TwitterTakeover at The Grand Resort and Spa

I have been very lucky to be able to enjoy wonderful trips, restaurants, spas, and entertainment and now I get to pass along some savings to YOU so you can join me in one of my latest adventures. And more importantly, you can share in a relaxing, fun experience. Sorry, ladies, this one is only for the guys.

Do you want to vacation with guys who know what’s hot and happening? Join me (teeco71 – Tommy Geraci) and Matt Martin at the Grand Resort and Spa for a relaxing and intimate gay vacation in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida! Enjoy poolside happy hours, spa treatments, tranquility and have the opportunity to vacation with me and Matt.

I wrote about my last trip there and you can read all about it here

This time, I’d really like to see some familiar faces there this time around. Let’s have some champagne toasts by the pool and enjoy the amazing spa services all day!  It’s located so close to the airport, it’s a quick Uber ride away and there are plenty of amazing restaurants  right there to satisfy any appetite.

The best news is that it’s also a lotto weekend! ALL ROOMS ARE $179 and with a confirmed reservation you enter to be upgraded!!!

GRAND PRIZE: An upgraded stay in The Grand Penthouse! (Their spectacular 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom suite with its own kitchen, terrace, outdoor shower, and jacuzzi).

THE OTHER PRIZE IS THAT ALL PREMIUM ROOMS ARE JUST $179.00! You can pick ANY room (including our Patio Suites, 1 Bedroom and 2 Bedroom Penthouses that is available) EXCLUDING our Courtyard Guest Rooms and The Grand Penthouse for $179.00/night + tax: May 15th–May 23rd, 2017.

All reservations to be entered for the upgrade for the upgraded stay in The Grand Penthouse must be made by Friday, May 12th. First come first serve on room selections. The winner of the upgraded stay to The Grand Penthouse will be contacted by Saturday, May 13th. The minimum stay requirement is a 3-night stay.

Other opportunities to win include other prize giveaways:

A FREE future 3-night stay
Vouchers for our famous poolside beer & wine service
A FREE Spa service
Other surprises will also be waiting for our guests to make them ALL winners–play our GRAND LOTTO” and book your stay today!

Make your reservation by visiting their  website or call us at 1.800.818.1211. *Certain restrictions apply. New reservations only.

For further information, please contact Edward Otto Zielke from The Grand Resort and Spa.

I was thrilled to be part of the cAbernetAndA podcast and the EnterTheBlaze show

Here’s my guest spot on Blaze Entertainment! Please check out all of their episodes, subscribe, and follow them everywhere!

 

If you know me, you know I love the show Pretty Little Liars and I am passionate about my theories. The podcast cAbernetAndA really gets that and they are an entertaining group! We had a watch party and then recorded this. If you are a fan of Pretty Little Liars and of having fun, make sure to subscribe and follow them everywhere as well!

Why the Race to Erase MS is so important to me

Multiple Sclerosis and I have a bit of a history. It’s not something I talk about often because thankfully, my experience was a scare and it just feels like something I prefer not to remember but it definitely shaped the person I am today. With the Race to Erase MS event coming up, I thought it might be time to share the story, which is also how I became interested in Social Good to begin with.

Let me start from the beginning and to do that, we have to go back to high school for a bit. It was my senior year at Edward R. Murrow high school in Brooklyn and I was enjoying my english classes as always. I remember looking forward to reading Hamlet and studying it in depth. I finally got the teacher I had been hearing so much about and he really had a gift for turning anything we studied into an event.

As luck would have it, I started having trouble with my eyesight. I wore glasses to read but my eyes seemed to be getting worse. I told my parents and they scheduled an appointment for me to see the optometrist. Seemed simple enough, I just needed a stronger or different prescription.

Over the next few days, my eyesight got progressively worse and I mentioned that I was having trouble seeing the blackboard and then I was having trouble seeing my own reflection in the mirror. This terrified my parents so we headed to the optometrist that afternoon. By the time I got to the doctor’s, I couldn’t see anything out of my right eye. I remember him asking me to cover my left eye and tell him what line I could see. I said “none” and he asked “Do you see the light in the box on the wall where the letters are?” I responded, “I can’t even see the wall.”

My father and the doctor left for a few minutes where I later found out that the doctor was telling my father that he suggest we head to the hospital because he had never seen anyone lose their sight so quickly and the prognosis could be a brain tumor or something else that made the doctor uncomfortable sending us home without a cat-scan.

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The decision was made to head to our family ophthalmologist, who may be able to better diagnose me or at least put us in the right direction. The doctor my grandparents and parents had always gone to had just retired but a new doctor had taken over his practice. I’m not sure if any of us had met her yet but that day, I was introduced to Dr Louise Tubio-Cid and I don’t think I’ll ever forget her.

She examined me for what seemed like forever, she was very patient and concerned. Her diagnosis was the same as the optometrist. She couldn’t send me home without more tests that only a hospital could conduct. She was afraid it could be a tumor, or something equally as threatening. She called over to the hospital to have them fit me in immediately.

Well, immediately wasn’t so immediate (not the doctor’s fault) but I finally got my cat-scan. More dreaded news. There were shaded areas on the scan, which meant brain tumors for sure. I have no idea how much time went by but I was being admitted and then we got the news that the next few people who received scans after me, had the same exact results. There was something wrong with the machine so we needed to retake the test.

After the second test, it was determined I did not, in fact, have brain tumors. The new diagnosis was the onset of some form of Multiple Sclerosis. After a battery of neurological tests, I was totally exhausted and I’m not going to lie, downright scared. Now it was about midnight and Dr Tubio-Cid had been calling to check on me and was now standing in front of us at the hospital. She was trying to convince my parents to let me stay overnight but I felt fine and they were more comfortable if I came home so we had to sign me out. I was to go directly to Dr Tubio-Cid’s office for more tests the next day.

That night, I researched MS and heard my parents talking about their own fears. I remember hearing things about being in a wheelchair, not being able to use the right side of my body if it progressed, and more things that were just too much. At 17 years old, I just wanted to finish studying Hamlet and graduate. I wanted to enjoy my senior year and go back to hanging out with my friends. My grandmother asked my parents to bring me over to her house. She had this idea that I would look different or that she would see something different and she needed to see me for herself. I looked the same, just felt exhausted. It was everyone and everything else that looked different to me out of one eye.

I don’t remember how long I actually had to miss school, how long I had to go to Dr. Tubio-Cids office, or how many visits in total I do know that my father had just started a new job and our medical coverage hadn’t kicked in. I know that the doctor didn’t charge for every visit and I know that even with that, it was a very expensive experience. The kindness Dr Tubio-Cid showed is definitely one of those things that changes you and becomes a part of you. You know you have to find a way to pay that type of gesture forward.

I do know that I spent lots of time in that office while she would run tests and there would be no change. Then, one day I was able to make out the box around the chart on the wall! I could see SOMETHING! From that day on, my vision improved slowly, until one day it was back to normal. There was talk that I wouldn’t get my peripheral vision back at all or it may be compromised but, eventually, that came back too.

This is why Social Good has been so important to me. I know I had angels rallying for me and I know that each of us can be an angel to others. I have seen social media used to help raise money for so many amazing causes as well as awareness. I know I was given a pass and I would love to see a day where MS is a non issue, a diagnosis that has a cure. I would love to see everyone get a pass.

When I found out we would be able to attend the Race to Erase MS gala, I jumped at the chance. This is something personal to me. The experience I went through changed me in many ways and had a part in shaping who I am today. I know that together, we can do just about anything.

I encourage you to follow along on Friday April 24th as I bring you information, photos, and coverage from the event where there are a whole host of celebrities that will be attending and speaking. There will also be performances by Ne-Yo and Rita Ora. The gala will be honoring fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger as well.  Saturday, April 25th we will be attending a conference with more information. I’m sure all of us can recall a time when we felt we had someone looking out for us, let’s be that for others.

You can find out more about how you can help and the gala here: EraseMS.org You can find out how you can get one of these classy, great looking watches designed by the talented Nancy Davis here: Evine.com Proceeds go to Erase MS. Be sure to follow @RacetoEraseMS on Twitter and like them on Facebook.

Let me know what causes are near and dear to your heart in the comments and if you are attending the gala on Friday, let me know!

I look forward to tweeting with all of you this weekend!

 

 

Talent Finders connects YOU to the right people

When I first heard of Talent Finders, I immediately thought of imdb but after discussing it further with their founder, Kerrin Black, I realized it was actually much more. I also realized it could be useful for people in the Entertainment business as well as individuals in various fields who want to be recognized for their talents and find work. Here is their official company profile:

Talentfinders.com is the meeting place for the entertainment community and its worldwide audience. Our vision is to make Talent Finders the most valuable world-wide talent community.

Talentfinders was created in 2007 by Kerrin Black who worked in the film industry. She saw a need to provide a more efficient way of sourcing actors for film productions. What came out of this need is www.talentfinders.com, where all talents that are looking to connect and promote themselves on an international platform can register. Talent seekers can fulfil their requirements by a quick, easy search through one database. 

All Talent needs to be established as a brand and marketed to the audience who needs those talents. www.talentfinders.com provides a simple solution to the branding challenge: It is simple to use, gives comprehensive information about the talent, is easy to update so that all the information is current and accurate and is an affordable marketing medium to a wide international audience.

For the seeker, the site allows the search through multiple genres of talent, is area specific, accurate, efficient and cost effective. No more seeking through multiple genre-specific websites when it can all be done quickly on one site.

The talent spectrum has been broadened over the years from actors and models to include many other talent genres such as musicians, public speakers, dancers and the like. The site was redesigned and re-launched in October 2014 and its positioning in the international market is excellent due to the domain name. Our USP is to market talent to the international markets.

After my initial meeting with Kerrin and once I read the company profile, I wanted to know more about Talent Finders and of course, share it with anyone else who may benefit from it. I was so glad Kerrin agreed to do a short interview so that we could talk about the origins and mission of Talent Finders to give a better understanding.

Q: How did you arrive at the idea for “Talent Finders”?

Kerrin Black: Having worked at a production company behind the scenes I had seen the issues production companies had when it came to castings for commercials. I was watching the Oprah Show when it was still under Harpo Productions, that particular show was on entrepreneurs and I saw what amazing businesses had started with very little. Having worked in the production side of film I realized that there was a need in the market to create an online database whereby talent looking to promote themselves could go on create their profiles, specialty video and voice clips, etc. The idea was to create an online platform for the Talent - Actors, Model’s, Musicians, Sports people, Dancers, Entertainers  and so much more. The idea was to also connect those looking for talent to one central database and give talent exposure to an international audience. I also felt passionate about not only well-known talent but also up and coming talent, exposing them to a world-wide audience. One of Talent Finders benefits is that agents can also place their talent on Talent Finders. We do not bypass the agents or representatives of the individuals, in fact, we encourage the agencies to list their Talent as an added benefit for their talent.

Q: How does “Talent Finders” differ from other platforms like imdb?

KB: The difference with Talent Finders is it is not genre specific, we cover all talent genres. For the User or Talent Seeker to go online and search by category or brief is simple, no matter where in the world the talent is, talent can be found on Talent Finders. It is about connecting the talent seeker to the talent and creating an interactive experience to ensure that the right talent reaches the right people. We are also offering online coaching videos from various specialists in the industry to assist in how to approach important aspects of their business.

Q: What are some of the mistakes you think people make when they are trying to brand themselves as talent?

KB: I think the most fundamental mistake that talent makes is that they don’t treat themselves as a business. If you want to be taken seriously in the entertainment world you have to focus on branding and marketing. The mistake that people make is that they do not invest in themselves – it’s not about being fake, it’s about being true to who you are but to invest in marketing is to invest in looking after your personal brand through exposure on platforms like Talent Finders. Create your logo’s, empower yourself, research the latest trends – the fundamental mistakes always go back to not treating what you do as a business.  Looking at the top entertainers in the world, they not only have great management but they are proactive, they are involved in charity and other businesses, they are aligning themselves with the right people as part of their personal brand. Other mistakes are:

  • No direction – the talent must be passionate about their career choice. Half-hearted gets you nowhere!
  • No logo
  • No image
  • Lack of business knowledge
  • Not prepared with professional marketing material
  • No marketing video
  • No Brand identity
  • Lack of personal and professional growth and training
  • No Coaching
  • Lack of long term vision. Branding is an ongoing, expanding, evolving, trend setting. And making sure your brand has sustainability and longevity
  • Social Media – The management of social media platforms and understanding the does and don’t this is all part branding and has an impact on everything you do. I have seen this so many times, where things need to be consistent and there is a very fine line between controversial and brand damage and brand reputation.

Q: What do you want people to think of when they hear the name “Talent Finders”?

KB: I want people to think of Talent Finders as the place to go to find Talent globally. To be able to find every type of Talent you can think of, wherever you are.  “The Power House of online Talent”.

Q: Where do you see “Talent Finders” in let’s say, 5 or 10 years? 

KB: I see Talent Finders as a Global online empire with millions of talented people connected through one online platform, and my big vision to provide work to both well known talent and undiscovered talent all through a digital stage. The amazon.com of talent!

Have you been EvanBlakeD?

Social Media is ever-changing and new platforms seem to pop up at least monthly. I do believe we each have a niche we fill and if we present ourselves authentically, there is an audience to connect to. That is definitely the case with Evan BlakeD. I came across his Vines and I found him to be refreshing, relevant, funny, and smart. That’s not easy to do in six seconds!

If you aren’t familiar with Vine, it is a video platform where users have six seconds to get their message across. It may sound like a short amount of time but you can actually learn LOTS from these short clips and many users have taken them to levels that will amaze you! As you know, I frequently attend conventions and at the last one, Vine stars were on the list of guests. Fans were able to meet them, have professional photos taken with them, and get autographs from them. There were panels where fans were given a chance to do a Q & A session with them too. It really has become a huge place, especially among young people.

Back to Evan – of course, I immediately checked him out on Twitter (My own go-to Social Media platform) where I learned even more about him. Evan is a big promoter of #TeamNoSelfHarm, something I can relate to as well as stand behind. Too many young people fall into places of despair, whether it be from outside forces or inner demons. Many just need to know someone is out there who understands and who does care about them.

I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed putting together these questions for him and I am thrilled with his responses. If you don’t know him yet, take some time to visit with him on social media, definitely check out his Vines, and be sure to follow him on Twitter!

Q: You have quite the following on Vine, almost 500k and almost 200 million loops (views). How do you attract such a following & the views in only 6 seconds?

Evan Blaked: What many Viners do to help each other out is we share our friends videos to help gain quicker so that we stick together & see each other succeed, but the main reason why people choose to follow me is because I dont use youtube clips, I barely use edited music in my vines, & the ideas are all me unless I specifically remake a vine I really liked the idea of. I’m also very consistent, a lot of viners post every few days. I like to post everyday, 1-3 times a day depending on how busy I am during the day.

Q: Why do you think platforms like Vine are becoming so popular now? Do you think it’s a good thing we are more attracted to shorter clips?

EB: The reason vine is so popular is because teens and just about anybody’s attention spans are getting shorter and shorter. Everyone expects something to be funny right away or its boring. So in a way its bad for people’s attention spans that are being shortened because people need longer attention spans to pay attention in school and at work.

Q:  I know you are on SnapChat and even brands are starting to jump into that arena. Can you explain it’s usefulness in networking and promoting?

EB: Snapchat is useful in promoting because EVERYONE uses snapchat and you have a good amount of people who see your stories in just 24 hours! Without having anyone share it or anything. People who follow you on snapchat want to know what you’re doing everyday. The real die hard fans.

Q: You are very passionate about connecting with your fans and being a positive influence. What do you think of the celebrities who don’t seem to realize that their influence matters and tend to be in the news for negative reasons?

EB: I honestly respect people who don’t give a rat’s ass about what anyone thinks of them and do whatever they want because it’s their life not anyone elses, but at the same time they shouldn’t be advertising it because that is a part of being famous. You are supposed to be a role model for people who look up to you and that should be respected, but some people have no respect or they just don’t care which is a sign of them being not the greatest people in the world personality wise.

 Q: Tell me a bit about Team No Self Harm. How did you get involved with that and what does it mean to you?

EB: Back in Grade 7, when I was 11 turning 12, I was opened up to people who self harm and people who are severely depressed and my initial instinct was to help all my new friends that I had made who I knew were going through rough times to stop kicking themselves when they are down. That right there is basically what #TeamNoSelfHarm means to me, you need to believe in yourself and constantly look at the bright side of life because there is ALWAYS a positive and a negative side to everything, and people who tend to stick with the negative side tend to self harm, so what I do is try to make everyone’s day a little better with laughter , and awareness that I care about these people who are self harming. I created the hashtag #TeamNoSelfHarm because one day I want to see people walking around with a shirt saying #TeamNoSelfHarm, I want to make a difference in the world and end self harm for good, as if it was an era.

It makes me so happy getting people to quit there bad habits of cutting or burning themselves.

Q: Where do you see yourself in, let’s say, 5 years? Any plans to expand into other platforms?

EB: In 5 years I see myself in at least one movie with a majorly known actor for example Jonah hill, but my goal is to be in way more than one, I want to be a professional actor and living in or near LA. I have been moving my fanbase across Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat and I’ve really noticed that its great to have fans on all platforms.

Q: Who are some of your role models on social media and in life?

EB: My biggest role model is Kingbach,(Andrew Bachelor) from Vine, he’s the one who inspired me to put myself out there on Vine in a comedic sense. His hard work and dedication has really paid off and I see that as a huge inspiration to do what he’s done. Other role models are Evan Breen, Zachary Piona, Alex Ramos, Yung Poppy, just because what they do on Vine is amazing, they post like crazy and don’t care about their amount of likes and now they have skyrocketed and doing so well. My real life role model would have to be Kevin hart, even though some of his social media is what inspires me, his real life achievements and extreme hard work makes me want to become a hardworker like him one day.

Q: Where can we find you online?

EB: You can find me on vine @Evan BlakeD , on Twitter & Instagram @evanblakeD , but to find me on the web, to maybe watch compilations of my videos? Just need to type Evan BlakeD vine compilations & I know some fans have made them for me, I’ve been in the making of my own Youtube account and to start posting compilations by the date of uploading (each month a set of vines that were uploaded in that month)

Q: I started asking this in interviews and I’ve gotten some great answers: first, for fun, What is one thing you absolutely cannot live without and one thing you wish we could all love without? 

Then, same question but on a serious note.

EB: I absolutely can’t live without my phone its like I’m addicted to it more than a heroine or meth addict, constantly on it to see what’s going on and reply to fans messages. One thing we all could live without is haters, but without them we wouldnt know we are doing well because haters only hate on people who are succeeding.

EB: On a serious note I can’t live without my family because my mother, brother and father all support me in making my vines and becoming an actor and only have a plan A because plan B’s distract you from what you really want. Something we all could live without is social media, but we seem to be needing it more then we need air, destroying little kids’ brains with drama and stupidity and cyber bullying, but I’m striving off of it.. So I cant say I’m against social media, but I can say its ruining the world we live in and children’s childhoods.

Thanks for having me, always glad to put out my opinion & help people get a better understanding of who I am and why I do what I do.

I included a Youtube video of Evan’s Vine videos so you can check him out! I’d like to thank him for taking time to talk to me and hope you will give him a follow on Vine, Instagram, and Twitter.