What does it mean to be a “Professional”?


After a few positive comments towards me, lately, I started thinking about what it was “to be a professional”?   Here is the definitions that appear in Merriam-Webster:  “Professional.” (Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster, www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/professional.)

Definition of professional:

1a of, relating to, or characteristic of a profession

b engaged in one of the learned professions

(1) characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession

(2) exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace

2a participating for gain or livelihood in an activity or field of endeavor often engaged in by amateurs

  • a professional golfer

b having a particular profession as a permanent career

  • a professional soldier

c engaged in by persons receiving a financial return

  • professional football

3: following a line of conduct as though it were a profession

  • a professional patriot

Now, I have heard that there are various ways to explain this but, in this instance, I am only using my current experience as it applies to what I do as a musician.  To me, it takes a lot more than showing up to a gig, a rehearsal, a studio session, or even a meeting to talk about an upcoming project, with “professional gear” and a pair of drumsticks to call out to everyone what you do.  I think you have to show up with a plan, a call to action, and at least some input that can explain from a different angle other than those presented, how to clarify your point.  To most people in this field, it’s “let’s get together and jam before our gig”?  Just because you may make some money at a gig does not, in itself, make “YOU” a professional.  Although people are paying to see you or see what you can bring to the table, it’s a whole myriad of things that make up the “professional musician”.  Let’s list some of those here:

  • Do you present a “professional” attitude?
  • Do you come prepared ? (this is not a time to “learn” your song)
  • Do you have a good attitude?
  • Are you open to suggestions or constructive criticism?
  • Are your standards above what is expected?
  • Do you carry on in a businesslike manner, regardless of the pay involved?
  • Do you treat your livelihood as it should be, with high regard?
  • Dress the part, play the part, put your game face on.

With all of this being said, I also get paid for my “professional services”.  That doesn’t mean that it’s beneath me to serve, and give my time in some way, but, it does mean that I get to choose those times and how it is applied, as this is my livelihood.  I often negotiate my rates with those that request my services. Because let’s face it, it’s quite flattering to be held in such regard.  I understand that I can be of service, help someone, and still make a living.  But, I get to choose.  After all, I have to make a living at what I do, just like anyone else.  I don’t flaunt it but, I do treat it like big business.  Because it is big business to me.  Lately, I was blessed to serve alongside a remarkable musician.  He is, Grammy™ award-winning arranger and multi-platinum award-winning composer, producer and performer, Fletch Wiley. He said this, about me onlineGina not only has chops and an impeccable sense of time, but she comes prepared. And with a great attitude.  If I were you, I’d hire her!!  Fletch Wiley”

However, because you are a professional, don’t let your ego guide your mouth.  I always try to stay humble in my dealings as well as business minded.  All of these things combined, make me a “Professional”. I don’t apologize for it. I will, however, treat you with respect, dignity, and a “professional” on equal par. To me, comments like this are the pinnacle of knowing who you are.

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Welcome to the Gutenberg Editor

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The goal of this new editor is to make adding rich content to WordPress simple and enjoyable. This whole post is composed of pieces of content—somewhat similar to LEGO bricks—that you can move around and interact with. Move your cursor around and you’ll notice the different blocks light up with outlines and arrows. Press the arrows to reposition blocks quickly, without fearing about losing things in the process of copying and pasting.

What you are reading now is a text block the most basic block of all. The text block has its own controls to be moved freely around the post…

… like this one, which is right aligned.

Headings are separate blocks as well, which helps with the outline and organization of your content.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Handling images and media with the utmost care is a primary focus of the new editor. Hopefully, you’ll find aspects of adding captions or going full-width with your pictures much easier and robust than before.

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If your theme supports it, you’ll see the “wide” button on the image toolbar. Give it a try.

Try selecting and removing or editing the caption, now you don’t have to be careful about selecting the image or other text by mistake and ruining the presentation.

The Inserter Tool

Imagine everything that WordPress can do is available to you quickly and in the same place on the interface. No need to figure out HTML tags, classes, or remember complicated shortcode syntax. That’s the spirit behind the inserter—the (+) button you’ll see around the editor—which allows you to browse all available content blocks and add them into your post. Plugins and themes are able to register their own, opening up all sort of possibilities for rich editing and publishing.

Go give it a try, you may discover things WordPress can already add into your posts that you didn’t know about. Here’s a short list of what you can currently find there:

  • Text & Headings
  • Images & Videos
  • Galleries
  • Embeds, like YouTube, Tweets, or other WordPress posts.
  • Layout blocks, like Buttons, Hero Images, Separators, etc.
  • And Lists like this one of course 🙂

Visual Editing

A huge benefit of blocks is that you can edit them in place and manipulate your content directly. Instead of having fields for editing things like the source of a quote, or the text of a button, you can directly change the content. Try editing the following quote:

The editor will endeavor to create a new page and post building experience that makes writing rich posts effortless, and has “blocks” to make it easy what today might take shortcodes, custom HTML, or “mystery meat” embed discovery.

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The information corresponding to the source of the quote is a separate text field, similar to captions under images, so the structure of the quote is protected even if you select, modify, or remove the source. It’s always easy to add it back.

Blocks can be anything you need. For instance, you may want to add a subdued quote as part of the composition of your text, or you may prefer to display a giant stylized one. All of these options are available in the inserter.

You can change the amount of columns in your galleries by dragging a slider in the block inspector in the sidebar.

Media Rich

If you combine the new wide and full-wide alignments with galleries, you can create a very media rich layout, very quickly:

Accessibility is important — don’t forget image alt attribute

Sure, the full-wide image can be pretty big. But sometimes the image is worth it.

The above is a gallery with just two images. It’s an easier way to create visually appealing layouts, without having to deal with floats. You can also easily convert the gallery back to individual images again, by using the block switcher.

Any block can opt into these alignments. The embed block has them also, and is responsive out of the box:

You can build any block you like, static or dynamic, decorative or plain. Here’s a pullquote block:

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The WordPress community

If you want to learn more about how to build additional blocks, or if you are interested in helping with the project, head over to the GitHub repository.

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