Leslie Odom Jr. got his ticket to stardom when he landed a leading role in the smash hit musical "Hamilton." His smoldering performance as Aaron Burr, the "damn fool" who shot Hamilton, won him Tony and Grammy awards. Now, the 35-year-old actor is among the star-studded cast of "Murder on the Orient Express," filming in London. Oh, and he recently released an eponymous jazz album and a holiday album "Simply Christmas." Odom says he learned two crucial lessons on his way to the top.
Editor's Note: This post is part of a recurring series of classics from our archives. The story below — from Aug. 9, 1994 — discussed a bank's plan to offer prepaid telephone calling cards, with 10 free minutes and the option to add time with a credit card or branch visit. More than 20 years later, telecommunications and prepaid offerings have come a long way.
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- All those rock tunes popping up in commercials are making superstar bands ever richer and turning unknown acts into the next big thing. With Bob Seger shilling for Chevy, who needs "The heartbeat of America"? As recently as four years ago, advertising could provide a cushy living for musicians who had talent but never made the big time. Now, the accelerating trend of licensing songs for commercials has the people who compose and produce jingles singing the blues.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".