders

New on Wanderthief: Reminders

I wrote a short Wanderthief about my experience of the weird turn to winter in this town. I’ll be leaving NYC soon, spending most of the rest of 2018 on the West Coast and abroad, and I’ve got a lot of feelings about it. Feelings? Concerns, questions, nerves. Anxieties. There’s some sun in there too, I promise. Things have been looking a little dark lately and I only know how to be honest about it, but what’s that saying? The darkest hour is just before… that old chestnut.

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New for Magenta: YouTube Magician Chris Ramsay On Learning To Say No

New for Magenta: YouTube Magician Chris Ramsay On Learning To Say No

When I heard Huge was looking beyond the strict professional design community for their series on creative process, I was eager to introduce them to a few creative minds from the magic world. They just published this interview I did with YouTuber, magician, and all-around creator Chris Ramsay, and he dug deep to share some gems that can be applied to any kind of creative life.

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New on Wanderthief: To Be Seen

New on Wanderthief: To Be Seen

I met a couple of famous people last night and they kept using my name. They dropped my name in every sentence, casually, naturally, as if we were old friends. If it was nothing more than a strategy they have developed over the years, then it’s a strategy that works. Is that as personal as an interaction can be? A name, an unchosen word to which we attach decades of identity, a marker of who we are that, for most of us, lasts from birth until death without ever changing?

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New for Adorama: Meet a Pro: Visual Storyteller Quetzal Maucci

New for Adorama: Meet a Pro: Visual Storyteller Quetzal Maucci

Quetzal Maucci calls herself a visual storyteller intentionally to separate herself from traditional news media and photojournalists. Documentary photography isn’t always about telling an authentic, profound story, but for Quetzal that’s the art that really matters. She tackles immigration, identity, sexuality, and health in her work, often investigating the questions she faces personally in her own life through broader artistic projects.

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What I've been working on: Sermostudio

What I've been working on: Sermostudio

I started Sermostudio about a year ago with the goal of supporting the brilliant, creative, and innovative entrepreneurs and founders around the world who are interested in expanding their business models to the United States.

Why is it correct that the average American consumer dismisses a brand based on its less-than-perfect English copywriting, when English is probably that team’s second, third, or even fourth language?

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What I've Been Working On: Tricked

What I've Been Working On: Tricked

For the past three months, I've been working on the magic team for a TV show called Tricked. Magician Eric Leclerc pranks, fools, and tricks innocent people all over the city with hidden camera magic that they, of course, don't realize is magic. In bookstores and cupcake shops, bakeries and hardware stores, magic is indistinguishable from reality, at least until the big reveal.

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New on Wanderthief: From the Spine

New on Wanderthief: From the Spine

I hesitated to publish this month's Create Like Crazy essay, which ended up being the best kind of irony. My imposter syndrome got loud, along with all my insecurities—What if it's too direct? Too personal? What if they don't like it? What if they don't like me? That hesitation seemed as good a reason as any to gather up my courage, straighten out, and hit send. Maybe we're not meant to make ourselves smaller for the timid masses.

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New for News Deeply: BuildPalestine's Alternative Aid Paradigm

New for News Deeply: BuildPalestine's Alternative Aid Paradigm

It's been months in the making so I'm very excited to share this News Deeply article about BuildPalestine. Combining classic crowdfunding (across risky borders for international donors) with crowdsolving and crowdbuilding solutions, the platform contributes to building a more robust and sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem to support founders in Palestine and the Occupied Territories.

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New for Playboy: Cannabis-Infused Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

New for Playboy: Cannabis-Infused Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Lonn “Big Lonn” Howard and Matt “Mighty Matt” Staudt, both equal parts passionate martial artists and cannabis activists, are the founders of High Rollerz BJJ. The tournament shines a light on Howard and Staudt's brand of cannabis-infused jiu jitsu, aiming to destigmatize cannabis use at the highest level of athletic performance.

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New on Wanderthief: Finished, Ready, Perfect

New on Wanderthief: Finished, Ready, Perfect

This is a strange part of the summer season, this dog days phase when the humidity has all but seeped in through our skin and seems that it will never lift. They were reflooring the mosque down the street from me this week, and the sight of it sent me to Taghazout in my mind, to the seaside in Morocco where I hid from the world for a few months. Ready doesn't always mean finished, and finished doesn't always mean perfect.

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New for Forbes: 5 Ways to Foster A Happy Distributed Team

New for Forbes: 5 Ways to Foster A Happy Distributed Team

As a follow-up to "Why Today's Work Climate Sucks and What We Can Do About It", the newest Forbes Agency article from InterimCMO founder Megan Groves gets into the nitty gritty of what it'll take to realize the future of work. Beyond quick fixes and lip service, the new article explores practical ways to create lasting tangible change across a distributed or a remote team.

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What I've Been Working On: Magic Live in Las Vegas, Nevada

What I've Been Working On: Magic Live in Las Vegas, Nevada

I spent last week on a whirlwind trip through Las Vegas, Nevada. Since I first started planning the trip, there was something about it that I could feel but not explain. It's a familiar sensation—the same gut instinct that sent me to Ibiza and to Sydney. There's still a lot of Vegas that I haven't seen, and I'm already planning to return sooner rather than later. With that said, I did manage to do some damage.

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New for Forbes: Why Today's Work Climate Sucks

New for Forbes: Why Today's Work Climate Sucks

Barely half of the American workforce reported job satisfaction in a recent study. Why are people hating their jobs, and what are we going to do to fix the problem? The article digs into the future of work, and why quick fixes like happy hours and gym memberships won't plug the systemic problems plaguing work culture today.

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New for Wibbitz: Long, Short, or Micro-video?

New for Wibbitz: Long, Short, or Micro-video?

In the last of my content marketing work for Wibbitz, we dug into the many different ways brands and publishers can make video work for their specific goals. Building brand awareness, increasing audience engagement, and establishing thought leadership are all powerful ideas, but the roads leading to the realization of each goal are decidedly different. Customizing the length, style, tone, and format of your videos will help get your business from here to there.

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New on Wanderthief: Say Yes and See What Happens

New on Wanderthief: Say Yes and See What Happens

Big things are happening, and even though I'm not entirely sure where it's all heading, I think a lot of the changes happening in my life right now—personally, professionally, psychically—are at the very least related to all my saying "yes" of late. Just going for it, and seeing what happens. Showing up. That's what this month's Create Like Crazy newsletter essay was all about, and I'm grateful to everyone who's been writing me to say they could relate. Saying yes is easy. Then you have to deliver.

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