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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Help!

Over the course of my lifetime, in too many ways to count, I've been taught not to ask for help. It's a sign of weakness. It's a sign that you don't have your act together. It's a sign that you're truly an idiot and can't handle the tasks you've set for yourself. Well, I've been doing a bit of research and learning that asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. It's an admission that you can't do it all yourself, even if there are two of you.

We've been trying like hell to grow this show, to make money and to turn it into a profitable business. And, guess what? Even though we can't support ourselves on it right now, some of our hard work is starting to pay off. But I also feel like I'm getting in over my head. I already write and perform the show, upload all the episodes, handle most of the social media, make the costumes, create the recipes and shoot all of the food sequences. Paul shoots the parts where I'm in front of the camera and handles all of the editing, plus some of the social media and many of the contacts with potential collaborators and partners. While holding down a full-time Wall Street job. I give us all the credit in the world - we've  been doing very well at getting it all done, staying on schedule and teaching an hour long symposium at Tiki Oasis to boot. But I'm not going to lie: we need help. We need someone to help us to schedule location shooting, to handle some of the social media (I feel like the biggest loser in the world because we're falling far behind on Instagram and I frankly never even look at Twitter, even though Twitter is pretty good to us). We recently hired a talented graphic designer to create our pint glasses (on sale in our merch store now) and it was the smartest thing we've done in a long time. He did a fabulous job, as did Gene at South Pacific Promotions, who did the actual ordering. I'm not a graphic designer. I could have done a mediocre job, but hiring pros was so smart. We need to hire more pros. We need staff. We just need to make more money, too, to pay them! I would GLADLY pay a manager to help us!

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