Top Hero Actors

24 11 2010

#3 – Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

Now, at this point, you’re all arguing with me. I hear shouts of “he’s too young” or “he’s more of a villain”. Or possibly, you’re even using my antihero argument against me. I assure you, your opinions are invalid:

  • The man is as old as some of your dads: 47 years old.
  • I can name atleast 6 roles here where he is not just normal or the good guy… but the HERO. Count em’ up. I think I count his own villain role as Sweeney Todd.
  • And he’s hardly ever, if ever, an anti-hero. He’s good or bad. Doesn’t straddle that line. He’s eccentric, but that could fall on either side of the fence. His moral agenda in each movie is fairly straightforward. The closest he comes is as Captain Jack.

That said, this wasn’t an easy choice. Ex and I argued about it. And I HATE that Depp is cast in everything under the sun. He’s even going to be Tonto in the upcoming  Lone Ranger movie. He’d be the Plastic Man or Martian Manhunter in the Justice League… but a Leaguer nonetheless. He even brought a touch of heroism to The Mad Hatter.

Honorable Mention for #3:

Denzel Washington – Almost. But just like Depp, he’s rather versatile. But his roles spread all over the place, whereas Depp’s are still rather hero-centric.

Up and Coming Mention for #3:

Chris Evans – Current Torch, Former Jensen, Future Cap. This man is one to watch.



Top Hero Actors

23 11 2010

#5 Richard Dean Anderson


This man used be MacGyver.

Ok, so I intentionally started off this list with someone you’re all gonna argue with, but whom I had to get out of the way. He has a limited acting career… and the only two jobs you’ll think of in that career are as Colonel Jack O’Neill, and this guy, the lovable MacGyver.


The Lovable MacGyver

The Lovable MacGyver

It should then come to you as no shock that I picked him to start my list:

  • He’s a personal favorite.
  • His only two notable roles are as heroes.
  • Both of those heroes are of two different clothes – one avoids killing at all costs… and one doesn’t.
  • He rocked a mullet.

If you decide that this isn’t enough criteria, consider this. Anyone one character can be the hero of a story, but a hero actor has to be someone who is both the hero AND heroic in a large majority of his more famous roles.

His acting career.

The Bold and the… OK, I’m a Little Overwhelmed

19 02 2009

Normally, I would never admit to having anything less than nerves of steel.

After all, I presented a PR campaign to an international client this summer with no fear and he bought it. Before I was 22. Before I had finished my senior year of PR.

But now, now… I’m a little bit timid and my nerves are pulsing with more malleability than that board room meeting over the summer in N.C.


Because now I am telling fellow professionals in my field what to do. Not an authoritative thing, mind you. I’m not their boss. Technically, I haven’t even entered the workforce yet – I interact with it on a daily basis, but I am still a senior who is not FULLy in the workforce yet.


Meet PR(evolution): the pet project of me and Jessica Ayers.


PR(evolution) is a new idea here at the University of Alabama – students teaching students (I know, this has happened before… wait for it) AND staff (even more) AND practitioners. One might say:

“But Platform Online Magazine does this already.”

To which I would have to say that Platform, an online publication targeting students, teachers and practioners in the field of PR does in fact do this. But what does it teach them? PR? Sure… we do that, too.  But  we also teach Social Media. Think of us as the brainchild of Platform. Continue to read them. They’re great. Betsy Plank even recommends the publication and its blog and Twitter. But if you want to understand how Platform and other PR professionals use Social Media, you might want to take a peek at PR(evolution).

Now past its first and second sessions, PR(evolution) is well on its way to being succesful – we now have commitments to speak at public institutions and to present to the local libraries.

We have high-ranking professional coming in to tell us that our program is being used to help evaluate what SM they should use. (See DCH – The Hospital)

And all this has me wondering – is it all about to fall out the bottom? Because this could really lead places. Recently, in private talk, Damien Basile, a man who knows his way around PR, social media and brilliant dialogue, asked why I was afraid to embrace the success. After long thought… its because I am afraid it will fall out all at once and I will be left holding pieces.

After all, in order to embrace this, I have to make it my whole focus… I can have other background focuses, but they will only serve as a minor support net.

So my question to you (as I love to encourage dialogue) is: when you began to hit your own brand of success, what continue to motivate you and keep you from being scared to death that it would all fall through?

This blog, of course, falls more into my “Taking What’s Mine” mantra and less of “Giving Something New” because this time, I need some assurance.

Success, success, success

15 01 2009

Quoting Jessica Ayers, “But we are pro. That’s all that matters :)”

Well, that sounds haughty coming from me, and just confident coming from her. But the point is, between her and me, things are getting done recently and I feel SO productive.

In her recent blog post @ “Hey Silver Shoes!” in this article, she outlines a lot of what is going on (accompanied by my little bits of news as well):

  • She is heading up Crimson for a Cure, and I am a captain for that… which is a result of my success in running 4 miles every other day. Additionally, she would have lost her sanity long ago, if not for Kristin McDonald, a fellow student who is as determined to do great things.
  • Today, Jessica and I talked to Dr. Berger, the head of the PR Department, to talk about the launching of PR(evolution), a Social Media series of workshops we want to launch at UA to revolutionize the education of upcoming PR majors. Dr. Berger could not make it, but Tracy Sims, head of Platform, and Mrs. Henley, Campaigns Teacher, were able to… and they seemed to like it, save for some minor tweaks. This will most likely become reality. Talk about a chance for a great job or wonderful recommendation.
  • Talked to one of my contacts on Twitter, got a personal number for someone to get a job from in NY. The call led to no job, but to spreading my resume across NY… which is still very, very cool.
  • Collegiate Politicians is going so well. We had many people sign up at Get on Board Day, the board looked great and people genuinely asked questions  and seemed interested. We have another planning meeting tonight.
  • Also, I got invited to compete in a Chinese New Year’s Dance Competition. Definitely doing that.

Now, for the rest of the day… work, work, run 4 miles, meeting, home, sleep and start again. 🙂


The Project: Part II

13 01 2009

So, I met with the boss today. As bosses go, Mr. B is pretty cool. So is his daughter, whom I have known for years now. She use to work with parents during freshmen orientation and I used to work with the incoming college students. Both are  really g0od people with good ideas and the motivation to be bleeding edge.

About ten minutes into my one-on-one meeting with Mr. B to talk about Social Media and how I can implement it in the Ferg, he stops me and says “It’s like we need an entire person just doing this alone.” This is why this man makes me happy. He just created a job that I would love to have… in theory. Its still on the table, but based on how I do with this, I might work for him for a while doing this very thing. In fact, he likes my ideas for implementing very specific Social Media tools so much that he has booked a meeting with the Marketing Director and I to talk about the logistics.

In recap, in case you didn’t read my last post explaining this:

–The Ferguson Center Student Union at the University of Alabama wants me to look into the use of Social Media for the establishment.

–I chose Facebook, a Blog and Twitter.

–In addition, it will be my responsibility to train and teach students and staff how to use this for both their personal and professional lives (not that this is entirely seperated).

–To that end, all going well, I will recruit the assistance of my friend and colleague, Jessica Ayers – social media fiend and PR pro.

–In addition to all this, we will of course need consistent brand identity and some promotional items.

And in case you’re wondering… when he suggested we need one person covering the use of social media, I most certainly said “well, I nominate me!”

Cheers, blogosphere and keep plugging.


The Project: Social Media for the Ferguson Center

12 01 2009

Over the Christmas Break, during a shift at the Tech Support center in the Ferguson Student Union, my boss contacted me to ask me what I knew about Twitter.

Little did he know, I knew quite a bit. I’m no expert, but I do use it often to talk with PR contacts and acquaintances with a wealth of information.

So I told him I knew a bit about Twitter and then led on to tell him I could, in fact, work on Social Media, because I hope to get a job with the university doing so when I graduate or at least get a good recommendation towards another job that allows me to work with social media.

He then proceeded to tell me that if I could form a series of workshops explaining how to utilize social media, he could pay me and an assistant of mine for our efforts.

Pending approval of the project overall, said assistant/partner will be none other than Jessica Ayers, friend and colleague.Outside Ferguson

What has transpired is my attempts to put a communications plan together. I shortly realized that this wasn’t entirely necessary, as the University and Ferguson Center itself has paperwork explaining this. Rather, I needed to put this in the shortest format possible and still have it meet the criteria my boss set before me.  In the process, I have formed some useful ideas.

First, as Mack Collier points out:

“I think it greatly depends on what the company’s larger comm plan is. A Fortune 500 co has different needs than a startup.”

Then, to start, I simply need to lay out what my client is/does. The Ferguson Center is the Student Union for the University of Alabama. Students and staff congregate here for food, paperwork, banking, printing, SGA questions and more. Students and staff are employable here. Students and staff come here to get help from other students and staff. The “Ferg” is the hub of campus, whether all students like to admit it or not.

So, my first question should then be…

What are college students into the most, social media wise?

Here on the University of Alabama campus, we have:

Facebook (Heavy Use)
Twitter (Light Use)
Juicy Campus (I would not touch this with a ten foot pole.)

These are mainly the only platforms. However, my boss insists on being bleeding edge, but still useful. So, while Twitter and others aside from Facebook might not be in full use now, it might be necessary to begin to implement them now in order to be more established when a revolution here at UA of Twitter followers might take over.

So we are essentially left with Facebook and Twitter.

The problems with Facebook are that students already feel inundated with the layout, inundated with student organizations spamming them and with companies spamming them.

The way to fix this problem of Facebook is to make it more personal. However, no one is going to treat a friend called “Ferguson Center” like their real friend. They won’t want to chat with them, invite them to groups or post on their wall. Part of this is due to the image of the union as being the cheesy or boring place to be, and part of this is due to the nature of a company having a profile on Facebook.

This could be fixed easily, I came to the conclusion, by dividing duties. Any good brander knows that overloading any one portal will leave consumers stuffed and unable to move on. Therefore a Facebook page/site/fan page/profile might serve as the information source for students and the Twitter, being more personal and social, might serve as the face of the organization.

But, then, how does this affect the staff who serve at the Ferg who would be the minds operating the Social Media and with whom it might interact as well?

To this end, Twitter is definitely the first choice. Many of the staff who are 40+ years of age at the Ferg often complain about how complicated Facebook can be –  and looking at it now, I would have to agree. I enjoy being able to do just about anything on there… but you can do just about anything on there. It’s loaded. Almost too loaded.

To prove this, we signed up one worker there, and showed her how to use her account. In no time, she was using it and understood it far easier than Facebook.

So, Twitter is the winner. Facebook still serves in an auxiliary capacity and Twitter serves as the face. It is both accessible to students and staff and easy to use.

In addition, it has already been determined by my boss and backed up by myself that a blog is appropriate. After all, if we want to provide useful information in a timely and friendly manner without spamming, its easy to put it out there without forcing people to look – on a blog. This, does, however leave Facebook hanging, and maybe properly so. With a Twitter account and a blog run by either a relatable student or staff member, we can be both personal and have all information readily available.

Our next, then, is to decide what all information we need to fill these sites with: what’s appropriate, what’s not, what’s helpful, etc.

In the meantime, recap:

The media needs to be helpful to students and staff.
It needs to be easy for students and staff.
It needs to be easily accessible and preferably already in use by students and staff.

Sites we didn’t use: Juicy Campus, LinkedIn, MySpace, Flickr, Blogger

Sites we did use: Facebook, Twitter, WordPress