From Rags To Riches – Too Goode To Be True

This latest post is particularly fun for me to share with you all. The title may be a bit misleading, however not from the sentiment. First, no I have not become rich suddenly, unless of course my Lottery ticket has hit and I don’t know it yet! However, I’m feeling rich in spirit and quite frankly, quite Goode about myself. Murphy Goode is certainly doing a lot to contribute to this.

Take for example, the reality of my current surroundings. Since coming back to the good old US of A 6 weeks ago or so, I’ve had the pleasure of staying in Los Alamitos. A very sunny and funny place compared to Amsterdam, Netherlands where I was just before arriving here in LosAl (as they call it).

los al

As you can see, it’s really quite near the ocean, just as Amsterdam, being a Harbor City, also borders a great body of water. However, there’s where the similarities end I must admit. 🙂

a'dam

Before coming here I had made arrangements with my flat-mate to stay here 3 months, essentially June-August. I had no idea upon starting this journey, which I affectionalely call “The Couch Tour To Prosperity”, that I would actually be a serious candidate for Murphy Goode’s A Really Goode Job campaign. Had I not made the Top 50 cut, I’d have simply continued looking for work elsewhere knowing I would leave this flat by August’s end.

Given the current reality of my surroundings, I’m sure any of you that have ever been on a couch tour will certainly understand my exceptionally grateful attitude towards all that’s happening to me as of late, regardless of the final result. In my humble opinion, I’m already a big winner here and thank Goddess everyday. This is my life;

Here is where I live and this is the infamous lumpy couch for which I need to give great thanks and appreciation for, as without it I most certainly would not be in the Top 10 running for a job position which I genuinely believe was made for me and my artistic endeavors. If having had any modest choice in the matter, I’d have made it 1 foot longer.

the-couch

Here to the left of the infamous lumpy couch you’ll see my makeshift Murphy Goode TV studio. It is against that wall that I’ve created a lot of content bits and bobs which can be found on MGtv and much I’ve yet to publish.

mgtv-chroma

Ok, I know what you’re thinking. Sure, that’s where you sleep and that’s where you shoot but how ever do you produce the show? Well, that’s simple. When I left Europe I had to decide what was more important to me. Some reliable gear to get some work done or clothing. I chose the gear. Which is quite simple why I’m always wearing the same clothes, ha! If you know me, you know it’s true. Below is the heart of the production. A fairly simple Mac workstation with everything I need to produce Indie TV, Music, Websites, Live Streaming Broadcasts, DVDs and Recording Sessions. Pretty much all modern media anyone online maniac might need these days. It ain’t much but gets the job done. YES I AM FOR HIRE!

mgtv-workstation

The number one thing I want from my position at Murphy Goode Winery as the first Wine Country Lifestyle Correspondent is more and better gear. That’s how my business here in America can grow as I see it. Build it and the clients will come.

So, why am I so tickled about leaving tomorrow. Well, tomorrow though clearly work oriented, will be for me a holiday. Yes, it’s true. I’ll have a very welcomed 3 nights having some physical space and privacy and best of all… A BED! Ah, my back is having a spinal orgasm (whatever that is) as I type. The thought alone is pure bliss. Have a look for yourself.

inn

Or perhaps this one is more to your liking?

inn2

Yes, living the Goode life courtesy of Murphy Goode Winery and The Healdsburg Inn which is part of the Four Sisters Inn collection of boutique inns.

It suffices to say, while the other 9 talented candidates are potentially nervous and stressing about the rather full schedule planned for us, I for one will be at ease doing what I do best and all the while longing for days end and and the chance that a wonderful Queen or King sized bed can join in holy bliss with my achy-breaky back. Ahhhh…

Thanks for reading.

Cheers!
Kamary Phillips, WCLC


“It’s All Goode”- The Murphy Goode Song – http://www.AReallyGoodeSong.com

Buy This Song, $1 Proceeds go to the Artist.


Advertisements

If Not Me, Then One Of Them As Top 10

Oh well, I didn’t want to go out ‘like that’ either way but ending the A REALLY GOODE JOB campaign with a bang just didn’t seem to pop off as planned. 😦

Bad enough I was 2 hours late with editing and encoding (minor computer issues) but once I finally got it together YouTube went in to scheduled maintenance (and still is at post time), just as clip 3 from 3 was uploading. It was clear that 7 or 8 people had already started checking out the TOP 10 COUNTDOWN playlist but I’m sure they weren’t particularly pleased to be left hanging.

The point was, to experience my take on the Top 10 before the official results came in on Tuesday morning. As with the Top 50, a few of my picks had actually made it and that from over 1800 videos to choose from. Not bad.

So staying true to my word I will at least post my Top 10 picks right now and when you get a chance, watch the show. Though likely irrelevant when you get around to it. Nonetheless, it was a lot of work from everyone involved and a fine final edit from my end as well. I’m happy with it DESPITE getting Rocky Slaughter’s name wrong. He’s now immortalized as Rusty Slaughter. Ich depp! Almost a perfect production, though overtime.

Here are my pics in no particular order;

  • Taylor Eason #1016
  • Eric Hwang #537
  • Anna-Marie Abell #499
  • Kristina Vera-Phillips #467
  • Todd Havens #751
  • Natash Foy #747
  • Tanya Melillo #746
  • Casey Boshae #611
  • Rachel Reenstra #926
  • Paul Horne #1832

I widdled down my list of 23 to 10.  It was by no means easy going since everyone was totally awesome, however it had to be done.  Watch the MGtv episode to get the real gist of it all.  Meanwhile, here are a mess of stills from the show. Enjoy!

Thanks for reading!
Cheers,
Kamary Phillips, WCLC


“It’s All Goode”- The Murphy Goode Song – http://www.AReallyGoodeSong.com

Buy This Song, $1 Proceeds go to the Artist.


16 Social Sites And Counting-Murphy Goode TV | MGtv

Whew, again!
We’re winding down to another moment of truth and I, like many, are anxiously excited about what is to come. As I prepare my own TOP 10 countdown list, hungover from last night’s 4th of July bash and as the folks at Murphy Goode consider me as a potential Top 10 candidate for A REALLY GOODE JOB and possibly hiring me as Murphy Goode’s Wine Country Lifestyle Correspondent, I think it’s important to be aware of and acknowledge the 16 MGtv social networking sites and platforms I have established thus far, essentially being the foundation and building blocks I could expand upon over the next months to come while adding others during my term holding this position. Just a thought of course. Either way, I hope my efforts make a positive impact on the review team and reveals some sense of my broader vision to continue transporting the Murphy Goode brand across the virtual land. Now back to my personal Top 10 Countdown which will be presented here and on MGtv Monday afternoon (July 6th) sometime. Click around and enjoy!

MGtv on Twitter

MGtv on Twitter

MGtv on WordPress

MGtv on WordPress

MGtv on Myspace

MGtv on Myspace

MGtv on UTV

MGtv on UTV

MGtv on Facebook

MGtv on Facebook

MGtv on Flickr

MGtv on Flickr

MGtv on Blogger

MGtv on Blogger

MGtv on TwitPic

MGtv on TwitPic

MGtv on BlackPlanet

MGtv on BlackPlanet

MGtv presents A REALLY GOODE SONG

MGtv presents A REALLY GOODE SONG

MGtv on YouTube

MGtv on YouTube

MGtv on Wine 2.0

MGtv on Wine 2.0

MGtv on UStream

MGtv on UStream

MGtv on Acoustic Lounge

MGtv on Acoustic Lounge

MGtv on Vimeo

MGtv on Vimeo

MGtv on 12 Seconds.TV

MGtv on 12 Seconds.TV


So to summarize the current Murphy Goode TV Network;

YOUTUBE
TWITTER
WORDPRESS
BLOGGER
FACEBOOK
UTV
MYSPACE
VIMEO
FLICKR
TWITPIC
BLACKPLANET
USTREAM
A REALLY GOODE SONG
MGTV PRESENTS ACOUSTIC LOUNGE
WINE 2.0
12 SECONDS TV
…and more coming soon!

Cheers!
Kamary Phillips, WCLC


“It’s All Goode”- The Murphy Goode Song – http://www.AReallyGoodeSong.com

Buy This Song, $1 Proceeds go to the Artist.


Protected: “It’s All Goode” development

This content is password protected. To view it please enter your password below:

Murphy Goode TV Presents All The Goode Ones

Here’s a convenient place to watch all 50 amazing applicants for Murphy Goode’s A REALLY GOOD JOB campaign! What a difficult job it must have been selecting from nearly 2000 videos! No thanks! Enjoy!

mgtv-top50pic

click to watch

Instead, I’ve managed to select 64 favorites which you can check out clicking below. Several of my original picks actually made the Top 50! I’ll be offering my TOP 10 final picks later this week so stay tuned!

mgtv-topfavespic

click to watch favorites

Looking for the original Murphy Goode clip? There you go!

Cheers!

Kamary Phillips

Freelance WCLC

In Case You Forgot How To Be Goode

1.  You must be at least 21 years of age.
2. Must meet the skills and qualifications of the job.
3. You must provide documentary evidence of your identity and that you are eligible to be employed in the United States.
4. You must be of good moral character and may not be under the influence of any medication, drugs or other substance which may impair your ability to undertake your employment responsibilities. By applying for this position, you agree to submit to a drug test and authorize Murphy-Goode Winery to conduct any background or similar checks deemed necessary by Murphy-Goode Winery.
5. You must be willing to comply with all of Murphy-Goode’s policies outlined in its Employee Handbook and sign all the employment documents and agreements normally required of any of our employees.
6. If you are chosen by Murphy-Goode Winery as one of the top 10 candidates, you must be willing and able to travel to Healdsburg, California for approximately one (1) week to be interviewed at times as scheduled by Murphy-Goode Winery for the final selection process. Interviews are expected to occur July 17 — July 21, 2009. Economy travel (to and from the airport in the city closest to your home) and hotel accommodations will be arranged and paid for by Murphy-Goode Winery. You will be responsible for any personal or incidental expenses.
7. If you are chosen as one of the top 10 candidates, in addition to the interview, you must participate in various activities during the interview process. Activities may include tasting wines, commenting on wines in writing, on camera screen tests, attending media dinners, and other similar events.
8. By applying for the position, you agree that Murphy-Goode Winery shall have the irrevocable and perpetual right to use your name, likeness, appearance, voice, biographical information and video anywhere in the world, without your further consent and without further payment to you, for any and all purposes including, without limitation, advertising, publicity, and trade. This includes the right to copyright, reproduce, edit, publish or otherwise use the such materials, in all present and future media or forms, including, without limitation, newspapers, magazines, motion pictures, television, radio and online.
9. By submitting an application and a video, you agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Murphy-Goode and its affiliates, and each of their respective owners, officers, directors, agents, representatives, and employees, from any and all claims by third parties that your video or any materials contained therein, violates the intellectual property rights of such third parties.
10. Murphy-Good retains the right to exclude candidates from the hiring process or terminate the successful candidate for any lawful reason.
11. You must sign up for Murphy-Goode’s mailing list to receive e-mails about the job process and you may receive e-mails and other communications from the winery or its affiliates. See our Privacy Policy.
12. The closing date for applications is June 19, 2009. Murphy-Goode reserves the right to extend this date in its sole discretion. Murphy-Goode also reserves the right to stop accepting applications prior to June 19, 2009 if and when more than 5,000 applications have been received.
13. If at the end of the application period, in the opinion of Murphy-Goode, no suitable candidates have applied, the winery is not obligated to hire anyone.

Of course this applies after having made the TOP 50.  Seems many were hung up on thinking success will be based upon video views or how many friends clicked your clip.  Well, unless all those ‘friends’ are buying a bottle or case of Murphy Goode as well (not likely) then it doesn’t mean a whole lot at this point I’m betting.  Here are the facts Jack straight from the Goode book;

1.  You must be at least 21 years of age.

2. Must meet the skills and qualifications of the job.

3. You must provide documentary evidence of your identity and that you are eligible to be employed in the United States.

4. You must be of good moral character and may not be under the influence of any medication, drugs or other substance which may impair your ability to undertake your employment responsibilities. By applying for this position, you agree to submit to a drug test and authorize Murphy-Goode Winery to conduct any background or similar checks deemed necessary by Murphy-Goode Winery.

5. You must be willing to comply with all of Murphy-Goode’s policies outlined in its Employee Handbook and sign all the employment documents and agreements normally required of any of our employees.

6. If you are chosen by Murphy-Goode Winery as one of the top 10 candidates, you must be willing and able to travel to Healdsburg, California for approximately one (1) week to be interviewed at times as scheduled by Murphy-Goode Winery for the final selection process. Interviews are expected to occur July 17 — July 21, 2009. Economy travel (to and from the airport in the city closest to your home) and hotel accommodations will be arranged and paid for by Murphy-Goode Winery. You will be responsible for any personal or incidental expenses.

7. If you are chosen as one of the top 10 candidates, in addition to the interview, you must participate in various activities during the interview process. Activities may include tasting wines, commenting on wines in writing, on camera screen tests, attending media dinners, and other similar events.

8. By applying for the position, you agree that Murphy-Goode Winery shall have the irrevocable and perpetual right to use your name, likeness, appearance, voice, biographical information and video anywhere in the world, without your further consent and without further payment to you, for any and all purposes including, without limitation, advertising, publicity, and trade. This includes the right to copyright, reproduce, edit, publish or otherwise use the such materials, in all present and future media or forms, including, without limitation, newspapers, magazines, motion pictures, television, radio and online.

9. By submitting an application and a video, you agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Murphy-Goode and its affiliates, and each of their respective owners, officers, directors, agents, representatives, and employees, from any and all claims by third parties that your video or any materials contained therein, violates the intellectual property rights of such third parties.

10. Murphy-Good retains the right to exclude candidates from the hiring process or terminate the successful candidate for any lawful reason.

11. You must sign up for Murphy-Goode’s mailing list to receive e-mails about the job process and you may receive e-mails and other communications from the winery or its affiliates. See our Privacy Policy.

12. The closing date for applications is June 19, 2009. Murphy-Goode reserves the right to extend this date in its sole discretion. Murphy-Goode also reserves the right to stop accepting applications prior to June 19, 2009 if and when more than 5,000 applications have been received.

13. If at the end of the application period, in the opinion of Murphy-Goode, no suitable candidates have applied, the winery is not obligated to hire anyone.

Number 13 is the kicker.  Let’s hope of course there is a champion among us who will change the way wine is marketed online forever!  Or at least for 6 months. 🙂

Cheers!
Kamary Phillips
Freelance WCLC

The Goode Countdown Continues Overtime

Winding down.

For some it’s a sad time, particularly those that got completely caught up in the A REALLY GOODE JOB rush. It wasn’t difficult to let happen. I certainly had my moments. A classic Kamary, “Ok, need a break. Back in some hours or maybe tomorrow.” Yeah, right! I’d usually pop back up again with the next hour or so with some nonsense or other to Tweet about. I know, I’m not alone.

I for one am quite happy things are coming to a slow close because only then can we get on to the next phase of all this. DA TAP FIDDY. Or in regular old English terms, The Top Fifty. So, in case you forgot the swing of things;

Countdown dates:

  • June 19: Application period closes
  • June 26: Top 50 candidates chosen
  • July 7: Top 10 announced
  • July 14-18: Final interviews
  • July 21: Candidate selection announced
  • Aug. 15: Report to duty!

Of course I have no substantiating evidence or tangible facts supporting any such claim but I AM GOING TO MAKE DA TAP TIN. I know, at the risk of sounding cocky I say that, however I have seen a great many of the applicants clips and if staying 100% true to the original video requirements is indeed a requirement (including 1 minute or less!), many videos simple do not qualify. Based purely from a technical perspective, I should be in the Top 50. MANY videos don’t nor shouldn’t qualify, according to an MGtv independent poll. Please cast your opinion too!

One thing is certain, I’m happy (as should you be) I’m not the one doing the elimination part. Admittedly, I have several favorite videos and more than a few are well over 60 seconds. But if I were judging, all overtime videos (excluding my friends) would be the first to go. Like I said, be happy I’m not choosing. I wouldn’t even watch the others so I would never have to feel bad for deleting their raw awesomeness. Too bad they didn’t follow directions I’d say, and thus be able to sleep soundly at night. 🙂

It was a real challenge making my video statement in 60 seconds and I know many others feel the same way. So thinking about it like that, I for one hope that following directions is important in the final selection but there’s no way to know that until my ‘MGtv Embedded Reporter’ gets back to me. 🙂 You’ll be the second to know. So stay tuned in to Murphy Goode TV and see just how they do it. Exciting, eh?

Cheers,
Kamary
Freelance WCLC

David Ready Jr. Interview – An MGtv Exclusive

Whew! That’s the sound of exhaling.

The votes are in and it’s unanimous. I’ve done a really good(e) job with this last piece, “David Ready Jr. Interview – An MGtv Exclusive.” I come to that conclusion based solely on the dozens of friendly replies and feedback since publishing that content earlier this morning.

Thanks so much to everyone who took almost 18 minutes out of their lifespan to hang out with me in a car driving down to drill Mr. Ready on all things Goode. Specifically “A Really Goode Job”, which like hundreds of others, I am doing my absolute best and under often difficult circumstances to get.

If you too are an applicant for this gig then likely the last two clips are all you’re interested in. That’s where the “straight from the horses mouth” begins. If you are a fan, or simply appreciate story telling then by all means start at the beginning. It is there you’ll get the most out of my experience that day and my vision.


New to town and country, I’m not by any means ‘set up’ here. Low on dough and without wheels, I’ve felt a bit like a loser on several occasions considering the residence of the State of California seem to be driven by money hungry peeps with expensive leased autos. As an Ameripean, I don’t roll like that. At least not yet.

The only reason I managed to make it to Ralph’s in Newport Beach last Friday was because the kid whose couch I’m currently surfing on was sick and did not go to work, thus his car was not being used. After promises of buying dinner and a pitcher of Newcastle for the next Lakers game he agreed to let me steer his silver bullet south. The rest, as we say, ist vergangenheit.


In this clip (2a) David Ready Jr. answers questions such as; Who had the original campaign idea? Who will make the final decision? Why the delay from the original schedule?
David Ready Jr. also clears up rumors that claimed he was not satisfied with applicants wine knowledge in general. Did you know David Ready Jr. is a mad Dead fan?


In this clip (2b)I ask David Ready Jr. who his favorite candidate for “A Really Goode Job” is thus far. Yes, he answered. No, it was not me. He also outlines what he’s personally looking for. Ever seen a bottle signing before? For me it was a new concept and no one does it like Dave Ready Jr.


In closing, let me say thank you very much for you time and feedback. A special thanks to those who DM’d me with questions for Dave Ready Jr. that day. Given that the application is nearing an end, this MAY LIKELY be my last Vlog, since I do need to focus a bit on making a living sooner than later. But it does get kinda addicting. 🙂 Worst case, it’s back to the EU for some weeks to work straight through until I can afford to return. That would give me an excuse to meet the very talented woman behind one of my favorite GOODE SPOTS. Check out Andy’s Goode Life Blog. She’s was the first stranger to cheer me on and hasn’t stopped since. Thanks girl! Hope we can work on a project together someday. Well, if anyone could win the MG gig without having a video it would have to be Andy. Respect.

On another note related to positive energy, interestingly enough there have been other video production offers which have come and might pan out to filling that new Chase bank account I opened last week. That would be sweet. And that’s certainly a result of all of us making this thing so present online as of late. The net’s a big space after all. So, thanks to all who encounter MGtv and leave not feeling worse for it. That’s all I can hope for.

Wish me luck one way or another, would ya’! If you’ve not yet seen my original application video and would like to lend me your vote, do it this week please as Friday is the last day. Thanks again.

Now back to my red Firestone. It was cheaper than the MG. *wink*

Cheers,
Kamary Phillips
Freelance Lifestyle Correspondent

MGtv featuring David Ready Jr. (teaser)

I got a bit swamped this evening so I’ll have to cut out early and pick up again tomorrow. Rest assured, it’s a very entertaining piece so tune in again sooner than later to watch the entire escapade! Mr. Ready is a funny guy!

Original music written by Kamary Phillips © 2009