California Timelapse Tour

September 15, 2014 — Leave a comment


Take four minutes for director Hal Bergman to give you a timelapse tour of all of the most visually stunning places California has to offer, filmed over four years, from coastline to mountains to deserts, from cities to agriculture to national parks.  I’m a 5th generation Californian, so I might be a little biased.

California from Hal Bergman on Vimeo.



One of my marketing agency clients is looking for a sales and marketing representative. This position is working with an young and dynamic ministry based in Colorado. If you are interested in pop culture, faith, church, education, apologetics, social media, and technology…this might be a good fit for you!

Here is the gist of the job description:

Key Responsibilities:
 Sell school programs to Christian schools and churches nationwide.
 Manage customer relations.
 Network with existing partners to progress the mission.
 Act as an advocate for Christian youth in giving them tools to help defend their faith; work
to end the epidemic of young people walking away from their faith.
 Leverage champions in a market; ask for referrals on every event.
 Create and build momentum in an area by hosting preview events.
 Generate leads through initiative, persistence, and hard work.
 Aggressively close comprehensive programming solutions to schools based on their needs
and budgetary constraints.
 Schedule Keynote, Preview, and Breakout opportunities located in the regions.
 Work with CRM software to manage a database of lead and customer relationships.
 Handle incoming leads and inquiries into our programs; create cold leads and opportunities
through creative methods.
 Support other projects as directed by management.

Key Competencies:
 Demonstrates an ongoing walk with Jesus.
 Successful sales experience.
 Proficient in Microsoft Office products, preferred knowledge of SalesForce, Bombbomb.
 Excellent ability to communicate with supreme organizational skills.
 Knowledge of the faith-based educational system preferred.
 Highly motivated self-starter who takes initiative with minimal supervision.
 Displays the qualities of kindness and compassion when dealing with all constituents.
 Adheres to company’s 5 Core Values (loyalty, accountability, initiative, greatness,

Click here for the full job description via Dropbox. 

Email me for more information jim at jimgrayonline dot com.

Shaping Ideas

August 18, 2014 — Leave a comment

I remember a time about 4 years ago when I felt like I had ideas pouring out of my mind. I walked around with a notepad capturing my thoughts. And then I would tell people all of my ideas and watch as they squirmed and replied with:

-“You sound really busy.”

-“How’s the job-hunt going?”

-“I’m not really a technology person.” (Neither am I.)

-“When do you sleep?”

And then friend suggested that I figure out a way to “back-burner” ideas and prioritized the most important ones from the other. THIS bit of wisdom has been a constant guide for the past 3 years.

You see, I had a family to feed and bills to pay. When I wasn’t looking for a job I was connecting, blogging…really whatever I could do to get leads for my freelance work. I have to tell you , that when you hustle like I did for 4-5 years, it did several things to me:

-I was worn out.

-I was addicted to my iPhone, Macbook, tablet, and all the social networks that I checked all the time to see who was interacting.

-I was distracted from my faith, family, work and life in general.

BUT here are some things that I learned from hustling like I did for 4-5 years:

-I could help other people in ways I would of never thought of.

-If an idea was good enough, I could put it on the back-burner and it would still be interesting in 3-6 months.

-It’s more fun and solid to build things with the right people than just to find the right ideas.

-I learned to start associating ideas with money.

-I made my family and my faith my biggest priorities.

-I didn’t have to worry about whether the ideas would come. I just had to know what to do with them when they arrived.

This post was inspired by Grant Snider and his good ol’ “Incidental Comics” blog! 




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August 1, 2014 — Leave a comment

This is a stick-up!  #mextures #vscocam #selfie

Realization: Getting paid to daily managing over 500,00 Facebook users…is a crazy number, for me personally. That doesn’t include campaigns I’ve worked on in the past year for other clients. I’m sure there are people out there doing more. But if you consider the fact that in November of 2008 I was laid off from my job as a branch manager for a wholesale plumbing supply company. It’s awesome to look at our histories to see what God has done.