Evelyn Gutierrez - Elementary School Teacher & Tutor
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Meet EveLyn Gutierrez, elementary school teacher and tutor. At Colégas we are all about education and passing on knowledge to the next generation. Ms. Gutierrez brings her passion and enthusiasm for learning to her second grade classroom everyday and also to children’s homes through her tutoring business.

What kind of work do you do? Do you also have a side-Gig? If not, do you have any hobbies or other activities you wouldn’t mind developing into a paid Gig?

I'm a second grade educator at a private school, and I have been teaching students for the past 8 years. I have a business called Tutors on the Road, where I tutor at the student's house. Tutoring at the student’s home is more convenient for parents than tutoring off-site. I started tutoring kids in 2005 and I love helping and teaching children.

What did you study in college? What did you enjoy the most about your chosen course of study?

I studied education at Miami Dade College. I enjoyed gaining knowledge and learning strategies to help children in the future. In addition, I learned American Sign Language because I wanted to teach and help the deaf and hard of hearing community as well.

How does your education help you in the work that you do today?

As a professional teacher, education and strategies have helped me grow as an educator. The knowledge of how to teach a student and take into consideration their emotional, cognitive, and physical changes are important to me. I want to be a role model for my students and help them be successful in the future.

Would you also consider returning to school to learn something new? If so, what would that be?

I want to go back to school to learn about speech therapy because my goal is to become a speech therapist. As a child, I struggled in reading and speaking to others because of my speech impairment and I would like to give hope to other students that have this same issue.

What resources could a site like Colégas provide that would help you achieve your goals?

The resources that Colégas can provide for me is to help me become a successful educator and make my education dreams come true. Colégas will guide me to the right direction in becoming the best professional individual that I can be in life. I believe that you can reach any goal, when you put your mind to it.

Do you have any advice or professional strategies you could share with our readers?

The best advice that I can provide professional people is never to give up on their dreams. Successful individuals are the people that strive to become the best in what he or she is passionate about in life. Being a teacher is not a job, it's a reward that becomes your ever-lasting treasure.

To learn more about Evelyn Gutierrez:

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LaQuisha Beckum - Edupreneur & Author
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Meet LaQuisha Beckum - Educator, Entrepreneur (or as she prefers, Edupreneur) and Author. LaQuisha and Marie crossed paths on Linked In and have been supporting each other in their entrepreneurial goals by sharing resources and insights.

What kind of work do you do? Do you also have a side-Gig? If not, do you have any hobbies or other activities you wouldn’t mind developing into a paid Gig?

I work as an adjunct at a local community college, and I have been doing this work for over 12 years. Being an adjunct opened my eyes to the amount of gray that comes along with working in higher education. It's been difficult working within the gray areas, so I decided to create something of my own. I co-founded a non-profit (Generation Reformation) to serve the community in which I grew up, to provide an after school program to local kids that focuses on increasing literacy, and we also hold holiday giveaways in the community as well. More recently, I created an online school, A World of Tomorrow, that's centered on cultural competency, inclusion, equity, and engagement. Although I'm largely promoting to teachers, everyone should attend the online course. It's designed to be a 4-week course where we can create community, and learn from one another. In five steps, course takers who are truly looking for self-transformation, will learn a lot about themselves, and learn to recognize that others have similar patterns of thought, interactions, and behaviors.

I set out to work as a researcher. I enjoy technical writing, because it's clear and straight to the point. I'm a contributing author for a social psychology textbook, "Real-world Occurrences in Social Psychology". So, I never thought I would be a creative writer, but in the last 4 months I have self-published two books on Amazon through kindle direct publishing (KDP). The first book is a short anthology of dreams I've had over the years, and my interpretation of what they meant and what was happening in my life. It's a coffee table book, but very much written as a reflective process. I also provide tips for the reader if they'd like to give interpreting a try. The second book is a children's book I wrote in 2007. I always wanted to self-publish, but it wasn't as easy back then as it is now. It's about a little girl whose difference are very apparent to her peers, and so she has to figure out how she's going to cope with being different. It's also loosely based off some of the difficulties my daughter was having in second grade, because she was different. I am having a lot fun creating works of art, and plan to publish 1-2 more books by the end of the year.

Hobbies...I enjoy making tutus! It's more of a hobby than something I make money from, although we do have a facebook page (@2tubydesign) in case anyone would like a tutu. They're made to order, by hand, so it's the client's one of a kind tutu.

What did you study in college? What did you enjoy the most about your chosen course of study?

I studied psychology and sociology as an undergrad, after changing my major 5 times. I went on to study experimental psychology in grad school, then went on to a post master's program for a specialization in education (Ed.S.). Unlike other degrees, I find psychology and education (because I instruct in higher ed) to be direct in that I can use information from both fields of study in the classroom and outside the classroom. As an undergrad, I was raising my first son, so developmental psychology was extremely helpful as a young mother. I also appreciate that I have a broad range of choices having a background in psychology. I could've gone into marketing, business (I/O psychology), counseling, research (which I did coming out of college), etc.

How does your education help you in the work that you do today?

Today in the creation of an online business, my education has taught me the importance of professional development, student-centered approaches to classroom learning, and the necessity of life-long growth. I've learned a lot about teaching and learning, but I also think the education I received through working at the college level has been monumental. I was allowed to (often called on to) collaborate with other faculty and staff, create programs and see them come to fruition, take on leadership roles outside of the classroom with students, faculty and staff, and so many other rich experiences. These have all provided me the know-how to create programs for a non-profit I co-founded. Not only do I want to help educators with professional development, but helping the youth increase their literacy is monumental to the work I am doing.

When it comes to being an author, I think learning how to write concise and clear during my time as a student has helped me tremendously. Although the writing required of writing research-based articles is vastly different than the creative writing process, knowing I could write made it easy for me to switch hats to write more creatively.

Would you also consider returning to school to learn something new? If so, what would that be?

Well, it's not necessarily new, but I'd like to major in chemistry. I was a chem major before changing to psychology, and I find it fascinating! As a psychologist with a background in chemistry, it's fun discussing how chemicals can effect our brain and behavior. I don't get the chance to go in-depth, but it's always a fun time for me and students. Outside of the fact that I like chemistry, I suppose I'm looking to validate myself. I felt overwhelmed when I was younger and in this major. It wasn't the major that overwhelmed me, but life. Having to work full-time, take care of a child's needs full-time, I didn't know how to balance the amount of work I needed to put in to the major while handling life. I feel I'm more equipped with time, and the means to make this happen today.

What resources could a site like Colégas provide that would help you achieve your goals?

I'd like to learn how to better gain traction among the educational-sphere. I have ideas, and I use facebook, linkedin, and twitter to reach people, but perhaps going to the local school districts or the principals of different schools? I just need some help getting others to know and trust me as a new business owner.

Do you have any advice or professional strategies you could share with our readers?

Creating a business, having ideas that you want to share with others, and becoming comfortable being the face of a brand is hard work. It's certainly worth it, however, to do the work you love to do. Don't ever worry about it being too late, because it's never truly is. It just matters that it's something that's on your heart that you feel you can provide to others, especially if it's something you wished you would've had early in your career. Make it happen!

To learn more about LaQuisha Beckum:

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Dr. Nona Djavid - Founder of SoulScale, Author and Women's Rights Advocate
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Meet Dr. Nona Djavid, a successful entrepreneur who founded her own practice, SoulScale, that also manages to do quite a bit of good in the world. Not only is she an inspiration to so many people, but she also exemplifies the Collegiate Gigster.

What kind of work do you do? Do you also have a side-Gig? If not, do you have any hobbies or other activities you wouldn’t mind developing into a paid Gig?

I am the founder of SoulScale - a weight loss company with a purpose. We help people lose 2-5 lbs each week with our physician monitored program. We also donate $1 for every pound lost on our program to an orphanage to help kids. in 2018 alone, we donated over $4000 to orphanages around the world.

I am also a mother, an author, and an advocate for women's rights. I am passionate about natural birth when possible and love speaking on informed consent around birth.

What did you study in college? What did you enjoy the most about your chosen course of study?

I studied Molecular & Cellular Biology with an emphasis in Neurology at UC Berkeley with a minor in Philosophy. I have my doctorate of chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic College. I loved learning healthier alternatives to western medicine and am forever grateful to be able to have it in my back pocket for family, friends, and or anyone I can help.

How does your education help you in the work that you do today?

I had a private chiropractic practice for over a decade that focused on prenatal and pediatric care. This was instrumental in the foundation and passion I have for natural birth process and advocating for it. As a part of my chiropractic education, I have an immense passion and knowledge in nutrition and weight loss with has helped in creating my weight loss company- SoulScale.

Would you also consider returning to school to learn something new? If so, what would that be?

I have always said, I would continue to go to school if I could get paid for it! I love learning about philosophy, the human body, and/or anything related to health.

What resources could a site like Colégas provide that would help you achieve your goals?

Speaking engagements around birth and informed consent.

Do you have any advice or professional strategies you could share with our readers?

Not so much advice, but perhaps a quote I live by: "I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink into a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply all my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will train my potential until it cries out for mercy" - Og Mandino

To learn more about Dr. Nona Djavid and her practice, you can follow her on facebook.

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Silvia Ivelisse Perez - Succesful Life & Leadership Coach
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We are very pleased to introduce you to Silvia Ivelisse Perez, Life & Leadership coach, speaker, writer, producer, director, and actress based in Miami, Florida. With so many accomplishments, she is definitely a Collegiate Gigster.

What kind of work do you do? Do you also have a side-Gig? If not, do you have any hobbies or other activities you wouldn’t mind developing into a paid Gig?

I am Professional Life and Leadership Coach, member of the International Coach Federation. I am also a motivational speaker, creative writer, producer/director and actress with more than 10 years of experience in the film industry.

What did you study in college? What did you enjoy the most about your chosen course of study?

I studied business administration in college, however I made a career change, obtaining a certification from the University of Miami to follow my passion for empowering others as a certified life and leadership coach.

What I enjoy most about my course of study, is all the new learning I have acquire about the human behavior, emotional intelligence and effective way to promote forward movement in many key areas of life.

How does your education help you in the work that you do today?

The Professional Coach Certification Program has equipped me with the tools and knowledge I need to succeed as a Professional Coach. It has given me the correct strategies to help my clients address specific personal projects, achieve business successes, and general conditions and transitions in their personal life, relationships or profession by examining what is going on right now, discovering what their obstacles or challenges might be, and choosing a course of action to make.

Would you also consider returning to school to learn something new? If so, what would that be?

Even though my time is limited due to my commitment to keeping a healthy work/life balance, I am looking into going back to school to obtain my emotional intelligence certification in mid 2019.

What resources could a site like Colégas provide that would help you achieve your goals?

My main goal in life at this moment is to use my years of experience, my life experience and my coaching certification to help clients from all walks of life be all that they can be through the power of coaching. I believe the Colégas can be a bridge to do just that!

Do you have any advice or professional strategies you could share with our readers?

To be successful in any area, especially in business you’ll need to constantly focus on self-improvement. Awaken your love of learning strength; take every opportunity you have to learn from those who have reached the life goals you are aiming for, and invest time in acquiring the knowledge that you make you stand out from the rest. Develop an effective marketing strategy to carve out your own niche in a competitive marketplace. To do so, you'll need to determine what makes your business different from the rest of the competition and make your “wow factor” the focus of your marketing efforts.

For more information about Silvia Ivelisse Perez, her life coaching, and her many other projects, here is her contact info:

Silvia Ivelisse Perez
info@silcoach.com
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Cristina Garcia-Versteegh - Multilingual Education Advocate and Director of LangoKids Irvine Language Academy
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We are very pleased to introduce fellow Collegiate Gigster Cristina Garcia-Versteegh, owner and director of LangoKids Irvine Language Academy. She is a strong proponent of teaching children more than one language, believes in continuing one's education throughout life, and is also an amazing positive influence for children and Gigsters everywhere. We could not be more pleased to share her story.

What kind of work do you do? Do you also have a side-Gig? If not, do you have any hobbies or other activities you wouldn’t mind developing into a paid Gig?

I own and direct a language school in Irvine, CA. We specialize in teaching Spanish and French through the Immersion approach. We teach kids ages 2 to 10 years old and we offer from the most basic to the most advanced level of fluency in Spanish and French. Our classes are highly dynamic and non-traditional. My side hobby is to read literary works, and also to write Emergent Reader books and picture books for kids. These books are educational and highly cultural. I intend to one day create an interactive platform for people to download the material, and for me to go around places (schools, libraries, educational organizations) giving conferences about Spanish language and the cultural things embedded in the books, and reading the books and teaching how to read in Spanish in a fun and easy way.

What did you study in college? What did you enjoy the most about your chosen course of study?

I completed most of my education in Colombia. In College I studied Modern Languages Teaching (Spanish, French and English). I enjoyed learning the languages more in depth, all the required reading, and doing my internships. I knew from that point that I was shaped and called to be a teacher. As I worked as an English professor at a university, I pursued another degree called a Specialization in Bilingual Education. Then, I was introduced to the concept of teaching languages through play for kids and adults. I created and applied different games with a linguistic focus and they were well received and I could see great results. Lastly, I wanted to pursue some degree that fed my intellect and my passion for World Literature. I was awarded a scholarship to earn a Master of Arts in English and World Literature in PA, USA. I just loved to have the tools I needed to dive deeper into literary works. I was able to study, compare and analyze authors and works that were close to my heritage under a different, more specialized lens and learn more about myself and where I came from.

How does your education help you in the work that you do today?

Immensely. All I do now revolves around all my studies in second language acquisition and language learning. The concepts I apply now and teach my teachers and clients I learned back then through classes, research, and readings. I also had amazing professors that taught me the power of being a good influence for my students. Of course, I had bad professors but from that I also learned to never settle for less when I can give my all in a class and in the development of curriculum and material for my classes.

Would you also consider returning to school to learn something new? If so, what would that be?

I am interested in pursuing a PhD program in Educational Neuroscience or a Ed.D program in the near future.

What resources could a site like Colégas provide that would help you achieve your goals?


The Colegas group is lead by Marie who has vast knowledge of education, schools, grants, and more. I know I can reach out to her when I look for a guide, and she can connect me with schools and other gigsters in the field. I see this platform as a great way to network with people in different professions and expertise. We can work together with the Colegas group to link people with schools and for the ones that come out of out school to have a space to share their experiences and work and have a place to start spreading their knowledge.

Do you have any advice or professional strategies you could share with our readers?

Readiness an timing are important. I consider that right now being a business owner, educator, and mom of young kids is my main focus so my educational goals are on standby and that's OK. I don't regret it or dwell on it, I just wait patiently as I am not ready to jump on the roller coaster of a rigorous study and put it all in jeopardy. It's prudent to do things when the right time present itself.

To learn more about Cristina Garcia-Versteegh and her language school, please visit their website: LangoKids Irvine Language Academy.

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Albert Koetsier - Engineer, Photographer, Artist, Entrepreneur, and Lecturer
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Meet Albert Koetsier, a fellow Advisory board member of our company, and also a highly successful engineer, photographer, artist,  entrepreneur, and now also a lecturer at UC Riverside and several other local campuses. Albert is best known for his X-Rayography artwork, which is now sold world-wide - he is the third highest listed artist on Art.com.

What kind of work do you do? Do you also have a side-Gig? If not, do you have any hobbies or other activities you wouldn’t mind developing into a paid Gig?

I am a retired engineer who started a new career after retirement as an artist, this was somewhat of a success, but I am retired from the art world now as well. I now teach emeritus classes at UC Riverside, Santiago College, and California State University San Marcos. This is a passion for me, I really enjoy teaching.

What did you study in college? What did you enjoy the most about your chosen course of study?

I studied Electronic Engineering. What I enjoyed most about it was a better understanding of Physics and the physical world around us. I was also a lifelong student of the Arts, particularly music as well as two-dimensional and three-dimensional art. It matched my interest in photography, which is a life-long passion of mine as well. All these things taught me to look, learn, analyze and appreciate the physical universe.

How does your education help you in the work that you do today?

My study at the technical university helps me explain "Ohms Law" to my grand kids (just kidding - it's a running joke in my family). Even while I was working as an engineer, my lifelong interest in art helped me better appreciate and understand the world around me. Engineering is a very practical field, but it also has philosophical applications - just ask any engineer and they will tell you a similar story.

Would you also consider returning to school to learn something new? If so, what would that be?

Yes, absolutely. I would study the psychology of art, if there is such a field, and I also would study quantum physics. You would be surprised, but these fields are not that different on a certain level. It would be fascinating to study these two fields together.

What resources could a site like Colégas provide that would help you achieve your goals?

I don't know yet. I love to teach, so public speaking would be a natural extension of that for me. I suppose everything I've done since I first retired from engineering has been a Gig of sorts. Isn't being an entrepreneur a lot like being a Gigster?

I also appreciate the opportunity to share my thoughts here. One thing that Colégas seems to be doing is giving people a chance not just to empower themselves, but also to share their own experiences in life and in work. This is a very important task, so please keep doing this in whatever way you can.

Do you have any advice or professional strategies you could share with our readers?

Discover what your best qualities are and work to develop these. This will bring you more happiness in all that you do.

To learn more about Albert Koetsier, you can visit his art website at BeyondLight.com.

 

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Arnie Bernstein - Writer, Editor, Teacher, & Public Speaker
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Meet Arnie Bernstein, an accomplished writer, editor, teacher, and public speaker. He shares with us valuable tips and strategies about the writing process. This is useful not just for writers, but also for anyone who needs to put ideas in writing for a larger audience, from leaders to bloggers to teachers, these are important skills to develop.

What kind of work do you do? Do you also have a side-gig? If not, do you have any hobbies or other activities you wouldn’t mind developing into a paid gig?

I'm a freelance writer, internationally published nonfiction author with major presses in the United States and Poland, college writing teacher, and writing coach. A jack-of-all-scribbling trades.

What did you study in college? What did you enjoy the most about your chosen course of study?

MA in Creative Writing at Columbia College - Chicago
BA in Film Studies at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

As far as the film studies, opening up my mind to exploring different ways of seeing the world. Creative writing: using my skills to expand on the exploration. I think I've done okay on both ends.

How does your education help you in the work that you do today?

As a writer, the skills I learned in the Columbia College Fiction Writing program are invaluable. The creative process emphasized getting the words on the page, letting go of inhibitions, creating that unholy mess of a first draft that pays no attention to annoying things like spelling, grammar, and the rules of gravity. Once the draft is done, diving into it and cutting words, sentences, paragraphs, pages, and more and then going back to writing. Writing is hard work. But the basics of storytelling, be it a novel, biography, or inter-office memo are all the same: using prose to grab a reader's attention and pay attention to what's on the page.

I use these skills in my teaching as well. Student writers often feel constrained by the formulas they were taught in high school. My job is to break that mold so the natural voice will emerge on the page. When students have the confidence to express thoughts in their unique voices, the skills which will translate to other classes and into a career path.

Would you also consider returning to school to learn something new? If so, what would that be?

I'd get a PhD in history, the most fascinating thing there is to study.

What resources could a site like Colégas provide that would help you achieve your goals?

Job links and networking connections.

Do you have any advice or professional strategies you could share with our readers?

Good writing is rewriting.

The first thing that goes on the page is your name. Make sure your work lives up to the standards of what your good name means to the world. Networking is your friend. Don't be shy about it either.

To learn more about Arnie Bernstein, you can visit his website here.

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Máximo Anguiano - Actor/Producer, Entrepreneur, and Advocate
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Meet Máximo Anguiano. To quote from his Linked In Profile: He is "an actor, activist, athlete, creative, entrepreneur, public intellectual, personality, organizer, and thought-leader out of San Antonio, Texas. He has emerged as one of the most talented and dynamic individuals of his generation... He is the former Executive Director of the ¡Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund, brainchild behind Independent Creative Services, and the current Vice President of Community Outreach at BeVisible Latinx. [Currently] a Master’s of Science candidate at Grand Valley State University, Maximo [also] studied at Macquarie University in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia where he completed an ethnographic case study on the colonialism of the Indigenous Australian population—the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders."

To be specific, Máximo is the quintessential Collegiate Gigster, and we are pleased to feature him on our site.

What kind of work do you do? Do you also have a side-gig? If not, do you have any hobbies or other activities you wouldn’t mind developing into a paid gig?

I'm an all-around achiever, with an aggressive outlook on work. I enjoy and spend most of my time organizing, strategizing, being a father, exercising, formulating ideas, helping people, and bridging the gaps between humanity. I'm currently working on my latest project, #WeLiveHeritage, which is a 7-format pilot series to creatively highlight all of the critical & conscious conversations that the masses of Latinx/@/a/o people are not hearing.

What did you study in college? What did you enjoy the most about your chosen course of study?

I studied English in college; I enjoyed being exposed to words, expressions, books--learning more broadly on how to master a language.

How does your education help you in the work that you do today?

Well, I do quite a bit of public speaking today. I can't imagine I'd be as skilled at it, without having the formal & informal training I received in school. I'd also say that the majority of work that I do revolves around just speaking to others; we have to use our words to bring people together. Human connection is being lost because of our inability to speak to others. I spend a good deal of time today learning how to finesse conversations and shape desired outcomes in the workplace.

Would you also consider returning to school to learn something new? If so, what would that be?

Yes. Probably Law School or a PhD in Sociology.

What resources could a site like Colégas provide that would help you achieve your goals?

Connection - please follow me on Twitter @blurbsmithblots! :-) as well as on LinkedIn

Do you have any advice or professional strategies you could share with our readers?

Go get life. Whatever you want in life, it's there waiting for you. Don't wait. Don't be afraid. Don't make excuses. Find. A. Way. Life will always be what you make it. Fight for yours or allow life to pass you by.

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Everyone Can Sell Photos as a Side-Gig
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One of our Gigsters let us know that she earns extra income (not just in the summers) by selling her photos. We were intrigued and so we inquired how easy this is. It turns out it is actually not too hard. The key is in volume. Unless the photo is Pulitzer-prize-worthy, a single picture isn't going to earn a large income, but a decent number of photos arranged by themes and properly tagged can actually earn income. The beauty of this is that these photos can continue to earn income over time. Here is what we found out about this. For quick reference, we arranged this article into a FAQ:

Q. What kinds of photos are people looking for?
A. There are two types of photos that are most often purchased: large scenes and situational. The large scenery pictures are the type that include vacation-type views, monuments, famous landmarks, and pretty much anything that you would typically see on a postcard. Situational photos involve people, usually in a work setting.

Q. That description seems broad, can you clarify what kinds of pictures people are willing to pay for?
A. Photos should tell a story, so for example a scenery picture should invite further reflection and draw people in. Situational photos should invoke a sentiment, an idea, a concept. These are needed by businesses when they want to include the photo in an ad campaign or publication. For example, something that invokes loyalty, hard work, interest, agreement, a eureka moment, etc. Bottom line, a photo should tell a story.

Q. What about the people in the pictures?
A. This is the most often asked question and a discussion on this is beyond the scope of this article. To keep it simple, if the people are recognizable, they need to give consent, and usually on paper. Many stock photos use models, but they often look unnatural, posed, and too clean, so if you can find people willing to give consent without posing, that gives you an advantage.

Q. I never considered selling my photos, how do I start?
A. Start taking photos wherever you go, especially of buildings, large landscapes, sunsets, and monuments.

Q. How do I store my photos? I don't have any software.
A. Make it a habit to always off-load your photos into folders on your computer when you return home. When you do, your mind will be fresh and you can remember details that you can add to the photos - just use detailed file names if you don't have a program that can edit the metadata. After you do this for a while, you will want to find a reasonably priced software program to edit the metadata. Look for something fairly standard from a large company like Adobe PhotoShop Elements.

Q. You said that it's about quantity, what did you mean?
A. Take lots of photos of every scene, use repetitive-shooting capabilities, fill up your camera/phone memory - not doing so is simply a waste of memory. This will also get you in the habit of off-loading them to your computer each time. Separate out the best ones. Remember, not all the photos will be excellent, but with multiple angles and perspectives on each subject, you should find some that are good enough.

Q. OK, but that will take time. I won't be going anywhere this summer and I need to start because I have limited funds.
A. You'd be surprised what you can find around your own neighborhood. The Gigster we spoke to started taking pictures of graffiti and life in her own neighborhood. They turned out to be some of her most popular photos when she started. Also, download and pick out photos from what you already have on your phone, you probably have at least dozens of good photos already.

Q. OK, but where do I list my photos for sale?
A. Not so fast - this is a phased process. First upload your good photos to a site where people can see them. While the interface is a little simplistic, Flickr is a good option - it is well established, costs nothing to get started, and has the largest online storage capacity we found (of course there are other options as well). On photo sites like Flickr, people can rate your photos and post comments. You may even give some of your photos away for free to get more traction. After a couple of weeks, you will know which photos are the most liked, and those are the ones you put up for sale.

Q. How much can I make?
A. Don't believe the hype, photos do not sell for hundreds of dollars. As a matter of fact, many photographers will negotiate down, especially when selling more than one photo. For a standard low-resolution but decent photo taken with a cell phone, expect to sell it for $1-5. If you give exclusive rights (meaning you won't ever use it again yourself), then $15-25 is typical. This is why it's about volume.

Q. OK, I have a large collection of sorted, tagged, and liked photos on Flickr, but I'd like to sell them in sets to make more money - how do I do that?
A. If you've been doing this for a while and you have enough good photos to sort them into themes, it may be time to sell them in sets. This is best done through a stock photo library. If you are ready for this, like the Gigster who gave us these tips, then you should sign yourself up with bigger sites like Shutterstock, Adobe Stock Photos, iStockPhoto or other large sites that specialize in this. Just remember to also keep selling single photos. Stock photo libraries should be used in conjunction with single sales as that will provide more exposure.

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There are many options for selling photos. The above recommendations aren't hard and fast rules. It worked for our Gigster, as a side-income, and it could work for you. As with any Gig, it will take some time to become good at it. However, over time, the income can grow. Remember, people are always looking for that one particular photo that happens to meet their need. Maybe that photo could be yours.

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Presenting at UCLA, by Dr. Marie Nubia-Feliciano
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This is a follow up to the Call to Action is sent along last week. I posted a request for speakers from a contact at UCLA. Hopefully you were either able to take advantage of the opportunity or pass it along to someone who could. To model what I ask of you, I also followed up on the Gig.

I was fortunate enough to be signed on to do a presentation on the history of Panama and Colombia. Although Latin American history is slightly outside my area of expertise, I do have foundational knowledge to build on and I was able to create a solid presentation. Granted there was a bit of prep, but nothing I am not used to doing as a faculty member. The final presentation was a success and the honorarium was of $700. Not bad for a two-hour presentation.

I share this story as proof of concept: Gigs such as these can and do pay. A college education provides the foundational knowledge in addition to the experience and confidence to speak and present when an opportunity such as this presents itself.

Being Collegiate Gigsters prepares us to go after these types of opportunities. We have the transferable skills to know how to create a great presentation on a topic that we are familiar with. We have invested in ourselves through our education and our commitment to lifelong learning. We are professionals with a wealth of knowledge to approach almost any speaking opportunity with confidence.

We know it is often difficult to find these opportunities and that email lists aren't the best way to communicate or share these opportunities widely. This is why we are working so hard on Colégas and also our first project, Public Academic, to provide that crucial information so that all of you can plan ahead and pursue the Gigs that are available out there.

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