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Dan Wilkinson. On The Hunt for Strategic & Creative Inspiration!

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Let’s play Guess Who? for Careers. Who Am I?

My name is Dan Wilkinson.

I am a global award-winning social media strategist, university lecturer, speaker, podcaster and content producer with experience across FMCG, Travel, Beer/Alcohol brands, B2B, Not-For-Profit, Augmented Reality, Tech/Apps, Fintech, Health & Wellness, Cosmetics, Health Insurance & more.

I am currently on the market looking at permanent roles in Los Angeles, Sydney (or remote), Austin, Portland (OR) or New York City as Social Media Director/Head of Social Media/Social Media Strategy roles.

Recently I wrapped a short-term contract as Head of Social Media at Soap Creative working across the Microsoft, PepsiCo (snacking) and Ferrero portfolios, including the likes of Doritos, Tic Tac, Kinder Surprise, Nutella, Xbox brands and many more.

My portfolio from the past 2.5 years includes APAC winner at the 2016 Facebook Awardsspeaking at Social Media Week – Miami, multiple global Kinsale Sharks Awards (Silver, Bronze, Bronze), case studies featured on both the Instagram and Twitter Global Business BlogsShorty Awards finalist in NYC & much more.

Over the past 1.5 years, my biz Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!, has worked with Cancer Council Australia, Mahlab Agency (a global B2B digital client, hbf insurance), REBORN Agency, Moula fintech, The Bravery, Transplant Australia and Cherry Blooms global cosmetics brand providing a range of services including a full audit of organisational digital ecosystems and assets, Best Practice Social Media Playbooks, Digital Reporting templates, creation of systems and processes and 2-3 year strategic roadmaps.

I have forged multiple careers across my professional lifetime based on an overarching commitment to Life Work Balance (see my latest @hotndelicious podcast for more on this) and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Professionally I define the pursuit of happiness as:

  1. A business opportunity or career role that I am inspired by and passionate.
  2. That that has the potential for positive impact on the lives of others (through clients or the people that I’m working with).
  3. Whilst being paid appropriately for my services and level professional experience (unless I decide that it’s for professional development for myself/business/career or a philanthropic pursuit).

I’ve stayed true to this philosophy from my early 20s from my 6.5 years based in Dubai traveling the globe as an international Emirates Airline flight attendant to juggling numerous roles in the music industry (event operations & logistics/ TV show music supervisor/photography/social media/band management) to putting a 900 square metre ice-rink on the sands of Bondi Beach back in 2011, (the 1st of its kind anywhere in the world!) to today.

Every new role I step into, I must be feel like I’m contributing and learning at the same time – bringing my industry expertise to the table, whilst also continuing the evolution of my experience and professional toolkit.

I definitely prefer working agency-side or 1-on-1 with major clients and the 3 things I look for in new biz opportunities/roles/clients are:

  1. Digitally progressive –you are a digitally progressive business/brand or you want to be (if you’re not there yet then you want to pay someone who is and can bring you up to speed).
  2. Corporate Culture/Champion of the People – you foster a culture of inclusiveness from the top down and that is evident in the energy/experience of the people who work with you at all levels.
  3. Champion Great Work – contractors and employees describe your business approach as one that fosters big ideas and proactivity. Industry leaders not followers.

At this point, I’m rather convinced that my next big opportunity awaits in the USA, so I’m keen to work in:

  1. Los Angeles – Santa Monica, Venice Beach or WeHo.
  2. Austin (TX).
  3. Portland (OR).
  4. New York City – Manhattan or Brooklyn.
  5. Sydney – I love living in Bondi Beach, so if you think you’ve got the right opportunity, then get in touch!
  6. Remote – I can work from anywhere with a laptop and smartphone/wifi connection.

If the above blog article sums up the opportunity that you’re about to approach me with and what you are/your business is striving to be, then I want to work with you!

I am currently Bondi Beach-based, but more than happy to relocate to the USA at short notice for the right opportunity and below you’ll find a portfolio overview of previous clients, global award-winning campaigns successes and my own Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! digital presence.

Let’s do this!

Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet!) – Global Award-Winning Social Media Strategy Portfolio.

Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet!) – Global Award-Winning Social Media Strategy Portfolio.

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‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ entertainment, travel, photography & lifestyle blog:
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For social media strategy, content/photography & influencer business enquiries contact: info@hotndelicious.com

DOWNLOAD the Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! weekly entrepreneurship podcast via iTunes.

Android Users: Download Castbox Podcast App via Google Play, then Click here to Subscribe to Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! Podcast.

Djibouti, Aircraft Carriers & ‘Road Stories’ with LA comedian Murray Valeriano!

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DOWNLOAD the PODCAST via iTunes – #175 Murray Valeriano (USA stand-up comedian & host of the All Things Comedy ‘Road Stories’ podcast).

Wicked podcast chats with American stand-up comedian & host of the ‘Road Stories’ podcast Murray Valeriano!

Live from Los Angeles, I am proud to call this son of a preacher man from Memphis (Tennessee), via New Jersey, my friend and on today’s show we chat about landing on an aircraft carrier in the Middle East, performing for American troops at a non-existent military base in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa and ‘Comedians on Safari’ where Californian comedians book stand-up comedy tours around surfing safaris,

We also discuss Murray Valeriano’s latest hour-long show on religion, which is bound to raise a few eyebrows in the USA where religious belief still hold so much sway and power, being inspired and motivated by his Academy Award nominated wife Mary Zophres, who is one of the best costume designers in Hollywood, on movies such as La La Land, True Grit and Catch Me If You Can and much, more more.

Super show and chatting with Murray V just makes me want to jump on a jet-plane back to California! Such good people! Let’s get into it!

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST via iTunes – #175 Murray Valeriano (USA stand-up comedian & host of the All Things Comedy ‘Road Stories’ podcast).

Android Users: Download Castbox Podcast App via Google Play, then Click here to Subscribe to Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! Podcast.

 

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST via iTunes – #175 Murray Valeriano (USA stand-up comedian & host of the All Things Comedy ‘Road Stories’ podcast).

Android Users: Download Castbox Podcast App via Google Play, then Click here to Subscribe to Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! Podcast.

Connect with Murray Valeriano on social media:
https://twitter.com/murrayv
https://www.facebook.com/murrayv
https://myspace.com/roadstoriespodcast  😉

Buy ‘Rusty Cow’:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rusty-cow/id984107363

Download the ‘Road Stories’ podcast:
https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/roadstories-podcast/id268649970?mt=2

Download @hotndelicious Episode #77 with Murray Valeriano (stand-up comedian, writer & podcaster):
https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/77-murray-valeriano-stand-up-comedian-writer-podcaster/id923799010?i=1000368627917&mt=2

Hit Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet up on social media here:

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Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HotnDelicious
Hot & Delicious YouTube – Ballistyx Snowboard Show, interviews & more.
https://www.youtube.com/user/HotnDeliciousRecords

‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ entertainment, travel, photography & lifestyle blog:
https://hotndelicious.com/

For social media strategy, content/photography & influencer business enquiries contact: info@hotndelicious.com

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST via iTunes – #175 Murray Valeriano (USA stand-up comedian & host of the All Things Comedy ‘Road Stories’ podcast).

Android Users: Download Castbox Podcast App via Google Play, then Click here to Subscribe to Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! Podcast.

Ambition. Ask Yourself The BIG Questions to Drive Success!

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DOWNLOAD the PODCAST via iTunes – #174 – Burleigh Heads Escape + Hot and Delicious Rocks The Planet! Solocast.

Every week I speak with entrepreneurs, tech founders, actors, musicians, comedians and the most wonderful leaders across a range of industries and am constantly inspired by their ability to pursue their dreams with unwavering tenacity!

In this week’s episode of the Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! weekly entrepreneurship podcast, I answer those very same questions that I ask of these awe-inspiring individuals and invite you all to ponder them for your own life also, in the hope that you will take stock and feel inspired to chase your own pursuits.

In this ever-evolving technological age, many of you are working longer hours, the cost of living is more expensive and we’re all bombarded by the social construct of wanting bigger, faster, longer and better.



Better?
The human need to strive to be better isn’t a bad thing. Without it the very nature of science, technology, innovation and creativity would be nowhere near as exciting as it is today. The massive strides forward in nearly every discipline surely has come from the human desire to be better.

But who’s version of ‘Better’ are you striving for? 

Really stop and think about that. As wondrous as the forward motion in innovation and technology are, there is of course always a downside. What with the fast-paced world that is 2018, is it any wonder that most of us don’t stop and consider what OUR version of ‘better’ is?

Not your parents’ version.
Not reality television’s version.
Not the Instagram version of yourself.
Not Hollywood’s version.

YOUR version. Your ‘why’. Your values. Your dreams. Yours.

Let’s get into the show!

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST via iTunes – #174 – Burleigh Heads Escape + Hot and Delicious Rocks The Planet! Solocast.

Android Users: Download Castbox Podcast App via Google Play, then Click here to Subscribe to Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! Podcast.

Show notes:
Books Mentioned:
1. ‘Losing my Virginity’ by Richard Branson
2. ‘Scar Tissue’ by Anthony Kiedis
3. ‘The Dirt’ by Mötley Crüe
4. ‘The Heroin Diaries’ by Nikki Sixx from Mötley Crüe
5. ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho

Burleigh Heads escape + Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! solocast where we answer ALL the big questions:

1. If you could jump on a plane anywhere tomorrow where would you go & why?
2. What’s your primary motivator? What drives your hunger for success?
3. What are your favourite books or biographies/autobiographies? What did they teach you?
4. Can you describe in detail a key moment of joy or realisation, 2 pinch me moments that you’ve had, you’ve been in a daze and thought to yourself “I can’t believe that this is happening right now?”
5. What does success look like to you?
6. My personal values are the same are my business ones. What values do you hold yourself to?
7. What are 2 pieces of advice you’d give to someone who has a dream, but is afraid to take that first step?

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST via iTunes – #174 – Burleigh Heads Escape + Hot and Delicious Rocks The Planet! Solocast.

Android Users: Download Castbox Podcast App via Google Play, then Click here to Subscribe to Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! Podcast.

Hit Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet up on social media here:

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Instagram https://www.instagram.com/craftbeerlovin/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HotnDelicious

Hot & Delicious YouTube – Ballistyx Snowboard Show, interviews & more.

https://www.youtube.com/user/HotnDeliciousRecords

‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ entertainment, travel, photography & lifestyle blog:

https://hotndelicious.com/

For social media, photography & influencer business enquiries contact: info@hotndelicious.com

The Road Stories Podcast with Steele Saunders and Monty Franklin. Steele Saunders & Monty Franklin join Murray Valeriano on The Road Stories Podcast to discuss the Oscars, performing at Sports Clubs and the fact Koala Bears are not bears.

Talking Andrew Hansen, Radio Chaser & his brand new kids’ book series set in Egypt!

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Hilarious & kick-ass chats with one of my favourite podcast guests EVER, award-winning Australian comedian and now kids book author, Andrew Hansen from The Chaser and Triple M’s ‘Radio Chaser’.

Best known for appearing on The Chaser’s War on Everything, Andrew Hansen has teamed up with his wife and partner-in-crime, designer Jessica Roberts, to create their very first children’s book series, with the first instalment, ‘The Weird Beard – Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies’ due out next month!

Easily one of my favourite guests and so wonderful to have him back on the show for one of our lighthearted and banter-filled, punny podcasts. Let’s get into it!

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST via iTunes – 173 Andrew Hansen (Australian comedian from The Chaser TV, Triple M ‘Radio Chaser’ radio host, actor, musician & kids book author)

Android Users: Download Castbox Podcast App via Google Play, then Click here to Subscribe to Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! Podcast.

Show Notes:
1. Pre-Order ‘Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies: The Weird Beard’
2. Episode 94: Andrew Hansen (Australian comedian from The Chaser’s War on Everything)
3. Andrew Hansen on Triple M’s ‘Radio Chaser’
4. The Road Stories Podcast with Steele Saunders and Monty Franklin

Connect with Andrew Hansen here:

Giant Dwarf

 

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Hot & Delicious YouTube – Ballistyx Snowboard Show, interviews & more.

https://www.youtube.com/user/HotnDeliciousRecords

‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ entertainment, travel, photography & lifestyle blog:

https://hotndelicious.com/

For social media, photography & influencer business enquiries contact: info@hotndelicious.com

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST via iTunes – 173 Andrew Hansen (Australian comedian from The Chaser TV, Triple M ‘Radio Chaser’ radio host, actor, musician & kids book author)

Android Users: Download Castbox Podcast App via Google Play, then Click here to Subscribe to Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! Podcast.

Talking Super Bowl TV, David Beckham & QANTAS – Grant Flannery

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Currently based in New York City, Grant Flannery is the Strategy Director for celebrated advertising agency Droga5 whose current clientele includes Google, Sprint, Mailchimp, ESPN, The New York Times and Hennessy.

An award winning strategist, Grant’s broad range of experience working with top tier clients across a number of digital, social, branding, business and creative strategies makes for enlightening conversation, particularly on the changing nature of digital consumerism.

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In this episode, we enjoy vast-ranging chats about Grant’s first EVER Super Bowl TV commercial, the award-winning Qantas Out of Office Travelogue campaign, working with David Beckham and what it’s like to be an Aussie expat living in New York City.

 



Awesome podcast, absolute pearls of wisdom. Let’s get to it!

Great work by Grant Flannery:
1. Sprint Super Bowl Commercial 2018: Evelyn
2. Evelyn is learning Selfies: Pre Super Bowl ad
3. Evelyn is learning how to take brunch pics: Pre Super Bowl ad
4. Qantas Out of Office Travelogue
5. Sprint – David Beckham

Show Notes:
1. Narcissistic Leaders: The Incredible Pros, the Inevitable Cons.
2. Abe & Arty – The Weiner dogs of Instagram
3. The 5 must-haves for Aussies when applying for a US Visa – A podcast with Andrew Szew

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST via iTunes – #172 Grant Flannery (Droga5 – Strategy Director) here

Android Users: Download Castbox Podcast App via Google Play, then Click here to Subscribe to Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! Podcast.

Android Users: Download Castbox Podcast App via Google Play, then Click here to Subscribe to Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! Podcast.

Hit Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet up on social media here:

Twitter https://twitter.com/hotndelicious

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/hotndelicious/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/craftbeerlovin/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HotnDelicious

Hot & Delicious YouTube – Ballistyx Snowboard Show, interviews & more.

https://www.youtube.com/user/HotnDeliciousRecords

‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ entertainment, travel, photography & lifestyle blog:

https://hotndelicious.com/

For social media, photography & influencer business enquiries contact: info@hotndelicious.com

 

Lifestyle x Work – Choose Your Own Adventure!

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Work. Save. Work. Save. Reward. Work. Save.

This is the modern, western formula that I’m sure most of us have grown up with and in the past it certainly worked. But let’s face it: 2018 is an expensive world, mindsets and attitudes towards work are changing and it’s becoming more and more difficult not to compare yourself to every colleague, friend or Insta-famous model who are all living their best life. The modern world, particularly Generations Y, Z and beyond and facing enormous economic pressure and immense spiritual discord.

Do you have to put up with one to forgo the other?



On one hand we’re faced with a property market that’s nearly impossible to break into, working longer hours to combat wage stagnation with the knowledge that without a certain level of capital it’s going to be very difficult to follow our bliss.

On the other hand, what about our bliss? The old-school societal expectation of working in a well-paid, 40+ hour, high-stress job REGARDLESS of whether or not it’s an industry you actually enjoy is not at all a thrilling concept and unfortunately those who undertake such a mission are buckling and buckling hard. Gone are the days where one wants to work hard for their whole life in order to retire at 60, take a well-earned break and finally regain a sense of freedom.

The reality is we want to work hard at a job that is rewarding, fulfilling and abundant, we want the freedom to change careers based on our interests without judgement AND we want to experience life’s beauty and all it has to offer, preferably before we’re 60 years-old.

We want want it all and we want it now. So how do we get it?


Let me give you this frame of reference. Business analysts and health professionals from around the world mostly agree that an individual is likely to change careers between 3-7 times in their lifetime. So with this knowledge why are people more than ever dreading Monday? Why is there a stubborn residue of old, accepted social norms in regards to ‘sticking it out’ in a career you hate in favour of financial freedom? Why aren’t we giving ourselves the space to fail forward and forge multiple careers based on a commitment to Life-Work Balance?


In this week’s episode I take you through my unexpected career path that I forged solely through a commitment to choosing employment based on my dream lifestyle. From hospitality to university, from promotional work to aviation I share with you what I’ve learned from each profession and how I built upon it moving forward. If you told me 20 years ago about my career path of course, I would have laughed at you. Contrary to what you’re told in high school, I’ve learned that there is no one way to achieve financial and spiritual success. If you follow your bliss, listen to your gut and fail forward you’ll open yourself up to a life you never dreamed of.

 


Go on then. Choose your own adventure!

Show Notes:

1. Episode #76 with Australian actor Daniel MacPherson
2. Episode #169 Life Work Balance with @hotndelicious – Solocast
3. “Narcissistic Leaders: The Incredible Pros, the Inevitable Cons” – Harvard Business Review article by Michael Maccoby.

 

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST via iTunes – Episode #170 Lifestyle, career & a post you never dream of with @hotndelicious.

Android Users: Download Castbox Podcast App via Google Play, then Click here to Subscribe to Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! Podcast.

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Twitter https://twitter.com/hotndelicious

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/hotndelicious/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/craftbeerlovin/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HotnDelicious

Hot & Delicious YouTube – Ballistyx Snowboard Show, interviews & more.

https://www.youtube.com/user/HotnDeliciousRecords

‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ entertainment, travel, photography & lifestyle blog:

https://hotndelicious.com/

For social media, photography & influencer business enquiries contact: info@hotndelicious.com

Life Work Balance with @hotndelicious – My Tips & Tricks.

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Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! – Life Work Balance

If you pick up the arts and entertainment section of any newspaper you’re likely to see in the best seller list AT LEAST one book on success, achieving work-life balance and consciously owning your time. Whether it’s new titles like “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson or “The 4 Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferris, it seems that people more than ever are openly on the quest to achieve ‘work-life balance’.

But is it even possible to achieve? What with the mountain of books, podcasts, classes and Netflix specials on ‘work-life balance’ it can sometimes feel like an elusive concept made only for bloggers, entrepreneurs and coaches who coach people on creating work-life balance. Needless to say, I understand how it can seem elusive particularly if your career doesn’t fit any of these moulds.

But what if we changed the angle?

On today’s podcast I discuss my philosophy of Life Work Balance and how it’s possible to be working full-time and creating your own projects while also ensuring you make time for you. I take you back to where I first implemented this concept and let you in on some of my tips, tricks and how-to’s to integrate Life Work Balance into your schedule right now.

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST via iTunes – Episode #169 Life Work Balance with @hotndelicious.

Android Users: Download Castbox Podcast App via Google Play, then Click here to Subscribe to Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! Podcast

Hit Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet up on social media here:

Twitter https://twitter.com/hotndelicious
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/hotndelicious/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/craftbeerlovin/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HotnDelicious
Hot & Delicious YouTube – Ballistyx Snowboard Show, interviews & more.
https://www.youtube.com/user/HotnDeliciousRecords
‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ entertainment, travel, photography & lifestyle blog:
https://hotndelicious.com/


For social media, photography & influencer business enquiries contact: info@hotndelicious.com