AngelaJossy's Blog

Feb. 15, 2009 at 4:42pm

What, no blogs today?

This is my current plan

Since it seems to be a slow news day, I thought I'd share with you what's been on my mind lately.

I've been trying to figure out how to explain to people what I do. Its complicated and awkward to get into in casual conversation. I also realized recently that I need to come up with a company name and a mission statement too so I went to see a business start-up consultant. She advised me to scale back on the services I wanted to offer and focus on no more than three. While I appreciated her feedback and I know she knows a lot more about starting a business than I do I walked away shaking my head in complete confusion. How could I possibly do that? The whole idea is that I can facilitate so many different things. That's when it hit me. While I do provide some of the services personally, a lot of what I do is facilitation. That's the one thing I can focus on.

So here's the deal. The new company will be called TALENT POOL.

What TALENT POOL does is this:

TALENT POOL is a clearinghouse for business marketing, arts, entertainment and event planning with ties to the most innovative and skilled talent in the Puget Sound area. TALENT POOL provides and/or facilitates the following services:

* Graphic design (print and web)
* Marketing and PR (online, social networking and traditional media)
* Event planning (festivals, parties, concerts, etc.)
* Musicians (studio session players, substitute players for bands, live music for venue or event and recorded music for use in television, films or commercials)
* Art (for office or home decor, commission works, mural painting, live painters for events, exhibitors for your gallery, art vendors for your festival or street fair)

I want to establish TALENT POOL as the go to source for acquiring talent in the above areas.

I still have a lot of homework to do to get the business up and running for real. Its all conceptual at this point - even though I've been providing these services for years without actually making a formal business out if it. I still need to get a new business license and formalize how the money gets collected and distributed but I thought maybe you might like to know what my plan is beyond the $100 A DAY campaign.

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comments [16]  |  posted under , art, business, event, graphic design, music, start-up, Tacoma


by Mofo from the Hood on 2/15/2009 @ 5:08pm
Sometimes I just want someone with the talent to hand wash and wax my car for ten bucks.

by AngelaJossy on 2/15/2009 @ 5:12pm
Me too. I also want someone to mow my lawn. Maybe TALENT POOL should have a junior division for teenagers.

by NineInchNachos on 2/15/2009 @ 5:39pm
I need a musician to help me with the intro to my television show. maybe thats a barter tacoma thing. . .

by AngelaJossy on 2/15/2009 @ 6:01pm
Email me. I think I can help you with that and a barter situation could be arranged.

by Mofo from the Hood on 2/15/2009 @ 7:49pm
Note to self: Contact AngelaJossy for talent pool to supply my MOFO NEWS NETWORK television series, "MNN presents Mofo from the Hood's Blog."

by AngelaJossy on 2/15/2009 @ 8:17pm
P.S. I got a letter from unemployment the other day. I stopped filing weekly claims when I started the $100 A DAY campaign but before that (last half of December and first half of January) I was filing weekly while I waited for them to make a decision about my eligibility. They finally just decided now (middle of February) let me know that they are denying my claim. Apparently if you quit any job in recent history then you don't qualify. In September of 2008 I quit one of my part time jobs. I had 4 part-time jobs at the time and one of them needed more hours from me. It was the lowest paying job I had and I couldn't afford to give up hours elsewhere for them. They made it clear that if I couldn't work the other hours then they needed to replace me. It was a hard decision because I enjoyed the job but had to quit. They were paying half the hourly rate I made at my other jobs. I STILL HAD 3 OTHER JOBS! I didn't file for unemployment until December when my last job ended. I'm thinking about appealing the decision just on principle. I know they are swamped over there at the Unemployment Office but this decision is L.A.M.E. Lame.

by fredo on 2/15/2009 @ 9:35pm
Angie@ For all intents and purposes you appear to be unemployed. However your situation is complicated by the fact that you had multiple employers and are also self employed. I don't think your case would show up in the Wash. state unemployment figures. Because of cases like yours we know intuitively that unemployment is much worse than is reported in the main stream media.

Good luck if you appeal your denial. If you are lucky enough to get unemployment you will be joining the ranks in America's new unemployment line economy.

by Mofo from the Hood on 2/15/2009 @ 10:20pm
Hey Angela, have you ever heard the term "Texas Sharpshooter?"

A Texas Sharpshooter is someone who shoots the broad side of a barn full of holes, then walks over and draws a bull's eye around the densest concentration.

You mentioned the suggestion of your business consultant who said narrow your focus. In other words, you can't aim and hit your mark unless you first have a target.

Regarding your claim to collect unemployment compensation– forget it. I doubt that the aim of that job was to collect unemployment compensation. Forget it. Keep your eye on your real target and hit the real mark that you're aiming for.

M.F.T.H., Freelance Consultant to Tacoma Bloggers*
*The preceeding consultation was for informational purposes only.

by AngelaJossy on 2/15/2009 @ 10:38pm
I suppose you're right Mofo. It's just sad to know that from now on I'll be walking this high wire without a net - AND carrying my teenage daughter with me while I do it. It would have been much more comforting to know that should my business acumen fail, I had unemployment insurance to fall back on.

by Erik on 2/15/2009 @ 10:57pm

Consider appealing your denial of your unemployment claim. The administrative law judge will consider the issue de novo.

by intacoma on 2/16/2009 @ 9:27am
oh snaps erik dropping some lawlege whoop whoop

by NineInchNachos on 2/16/2009 @ 10:05am
two options always available:

nowhere else will you find a better socialist institution: clothes, food, healthcare, travel all paid by the state!

Federal crimes are rewarded by extended stays in federal prisons. Again clothes, food and healthcare provided by the state.

by izenmania on 2/16/2009 @ 10:49am
It's true, bank robbery is win win!

by AngelaJossy on 2/16/2009 @ 1:31pm
I just want to win the lottery and then we can all go on a bloggers cruise of the Caribbean. Jail is probably not glamorous enough for me. I need a masseuse and a lounge chair beside the pool. Plus, ORANGE? Really not my color.

by Maria on 2/17/2009 @ 10:49am
Talent Pool--great name!

In some ways, you're like a professional networker. You connect with people, and you connect other people together. You have access to resources, and you connect others with resources. You're like a living Facebook!

Good luck, Angela, with your new/ongoing venture, and with your unemployment claim.

by morgan on 2/17/2009 @ 11:19am
AngelaJossy: I hope you are planning to put this to use for Tacoma's Next Big Event: