Lin and London updates

Miranda told me there are no plans on paper for him to step into the lead role in London. ‘But if the production is the success we hope it is, I’d love to jump in some day … even if it’s for a couple of months,’ he added.

One reason he’d like to do it, he said, is because he and his family ‘fell in love’ with London during the time that he spent shooting Mary Poppins Returns out at Shepperton Studios. ‘It was a wonderful chapter of our life as a family.’

He will attend some rehearsals and previews of the British show; and declared that there was no way he would miss opening night.

Most of all, though, he’s looking forward to watching the London company — particularly Westman, and Michael Jibson, who will portray King George III.

Miranda is curious to see our reaction to George, who’s depicted as being quite ruthless towards his American colony and its citizens. (The monarch sings a song in which he threatens to kill men, women and children if his will is defied.)

Miranda would not confirm it, but may also appear in a major TV drama that will film here.

Way to bury the lede, guys! What TV show?

[This story is by Baz Bamigboye. I do not link to the Daily Mail.]


anonymous asked:

What could I do to improve my social skills? Often in interviews it's the character aspect I think which really let's me down. Generally my written allocations or responses have been done well but interviews seem to select the more interesting people so I wonder if I should really be myself like what people say when myself doesn't seem to impress the interviewers :(

Hi there! Thank you for asking, this is a fun question to answer. Sorry if this reply has been a bit late; I’ve been out of internet as I’ve been overseas;; Interviews are a tricky process and I can’t say I’m a big expert on it, but I’ll just lay down the things I’m pretty sure about. Any interviewers reading this, I’d be happy to have your input! :)

Firstly, if we assume that you’re correct on your deduction that it’s the character aspect that lets you down in interviews, that’s kind of dubious in itself. Look, interviewers honestly do not care if you’re the most interesting character in the world; they’re looking to fill a job position, and they’re going to look for people who have the traits that fulfil that position. Just because you don’t have anything in your hobbies list that makes you a swashbuckling stamp collector that travels the world photographing abstract paintings, doesn’t mean that you don’t have the traits they’re looking for in a job. You need to analyse what exactly they’re looking for; is it a job that requires you to work in a team? A job that’s based around design and requires creativity? An entry level job that’s in retail? It’s kind of hard to help you answer this question without knowing exactly what type of job you’re applying for (so I would love to get a follow up ask about the type of jobs you’re applying for), but the idea is that you should have identified the personality traits they’re looking for before you go into an interview. If it helps, grab a list of personality traits and circle the ones that seem to match the job culture.

Then, you’ll need to identify something about yourself that matches those qualities the job is looking for. You’re going to have at least one hobby or work experience thing that exemplifies that. Even if not the entirety of the hobby exemplifies that and it’s just one of the situations that you’ve faced whilst doing said hobby/experience. I mean, think of how many times interviewers actually ask those questions in the lists of “most commonly asked interview questions”; most of my interviews actually asked me for a situation in which I did something, e.g. when I’ve taken someone’s advice into consideration, when I’ve helped mentor another colleague, when I’ve dealt with difficult customers, when I’ve dealt with conflict between coworkers, etc. Then again I’ve only applied for optometry jobs, so I can’t promise that’s true for all jobs, but I would assume interviews are pretty standard across most fields.

If you literally feel like there’s nothing about yourself that makes you a match for that job, then why are you even applying for it in the first place? Interviews are all about playing up the traits that make you perfect for the position, and not being vocal about those that don’t (you still have to be honest if they ask you). Don’t doubt yourself; you’re doubting yourself now by thinking that the interviewers are choosing people “more interesting” than you. You’re not perfect, but you’re limited edition, so have some faith in yourself. If you, yourself, don’t believe that the interviewers think you’re interesting enough for the job, then of course you’ll find it impossible to convince them that you’re interesting enough. If you’re doing well in your written responses, then perhaps you just need to let those qualities that you’ve written show in the interview process.

Of course, these are usually only for entry-level positions, which most of us would apply for as a student. Once you have worked a few jobs and are applying for senior level jobs, you’ll most likely have more technical and situational-specific questions.

Hope that helps! Feel free to send me the actual job description you’re applying for and I can maybe help you identify the qualities they’re looking for (though I can’t promise to be any expert).


Do you have any tips on not feeling like you need someone else to make you happy? I think it’s incredibly important for every person to have their own thing going on. You have to have your own hobbies, because whether it’s a professional relationship or a partnership of love, you’re going to be disappointed if you rely on another person. You have to be content with your own being as well.


Haha someone actually asked Cole on his thoughts about the freaky in the kitchen Bughead love scene. 😆 “I was excited.” Lol. And it’s great hearing his thoughts about Bughead’s relationship direction in Season 2!