Tag Archives: advice

Interview: Kathleen Madigan on the bankability of jokes

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The wonderful comedian Karthleen Madigan will be performing at the State Theater on June 17th. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to chat with her about fame, getting coffee in a car with Jerry Seinfeld, and the bankability of jokes.  You can see Madigan’s recent appearance on Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee here.  Have […]

Ink and Business Acumen: Tattooer Hanna Sandström offers advice for entrepreneurs

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Hanna Sandström is a tattooer, formerly based in Portland (Squid and Whale Tattoo), who presently resides and works in Seattle (Dark Age Tattoo). We were neighbors when she was in town, and she is responsible for half of my tattoos, so when I was in Seattle last week I reached out to see if she’d be […]

Insights and advice to emerging Portland-based creative professionals

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A colleague recently asked me to offer advice or insights for young Portland-based creative professionals looking for internships, entry level jobs related industry experience. I figured I’d offer an amended version of that list here. If you are planning on getting hired as a freelancer, get insured professionally  (at least from a liability perspective). By way of a […]

Maine winter survival tips (in case you’re new or have forgotten how it’s done)

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I recently stumbled upon this glorious archived Reddit post in which Mainers offer advice on how to survive a winter in Maine. Here I have pulled some of the best nuggets and tried to organize the advice around categories so that it is a bit easier to sort through. Should you have the time, though, […]

Tips and advice for surviving and/or enjoying Old Port Fest 2015

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The weekend of the Old Port Festival is upon us. Last year, when experiencing the festival by way of observing it through the lens of Instagram—which is my go-to mode for living life these days—I decided to no longer hate the annual street spectacle anymore. I had long held the festival to an unrealistic standard, […]

Ultimate 2014 Maine Holiday Gift Guide: Over 150 Maine Gifts

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BEHOLD! The 2014 Maine gift guide! Here is a list of holiday gifts made by folks from Maine and/or have some sort of connection to the state. Be careful, as this guide is so hot it will likely melt your face right off of that pretty head of yours. Holiday gift season doesn’t have to […]

Ask Alex: How do I tell my favorite cashier that I have a crush on him?

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Potentially Awkward asks: There’s this guy who works at Trader Joe’s, and I see him almost every time I shop there. He always smiles at me, he’s always friendly, he makes small talk, etc. Sometimes the small talk seems sort of flirty. This leads me to two questions for you: How can I tell whether […]

Ask Alex: A primer on physical world introductions for the digital set

It has been a while since I have attacked an Ask Alex, and I am excited to be doing so this dreary Monday morning. Please submit your queries by emailing me at alexsteed [at] gmail [dot] com. In case you are cautiously interested in submitting, I am happy to keep the identities of those in […]