As some of you may be aware of, I was also involved in co-managing the group PinkSlipCoffee of Boston for the unemployed. It was primarily a meetup group that gained a lot traction that interested the New York Times, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal and Marie-Claire magazine. We’ve had 330 “Life Explorers” to date and over 800 Unique Visitors to the website to date.

With my partner Stephanie L. Cooper (stephanielcooper@gmail.com), I, WaiJe Coler (waije.coler@gmail.com) am also regretfully officially announcing the closure of our quite successful group.

It was a great, fun and invigorating journey for the both of us. However, the pro-bono attitudes we had for the people unemployed had finally took its toll on us. The time we would spend on our online venture and physical meetups just took so much time and made a big dent on our finances. That doesn’t take away from the fact that we are proud of the group and have enjoyed seeing people coming and going, and also getting jobs through this rough economy. It doesn’t take away the fact that I’ve enjoyed seeing the smiles on people’s faces, and meeting multiple individuals each with their own unique life-story to tell.

We are still keeping the website up and keeping an open mind on the online portion. It can be used for its forums, posts and dynamic informative resources. However, our time spending on it is very very limited.

I hope this doesn’t come as a downer to anyone. I am very grateful to have been presented the opportunity to¬† meet all the different amazing people in person. I have enjoyed every talk, every activity and game, every spark of energy we were able to muster up from the meetups. And it was an honor and enjoyable experience to work beside Stephanie Cooper, especially on the late nights we would spend brainstorming on who was going to speak, what we were going to do and what venue we could use. It wasn’t an easy task at all.

Thanks for the wonderful journey you all! And keep in touch! And good luck in these rough economic times. It IS turning around. Thank you.

And now, some closing words from Stephanie:

Hi Pink Slip Coffee Members,

After much deliberation, I have decided to close down the meetup group for Pink Slip Coffee. This has been an incredibly difficult decision for me as we have grown to become a terrific group and a much needed outlet for the Boston area. I, as many of you, am faced with financial challenges at this time and will need to secure full time employment. I have researched ways to keep the costs as low as possible for the group while still trying to be paid a little for my time and covering the meetup.com expenses. I really wish there was another way that I could afford to keep everything up and running, but I have exhausted all known options. WaiJe and I will be leaving PinkSlipCoffee.com running as usual and please, please use this as a resource for any help and support for each other. If anyone wants, I can add the member connection list to this site so everyone can keep in touch.

I wish everyone the absolute best on the job hunt and in the future. I always have my personal email address if you wanna write or ask for advice or anything!

Thank you for your dedication, support, and for making my first entrepreneurial venture so great :)

- Stephanie & WaiJe
StephanieLCooper@gmail.com
WaiJe.Coler@gmail.com

People have heard of Abject Failure but what about “Abject Rejection”?

There is a specific letter that I keep above my desk that reminds me of what it takes to do your own thing in this dog-eat-dog world. No, wait…The world is worse than that. This is a shark-eat-shark world. The competition is vicious and will cut you a part, especially when you are an entrepreneur, a writer, actor or an artist. I happen to be the former 3. Or are you just an entrepreneur for being any of those?

The letter is as follows:

Strotham Agency Rejection Letter

Strotham Agency Rejection Letter

And it reads:

Thank you very much for your query. Unfortunately, your project is not right for us at this time. Publishing is a matter of taste, however, and another agent may feel differently–we encourage you to keep looking for an enthusiastic editor or agent. We wish you the very best of luck with your work.

Best,

Rejection Letter from Lauren

Rejection Letter from ...?

So imagine me, who submitted a transcript in my very first attempt to the Strotham Agency, to receive a letter back so fast. What could it be? What would the answer be? I thought. Yeah, the letter was sent way too fast for comfort.

I open it up and receive the above. Hmm…now, what is it trying to say? Publishing is a matter of taste and my transcript leaves a sour taste in their/his/her/its mouth? Is it even possible in this downturn economy they flung my transcript away and just sent the rejection letter? The truth is, I will never know because agencies are so busy and will not take the time to respond to a small-fry. In fact, in acting as well, studios will not take in unsolicited material or respond back. There are so many requests to be in movies and to get published that there is just no time to answer them all.

The problem is, there is no clear answer in a rejection letter. At least they sent one so you don’t ask yourself, Did my manuscript get lost? Did the Post Office not send it? Did I send it?


But one thing I did do was send a letter of appreciation back. Because I didn’t know if it was Lauren or whatever, I copied, cut and pasted (literally) her name and put it in the front of the envelope and on the letter. I mentioned how great it was (hopefully) that they sent a letter back (vs. some automated process) and thanked them for their time. This is all because I feel like we live in a busy world where there is no time to respond to everyone’s request and care for those we do not know the names of. And I decided NOT to be like them, I would take the time to respond with some outwardly and different thoughts rather than their standard rejection letter.

So, are there any signs of rejections you have lying around? Ask yourself this, does it fuel you to succeed in what you want, in your aspirations? And at what price does it fuel you? That’s the question I precisely asked myself and the reason I have it over my desk so that ever time I sit down to work, I can look up, and smile.