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Volunteer and Market Yourself…Remarkably

“Remarkable Marketable Mehelps you share your remarkable gifts volunteering, making you more marketable along the way.

By Jean Robb

I didn’t have the best childhood. We didn’t have much, so if you needed something you had to find a way to get it. I started working at 11 years old selling candy door to door. I know very scary right, but at 11 years old all I knew was I had to sell a certain amount of candy before I could go home. When I knocked on a door, out came my foot and I didn’t move it until you bought a box of candy. The skills I learned from my difficult childhood, (my lemons) really became a blessing (my lemonade).

I learned at a really young age that persistence will open many doors. As an adult I have walked out on a stage with a tiger after Zig Ziglar and talked to over 2,000 people about overcoming their fears. I know you must be thinking…a tiger? I have volunteered for over 15 years with big cat sanctuaries and have learned you can do something you really love while helping others in remarkable ways. In today’s economy you hear lots of people say they can’t find a job. So what happens?

The longer you’re out of work, you start to lose your contacts. You’re not keeping up with the day-to-day changes in your trade. You’re simply out of the loop. The longer you’re in this position the more the fear sets in. What if I can’t find a job? I have so much to offer, how do I get someone to talk to me? Well as you can see, fear can really take a hold of you, it makes you feel like a deer in the headlights. How do you overcome these things?

First off, STOP listening to the FEAR and STOP making EXCUSES. Look, I’ve made many of the same excuses when I’ve let fear be a part of my life. I now realize that the answer to overcoming the fear is to replace it with remarkable things you can be proud of. Instead of asking why would anyone want to hire me, ask yourself why not me?

After volunteering you could say. Look at the change I’ve made in the lives of others. Look what I’ve learned along the way. Look at the skills I’ve been taught while helping others. Look at the great people I’ve met. They’ve seen first hand the type of passion I put into any job I take on. So how will this work? I have made a commitment to bring you a volunteering opportunity at least once a week. The process of volunteering can be more complicated than people may think.

Email me your news. I have included in each story all the information I received and the direct contacts to make it really easy for you to get your foot in the door.Network, Network, Network” See how you can use that experience to build your resume. Most of all how did you feel about helping others today.

My goal is to get you to share with all of us your experience. Think about how much we can learn from each other. Please email me your pictures and story to so I can post them each day. I will add the trademarks, video and links for you.

Jean Robb is a real estate agent in the Dallas – Fort Worth area who is committed to promoting the importance of volunteering for your community.We have the infrastructure in place with the best real estate team in North Texas, and the process for you and I, together can “give back” to those in need without costing you an extra dime. It’s a win/win for both of us. When you contact me, just mention this page and I'll donate 5% of my commission to any non-profit you want to help!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

How do you keep the music playing? Just ask Tony Bennett !
  Click on the link above to see the "Exploring the Arts" main Page

Ted Sarandos and Tony Bennett

Hi, Jean Robb here.
My family and I have always loved Tony Bennett. 
My brother Teddy has had the great pleasure of working with Tony and is a big supporter of his "Exploring the Arts" charity. Tony Bennett, one of the legends of jazz and popular music who served during the Second World War and then developed a career spanning over half a century is truly an American treasure. He knows what it takes to keep his music playing and now shares that gift with children and young adults..
In 1950, Tony successfully auditions for Columbia Records’ producer Mitch Miller, singing “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” and signs with the label. 1951 Scores his first hit, “Because of You,” which peaks at No. 1 and remains on the charts for 32 weeks. His next single, Hank Williams’ “Cold, Cold Heart,” becomes the first notable cover of a country tune. Both feature the Percy Faith Orchestra, which provides the lush backdrop of 24 Top 40 tunes he charts before 1964.In 1962 Records his first Grammy Award winner – and his subsequent trademark tune – “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” Released as a single by Columbia, it remains on national charts for nine months. When the song’s album is released, it goes gold. The song was written by then-unknown songwriters George Cory and Douglass Cross.1972-1977 Changes labels from Columbia to MGM Records and, by the mid-1970s, decides to form his own record company, Improv. Makes several albums for Improv, including two critically-acclaimed duet records with jazz pianist Bill Evans in 1975 and 1977. 
Tony and his son Danny

In 1979 Son Danny, who becomes his manager, begins forging the next stage of his pop icon father’s career, which yields a new era that brings an overwhelming affinity from the next generation of audiences.In 1986 Touring regularly in concert halls around the world, Bennett finds a growing appreciation for traditional pop music as performers like Natalie Cole and Linda Ronstadt record albums of standards. In this new environment, Bennett re-signs with Columbia records and releases The Art of Excellence, his first chart album in 14 years.In 1990 The first celebrity guest artist to “appear” as himself in the animated hit The Simpsons – in the episode entitled Dancin’ Homer- Bennett starts to break ground with a younger set of fans. 
1993 Bennett’s tribute to Fred Astaire, Steppin’ Out, goes gold, and he wins another Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance. The video is included in MTV’s popular program Buzz Bin and he is nominated for an MTV Video Music Award. Presenting with the Red Hot Chili Peppers – alongside Anthony Kiedis and Flea – at the MTV Music Video Awards cements Bennett’s reputation as the epitome of cool. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are just one of the alternative rockers who will cite Bennett’s influence on their music.2003 Makes cameo appearance in the film, Bruce Almighty, starring Jim Carrey and Jennifer Aniston. Along with k.d. lang, wins a Grammy for A Wonderful World.2006 In celebration of his 80th birthday, Tony Bennett Duets: An American Classic is released and becomes the highest charting and best selling CD of his career, reaching platinum status in less than three months. As you can see Tony Bennett has the ability to stay on top in the music industry and is a great gift to the children he helps!

Teddy's documentary about Tony Bennett is a great source of information just click on this link below to see the Netflix information about the documentary.

Dear Jean,

Thank you so much for thinking of us.  Ted is an incredible Board member and supporter of ETA. 

All the best,
Hannah Berson

Programs Associate

16 W. 23rd Street, 4th floor
New York, NY 10010

ETA's mission is to strengthen the role of the arts in public high school education. ETA's programs connect private funders, individual artists, and cultural institutions to Partner Schools to achieve greater equality of resources and opportunity for youth of all means and backgrounds.
  • Long-term, strategic partnerships with public schools
  • Teaching young artists to pursue their craft rather than fame
  • Integrating the arts with rigorous academic curricula
  • Arts programs that help students develop the skills they need for success in college
  • Arts programs that encourage social consciousness and a commitment to community

Partner Schools

In addition to supporting the NYC Department of Education's Summer Arts Institute and producing an educational video series, Exploring the Arts with the Masters, Exploring the Arts works with select Partner Schools, chosen by invitation only. Exploring the Arts programs and funding currently serve the following ETA Partner Schools -- all of which are NYC public high schools with a proven commitment to arts education:
  • Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
    founded by Tony Bennett & Susan Benedetto
    ETA's original Partner School
  • Talent Unlimited High School
  • Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts
  • Urban Assembly Media High School
  • Urban Assembly School for Design & Construction
  • Bronx Studio School for Writers & Artists
  • Urban Assembly School of Music & Art

Tony Bennett Apprenticeship Program

Exploring the Arts' Tony Bennett Apprenticeship Program places 11th and 12th graders from ETA Partner Schools as apprentices with professional artists and as interns at arts organizations. Participating students forge mentoring relationships with creative professionals, explore career opportunities in the arts, and gain work experience in their field of choice.
Students apprentice during a school year-long session through the Fall and Spring or during a Summer Intensive session.
Students receive a financial stipend.

Program partners have included:

Visual Art, Architecture, & Design
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- The Noguchi Museum
- International Center of Photography
- Museum of Arts & Design
- Ennead Architects
- Charm & Whimsy
Vocal & Instrumental Music
- The Collegiate Chorale
- The Charles Mingus Institute
- Sweet Plantain Quartet
- Joe's Pub at The Public Theater
- A.M. Studios
- Klavierhaus
- St. Ann's Warehouse
- The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
Film & Media Arts
- Kaufman Astoria Studios
- Tribeca Film Institute
- American Ballet Theatre
- The Joyce Theater
- Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance
- Roundabout Theatre Company
- Epic Theatre Ensemble
- Off Broadway Booking
- Striking Viking Story Pirates
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Dear Friends,
One of us an artist and the other a former public school teacher, we have always shared a combined passion for arts education, and it was our longheld dream to give back to the communities and institutions that had for many years helped shape our own dreams and careers. This led to our first major endeavor, the founding of Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, a New York City high school where students pursue an equally rigorous arts and academic curriculum. It was very important to us that this be a public school, accessible to all children, regardless of their need or background, and it is with great joy that we have watched the school's students achieve at such extraordinary levels since the school first opened in 2001.
We first established Exploring the Arts (ETA), our nonprofit charitable organization, to provide additional support to the Frank Sinatra School's arts programs. It is all too often that public schools face budget cuts and must forego their arts offerings, and it has been our greatest pride and joy to watch the Frank Sinatra School succeed aided by this additional help.
Inspired by the school's success, we broadened ETA's mission so that we could expand our support to more public high schools with deserving arts programs, and so in 2008 ETA began assisting new partner schools. Our commitment to arts education has only grown stronger each year as we witness the powerful, positive impact the arts have in the schools we serve.
On behalf of the talented, student artists we serve and their dedicated teachers, we thank you for your interest in Exploring the Arts and for sharing our commitment to the importance of arts education. We have been lucky to see our greatest dreams come true, and now it gives us great pleasure to help the next generation of artists and leaders fulfill their own dreams.
Best wishes,

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