8 diverse fairy tales worthy of Hollywood adaptations

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Hollywood is having a fairy tale moment

The December 2014 release of Into the Woods introduced a blockbuster smash, while the upcoming Cinderella is on track to dominate the box office. Disney also recently announced plans to make a live-action Dumbo, directed by Tim Burton. It’s clear — the fairy tale obsession is only heating up

Fairy tales have the pleasure of dwelling in alternate worlds where anything is possible. However, diversity still seems to be next to impossible. As Arienne Thompson of USA Today noted about Into the Woods, “Why would a film, unbound by any historical or factual requirements, portray an imaginary world in which everyone — save for a partygoer and a few dirty kids — is white?” Read more…

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Diverse Resumes Can Help Freelancers Get Jobs

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Freelancers looking for more assignments should diversify the types of jobs they work on, new research suggests.

A study from the University of California’s Haas School of Business discovered that freelancers who demonstrate work commitment through an incremental career path, by moving between similar — but not identical — types of jobs, are the most likely to be given work. Additionally, freelancers who work on only one type of job, or on too many disparate types of jobs, are less likely to win assignments.

The study’s author, UC Berkeley assistant professor Ming Leung, said previous study findings recommend that freelancers specialize in a particular type of work so prospective employers know the freelancers’ area of expertise. However, the new study found that other factors are more important. Read more…

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