America’s Got Talent Tips

I just finished a good show on America’s Got Talent, though this could apply to American Idol as well, and it got me thinking…

Remember Susan Boyle on Britain’s Got Talent? She had an awesome voice for singing and everyone was floored by it. She didn’t make it that far though, but she left a mark nonetheless. She became so popular that if she had instantly monetized on what she was doing, regardless of whether she won or lost, she would have enough money to live on and more!

Here are a couple tips if you plan on becoming a contestant on the show, or if you are already on the show and are looking for some ideas:

  • One point I would like to make clear first off: Be Yourself. Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not or try to copy another person. The judges will like you for who *You* are.
  • Start recording your own content in high-quality format.
  • Get a blog, facebook page, twitter account, and youtube channel and start posting regularly and interacting with your audience.
  • Start selling albums of your singing/how to videos/dancing gig/ etc. (This is where the recordings come in)
  • Go on tours to spread your realm of influence (if possible).

If you do that, I can guarantee you will outlive your popularity on America’s Got Talent and make a pretty decent living at the same time. Thoughts?

When did I first find value in Twitter?

I first found value in Twitter when I was at New Media Expo 2008. Take a listen to find out more!

Why should I care about Facebook and Twitter?

Here is an audio file for you guys I thought would sum it up. Take a listen and leave a comment.

Entrepreneur vs. Employee, Which one are you?

There is a fine line between having an Entrepreneur mindset and an Employee mindset, lets see if you notice the difference:

  • Entrepreneurs are willing to risk it all, employees prefer to play it safe and stay off the radar.
  • Entrepreneurs can’t adjust to what society dictates, employees flow right along with the mainstream.
  • Entrepreneurs make the rules, employees follow rules.
  • Entrepreneurs make the jobs that employees work at, employees work their job.
  • Entrepreneurs want to affect/help people as much as possible, employees typically look out for themselves and what benefits them.
  • Entrepreneurs make the jobs that employees run. Neither can exist without the other.

Which one are you? Disagree with me? Comment below. Lets create a conversation around this.

Under 30 and Kicking Butt List

Derek Johnson over at his blog,, has come out with a list of those who are under 30 and running their own successful companies. Derek is a 23 year old CEO of internet startup, and quite successful in his area of expertise. I personally heard of him through Gary Vaynerchuk and Daniel Brusilovsky.

I’ve added myself to his list (I’m #29) and if you are a young entrepreneur, go ahead and add yourself to this list as well. It is always beneficial to see those your age who are going through the same things you are, rather than think you are alone in this area.

Twitter is Dead

Yes, and I have to say it. Twitter is dead.

I could make the same comparisons about Facebook, but for the sake of this post, I’m sticking with Twitter.

It has been my experience that as soon as something, anything, hits mainstream and is “talked up” all the time in the media means it is on the verge of dying out. Completely opposite of mainstream thought eh? Remember this point. Remember Furby? (And yes, I did have one for those wondering)

Want some examples? Remember MySpace? Probably not (I’m joking around :P). I remember when Myspace was “talked up” all the time in mainstream news, whether it was good or bad. Sure, the media shined more of a negative light on myspace, which accounts for most of the traffic, but the instant myspace hit the airwaves and everybody heard about it is when it hit its high point. Its declining right now, and having to cut 25% of its staff.

I’m applying the same principle here. I remember back in the early stages of twitter how much fun it was… It was a tight-knit community of like-minded people openly sharing ideas and links across the internet. I miss that. Now I have to sift through untold thousands of twitter spam accounts and spam tweets and spam direct messages to communicate with my audience and friends.

As soon as twitter hit the traditional news outlets all chaos broke loose. Spammers saw this as an opportunity as well and jumped on it. New people, who had no idea what twitter was, jumped on the bus, but soon jumped right back off. Twitter is bloated, and something needs to be done.

What do you think needs to be done?

Writing a Book

This is something I am seriously considering doing. It has been on my mind a while, on and off since last year (2008). I’m not going to self-publish it, I plan on getting it to a publisher and go the more traditional route of writing and publishing a book.

What would it be on you ask? It might be either New Media, Podcasting, or Young Entrepreneurship. I’m still debating on it, and would love to hear your thoughts on what you would most enjoy reading. I have a couple pretty good book titles for either, but I’ll keep those a secret until the book nears completion.

What would the format be? I’m thinking a how to book. Possibly bringing in some experts in the space that I choose and interview them to be included in the book.

But then again, its not up to me. Its up to what you want to read and what you would most enjoy. Tell me what you think, lets get a conversation going around this…

8-13-2009 Update: I will be writing a book for Young Entrepreneurs. Title is in the works and I am busy fleshing out the idea…

The Day the Media Died

I was browsing my usual flow of tweets from twitter, when one by Mitch Joel (@mitchjoel) caught my eye:

That video (included below) pulled out a strong reason for why I do what I do online. Actually, it was more of a reminder, but lets continue. For  me, the year old media died was 2007.

Do you see how powerful this movement is? Do you see the seismic shifts this is having across the globe, impacting every industry?

If you don’t see this, I’d encourage you to watch the video. If you do see this, how about a reminder of why we love this space we call “New Media”? 🙂

#93: 13 Successful Blogging Tips, Business Podcasting, and the Bing Pre-Iphone

I think this is the longest episode I’ve released yet!

Lots of updates and changes to the site, and plenty stuffed into this episode.

First off, my start into the video realm came on May 19 with the launch of the TaylorMarek20 Vlog. Find the latest vlog/video of my making over at:

This episode is a new twist, in that I have New Media instead of Finances for this episode. Take a listen and tell me what you think.

New Media: 13 Successful Blogging Tips. – Darren Rowse and his 5000th blog post! Well worth a read.

Business: Business Podcasting

Have you looked at integrating a podcast into your business? If not, you’re missing out.

Technology: Bing Pre-Iphone – Google’s Schmidt dings Bing – Five of my favorite things about the Palm Pre – iPhone OS 3.0 revisited – Details about Apple’s new iPhone 3G S

Lets continue the conversation, comment below or use these options:

Who are my Mentors?

This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while. Everyone has a hero they look up to, someone they admire. The realm I most associate myself with is the new media crowd (blogging, podcasting, internet video). Let me introduce you to my mentors:

Internet Business:

Jason Van Orden -Podcaster first and foremost, entrepreneur at heart. He was responsible for most of the promoting ideas I’ve implemented on this blog/podcast.


Paul Colligan – Best mentor anyone could ask for. He knows this area well, and is an awesome friend to have. To me, his name is synonymous with podcasting.


Yaro Starak – One of the first blogs I ever followed when I first came into this realm in early 2006. Everything he writes is so simple, anyone can understand it.

Darren Rowse – When I first ran across ProBlogger, I thought of the name. I said, “I want to be a Pro-Blogger” and I’ve modeled much of what I do on the internet around that statement.

Social Media:

Leesa Barnes – Started out podcasting, made a book, then merged into the realm of social media. Best interviewer I’ve had, and LOVES speaking on New Media.

Those are my mentors, what about you?