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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Meet David, Private Investigator and Translator

David is a licensed private investigator with experience in corporate investigations, missing persons, background investigations, unlisted phone number investigations, and email investigations just to name a few. He has experience working in Japan and the USA. He has access to US and Canadian databases. Japan has no databases, but he has methods and connections with that country.

He is also an experienced translator who can speak, read, and write Japanese fluently. He has translated several different kinds of documents including but not limited to legal documents, a computer game, and manga. His college degrees are Japanese (scored the highest on Jouyou Kanji Test), Criminal Justice (awarded most valued student), and TESL/TEFL.

In short, he will work hard until your work is done. Learn more at privatedetectiveagency.us.

1. How did you first get started working as a private investigator?

My father worked many years as an FBI agent. There was a lot of influence there. I did look into the FBI and CIA as possible career choices. However, I was disappointed to find out just how politicized government agencies can sometimes get. Politicians make shady deals at times, and government agencies get caught in the middle. I decided to create my own agency so I didn't have worry about any of that. Therefore, I majored in Criminal Justice while earning private investigation hours as an apprentice. After I graduated, I worked in a private investigation agency in Tokyo, Japan. Those hours added up, and I was able to receive an agency license for my own company.

2. We've seen lots of "private eyes" on TV and in the movies, but how does the reality of private investigation differ from the image portrayed in the media?

The media often confuses private investigation with police work. This misunderstanding is especially seen in Sherlock Holmes movies where he is working side by side with the police. It is good to have friends in law enforcement, but private investigators do not partner up with law enforcement every day. They do their job, and we do ours. I sometimes report illegal activity to the police when I find evidence of criminal activity, but that is about all there is with any "partnership."

We don't arrest people and if we do any criminal act, our license can be revoked. Television dramas often have private investigators picking locks and committing home invasions. This is an illegal act and is not done by any private investigator that wants to keep his license. Jessica Jones even pulled a fire alarm in a hotel and unlawfully detained a suspect. She would be arrested and her licensed revoked in the real world.

Private investigators are in the information business. We investigate and give information to our clients.

3. For people who have never hired an investigator before, what's your advice in terms of knowing when hiring someone would be helpful or productive?

The first thing you need to know is if they are licensed. Illegal agencies do exist, and I wouldn't recommend using one. Then you need to find out if they specialize in whatever it is you need to find out. I specialize in corporate investigations, background checks, missing persons, unlisted phone numbers, and email investigations for both the USA and Japan.

4. Does your work as a translator sometimes intersect with your investigation work?

Yes, it does. In Japan, I also translated legal documents and emails for the agency I was working for. It also intersects when the client is American and the case is in Japan or vice versa because I need to translate all the findings for the client.

5. What else would you like readers to know about you and the services you have available online?

I have a history with some very difficult cases and will work in an effective manner to get your case solved. My website is privatedetectiveagency.us. The website for my partner in Japan is yaminotantei.org. This means I have investigators on site in both countries. Clients may contact either one of us.

Thanks, David!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Meet Max Shelton, Online Marketing Specialist for International Hair Transplant Clinics

Max Shelton is an online marketing consultant who specializes in the hair transplant niche. He has been helping hair loss clinics around the globe with their online marketing objectives for over five years, and in that time has helped his clients gain exceptional growth in the market with more leads, inquiries, and business. In this interview we talk to him about how he got to where he is today and the journey that it involved.

1. Would you share a little bit of information about who you are, where you are based, and any interests you might have outside of online marketing?

Sure, well, I am 37 years old and live in the mid-west of the United States, and I'm a husband, father of three, dog owner, and keen paraglider when I get the opportunity to do so!

2. Why did you focus on hair transplant clinics as your chosen and specialist industry niche?

OK, so about 10 years ago I started to experience hair loss myself, and spent a lot of time trying to find a reputable hair loss clinic and surgeon that I could trust and rely on. Unfortunately, there are a few charlatans in the industry, so it took me a long time and several failed attempts before I found a good hair transplant surgeon.

I realized that if it was hard for me to find someone I could trust, then I probably wasn't alone. Because of that, I decided to start up an online directory of cosmetic surgeons, but in particular hair transplant clinics. That website allowed people to review and rate their surgeon, and brought me to the attention of one of America's largest clinics.

They actually ended up buying the website from me and asked me if I could start working on their online marketing strategy and plans… and the rest, as they say, is history!

3. What type of things do you do for the hair transplant industry and your clients?

In the main it's all about helping them to generate more online business and patient inquiries. So for example that could mean developing them a specific lead generation website or creating Facebook ad campaigns designed to make their phone ring more!

I now have around five hair loss and hair restoration clinics that I work for around the globe, and I like to think that I am now regarded as one of the go-to experts when it comes to the hair loss industry and the businesses in that niche.

4. What does a typical day look like for you?

Once the kids have been taken off to school, it's straight down into the office with a coffee. The emails get checked, and then I follow a strict project plan where possible. I read a lot of self-help business books by people such as Tony Robbins and Grant Cardone in order to help me plan and execute.

Ultimately the daily aims are all about numbers, so if my clients are receiving a steady stream of online inquires from people (both men and women) seeking hair transplant treatments, then my job is done. For example, at the moment, it's all about generating more business on the female side as hair loss for women can be a taboo subject – more information on that on this website.

5. With that in mind, what are your plans for 2017, which seems to be fast-approaching?

Good question! I want to get more clients onto my existing roster of hair loss clinics, in particular the UK market which is definitely growing at the moment. There are some superb hair transplant surgeons in England at the moment, so attracting some of those guys to my portfolio would be fantastic, especially as we share a common language, so the expertise I offer should be easy enough to transfer to another geographic area.

You just to need to look at the UK market to see how good some of the hair loss clinics are (here is an example) to see that it's a great market to hopefully get into.

6. And finally, if you could give any tips to aspiring online marketers, then what would that be?

Well, find yourself a niche to work in. I have found that if you can position yourself as an expert in a particular industry, then it's far easier to attract high paying clients… just like I have done in the hair transplant industry.

It can help to build up an online portfolio of work, including interviews such as this one which should help position you as a leader in the field.

Aside from that, just work hard. Harder than the competition!

Thanks, Max!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Meet Tiffany Stallings, Author

Tiffany Stallings is the author of Mommy Works Too Much, the first book in a planned 10 book children's miniseries. Ms. Stallings has served as the Founding Partner of a NJ based educational service firm that provided tutoring, test prep, enrichment programs, and a host of other summer camps and sports programs. She also has a broad range of educational experience working with children and families. She has taught on the elementary, middle, and high school level as well as adult learners. Her skills as a master teacher enabled her to teach an array of subjects.

Currently, Ms. Stallings serves as a high school vice principal. Her education stems from a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Montclair State University and a Master of Arts Degree in School Administration and Supervision from Saint Peter's College. In addition to her children's books, she is also working on a motivational book for women titled Bouncing Back from Rock Bottom: How to Regain Control of Your Life.

A mother of three, Tiffany Stallings enjoys running and cycling; she is currently training for the 2017 Paris Marathon where she hopes to not be last. For more information, you can follow her on Facebook as well as Twitter.

1. How did your experience as a parent and educator prepare you to write books for children?

I know as a parent and as an educator that young children love to read stories about story characters that they can relate to. I want my readers to be able "step into the minds" of the characters and be able to empathize with them. I kept this in mind as developed my characters.

2. In basing your main characters, Gigi and Mimi, on your own daughters, where do you find the balance between describing what happens in real life and shaping a fictional story in your books?

When writing Mommy Works Too Much, I centered the book on one actual statement that my daughter made, "Mommy works too much." The rest of the story is completely fictional. When writing books for the Gigi and Mimi series, I want the books to carry the essence of my children; however, all other events and characters will be fictional. I want the message from each of my books to be universal for all children.

3. How did you come up with the idea to do a series of ten books, and what are some examples of topics we'll see in the books?

There are 10 universal topics I would like to cover with The Adventures of Gigi and Mimi book series. The first book is about entrepreneurship. I plan to write about topics such as being a good friend, a sibling going away to college, and having pride in one's self. I want my books to spark a conversation with children and their parents. Additionally, all of my children's book titles will come with a 2nd classroom edition that will include a language arts literacy supplement.

4. Would you tell us a little more about your first book?

The idea of Mommy Works Too Much! is about a little girl that cannot quite grasp the idea that her mom must work many hours as an entrepreneur. I got the idea to write this book over 2 years ago as I worked late one evening. My oldest daughter sent me an email that stated, "Mommy, you work too much." I jotted it down because the statement made me feel very guilty about the amount of time that I spent working.

5. What has been the most fun for you in writing and publishing your first book--and what has been the most challenging?

The most fun aspect has been seeing the feedback and anticipation from potential readers about the book. It certainly has been exciting to see that an idea that I jotted down on a sticky note over 2 years ago – is now an actual book that people are looking forward to reading. I love when an idea comes into fruition!

The most challenging aspect has been learning the technical components of putting a book together. Once I wrote the story down, I had to ask, "Now what?" It has been a fun yet challenging journey of learning about graphic design, book layouts, editing, marketing, and self-publishing.

Thanks, Tiffany!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Meet Gideon Smith, Musician

Based in North Carolina, Gideon Smith got his start singing in rock bands in 1989, and he founded Gideon Smith & The Dixie Damned in 1996. His music is classic rock, psychedelic bluesy retro rock music. His songs have been featured on television and film, including placements on well-known shows like The Sopranos and Sons of Anarchy. He's influenced by sixties and seventies rock, and he also loves anthropology, studying world religions, archery, yoga, etc. He focuses on the positive!

Check out www.gideonsmith.net for much more about Gideon and his music.

1. As someone who has lived in many countries and is an avid reader of texts from many cultures, what do you see as the key influences on your work when you sit down to write a song?

Hail and how're you? Thank you for taking the time to speak with me today. I celebrate and enjoy many cultures that bring knowledge, inspiration, peace, power and beauty to my life. When I create art, whatever the style or theme may be, it all figures in there somewhere. My music may be seen as southern American rock and roll for the most part, but I believe music belongs to us all and is universal. Rock music and blues came from the southern states, but music is ancient with tribal rhythm, singing, poetry and lyrics which know no singular time or culture, so all of it comes together with any songwriting. As people are the sum of every experience they have ever had, creating art of any form can come anything they have experienced in whatever way that had an effect on their life. As for southern America, blues singing or rhythms, things like that, actually come from many cultures and blended here into music people identify with the culture. Mountain folk tend to enjoy bluegrass or Celtic/Irish sounding music, but also there are reggae bands way up in the Appalachians. Beach music tends to be island sounding, and swampy southern music like you'd hear in New Orleans ranges from blues to zydeco, jazz and very heavy metal. I think without exception, tribal drumming calls everyone and people like to dance or sing: it strikes with passion and excitement, and it's all part of the way nature takes control over the listener. Way back to ancient Greece, the god Pan with his pipes and forest stories, Apollo with his lyre, mermaids and nymphs singing. Women love music and dance, and men love beauty and rhythm which brings out their sense of passion but also empowers their strength like a war chant.

2. Do you feel that your music keeps changing over time, and on the other side of the coin, do you see any constants or themes in your work?

Yes I do, each piece I have done has captured the time period and moment and the next definitely changes and grows like the next chapter, or just a few new pages of a book. Some of it is of course similar, but also there are no walls around my music, so I just play what makes me happy or comes out. While I have always just created without calculation, I also have made a point when necessary that my music would not be painted in a corner so to speak that I was only known for one thing over and over. All artists should be free to be real natural and create as allows and they are inspired. But yes, I think if you dig what I do, for the most part, all my music runs like a river a listener may be familiar with, and it becomes like a well-loved old friend you just have different conversations with but it remains the same you knew and loved to begin with. I try not to look back on my music history too much--there are hard times I’m glad I left behind and happier ones I’m thankful I had. But one must always look ahead and keep creating with eyes on an awesome today and tomorrow.

3. How did you break into having your music on TV and in movies?

The first big show one of my songs was on was The Sopranos, and I am so thankful for that. I think at the time my music was just spreading around a lot in Europe and the USA, and after that happened, it opened a new avenue in the music industry I had previously never even thought about. I had always concentrated on shows and recording albums not necessarily other forms of media entertainment industry, so after that I became aware of all the awesome ways my music can reach people if you expand your vision and work very hard, and work only and always with professional people who have your best interests at heart. It opened the world for me that way, and so music just expanded in my life beyond shows in my area or recording for a specific fan base. I'm so thankful my music has been in film and television and equally thankful for people who knew me otherwise, I give them all the same music and gratitude. Artists should treat their fans well: if you're a rock star or indie musician or whatever, it's an exalted gift, the position to provide music for the world. Big love for everybody who supports what I do and all the good you send my way.

4. What projects are you currently working on, and do you have any plans for 2017 that you want to share?

I have several side projects going. One is my doom metal band which is very heavy called Cemetery Crows--it is doom metal, gothic rock, psychedelic heavy music. I have a few others on the way in the future, too, and my usual music which is known under my name. In 2017 I hope to release new records and eventually get back to performing live when the stars align.

5. For other musicians and indie writers/artists who are looking to find wider exposure for their work, what's your advice?

I would say don't pay attention to trends, as in worry over what's popular right now. Make your own trends and be yourself, and don't try and imitate something you see is popular exactly right now because the people who created that did so a few years ago. Make the trends and stand your ground. You have to be yourself to make your mark. Don't get too caught up in social media. Social media is a great communication tool, and for an artist networking and promoting your band is important on some levels, but it's also a huge sea of completely lost people vying for fleeting attention and recognition. I think it can be very unhealthy to be too preoccupied with it, personally and as a musician. Don't let social media run your life.

I think if artists focus on their songwriting, delivering their best live performances, working on their instrument and singing, they will gain recognition. Put yourself out there, and just don't follow the crowd or you're just a number in a "scene." Take the road less traveled and make your own path. All of the greats in any field carved their name by being original, so don't seek to imitate. Look inside, not outside, and write songs. Recognition will come if what you give is emotionally pure and high quality. On a work ethics level: work hard but more importantly work smart. The industry itself can be a strange place full of tricky smoke and mirrors, so keep your eyes ahead and sing from your heart. Minimize your weaknesses and maximize your strengths. Treat everyone you deal with with dignity. Treat them well on all levels and deliver great music, and you will be respected. If people you deal with treat you badly, rid yourself of them and keep moving. The best way to succeed is to be real, work hard, and keep your heart pure while you're doing it. The rest will unfold as it should.

Thank you for the great interview and wishing you well, friend. Follow your heart to the adventures of tomorrow.

Thanks, Gideon!

Meet Pierce Lilholt, Entrepreneur

Pierce Lilholt is a serial entrepreneur. He creates companies and brands. In his free time, he likes to play the piano. To learn more about him and his work, please visit www.PierceLilholt.com.

1. What drew you toward media and communications as you built your career?

Media and communications are fun! 2. Would you tell us a little more about Lilholt Technology Solutions LLC and the work you do with software and other technology?

Lilholt Technology Solutions LLC is an internationally diversified software development and information technology company. Lilholt Technology Solutions is launching an app in conjunction with the media giant Universal Language Productions. With Universal Language Productions as a branding and content syndication partner, Lilholt Technology Solutions plans to leverage the ULP network to launch the ULP TV app. The first launch phase of the ULP TV app includes a multi-platform rollout across Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Android, as well as a fully functional experience on web browsers at www.ULPTV.com.

3. As a serial entrepreneur, how do you choose the projects you wish to become involved in?

I choose projects based on their FV. FV is term used a lot at Universal Language Productions. FV, or Fun Value, is a percentage based on an individual's FVI (Fun Value Index). Everyone has a different FVI, because everyone has a different idea of fun. What someone might find fun, another person might find scary, overly stimulating, or downright boring. When I am choosing a project, I disregard my own FVI, and I consider the potential FV that the results of the project will have based on the FVI of the target market. If it is not fun, I don't touch it. If the FV is high, I am all over it. It's all about the fun!

4. What projects are you currently working on?

The project I am most excited about is ULP TV. ULP TV makes watching TV easy and fun. Unlike Netflix or other streaming services where you have to know what you want to watch and then search for or browse for the titles of shows you want to watch, ULP TV allows you to flip through channels like you are watching cable TV. Searching for something to watch isn't fun. ULP TV is a container app, so anyone can make a channel and syndicate content they want to watch to custom tailor their experience and watch the shows that they think are fun. Friends, family, and people all over the world can tune in to watch your syndications. You don't need to make a channel to start watching. The channels are organized in ways which are conducive to the easiest possible watching experience. People often wonder why you can't filter out all of the four and five star reviewed movies on Netflix. I think it is pretty obvious. I believe that if I filtered out all of the four or five star movies and TV shows on Netflix, I would watch all of the highly rated movies and TV shows and never even peek at the titles with poor ratings. In my opinion, that would make Netflix seem much less valuable. With ULP TV, you can see what is popular, and watch what is good. ULP TV is just plain FUN!

5. Do you have any plans for 2017 that are particularly exciting for you?

I only have one plan for 2017. I plan on having the most fun in 2017! Now, that's exciting!

Thanks, Pierce!