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Sharing Is Caring

Brandi Veil shares a lot more than just her houses with strangers on Airbnb.

She shares her heart.

In addition to being an Airbnb host, Veil is also a mother, educator, wellness coach and “sharing advocate.” As a sharing advocate, Veil believes sharing is about an exchange of human interaction that will help the economy grow. She started her own project, “Sharing Heals” based on this idea.

“Sharing Heals is a project focused on transformation through sharing,” Veil said. “The project aims to connect people on a deeper level of human experience through their stories while giving resources for earning a heart-based income.”

Veil’s idea of “sharing” began after a series of life changing events. In 2005 Veil had a major car accident that affected her physical movement temporarily. At 16-years-old, Veil lost her home during Hurricane Andrew and became an emancipated minor so her parents could rebuild their home. Now she is using Sharing Heals as a platform to connect with other people.

“If we can use the tools, technology, ‘sharing economy’ and self-awareness, we can shift to a more conscious consumer marketplace,” Veil said. “It is a way to help people connect to one another and the planet once again.”

Through various social media platforms, Veil promotes the Sharing Heals project and encourages peoples to “create wealth” by exchanging ideas and experiences with one another. She hosts live Google Hangouts and posts videos on her YouTube channel.

Veil’s project is just one of many ways Veil shares with the community. She is the founder of “Learn.Help.Teach.” or LHT, an organization that helps professionals practice sharing or pitching their ideas to audiences. The purpose is to build confidence in their speaking and presentation abilities.

Veil not only shares spiritually and emotionally, but she also shares her home on Airbnb. She hosts gatherings for Sharing Heals and LHT from one of the properties listed on the renting website. This has been Veil’s main source of income and she believes this new way of connecting with other people also helps the sharing economy.

“After the crash in 2010, my event company was broken up and I decided to go on a social mission,” Veil said. “Sharing Heals is only the first part of it and Airbnb launched that for me.”

Veil has had over 150 reservations since 2012. With every person who stays in her home, Veil aspires to create a unique sharing experience. She adds personal touches such as cutting flowers, writing personal letters and being a personal concierge for dinner and events in town.  She also offers healing and meditation sessions for her guests.

“My legacy is that everyday I have a chance I use wisdom and deep connection to my inner guidance to carry out the task at hand for a new world economy, one of a better good, more connected world,” Veil said.

Through Veil’s projects and her campaign to connect with others, she strives to “heal” the economy by sharing. Veil suggests that people should do the following: Use new technology to even out the playing commercial field; think local to global; love your neighbor; share your hurt, your car, your knowledge, etc.; and raise children with a deep understanding of gratitude.

The slogan for Sharing Heals is: “We are economic transformation.” With her projects, Veil hopes to achieve a “caring economy.”

“Sharing economy is only the beginning of a caring economy, one that is self-reliant and expanding into the global markets that serve the greater good,” Veil said.

 

Brandi Veil Infographic

Snapchat Story

I had never used Snapchat before so I thought this would be a good opportunity to learn how the app works. Shortly after signing up for an account, I recorded all my video on my phone and saved it in my photo gallery. My profile is on a water polo player and I interviewed him in different locations. Although I couldn’t get any action shots of him in the pool because this was done after his practice, I shot b-roll of the aquatic center instead.

I didn’t know that all of the video has to be recorded on Snapchat for the footage to be imported into my “Snapchat story.” Additionally, I had no idea what a “Snapchat story” entailed or what stories are comprised of. Although part of the appeal with Snapchat is impermanence, I didn’t realize that each clip had to have a time limit of 10 seconds so that each sound bite should be very concise. When I tried uploading my footage using a third party app, I couldn’t quite edit the exact 10 seconds in a sound bite without cutting the interview in mid-sentence. Moreover, I would have made establishing shots much shorter and my pans much faster.

When I had recorded my footage, I didn’t know that all shots should be planned in order and that I couldn’t go back and edit if I wanted to. This inadvertently led to basic captions and text. I was more concerned with shooting than individually editing my clips as I go which is a huge drawback for me. Another issue I had with using a third party app is importing a lot of video. If I wanted to import more than five clips, then I would have had to pay for an upgrade.

Snapchat is useful for disseminating stories quickly. It could be useful to break a story or post short clips of a live event. This isn’t useful for posting many details or add in-depth text due to the fact you can’t edit any thing after you post. In my opinion, this app wouldn’t be useful for mundane things either because followers only want to see Snapchat stories that are newsworthy in general. Snapchat is entirely different than telling a story through broadcast or print media. I made many mistakes by shooting the story out of order with longer sound bites. I also shot all of the shots horizontally on my phone and this does not work as nicely with Snapchat. If I had seen other Snapchat stories prior to this assignment, then I would have understood the concept better and planned more accordingly.

Hunting Cecil the Lion

INTRO

The death of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe has created an international debate about a ban on hunting. Ivana Nguyen was at USC’s campus to interview people on their thoughts about hunting.

OUTRO

We heard from David Elliott, Jamie Chen, Chris Heras de Leon and Nathan Bekesh. Currently American hunter Dr. Walter Palmer, who is responsible for killing Cecil the Lion, is facing extradition to Zimbabwe on charges of illegal hunting.

Modern-Day Fairy Tale

 

Bianca Stephanie Richter loves everything Disney. The 24-year-old’s Facebook’s page shows her devotion to Disneyland. Maleficent’s dragon from “Sleeping Beauty” parades in front of the Disneyland castle in her cover photo. She frequently posts pictures of trips and to Disney theme parks in Orlando, Fla. and Tokyo as well.

But not everything in Richter’s life had been as magical.

The Pasadena native says she was a daddy’s girl early on, but then her parents divorced when she was 8-years-old. From that time on, she hardly saw her dad and was raised by her mom and lived with her two older brothers.

“My mom raised us since I was 8-years-old. I was raised by a single mom for the majority of my life. I’ve cut off communication with my dad because I felt like he wasn’t putting enough effort, but I also feel like he wasn’t in a place to do that,” Richter said.

Drug and alcohol addiction run in both sides of Richter’s family. This made her wary of the consequences at a very young age.

“My parent’s relationship was a really good example of what to avoid,” Richter said. “Drug addiction and alcohol addiction runs heavily in my family. My mom’s a therapist so I have a very interesting dynamic with that and I know what the warning signs are.”

Richter initially wanted to go far away from home to attend college out of state, but she applied to two schools in California to appease her mom. She was accepted to both the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Southern California.

She chose USC and majored in the five-year bachelor of architecture program, a specialized major where students transition to independent study for their fifth year. Soon Richter became embedded in school, working a part-time job to help pay for tuition and partaking in extracurricular activities. As an undergrad, Richter was a member of USC Silks, the tall flag and color guard in the Trojan Marching Band. Richter’s Facebook also includes pictures in red lipstick and with her hair in big curls spinning a flag at USC football games.

During her sophomore year, however, Richter had second thoughts about what she wanted to do in life. She switched majors and decided to pursue the 4-year bachelor of science in architectural studies program and graduated in 2012.

“By that point I wasn’t good at architecture. I didn’t like it that much, and it’s the kind of thing that you have to be willing to love in order to deal with the sacrifices and everything associated with it,” Richter said.

One day Richter came up with the idea of becoming a journalist while watching Laura McKenzie’s “Traveler,” a travel show. She wanted to explore the world and report from an architectural point of view. She applied to USC for a master’s in specialized journalism and was accepted into the 2015-2016 program.

Although Richter’s life did not turn out to be as simple as a fairy tale, she believes she has found her happy ending at USC. She still loves to appreciate architecture and hopes to work as a journalist traveling the world after graduation. One of the most-famous architectural buildings she would most like to visit is the Maison de Verre, or House of Glass, in Paris.

“I have this idea that I want to spend six months in several different cities,” Richter said. “I want to go to San Francisco. I want to go to the South. I want to live in New York. I want to live in London.”

 

Disneyland Fanatic- Bianca Stephanie Richter

 

 

 

A Modern-Day Fairytale: Bianca Stephanie Richter

It is without a doubt that Bianca Stephanie Richter loves everything Disney. The 24-year-old’s Facebook serves as a testament to how much she loves going to Disneyland. Her cover photo is of Maleficent’s dragon from “Sleeping Beauty” parading in front of the famous Disneyland castle. Additionally, she frequently posts pictures of her trips and has visited three of Disney’s theme parks in different parts of the world such as Orlando, Fla. and Tokyo.

But not everything in her life had been as magical.

The Pasadena native was a daddy’s girl growing up, but then her parents divorced at a young age. From that time on, she hardly saw her dad and was raised by her mom and lived with her two older brothers.

“My mom raised us since I was eight. I was raised by a single mom for the majority of my life. I’ve cut off communication with my dad because I felt like he wasn’t putting enough effort, but I also feel like he wasn’t in a place to do that,” Richter said.

Initially Richter had wanted to go far away from home and attend college out of state, but she applied to two schools in California to appease her mom. As it turns out she was accepted to both the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Southern California.

She chose to attend USC and majored in architectural studies. Soon Richter became embedded in school working a full time job to pay for tuition and partook in extra curricular activities. During her time as an undergrad, Richter was a member of USC Silks, the tall flag and color guard group in the school’s marching band. On Richter’s Facebook, she has pictures of herself with her hair in big curls and red lipstick, waiving flags at USC football games.

In her sophomore year however, Richter had second thoughts about what she wanted to do in life.

“By that point I wasn’t good at architecture. I didn’t like it that much and it’s the kind of thing that you have to be willing to love in order to deal with the sacrifices and everything associated with it,” Richter said.

In spite of this, Richter graduated with her bachelor’s degree in architectural studies in 2012. She also continued supervising student workers at USC Viterbi School of Engineering for three years according to her LinkedIn profile.

One day Richter came up with the idea of becoming a journalist from watching Laura McKenzie’s “Traveler,” a travel show. She wanted to explore the world and report from an architectural point of view. She applied to USC for a master’s degree in specialized journalism and was accepted into the program.

“It made sense because I was able to pay for more than half of my car, my student loans in the past three years and I’ve had a full time job here at the university for that whole time,” Richter said. “Now I am able to do this program and it’s given me more of my confidence back because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in my life or where I was going.”

Although Richter’s life did not begin as a fairytale, she has found her happy ending at USC. Richter said she still loves to appreciate architecture and hopes to work as a journalist traveling the world after graduation. One of the most famous architectural buildings she would most like to visit is the Maison de Verre or House of Glass, in Paris.

“I have this idea that I want to spend six months in several different cities,” Richter said. “I want to go to San Francisco. I want to go to the South. I want to live in New York. I want to live in London. So the idea of working an office job my whole life isn’t what I want.”

And in the future, Richter wants to get married and have two kids.

On and Off the Field With Bianca Richter

Fight on! Bianca Stephanie Richter is loud and proud to be a Trojan at the University of Southern California. If anyone was born to be a Trojan, it’s Richter.

It’s uncommon for many students to attend the same university for both undergrad and graduate school, but not for Richter. The 24-year-old Pasadena native is pursuing her M.S. in journalism at USC and also earned her B.S. in architectural studies from there in 2012. During her time as an undergrad, Richter was a member of USC Silks, the tall flag and color guard group in the school’s marching band. On her Facebook Richter has pictures of herself with her hair in big curls and red lipstick, waiving flags at USC football games.

Off the field, Richter dresses more conservatively than her showy USC Silk garb that she wears for game time. Wearing jeans, a t-shirt and thin black framed glasses, she dresses more accordingly for her job on campus. She has been working as the DEN Instructional Support Coordinator at USC Viterbi School of Engineering for three years according to her LinkedIn profile.

But don’t let Richter’s appearance fool you. Richter is just as vivacious out of uniform.

When Richter was not tossing and spinning flags at football games, she’s kept an active life style. As shown in her Facebook profile picture, she participated in The Color Run, a 5k race where runners are plastered in different colors of paint.

Most of all, Richter loves to visit Disneyland. She frequently posts pictures on Facebook of visiting the amusement park. As an annual pass holder, she enjoys the perks of going as many times a year as she desires.

Richter’s digital footprint mainly comprises of Facebook and LinkedIn overall. Although there are not many social media platforms to search Richter, it is abundantly clear that she is a force to be reckoned with on or off the field.