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Missed the chat with Jane and guests Tripp Hanson and Deborah Russell? Check it out here

Hanson: Robert, I know so many who have figured out how to cross-reference their creative fields. It's not unlike for me, the cross-discipline of theater, dance, piano, acting — these often feed and fuel each other. Plus, he's going to follow what he loves.

Russell: Creative jobs such as theater, art and acting are challenging areas. Most people who enter into these professions have other jobs because the thing they love to do most is not sustainable (until they get discovered!). In the meantime, it is critical that he stay on top of the graphic design industry. This is an industry that goes through rapid change on a regular basis. The longer he is out of the industry, the harder it will be for him to get up to speed. Perhaps he can combine both — theater as a passion but graphic art as a trade.

Comment from Janice: I’ve been hearing of these so-called recession-proof cities such as New York, San Francisco, D.C. and Seattle for some time now. Does it make sense to relocate to an area with a strong and sustainable job sector, or do you think that these regions are the ones most primed for contraction?

Russell: Unfortunately, there is no city that is completely recession-proof. I think the most important thing here is that you are willing to be flexible and relocate for a job. That makes you a lot more marketable. A good website to go to that will help you research this in more depth is, where you can find out more information about jobs in cities across the country as well as information about the city (transportation, etc.).

Comment from Elizabeth Craig: Hi, Tripp. Terrific segment on the Today show! Congratulations! One of the lessons in your segment was opening up to be more receptive. Can you speak more about how you did that?

Hanson: Hi, Elizabeth. Interesting question! Becoming more receptive was, for me, about letting go of many of my expectations and pushing to figure out what was next. Instead, my periscope going up was my reference to some of that. The process of becoming receptive? Well, that took life kind of "having it's way with me" and knocking some of that resistance out.

Comment from Dr. Debra Weiss: Deborah, I'd like to address the question of age discrimination in the workplace. How does one get around that when starting a new career in midlife?

Comment from MaryAnn: Over the past year, I've had numerous interviews — as they like my credentials for insurance CSR — but once they find out how old I am (I don't look 61 years of age), everything seems to go down the flusher! What can I do or say at the interview to get myself hired?

Pauley: Deborah, both Dr. Debra Weiss and MaryAnn ask questions about the reality of age discrimination in the workplace. How do you “get around” that? Is there a way to approach a job search that, in a sense, goes around it?

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