j.chan

"I think I'd go with the medium..."
T-shirts and hoodies are my specialty. Always stoked to meet new friends, discover new music and find a truckstop with a decent selection of bagged tea.
#merch #music #tour #livethedream #everythinginbetween

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Fred and I getting some Friday night pit stop lovin’ from the fine folks Switchback Cyclery after our ambulance collision last week. Special thanks to my cousin for introducing me to the team and for your generous donation that officially helped me surpass my The Ontario Ride to Conquer Cancer fundraising goal!! Proud to do this for you and all my incredible supporters.

Fred and I getting some Friday night pit stop lovin’ from the fine folks Switchback Cyclery after our ambulance collision last week. 

Special thanks to my cousin for introducing me to the team and for your generous donation that officially helped me surpass my The Ontario Ride to Conquer Cancer fundraising goal!! Proud to do this for you and all my incredible supporters.

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Music Industry Must: Real-life Networking

In this ever-connected world that we live in today, it’s painfully easy to plan exactly who you want to meet at a conference, panel session or meet-up. While doing a background check on scheduled speakers and guests is great practice, don’t forget how important it is to open yourself to meeting everyone you cross paths with, including fellow delegates and operations volunteers. Imagine how many random, wonderful and interesting people you could meet at the refreshments table, just by chance. 

Jasper Donat, CEO of Branded Asia and lovely chap I met a few years ago, champions the importance of business cards, name tags and lanyards in networking and connecting. I side with Jasper on the formality of sharing contact information via the physical exchange of business cards and you can always jot down notes about someone to help keep that relationship warm. Conference lanyards are a great way to break the ice, especially if you’re attending solo and needing to make some new friends, just introduce yourself and your association. 

Conference season is nearly in full swing, get out there and challenge yourself to meet as many people as you can. After all, isn’t that what networking really is about?

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#BeMoreTea

Thanks Lipton, this is a banger.
"Thank you Froggy!"

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The Great Canton and Hong Kong proverbs by 阿塗, graphic designer and cartoonist. 
Contains 81 proverbs I’ve heard/read all my life.

The Great Canton and Hong Kong proverbs by 阿塗, graphic designer and cartoonist.

Contains 81 proverbs I’ve heard/read all my life.

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terradanielletaylor asked: Hello! I found your blog through a WATK post and I was wondering if you have any advice on getting started with merch? (when is it too forward after befriending a band to ask if they need any help / know anyone who needs help, etc). I think I have the skills needed (I'm a people-person, know how to make a killer spreadsheet and I'm good with money) but I can't seem to get my foot in the door. Any advice? Thanks!

Hey terradanielletaylor, Thanks for getting in touch (and for supporting the amazing wearethekidsblog)!

I started out in merch through internships in the industry (merch company, record label and management firm) and a few people who were kind enough to help me out.

If you have friends in local bands, you could start there, or if you spend a lot of time at a local venue, see if they might be interested in having an extra person to call on when they need help. Try out an internship if you haven’t already, let them know what you’re interested in so you can get the most out of that experience. You might dream that you’ll attend a show, chat up a band and they’ll bring you out starting tomorrow, but the reality is that a) they’re leaving tonight; b) they probably don’t have money to pay you otherwise they’d already have someone and c) it’s an inner circle (of trust) that you just can’t insert yourself into. It’s important to build relationships and rapport based on consistency, good work and trustworthy-ness. The last one is important, especially in merch - you’re dealing with someone else’s money. 

All those skills you’ve mentioned are a great starting point. Keep developing those and integrate new ones as you gain more experiences. Be patient because things will take time, no matter how much you want things to happen overnight. Don’t be afraid (just like you’ve done here!) to reach out to people for advice, or just to hear what path they’ve taken to where they are. Most people are happy to take a few minutes to help others with a bit of advice or guidance. 

Last suggestions: be nice, always improve and grow, own your mistakes, be reliable and go the distance. There’s tons more but start with those.

Good luck!

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You can be great at anything. #BuildConfidence #BeAmazed #FindInspiration #DiscoverGreatness

You can be great at anything. #BuildConfidence #BeAmazed #FindInspiration #DiscoverGreatness

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latenightjimmy:

Jimmy & The Muppets Say Goodbye To “Late Night” (w/ “The Weight” from “The Last Waltz”) 

Jimmy & the Muppets perform “The Weight” by the Band for the last waltz of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

Dear Jimmy,
I love you.
That is all.
Cannot wait to watch you tonight instead of tomorrow.

(Source: youtube.com, via fallontonight)

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It’s not peanut butter jelly time, it’s Chinese New Year fortune time (for those so lucky to be single)!
Possibly one of the greatest gifs ever.

It’s not peanut butter jelly time, it’s Chinese New Year fortune time (for those so lucky to be single)!

Possibly one of the greatest gifs ever.

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It’s almost Chinese New Year!!

Thumbs up to Burberry, great spot.

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19 Things Remarkable People Think Every Day

If only spending 8 hours a day reading Inc. articles were a real job. While unfortunate that this is not my job, luckily, I can still make it part of my business.

Today’s inspiration, 19 things remarkable people think every day.
It’s good to find yourself in even one of these things.

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Found this at the most appropriate time.

Found this at the most appropriate time.

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I’m just an ordinary person taking part in the 2014 @thepmcf #RideToConquerCancer. But with your help and support, we can create extraordinary results for our future. Join me on the trek from #Toronto to #NiagaraFalls this Spring. Go to http://www.conquercancer.ca/goto/chanjocelyn and help make cancer a thing of the past. #bike #courage #strength #fearless

I’m just an ordinary person taking part in the 2014 @thepmcf #RideToConquerCancer. But with your help and support, we can create extraordinary results for our future. Join me on the trek from #Toronto to #NiagaraFalls this Spring. Go to http://www.conquercancer.ca/goto/chanjocelyn and help make cancer a thing of the past. #bike #courage #strength #fearless

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Big-ups to @bee_dubya_ for outdoing last year’s JoBros card with this year’s @onedirection card. And even though we’re old, we won’t change because #ThisIsUs. #OneDirection #Fangirling #DanCharles #MoreThanThis #1Devotion

Big-ups to @bee_dubya_ for outdoing last year’s JoBros card with this year’s @onedirection card. And even though we’re old, we won’t change because #ThisIsUs. #OneDirection #Fangirling #DanCharles #MoreThanThis #1Devotion

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nbcsnl:

To say we fangirled tonight would be putting it lightly.

#fangirling #dancharles

nbcsnl:

To say we fangirled tonight would be putting it lightly.

#fangirling #dancharles

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