Thursday, September 17, 2009

Recession Dims Stars' Style Power

"Every D-level celebrity who thought they could make a quick buck by designing a handbag or whatever is going to disappear," says Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. "And I think that's a good thing."

Amen, Anna, Amen.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Final Cut Pro - Backwards/Forwards Compatibility

I've been working on a video for my SS10 collection and I have Final Cut Pro v.5.1.4 on my laptop. For those of you who don't know, FCP is a video editing software.

Anyway, a friend of mine did some color-correcting on the video on his machine, which has FCP6. When I tried to open the file again on my computer, it wouldn't work because FCP is not BACKWARDS compatible. Now, it's forwards compatible, meaning you can open an older file in later versions, but not backwards versions.

I'm posting this because I learned the hard way how to deal with this problem, and I hope this post can be helpful to someone else. You can export the file as an XML from the newer version to open it in an older version, but you have to make sure you use the correct XML VERSION. So my friend exported it in XML v.4 but it wouldn't open on my laptop. What I figured out later was that it had to be XML v.3 for my version of FCP.

Here is a chart that I grabbed from Creative COW which tells you which XML versions work with which versions of FCP. Once I exported an XML v.3 at my old workplace, Magnet Media, which has FCP7, I was able to open the file once again.

FCP4 supports XML version 1 only
FCP5 supports XML versions 1 and 2
FCP5.1 supports XML versions 1, 2 and 3
FCP6 supports XML versions 1, 2, 3 and 4

Hopefully this never happens to you.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale / Christian Dior

I get a number of questions about both of these. Please read the relevant blog entries before sending me comments/e-mails about them.

You can find out most info about the Chambre Syndicale via its website:

The site is in French (I think there might be an English version somewhere) but keep in mind that classes are held in French so if you're having trouble understanding the site, you may not be ready to go to the school. The course I took was Formation Professionnelle Continue. If you call them, they will be happy to send you a packet with information about the course, including course fees and what you need to apply for the program.

Regarding Dior, as I mentioned in previous posts, I was only able to get the internship through a personal connection. You can try contacting the Studio (some resourceful googling and cold calling will get you the number) there. Another option is contacting the Galliano studio in the 20th arrondissement. Some of the opportunities I have had I've gotten through being resourceful, tracking down contact info, and cold-calling. Unfortunately, I don't really have much info or advice about getting an internship besides that.

Hope that helps.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

101 Tips from 50 Small Business Bloggers

I follow a couple blogs about developing small businesses, increasing productivity, and just generally doing what you do better, and came across this list of tips for small business owners. I found it useful.

Here are a few:

7. "Don't give up. Most people who are self-employed went through a time when they had no money. And they worried they would lose everything they own, and their career. And they kept going. The people who succeed are people who refuse to quit. If you keep trying to make money from your business, you will eventually succeed so that you don't starve. Really. Just don't quit."
— Penelope Trunk,
Penelope Trunk's Brazen Careerist

I especially liked this one:

8. "Count up your successes regularly. One person I know put a marble in a fishbowl each time she got a compliment or a bit of good press for her business or a nice note from a customer or a big order. Then every time she looked at the fishbowl she was reminded of all the good things in her business. Her employees could see it, too. This is invaluable on days when everything seems to go wrong. It keeps self-doubt from building up – and tearing you down. It also helps employees feel good."
— Anita Campbell,
Small Business Trends

12. "Don’t start a company unless it’s an obsession and something you love."
Mark Cuban,
Blog Maverick

23. "Embrace constraints. Constraints and limitations are wonderful allies and lead to enhanced creativity and ingenious solutions that without constraints never would have been discovered or created."
Garr Reynolds,
Presentation Zen

42. "Focus on generating attention. The Web has liberated us from the tyranny of paying for attention! Small business entrepreneurs can generate attention for their business in four main ways: You can BUY attention (this is called advertising); you can BEG for attention (this is called Public Relations); you can BUG people one at a time to get attention (this is called sales) or you can EARN attention online by creating great information that your buyers want to consume such as YouTube videos, blogs, Twitter feeds, photographs, charts, graphs, and ebooks—and it is all free. How are YOU generating attention?"
David Meerman Scott,
Web Ink Now

Read them all here: