Thursday, May 30, 2013

"Mighty Green Vaquero" Omar Solorio featured on 10News - ABC!





So happy to see these kids get the recognition they 

deserve! One of the subjects of the documentary The 

Mighty Green Vaqueros  Senior Varsity Vaquero Omar 

Solorio was featured on 10News – ABC San Diego KGTV 

with Craig Herrera 10News! Dont forget to like their 

facebook page and follow them on twitter 

@TheMightyGreen!! 


Let's #SupportIndieFilm






                                     

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Checking In


Hey Guys,

Thank you for sticking with us during our hiatus while we restructure and figure out how to best utilize the blog to help us Indies and professionals further along in our careers and creative processes.

You know after all the research and restructuring it all came down to the fact that... We need you guys to engage! Comment on posts, email us, ask questions, make suggestions and tell us what you think. The more we know about you, the more we know about what information to share and how we can best make this blog about you guys!

We want to continue to promote everyone and their projects, provide invaluable industry info, share your events, etc, so engage and share! WE WANT YOU TO USE US AS ANOTHER PLATFORM. Don't just read and LURK! We all  have so much valuable information to share!

Thanks for reading!

- Jey Mari


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Friday, May 17, 2013

Top 5 Ways to get noticed in the Music Biz









Is that something you always dream about? Well, I have something for yoooouuu! I am a member of a facebook group called StooshPR and these tips were shared. I thought that these tips were absolutely worth distributing and would be helpful to you musicians. Thanks to Jane from StooshPR! 

P.S - Join this amazing group (StooshPR) for networking, tips, support and much more! Get Stooshed! 



Top 5 Ways to get noticed in the Music Biz


1) Write and record stellar music. 

This one goes without saying, but if your songs aren’t (at a minimum) catchy, provocative, unique, and meticulously recorded, then you need to invest as much time and effort as it takes to get them that way. The days of getting picked up by record labels on the basis of extremely low-budget demo recordings are pretty much over. So you basically need suck it up and spend some cash. Speaking of which…. 


2) Manage your finances effectively

It’s pretty much common knowledge that record labels no longer have huge stacks of money to invest in “artist development.” This means that you absolutely must manage your music career like you are running a business, watching your cash flow very carefully and keeping yourself in the black. Artists who fail to demonstrate responsibility and discipline in financial matters will simply get passed over by the labels. Period. Bottom line—you need to resist the urge to live the rock star lifestyle until you’ve got the bank to support it.

3) Play lots of gigs


The benefits of playing out on a regular basis are numerous. First of all, it helps to improve your musicianship through practice & repetition, forcing you to perform well under pressure. Secondly, it helps you to establish and refine your brand, personality, songwriting, and unique sound. Thirdly, it will help improve your charisma and social skills because you’ll be constantly fielding comments and questions from fans. And lastly but certainly not leastly, it will put money in your pocket, which of course helps with #2 above.

4) Develop and streamline your social media presence


In today’s all-digital music industry, this is an absolute must. You need to have a solid social media marketing plan in order to reach the maximum number of people and get as many ears on your music as possible.

So how do you do you go about developing such a plan? I’m so 
glad you asked. :) 

Here are a few tips:

Create consistent and professional-looking branding. Unless you’re super-handy with Photoshop and/or Illustrator, bite the bullet and hire a graphic designer.Design an eye-catching (but tasteful) Twitter background, YouTube Channel, and Facebook page using your custom branding. 

Upload your music to sites like ReverbNation, SoundCloud, and the BandPage app on Facebook, and promote it onall of your other social media channels

Create (and stick to) a regular posting/tweeting schedule to remain“top of mind” with your fans. Keep them informed of your upcoming shows, share pics & videos, and occasionally share off-topic items that you think they’ll enjoy.

Set weekly goals for increasing your following, and constantly engage with fans. Never let a question or comment go unacknowledged.

Remember that achieving success with social media is a journey, not a destination.


And finally, we arrive at the most important tool in your arsenal 
when it comes to getting noticed in today’s music industry….

5) Get some truly amazing promotional photos


Time and time again, the first thing that potential fans (or talent scouts, venue managers, or even <gasp> A&R reps) will see typically see when they come across your stuff for the very first time are your photos. Make a great impression, and chances are good that the person in question will bother to click your link, rummage through your press kit, or <gasp> actually listen to your music. Right or wrong, we all “judge a book by its cover” from time to time, so it’s no surprise that people will instantly make certain assumptions about you based solely on the quality and impact of your promotional photos. It doesn’t matter if you spent eleventy billion dollars on your album— if nobody’s listening to it because your pictures suck, then for all intents and purposes, you do too.

You might literally only have 2 seconds to catch someone’s eye, and bear in mind that in today’s caffeine-fueled world of 140-charatcer status updates, there will always be countless other things competing for that same sliver of attention. So the bottom line is that, when given a chance, you better make it count. As the great lyricist Eminem said, “you only get one shot, do NOT miss your chance to glow.”

By Russ Robinson




Thursday, May 16, 2013

Interview with Industry Insider: Actress/Director Celine Wallace





New Zealand born actress Celine Wallace is taking Hollywood by storm - how many actresses in Hollywood are acting AND directing?! 

She began to develop her craft at the young age of 7, and not too soon after she was discovered and asked to join Outloud Theater Company by age 14. 

We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to interview Tinseltown's newest rising star: 


I'd like to start with talking a bit on how you knew at a young age that you wanted to pursue acting. How did you get your start?


Ever since I can remember I have been acting, even before I knew that’s what it was called. I would play-dress ups, act out scenes and put on shows for my parents. My first validation was when I was seven; I auditioned for my school musical and was cast as the lead. From that day I knew it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and since then have never stopped training and auditioning to improve my craft.


You've definitely come to Hollywood prepared with some incredible training. Where did you go?

I have been training for over a decade; so have experienced some amazing tutors and techniques. One of the best training grounds was The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York, which was founded by Sanford Meisner who started an Acting method called the Meisner Technique. While I was there, we trained everyday in Acting Technique, Scene Study, Voice Lessons, Dance and Movement. 


You began you're career in theater and now you've transitioned into acting in film. Congratulations are in order because you actually just wrapped your first film role in the movie Helen Keller had a Pitbull as the lead female Kayley. How was it for you to make that transition?

Thank you! Yes I’m so grateful because pursuing a career in film was the main reason I moved to Los Angeles so it was great being given the opportunity to be apart of the production. The transition for me was relatively smooth but I had a few habits that I had to kick. I had the skills from training to perform and create these great characters, but my movements were often big, because I was used to being on stage. I would tend to do hand gestures or move my head, which on camera even a blink of your eye is exaggerated so I had to really tone it down. When I was shooting, I read over old notes from previous acting workshop and one teacher said ‘’if your working on a film transfer all your external movements into a story in your eyes’’. Something resonated for me when I read that, it centered me and everything from then seemed to fall in place.


How did it feel when you found out you booked your first film role? What was the first thing you did?

I was so happy and in shock a bit, so I just poured a glass of wine and reread the script haha. It’s funny because you train all your life to try perfect something, but eventually you get to a point were you become at ease with the work and you just think ‘I’m ready’ and then that’s (for me anyway) when I find the opportunities usually come along (hopefully saying that didn’t jinx it haha).


              On set of Helen Keller had a Pitbull

 Filming the movie, Helen Keller had a Pitbull - What was the experience like for you? What attracted you to this project? How did you relate to Kayley?

Shooting was amazing, I learned so much about myself as a performer and I learned a lot from the production crew about the technical sides of creating a film. It was great because at lunch the crew, actors, director, producers would all get together, talk and hang out. Nobody was off in a  trailer; we were just a 
group of collaborative artists working together to make a project happen. By the end everyone was like family, so it was a great first film production to be involved in. 

What first attracted me to the project was my character Kayley, how beautiful, courageous and multi-faceted she is. She begins the story as an aspiring actress and then gets diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. Through the film she remains a gorgeous, confident and inspiring woman, she inspired me and I would aspire to be like her in those circumstances.


Where can we see the film?

The film is currently in post-production and we are hoping to take this film to festivals around the world, while distribution is currently being negotiated with the producers. On my social media sites, (linked at the bottom of the interview), I will have news on the film as it develops. Please do, we would love your support!


When the film premieres we'd love for you to come back and talk to us!

Absolutely, if you’ll have me J



Now one of the themes of The Crew Scene is to always find a way to support each other in this industry. A lot of aspiring actors don't have a full idea of the hard work it takes before they finally get their "big break". To provide some insight on what it really takes, could you tell us about your experiences as an actress.

As artist I’m all about collaborating and helping each and that includes learning from each others mistakes, so if sharing my mistakes can help someone from the same situation I’m all for it!

 
The biggest thing I would have to say, is know what you are marketing, what is the market and where do you fit in. When I first moved to LA I tried to go out for every role; girl next door, biker chick, sweetheart, bitchy girl, young mom, na├»ve bookworm - you name it. Until one day I tried my hand at casting and this came from a big Hollywood Casting Directors mouth – that whenever I went to see casting directors I would confuse them, because they knew I was a great Actress they would bring me in, but they would see me in roles that I wasn’t suitable before and then that would deter them from the roles I was suitable for. Now, that doesn’t mean don’t have diversity, but in the beginning of your career be your best, establish that and then build on that until you gain the trust and reputation to try new and exciting roles that you might not originally be cast for. Once you gain the trust of those you work with and know the market you are suitable for and where you fit in, you’ll be set.


What difficulties did you face trying to come along in this industry, especially for you, coming from another country?

The most difficult obstacle was definitely my visa to work as an actress in the States. You have to prove to the American government why you are the best at what you do and deserve to be given a shot in America. I had to get four film contracts, agency contracts, 20 pieces of press and 20 references from industry heavy weights.
 
What are the positives?

Waking up everyday and not knowing where you are going to be or who you are going to meet. I’ve been so grateful to meet so many amazing creative’s who are out in LA working in the industry and collaborating with them to make-work and tell stories. The opportunities are endless and everyday is a new, exciting chapter.



What should aspiring actors prepare themselves for?

Prepare yourself to work, set goals and make a plan. If there are areas you want to improve as an actor - make the moves to improve. You can enroll in classes or practice scenes with fellow actors and get your work critiqued, you can constantly be improving. Most of all, make your own work – 80% of an actors spend time waiting for that phone call or the knock on the door. So don’t wait for it, start making your own work and putting it out there. Just look at HBO’s current show Girls, that was created by Lena Dunham who is the star and was an Actress sick of waiting for the phone to ring so created her own show.




What's next for Celine Wallace? More film roles? Directing? Broadway?

All of the above I hope.




Thank you so much Celine, for taking the time to talk with us. Keep an eye Celine in Helen Keller had a Pitbull and you can follow her social media sites for more information on the movie and her upcoming projects.



For more on Actor/Director Celine Wallace:

Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/celine_wallace
                 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/celinewallaceFB
                 IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4004028



All photos are courtesy of Celine Wallace's FB page

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Staying Relevant - as an Indie Musician




                                                                 Image courtesy of receptivemusic.com
 


So you've finished your album, you're done touring and promoting. Time to take some time off! 

Not so fast... 

Unless you are done with your career as a musician, you need to become that artist/band where your fans are desperate for new material. 

How do you do that? 

By staying visible. 

Most of the time, musicians only connect with their fan base to promote and sell. Independent artists do not have the luxury of putting music out once a year, promoting and touring for three months, then going back into hibernation. Don't disappear! Stay connected to your fans!

Create a content calender containing all the social media you utilize for your music. Plan out how you will use each channel (ex. Twitter 3x's a day, emailing a newsletter once a month, blogging twice a week). Plan each post, pic, tweet or status.  Most types of social media will let you time these, so you can take a day to set all posts up ahead of time to be published at a later date. Be sure to check insights to see where your views are at the highest so that you have the max outreach. 

Find ways to add to your fan base. It would be to your benefit to do some research on how to use social media to its full potential.

Post and and tweet out photos of you writing or composing music, share demos and ask for feedback. Do a weekly video on Ustream and let them see you test out a new song. Tell them what your up to, how the music is sounding, and keep them engaged. Allow them to help you evolve and make them hungry for the end result.






Monday, May 13, 2013

Sneak peek of Princess' new video "Gonna Love Ya"



If you've follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you'll know we've barely been able to contain our excitement about our upcoming interview with UK legend Princess. 

She came on the music scene in 1986 with dance hit "Say Your My Number One". Her debut solo album, Princess, climbed the charts to Gold status and continued to release several top 20 hits.

Over the past several years, she dedicated her time to writing music and her humanitarian efforts, receiving The Award of Distinction from UNICEF, raising awareness for Darfur and launching the HRS Princess foundation.  

Now, Your Highness is ready to share her new material, releasing not only an album but a trilogy "The Emergence, The Passion, The One"!

The Crew Scene was privileged to be on the set of Princess' new music video for the first single, (and guaranteed hit) "Gonna Love Ya", filmed at NYC celebrity hot spot Sen - here's a sneak peek!








Stay tuned for our interview this week, where we talk with Princess about her new album, how she feels about the music scene today and much more! 

Follow Princess on Twitter: @HRSPrincess
                            Facebook: www.facebook/HRSPrincess
                            Soundcloud:  soundcloud.com/HRSPrincess         


Special Thanks to: Donovan Heslop and Beast of the East Productions

Still Photography: Joe WooSung Jeung 



Friday, May 10, 2013

Week In News





                                                       Image courtesy of Hollywood Reporter


Excited to start our new biweekly feature: Week In News. Middle and end of week will we share a few of the industry's top headlines with links for more reading. 



TV


Scandal gets upgraded from 13 to 22 new episodes, Deception cancelled. Did your show make the cut? Read the Network Scorecard here to find out: -    http://goo.gl/vcysP


Yea yea, whatshername got eliminated but yo dawg, Randy Jackson is finally out! Leaving Idol after this season: - http://goo.gl/2Lz9V


BSkyB invests another $1.9 million into U.S/European TV streaming platform - http://goo.gl/OSQv3


"Young and the Restless" legend Jeanne Cooper passes away at 84 -  http://goo.gl/lUWP



Film


Ugh, is this ever gonna happen?! Jurassic Park postponed again -
http://goo.gl/8Ju5g

Kickstarter founders address celebrity funding controversy -  

http://goo.gl/AeQIX

How great is the Great Gatsby worth the hype? -http://goo.gl/7eho4


Tax loopholes for Hollywood -  http://goo.gl/5visz


Music

Green Day vs. Psy? - http://goo.gl/HXHmF


Mariah's back with "#Beautiful" ft. Miguel. Watch it here -


Business and Media


UTA is going after another former client, Donald Faison your it!
http://goo.gl/5ISUZ


Advertisers excluding Rush Limbaugh...shocking?..think not!
http://goo.gl/coeLO



Local Cleveland station apologizes for smear campaign against Charles Ramsey - http://goo.gl/4lTzA









Friday, May 3, 2013

Interview with Industry Insider: Photographer Sianon Bado

                         


                                



Name : Sianon Bado of Atlanta based Sianon Bado Photography

Industry: Photography

How did this hobby come about?

I started creating art from my reality. I chose not to limit myself to taking a specific group of photos. Meaning I'm not a wedding photographer, or only take pictures of babies. If it catches my eye, and my camera is around (which it is 95% of the time) then I'm going to capture it and present my interpretation of it.


Which photographers influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photographing, and career path?

One photographer that comes quickly to mind is Derek Blanks. That guy is so freaking awesome. His creativity in is Alter-Ego photo shoots are just mind-blowing. He visualizes celebrities interpretations of themselves and makes it addictive. The shots, the editing, the background, everything in his photos look flawless. I love them.


City Hall


Exactly what it is you want to say with your photographs, and 

how do you actually get your photographs to do that?
I want my photos to say “There’s beauty in everything. You are surrounded by art, you just have to notice it. ” Hence the saying, “Creating Art from my Reality”. Not only to do I take the photo that catches my eye, but play around with the colors and shadows to make certain aspects stand out. I want you to see what I see.
  
Clara

What kind of tools do you use for post processing? Tell us about your work flow.

Unless I'm taking photos for a client, I typically don’t upload my pictures for editing right away. But once I do, I edit them on my laptop and then upload them either on my Facebook page and/or my website. I have been playing around with Photoshop but prefer not to manipulate my photos too much because I want the viewer to see what I saw, not what I created. 

How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?


I look at a lot of other peoples photos online. I follow a few fan pages on Facebook and there are A LOT of creative photographers out there. I study the shots they took, the angles they chose, and the lighting (artificial or natural) they used. I get ideas from their photos then refer back to my own and think “next time, I’ll change the shutter speed or stand a little bit closer.” I also remember these little notes during future shoots and they usually help.


Spray


Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why? 


My favorite would have to be SPRAY because I love love love the
colors. And when I look at it I see an endless imagination of the
artist who is about to use them. I think true graffiti artists (not vandals) are so talented because they can take a blank wall and turn it into a mural that just makes you go “wow”. That is so awesome to me.

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

Nothing in particular, I just wish I had done a little more research on the business side of things. I kind of just jumped in learning things as I go. Hell, I'm still learning. But I don’t want to learn to much at one time because I enjoy what I do I wouldn't want it to begin feeling like a chore or another college course I have to take. I want to make mistakes and I want to learn from them, not books.

What motivates you to continue taking pictures economically, politically, intellectually or emotionally?

People. I can say I'm somewhat of a private person. I keep certain things about me hidden from the world. So, when someone I know looks at my photos and can’t believe that I took it, it motivates me. I don’t want people to know my talents all at once, because eventually they become bored with you. First people knew me as a writer, now a photographer. And I'm gonna let everyone get comfortable with the idea of me taking pictures and then BAM! I'mma hit them with something else that’ll make them say, “Damn girl, you not famous yet?”  (laughs) 

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For more about Sianon or to book her for an appointment:

Like her Facebook fan Page: 

or her website: www.sianonbado.com






Staying Relevant - As a Creative Professional Between Gigs






It's no secret that the industries in which we crave to be apart of are some of the flakiest. You're booked solid or in demand one day, barely able to keep up with all the work coming your way.  A mere few months later you find yourself on your couch, trolling through Indeed, Mandy, and posting your new "freelancing" status on LinkedIn. You've applied to every job possible and now your just moping around thinking....soooo now what? 

In this "Staying Relevant" series, I hope to give creatives in varying professions (musicians, older creatives, actors) some guidance on how to stay on the minds of fans, readers, and employers while strengthening their skills once they get back in the game. 

Let's start with some general tips that are sometimes over looked. 

UPDATE YOUR NETWORK - I know, I know this seems so repetitive but its a reminder that is very important. Share in postings ( where it is appropriate and in the most professional way) mention that you are open to new opportunities. Don't forget to share your expertise too. 

      Don't post  - "Hey guys, looking for a job - if you know of 
                           anything let me know" 

       What?! How does anyone know what you do and keep you in 
        mind for what? Too vague. 

      Do - Good Morning all! If there is a need for a Producer/ 
             Production Manager with experience in tv and film, I am
             not booked for the next couple of months so please keep 
             me in mind. I am open to networking, collaboration, and 
             joining new projects. Thanks! 

VOLUNTEERING AND INTERNSHIPS - Truth is, in this economy, it's not the most ideal option but it is a great networking tool and something that will build your resume. Apply to short term low or no pay gigs.  Try to keep all jobs, internships and volunteering within your personal or professional passions, so that it allows you to keep your skills current. 

TAKE A CLASS - Stop by a local college and pick up a course book. See what they have to offer. Are you a producer who needs to work on your editing skills? Sign up! Find where you lack and find a class or workshop that will strengthen your skills professionally. 

CONSULTING - Not exactly the full time gig you were hoping for, but depending on your skill and level of knowledge, you can offer your skills and expertise for a fee. 

BLOG - Start your own blog! Yes, it can be a lot of work but with planning and some initial dirty work - it can possibly provide some job leads because your always promoting and connecting with people. Where do you start? Do some research - there is tons of information out there on where to begin with plenty of start up sites that make the process easy. Stay updated with your industry's news and see if you can bring something new to the table. You want to stand out in this saturated medium.

GRAD SCHOOL - This is your best bet if your looking for an increase in salary or your looking to make a change in your career. 


Your entitled to a day or two of being lazy, but your goal is to stay fresh on peoples minds. Choose whatever path is to your most benefit and get out there! 




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