Friday, April 25, 2014

STACY LONDON: "THIS IS THE TA-DA JAZZ-HANDS MOMENT"


{ Image by Tommy Ton }

My friend Amanda (who you may remember as my IFB compatriot and photographer extraordinaire) just sent me a link to the most wonderful essay by Stacy London. As I'm sure you know, she was the host of What Not To Wear for a decade, and is now taking a step back from her TV life. 

She took some time to reflect on the state of fame, social media, women and the Internet. Obviously, as a blogger and admitted Instagram addict, so much of what she said hit home. For all of us who are completely wrapped up in our digital lives, it's a must-read. I have included an exert below, but take a whole five minutes out of your day and read 'A Culture of Extraordinary' here
"This is the age of personal branding and everyone is a star. It is no longer as simple as dressing ourselves well and baking cookies or nailing a deal; it is proving how clever we are, how much fun we are, how busy we are, how witty we are, even how vulnerable we are. This is the ta-da jazz-hands moment, and this is something you need to create ten times a day, every day. You don’t just have to be the woman who does everything; you now have to SHOW that you are (EVEN IF YOU AREN’T.) Welcome to the new résumé."
When I finished reading, I had to take a moment. As someone who considers herself to be a self-aware human, it's hard not to recognize much of myself in what Ms London wrote. Posting on social media is fun, and I can be (minorly) competitive about likes and retweets and followers on all of those channels. On the one side, I cannot bite the hand that feeds me, right? I have the job I have now largely because of the online presence and perceived expertise I've cultivated through my blog and it's extensions. And I am grateful for it; I love my blog. On the other side I have to remember that, at the end of the day, I go home and laugh, talk and run around with my friends and family, not my 4,000 Twitter followers.  

The opportunities many of us have been afforded because of the new landscape of influence and fame cannot be understated, but she's right: It won't last forever. This essay is a beautiful, smart and witty reminder to take time to nurture skills and relationships outside the Internet.

And on that note, enjoy your weekend—I can't wait to see it on Instagram.

1 comment:

  1. Yep, agree and read the article--its so hard to release the tight grip I have on my iPhone, and then I catch myself in bed with it and my guy and HELLO, put. the. phone. down.

    Haha--thanks for sharing the article, it was an insightful read, now I'm off to tweet about it ;)

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