Ever wanted to work in the USA like me?
Last year I was in Los Angeles and the USA under the ESTA Visa Waiver Program for just under 3 months to explore what Los Angeles was like as a place to be based for work – to see if there was another side to the City of Angels away from the plastic fantastic and then based on these experiences, decide if I wished to pursue the O1 Visa as an option to work in the USA (also known as the O1 Alien of Extraordinary Ability Visa – yes, that’s what it’s called).
Now any Australian who has spent time in Los Angeles with a Green Card, E3 or O1 Visa will tell you that they have the best US Immigration Lawyer in the USA ever! And chances are that they might, but it’s not all cut & dried and there are some key things that you need to know before you go splash the cash on securing a lawyer in the hopes of chasing the American dream.
This week on Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! I chat with Los Angeles-based US International Business and Immigration lawyer, Andrea Szew, about:
- The 5 Must-Haves When Applying for a US Visa.
- How Trump’s administration is affecting foreign nationals’ ability to work in the US 1 year on since taking office and what you as an applicant needs to take into consideration.
- Andrea Szew’s life growing up in California, her time at UCLA and what inspired her to become a lawyer specializing in Immigration Law.
- Some of the iconic clients Andrea’s worked with including Hootsuite CEO, Ryan Holmes, Australia’s Thunder from Down Under in Las Vegas and much much more.
For context, Andrea and I met through the Aussies in LA / Australians in LA Facebook Pages, which is a wonderful community of Aussies and a super important resource for any Australian based in or seeking to be approved for a USA visa to work in Los Angeles.
And the good news is that there is SO much more to L.A. than the glitter, gloss and your name up in lights; countless hiking trails in the greater Los Angeles area, live comedy every night of the week, amazing Mexican food, a live music scene that makes your mouth water and I fell in love with the Sports Bar culture too. I’ve found the American people as a whole, from my previous holidays there and on this trip, to be so warm and welcoming, polite and giving. Plus if you need it, there’s this a super supportive community of expat Australians in both Los Angeles and New York City (should you need it) and a whole new country to explore. Loves it!
So if you an Australian businessman/women seeking to work in the USA or you have a friend who is… if you are award-winning digital media professional, an actor, musician, producer or entertainer who believes you have done the hard yards and have what it takes to make it in the USA, then this is the podcast for you!
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International Peace Day. South Bondi. Sunrise.
Life is all about perspective. Each year on the 21st of September, International Day of Peace is observed around the world. The General Assembly has declared it as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. And today I want to do my part!
One of the approaches to life that I have lived by for years is that if I’m having a bad day, I say hi to someone else, quite often a stranger, and ask them how their day is going. It is amazing the difference a little human touch and kindness can make to someone else’s day and also lift the spirits of yours in turn.
In more recent years, a philosophy I have developed for myself is that if I can make a positive impact to just one person’s life in my lifetime, then in turn that validates my own. If you then strive to bring that philosophy into every day life and push yourself to exercise more patience and understanding (even if someone cuts you off in traffic or from a perceived slight from an off-hand comment), you can actually change the lives of people around you, make an impact on a micro scale and the world a better place.
If there’s someone who’s culture/background you don’t know enough about that might provide you with more insight as to who they are or who’s position on a viewpoint you vehemently disagree with, then reach out to them and engage in open dialogue (without attacking the person or getting angry). Most judgement or hate arises from lack of understanding or fear, so if we strive for understanding, even if we still don’t agree on a viewpoint, it creates a stronger connection & brings use closer together as a species.
Do yourself a favour today, on International Peace Day. Say hi to someone you don’t know and put some love out there in the world 🌎❤✨✌
My gift to you and all my love. It will make you feel good!
xo Dan Wilkinson AKA @hotndelicious.
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Van Picken is a woman on a mission. And she’s kickin’ ass and taking names!
Director and founder of Australian music industry digital agency, Comes With Fries, Van launched her marketing career with Nokia in the U.K., before returning to Australia and a making swift rise in the music industry as a Global Account Manager for EMI Music Australia with the likes of iTunes, JET, Robbie Williams & a whole swag of high-profile international and Australian acts.
If you’ve ever wanted to be inspired a businesswoman who makes sh*t happen, throws all her energy into life and gives clients her all, then you’ll love this podcast chat!
‘Cause Van Picken Comes With Fries. 🍟✨🎙👌 Enjoy the show!
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I am truly inspired by independent Australian singer/songwriter and producer Hayden Calnin.
Since 2012 Hayden has enjoyed radio play from high profile stations in the USA, UK and Australia such as Triple J, BBC6 and KCRW, he’s amassed over 15 million spins on Spotify, he’s been featured international music blogs such as Indie Shuffle, Stereogum and Pigeons & Planes, had his music featured on renown TV shows such as Suits, Parenthood, So You Think You Can Dance USA, The 100, Teen Wolf, MTV’s Awkward, Meet The Fosters and for the UK & Japanese official trailers for Oscar winning film, ‘Room’ and had The Vampire Diaries lead actor/director, Paul Wesley, reach out to him on Twitter as a fan, personally requesting to use the track on an episode he was directing in the final season of The Vampire Diaries
He’s sold out shows in Australia and the UK, to packed rooms in Paris and Berlin, had the pleasure of touring with the likes of The Antlers, Matt Corby, Brooke Fraser, Mat McHugh, Missy Higgins and so many more!
In today’s episode of Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! weekly iTunes entrepreneurship podcast we explore what Hayden Calnin’s latest EP ‘Dirt’ means to him, the mental health challenges of young adults, how it can affect them and those around them, 2 unbelievable “pinch me” moments that he’s experienced in his life thus far and just what drives Hayden Calnin to pursue this career in music.
This man is living, breathing proof of how pursuing your passions can thrust you to a life beyond your wildest dreams.
Let’s get into it!
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Marriage Equality. The answer is YES!
I don’t jump up on the soap box very often and so when I do you can rest assured that it’s subject matter that I am SUPER passionate about!
On Friday night I was kickin’ it at home after hectic week working on the social media strategy for the launch of a new app, when it struck me… Why the hell hadn’t I recorded an episode of my show about Marriage Equality?
Being an ex Emirates Airline flight attendant with LOADS of mates who are LGBTIQA, I am super passionate about the #MarriageEquality vote in Australia and want to be able to utilize my Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet weekly iTunes entrepreneurship podcast and social media presence to raise awareness for the vote and the need for Australians to take part in the upcoming Marriage Equality vote.
More than 760 million people countries around the world live in 23 countries where same-sex marriage is already a legal right. How are we not on board already?? It’s a basic human right! Fact. We were the 2nd country in the world to given women the legal right to vote (yep, New Zealand beat us again 😃). How are we so far behind now??
I immediately shot a text to my home-boy Craig Mack, who is a Social Media Strategist (TEDx Sydney, The Pinnacle Foundation, UTS), model with Wink Models, blogger, brand ambassador (Beyond Blue, R U OK?) and openly gay Sydney man, to join me to create an exclusive show about #MarriageEquality and the upcoming plebiscite vote to legalise gay marriage in Australia.
We discuss his childhood growing up in Coffs Harbour as the son of a drug dealer and drug addict, a hilarious and heartfelt True or False quiz about the facts of Marriage Equality, hot pink pants on a Sunday, his exploration of his own sexuality and sexual orientation, some of the wicked content we’ve seen about Marriage Equality including Tim Minchin’s ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ Marriage Equality plebiscite parody, to Audible’s ‘Listen to Love’ six-part audio series that the platform partnered with The Equality Campaign to create, exploring marriage equality in Australia, LGBTQIA teen suicide prevention and MUCH much more.
Honestly, this is one of the most, beautiful, honest and wonderful shows that I have ever had the pleasure of recording.
I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do!
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DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #143 Dan Wilkinson – Ambition, Small Business & Pursuing Your Dreams – Where Should I Begin?
Ambition, Small Business & Pursuing Your Dreams – Where Should I Begin?
There is NOTHING in the world like being your own boss and getting paid to pursue what you love!
If you had told me in 2015 that I’d be making more $$$ in 2 days than I used to make in 5 and that I would be living 5 minutes walk from the ocean, working remotely from the home office every day (I commute to work via the kitchen 😃) and then creating podcasts, Instagram content and business development on my other work days, then I would have said to you “Let’s jump in the time machine and take me there immediately!”
From studying biochemistry to Emirates Airline senior flight attendant to music industry jack-of-all-trades to global award-winning social media strategist, my life has been a journey of design, chasing that “Life Work Balance”. Yep, you heard right… ever since I was 20 years old I’ve pursued an approach to life by focusing on jobs that allow me to live a certain lifestyle and chase what I love for living… travel, music & a life of creativity.
If you had told me 20 years ago I’d be a flight attendant living in Dubai for 6.5 years, I’d have pissed myself laughing… “No way!”, if you’d told me 12 years ago that I’d be working in social media for a living I’d have been like “What’s Social Media?” 😉 And I’m still rolling with it… last year I spent 3 months in California after leaving my full-time job and since moved to Bondi Beach in December, turned my podcast into a radio show on Bondi Beach Radio and took on my first university gig lecturing in Social Media Strategy at Macleay College in Sydney. WTF is happening right now?!! 🚀 Keep Pushin’!
Over the coming weeks & months, I am releasing a series of solo digital shows for free download via iTunes and the Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! weekly small business and entrepreneur podcast to help any of you who yearns for a life where you get paid to do what you love and chase your dreams.
This is the first show in this series is:
Ambition, Small Business & Pursuing Your Dreams – Where Should I Begin? –
- The 1st Steps – Decide What You Want & Follow Your Heart.
- The Top Tips and Tools – Clear A Path & Make That Start.
The next show in the series:
10 Tools & Tips for the Ambitious, Small Business Owner & Digital Nomad – Perform at your best whilst living life to the fullest!
What exactly is it that are you waiting for? There is absolutely nothing stopping you from taking the plunge except you. Make a start, make a start today!
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Excited! Exclusive #WomenInBusiness Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! podcast with YouTuber Alicia Fairclough LIVE at TwoSpace at the Coogee Bay Hotel!
Having built and sold her first business at the age 25 in Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada), Alicia Fairclough is a digital nomad in the truest sense of the word, with a Skypenosis consulting business that she can run from anywhere in the world, a successful mobile app and a YouTube channel with over 15,000 subscribers, which specialises in hypnosis for wellness subscribers!
In our LIVE show together we explore what makes Alicia tick and drives her hunger for success, the moment she went… f*ck it… I’m going to pursue my own business and as part of the show I even agreed to under hypnosis as an exclusive for her YouTube audience!
I’ve been wanting to recording LIVE podcasts for quite some time now and so I am pretty damn excited to be doing this as a dry run.
Tune in now to hear Alicia’s story of bite off more than you can chew, then chew like hell! Exciting times!
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