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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!

After reading the above information ask yourself “why would I choose any other realtor”?

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos speaks about "Exploring the Arts" and Tony Bennett
Hi Jean Robb here. I had a chance to talk to my brother Ted Sarandos about his favorite charity Exploring the Arts and Tony Bennett. Thanks Ted!

Ted Sarandos and Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett
Co-Founder & Board Member
A singer of great fame and winner of 17 Grammys (including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award), Tony Bennett has sold over 50 million records internationally throughout his extraordinary recording career spanning five decades. He has also won numerous other awards, including an Emmy and a Cable Ace Award and was honored by the United Nations with a Citizen of the World Award. Tony has collaborated with musical greats such as k.d. lang, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Judy Garland, Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder, among many others. Tony Bennett is also an accomplished painter, who has exhibited and sold work internationally. His paintings are part of the permanent collections at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington DC, the National Arts Club in Manhattan, New York, and the Butler Institute of American Art Museum in Youngstown, Ohio. Before his rise to fame, Anthony Dominick Benedetto grew up in New York City's borough of Queens during the Great Depression. He was educated at the High School of Industrial Arts and later worked as a singing waiter before his talents were discovered by the famous performer, Bob Hope. Tony's proudest achievement is that which he shares with his wife, Susan, when together they founded Exploring the Arts and ETA Partner School, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, to support arts education in New York City public schools.
Susan Benedetto
Co-Founder & Board President
Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Susan received her BA in History from Fordham University in New York City and her MA in Social Studies at Columbia University's Teachers College, where she was also certified and licensed as a NY state teacher. She began her Social Studies teaching career at Manhattan's prestigious public high school, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts. Susan later returned to Fordham and in 2005 received another MA, this time in Supervision/Administration. Susan next worked as a Social Studies Teacher and then as Assistant Principal at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, the public high school in Astoria, Queens that she co-founded with her husband. She simultaneously co-founded Exploring the Arts and has remained active today as ETA's Board President. Before entering the field of education, Susan was the owner of Creative Artists Management in New York, where she advised artists in the management of their careers, along with coordinating publicity, bookings and recording projects. Prior to that, she worked as an administrative assistant with Merrill Lynch, and during her college years was awarded a competitive internship position in the White House's Presidential Advance Office.

Ted Sarandos
Board Treasurer
Ted Sarandos has led content acquisition for Netflix since 2000 and oversees the Beverly Hills office. With more than 20 years' experience in home entertainment, Ted is recognized in the industry as an innovator in film acquisition and distribution. During Ted's tenure, the Netflix library increased from 2,000 to 100,000 titles on DVD and more than 12,000 movies and TV episodes available to watch instantly on the personal computer and the TV. Ted has also spearheaded the company's original content initiative, Red Envelope Entertainment (REE), creating a national platform for films and entertainment programming through unique partnerships with filmmakers, networks and studios, including IFC, HBO, ThinkFilm, NewLine, Showtime, Magnolia Films and Sundance Channel. REE titles include the 2008 Oscar-nominated "No End in Sight," the New York Times' best film of 2007 "4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days" and the Clint Eastwood-produced documentary about Tony Bennett, "The Music Never Ends." Ted began his home video career managing a metropolitan retail chain from 1983 to 1988. He then moved to video distributor ETD, where he served as Western regional director of sales and operations. Until March 2000, Ted was vice president of product and merchandising for Video City, where he negotiated the industry's first DVD revenue sharing agreement and reduced the cost of content from all studios. Ted is a former chapter president and board member for the Video Software Dealers Association. He also serves on the Film Advisory Board for Tribeca Film Festival, the retail advisory board for the Digital Entertainment Group, FIND Advisory Board and, as well as a serving as a trustee for International Documentary Association. Ted has been included in Variety's "Global 50," a list of the 50 most influential people in independent film distribution, as well as The Hollywood Reporter's "Indie Power 50."

Exploring the Arts (ETA) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 1999 by Tony Bennett and Susan Benedetto. 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. ETA currently serves 14 Partner Schools throughout New York City’s 5 boroughs.

To read a letter from our Founders, click here.

Exploring the Arts completed a successful capital campaign to help support the construction of a new, award-winning building for the public high school Tony and Susan founded, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. It is located in Tony's hometown of Astoria, Queens at the Kaufman Astoria Studios Complex. The building opened at the start of the 2009-10 school year.
True to Tony and Susan's original vision, the building has become a great resource for the city. It is home not only to the school but also to the NYC Department of Educations' Summer Arts Institute, for which ETA is a funding partner. In addition, the building's Tony Bennett Concert Hall hosted the 2009 Mayor's Awards for Arts & Culture as well as Mayor Bloomberg's 2009 State of the City Address.
The school's facilities include:

- An 800-seat concert hall
- 2 black box theaters and a stagecraft workshop
- 2 dance studios
- 2 fine art studios and an art gallery
- Choral & orchestral classrooms
- Recording booths & private practice rooms
- A multi-media technology lab
- An outdoor, rooftop performance garden


AIA: New York State Excellence in Design 2010; The Chicago Athenaeum: American Architecture Award 2010; SARA: NY Design Award 2010; Collabetition Platinum Award; Queens Chamber of Commerce: Building Hall of Fame Award 2009

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Contact Us

Photo Credit: Eddie Martinez
Exploring the Arts
16 W. 23rd Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10010
phone: (646) 745-9123
fax: (646) 810-9199, Attn: Exploring The Arts

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