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Benefits of Hiring an Artists Management Company

A lot of people believe that artist managers are just out to fleece artists out of their hard earned money thus they will opt to not have one. This misconception of what an artist manager is has seen many go down the road of self-managing their careers, and with disastrous results. The truth is, as an artiste you cannot do it all alone. However talented you might be, you cannot manage all aspects of your career single handedly. You most definitely need an artists management company to deal with certain aspects of your career, whether you are a musician or a band or even an actor.

Here are some reasons why hiring an artist manager, is a good idea:

Your manager is tasked with the responsibility of offering career guidance for you. As an artiste, it is easy to get confused by everything happening around you. This is even worse if you are a new artiste. The feeling of being in uncharted waters can be overwhelming and that is when having a manager comes in handy. A manager is able to look at everything objectively and point out what you need to do. He/she has experience knowing what works and what doesn�t.

As an artist, you already know the importance of having people cheering you on. This kind of cheerleading boosts your morale and gives you the motivation to go on. Celebrity management companies are cheerleaders in that they ensure the music business community knows about the capabilities of the artist they are representing. It is important for you to get deals, endorsements, contracts and so on. You can only get this if there�s someone speaking about you constantly to the right people.

There is some sort of prestige that comes with having an artists management company working for you. The thinking here is that if you are good enough to have a manager, you are worth taking a second look at. Some record labels will even refuse to give contracts to artists who don�t have managers as they are said to come with too much drama.

As an artist, you will come across many different kinds of people who will be hoping to do business with you. Some of these people will unfortunately be scammers and fraudsters. Having a manager protects you from such types and ensures you only engage in legitimate business deals. Most scammers will think twice about approaching someone who has a manager.

Celebrity management services are vital in ensuring proper time management and organization of an artist�s schedule. The truth is that you don�t have enough time to do everything that needs to be done. In between writing songs, recording, keeping in touch with your fans through social media, overseeing the branding of your merchandise, buying all the things you require for your career, you are going to feel overwhelmed. You need a manager to handle some of these tasks for you.

Artists management companies are also tasked with the responsibility of keeping concerned parties accountable. If you sign a deal and it doesn�t go through, your manager follows that up. If someone pays you and the check bounces, your manager will know what to do.

Do not be the artiste that thinks you can do everything on your own. Hire us today and let us take some of that load off you.

How to choose the best sports betting site

With so many options in the sports betting industry some times its hard to select a good site that will have everything you are looking for when talking about sports betting options, promotions, bonuses and so many fascinating things you can get from joining a good sports betting site will guarantee your satisfaction with all the action from the major sports on the world with the service and products you are looking for an sports betting site.

One of the first things you need to look for on an sports betting site is the experience in the industry, the amount of years they have products and are been available in the market, that will give you a clue of the solid background they stand for, if an sports betting site has more than 15 years in the market that means they have many experience on how to provide the best service, the service you need for the action you are going to take with them.

Another thing you need to consider when you are looking for an sports betting site its the amount of products and services they provide and of course related to all the action you can get from the variety of sports betting wagers on all major sports event in the world including Casino, Racebook, Live Lines, bonuses, deposit and payout options convenient for you to have all the bets you want, different types of exotic wagers as well like Teasers, If Bets, Reverses, Round Robins and more to make your sports betting experience better, different, excitement and more.

One of the most important parts that makes an sports bettting site the best for you to choose its their customer service, the attention to the client, the professionalism of the clerks or the sports betting action takers, its one of the most important things you need to look as well when you are on the search for your sports betting site with friendly customer service, conveninte for you to make your bets 24/7 year round is one of the features you need to look for that will make your experience something you will never forget.

With so much competition in the industry, also you want to look for the site that provides competitive lines and odds as part of the differentiation of their services including also INTERNET wagering, mobile device, tablets and all the technological advantages and convenience, friendly use to make your sports betting experience entertain, fun, easy for you to enjoy all the action you want.

So all you need to find in an sports betting site is great odds, promotions, solid reputation, excellent customer and quality services, variety of betting options that will satisfied your needs as a customer who is looking for some additional rush and action on your favorite sports event.

A Look at Comedic Archetypes

For centuries, comedy has been at the forefront of entertainment. Whether it�s one of Menander�s comedic plays in Ancient Greece or an animated cartoon like Family Guy in this day and age, there are specific types of characters that have become standards of comedy routines. These characters are referred to as archetypes, meaning that they represent a certain type of person that�s been copied or emulated in various different forms of comedy. Let�s take a look at these archetypes in the way they are used in modern American sitcoms.

1) The Square: This character is usually the central protagonist of the story and generally serves to provide comedic moments based on his or her reaction to certain events or characters in the story. For example, Leonard in the sitcom The Big Bang Theory is never particularly funny all by himself, but when matched with a more goofy character like Sheldon or Howard, he is able to deliver some of the funniest lines from reacting to these other characters� words and actions.

2) The Wisecracker: This is the character that delivers the most one-liners and is rarely emotional or serious. His role is to poke fun at other characters and bring comedic relief in serious situations. A good example of this type of character is Frank from the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond.

3) The Charmer: This character is generally one of the most lovable and tries to bring some harmony among the other characters. He can either be portrayed as sophisticated or not, such as Joey on Friends.

4) The Dork: One of the most recurring characters, the dork/nerd is usually the smartest of the bunch and tries to distance himself from the goofiness of the other characters. He is also the main victim of the wisecracker�s jokes. The most notable portrayals of this character are Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory, Ross Gellar from Friends, and Steve Urkel from Family Matters.

5) The Goofball: Often characterized as an air-head or a ditz, the goofball is the strangest character in comedy. Nothing is off limits when it comes to funny situations the goofball can get into. This is why the character is rarely employed, such as Kramer in Seinfeld or Phoebe in Friends. Slapstick is also a type of humour often associated with this character. He or she rarely delivers his humour through words, but rather with actions and situations he or she gets into.

Of course, there are many more comedic archetypes, such as The Bully, The Sage, The Bigmouth, and The Lovable Loser. These can also be found in sitcoms, albeit on a less prevalent basis. Stand up comedians also use some of these archetypes for their routines, most notably Woody Allen as The Nerd, Roseanne Barr as The Well-Meaning Blue Collar Worker, and Bill Cosby as The Sage, which he famously portrayed as the patriarch of the Huxtable family on the 1980s sitcom The Cosby Show. Throughout the years, these archetypes have become more than just simple characters; they are now universal symbols of comedy routines that have been and will continue to be portrayed over and over again through different angles for centuries to come.

How To Market Your Music Effectively (innovate)…. New ideas

Music is my first love, marketing is my strength.

I have managed to combine the two to help the third love in my life….PEOPLE. There are several products on the Internet that address these issues (Music & Marketing). Everyone sees themself as an authority or Guru of sorts. The only thing to do is sift through the maze of products and find the ideal one that fully address your needs. Bear in mind that the requirements from the industry will basically be the same but your approach and needs are different.

Marketing is a very important element in any equation. Many questions need to be addressed. The first thing that must be asked is ‘ is this the right market ? ‘ In the case of music, the important factors are ;

1. Is the lyrics hitting (are they relevant)

2. Is the music entertaining?

3. Is the artist appeal there?

4. Would this song be playable (i.e does it fit in with others being played? and I am not referring to Mastering but content-wise)

They are two obvious approaches to marketing music. Two directions are available.

1. SATISFYING your chosen MARKET and

2. Build to SATISFY A MARKET.

It might sound complicated but I assure you, it isn’t. You either create to satisfy a demand or adjust to meet a demand. This is the integral part of NICHE Marketing. The principle of Demand and Supply in action. Parts of any effective marketing plan.

What is important are the basics as they pertains to this article,

1. Production of product

2. Product Protection

3. Effective Music Submission practices

4. Marketing of self and Product

5. Niche Marketing (finding & establishing it).

Cross marketing ideas are springing up every day (Trial Pay for example). Systems where you pay for what you want and get what someone thinks you NEED. The extra money for getting both items is paid by the store and they benefit by having you as a loyal customer. This marketing system can be applied to almost any product but especially new music that requires a solid test market. Whats there to lose?

All these areas and more are addressed in these books. I have found them both informative and entertaining from an artist and label perspective. ne of the many things that plague an indie label is product placement and with the blossoming of the Internet, effective, common sense marketing is important. Being able to compete with ‘big brother’ is very important. If you don’t keep up in a race, you get left. These books attempt to ‘keep up’ and forge ahead by knowing the ins and outs. I have found these ebook very informative and quite helpful. Nobody has all the answers but knowing the rules sure does help. The music business can be a very cut-throat one. If you approach it as such and don’t judge and accept everything ‘verbatim’ then you are on your way. Being shrewd and knowledgeable is key.

I have just touched on the surface in providing what is basic without being in depth. Being repetitive is boring and I in no way intend to copy someone else’s ideas. These books merely add to my ideas and principles that I adhere to. I would not suggest it if I found it to be completely wrong and totally non factual. On the contrary it adds and further enhances my views and touches on a number of subjects that were not entirely within my realm. If ever you should need my opinion or services, I am available and can be found here or on LinkedIn or on the usual suspects.

Take The Whole Family To Enjoy The Kids Activities In Lancaster, PA

When people think of Lancaster, PA, they think of the rolling pastures and the picturesque covered bridges that the area is famous for. But there are plenty of kids activities in Lancaster PA that families can enjoy all year round. Because of its landscape, Lancaster PA camping is considered to be some of the best in the country. The countryside is clean and there are several different campgrounds families can visit that will make the trip a memorable one. Whether you bring a tent or ride in a camper, you will find a place to stay in Lancaster.

If you are not in the mood for Lancaster PA camping and the winter is more your thing, then take a ride out to Lancaster during the Christmas season for kids activities in Lancaster PA that your children will remember forever. The whole town gets involved in the Christmas season with a town Santa and an official lighting of the town Christmas tree that includes a parade. Out in the country, the Christmas season is celebrated with sleigh rides that show off what Lancaster’s landscape has to offer. The forests of evergreens that surround the city make a great backdrop for an interesting Christmas celebration.

Some of the kids activities in Lancaster PA are like the activities you would find in any large resort area. The Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park rivals any of the other large parks in the country, and includes a bit of Lancaster personality in with the fun as well. There is a lot of accessible Lancaster PA camping sites near the park, which allows families to turn a Dutch Wonderland vacation into a fun camping experience. The park has rides for kids of all ages and plenty of things for the adults to do as well.

The Children’s Museum of Lancaster is one of the kids activities in Lancaster PA that has plenty of hands-on displays for the kids to enjoy. There is also a strong history of railroad travel in the Lancaster area that kids can still see to this day. There are several active railroads that offer family rides and daily excursions that will allow the kids to see the countryside flying by just as it did when the railroad was at the peak of its popularity. There is also a large model train museum in Lancaster that is close to some of the Lancaster PA camping spots, for you and the kids to enjoy.

Whether you are looking for a Lancaster PA camping spot or simply browsing the different kids activities in Lancaster PA, Things To Do Lancaster PA has you covered.

Shelter From the Storm – Bob Dylan’s Tempest

The Tempest was Shakespeare’s last play so it seems fitting to speculate that Bob Dylan’s latest album, Tempest, could well be his last. At 71 his rasping voice sounds as though it is nearing its end. In time honored fashion Dylan is saying nothing.

The album itself, which is probably the best he has released since Desire days, calls on all the influences from a long and varied career – electric blues, country, rock n roll – and to be fair are all played by some of the best and tightest musicians in Dylan’s history.

This is not a homespun apple-pie collection of songs. They appear to come from a deep dark place within Dylan. It feels like he is taking a long hard look at life and death, and maybe his own mortality.

Tracks like Narrow Way, Pay in Blood and Long and Wasted Years flow like a retrospective glance back at a long hard career.

The opening track, Duquesne Whistle, is a hobo style train song, but man is it sinister, whilst Scarlet Town brings to life the no-hope low points of a corrupt and hard-hit city. The 46-verse title track seems like a throwback to Desolation Row but slides beautifully to a grim end.

The last track on the album, Roll On John is an elegy for John Lennon, but is just maybe a hymn to the silence that Dylan will eventually reach.

Unlike some artists who faced their own mortality in an album, Dylan has not borrowed from any other artist, in the same way that for instance, Johnny Cash did but stands alone, on his own ground and faces down the demons.

Dylan has always led whilst others followed, be it from the Woody Guthrie inspired days that helped the Byrds and Peter, Paul and Mary to fame, or the electrifying Like a Rolling Stone. He introduced the Beatles to dope and led them through The Gates of Eden. OK he did occasionally dabble in religion but came back with the majesty of Blood on the Tracks, Desire and Street Legal.

Is this now his most significant step? Looking at death and at his dwindling twilight days?

Doomsday Cults – Jim Jones and the People’s Temple

The mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana on November 18th 1978 was the largest civilian loss of American lives, apart from those lost in natural disasters, of modern times, that is until 9/11. Known correctly as the stown massacre, in all, nine hundred and eighteen people died in this tragic event, in the settlement itself, in the capital Georgetown and also at a nearby airstrip.

Jim Jones, leader of the cult, founded the People’s Temple in Indiana in the mid 1950’s. Unlike many cults, it had a political rather than a religious aspect, and was dedicated to the establishment of extreme socialism. And unlike many cult leaders, Jim Jones was to some extent an establishment figure, associating with high ranking members of the US government and at one time being appointed Chairman of the San Francisco Housing Commission.

During the 1970’s Jones moved his headquarters from Indiana to San Francisco. Indiana had not welcomed his integrationist views, and California had a more liberal climate in which Jones could operate.

Jim Jones views and methods were under examination and attack in the US, so he sought a more congenial place to establish his People’s Temple Agricultural Project, or Jonestown as it became known. Jones settled upon the country of Guyana, which was very amenable to his socialist views and appeared to provide a safe haven.

He and his followers began to build a community in the jungle. The small country was overwhelmed by the mass immigration of five hundred followers, and it is undoubtedly the case that there was rampant bribery by Jones to allow him to import the arms and drugs which he required. Jonestown was run along pure communist lines, and required communal living and complete equality. The model was of North Korea, the Soviet Union and Cuba, with intense restriction on personal freedom, including the inability of residents to leave.

Jim Jones was clearly a charismatic personality, as he seems to have been able to pull the wool over the eyes of many people, including the government of Guyana. By the late 1970’s, with investigative journalists hot on his trail, Jones himself moved to Jonestown, along with more migrants, and the population rose to close on a thousand. The land was very poor, and sustainability wasn’t possible. When Jones arrived, the overcrowding created pressure on the community, and this was coupled with a harsh new regime, based on the Korean model of eight hours work, eight hours study. (For study, read brainwashing.) Jones broadcast his incoherent thoughts around the compound night and day, making it difficult even to sleep.

Jonestown was hot, overcrowded, and married couples were forced to live apart. Food was meager, and work was the norm. Punishments close to torture for men, women and children were meted out to those who didn’t toe the Jones’ line. Many people became sick with dysentery and similar illnesses due to the poor hygiene of the settlement.

Eventually, people began to want to leave, and their plight was brought to the attention of Congressman Leo Ryan of Northern California, who eventually visited Jonestown and tried to take some people back to the US with him. Jones, by this time sick, abusing drugs and behaving with more than usual paranoia, ordered them to be killed. This killing took place at a local airstrip.

Fearing that the wrath of the US would be called down upon his organization, Jim Jones decided that the only escape was mass suicide. He convinced his followers that they would otherwise be subjected to torture, and a better place awaited them. A cocktail of cyanide, grape juice and Valium was prepared in vats, and people came forward to take the deadly mixture. Mothers gave the poison to their babies, then drank it themselves. Nine hundred and nine people committed suicide that day, including Jones, who shot himself � a much easier death that cyanide poisoning. Other cult members living in the capital Georgetown were instructed to kill themselves, and did so. A few people escaped, and lived to tell the tale.

The People’s Temple seems to have been less a Doomsday cult than a political experiment gone wrong. The Jonestown massacre was instigated by fear of reprisals more than by hope for a better world beyond the grave. Although Jones styled himself Reverend, there is little real evidence of religious belief or practices in the cult. Cult is certainly was, with strong elements of brainwashing and leader worship. There is no doubt that Jones was deluded at best, and wicked at worst.

The Importance of Being Comical

Stand up comedians are granted a social license to say what we think but dare not say out loud. We love comedy because it recreates our experience of life and leaves us with the gift of laughter. Comedy holds up a mirror to the conversations that dominate our society and allows them to be.

Comedy allows us to poke fun at ourselves and to laugh at the intricate web of social norms that otherwise would remain unchallenged. We feel connected as our human foibles are exaggerated and parodied for us to see in their naked form. We revel in the stories of human dysfunction in full flight. Maybe it is because it makes us feel better about the unworkability of our own lives? Maybe we just want to be taken to the absurd so we can forget.

There seems to be an even more socially important function for comedy. I recently watched Jon Stewart discuss how the gun lobby�s fear of a possible dystopian future allowed us to ignore America�s dystopian present in reality. After lunging for the dictionary, I was reminded that comedy is best when it is not only funny but also true. It is no surprise that over the last few decades, news delivered with a comedic twist has become increasingly popular. Think late shows and late, late shows. News satire has become increasingly popular since its renaissance in the UK with shows like That Was the Week that Was in the 1960�s and the now popular Saturday Night Live style that became popular from the US in the 1980�s and still enjoys large audiences today.Now with David Letterman, John Stewart, Conan O�Brien and Jimmy Fallon, there seems to be no end to the demand for the style.

But where did it all begin? Though stand up comedy could arguably be traced back to the time of the ancients. The Vaudeville style, where a comedian talks to the audience as himself, was made more widely popular during the Second World War. Comedians like Bob Hope, Jack Benny and George Burns entertained troops. Post war British favorites like Peter Sellers, Eric Sykes and Tommy Cooper all began this way. After the war, the proliferation of radio and television expanded the audience even further. Many stand up comic celebrities find their way into situation comedy (sitcom) where comedic premises from their routines form the basis for the whole show. Robin Williams, Jackie Gleeson, Bob Newhart and Bill Cosby are just a few stand up comics to transition into the television sitcom world.

Now comedians typically start their journey in the open mic clubs that pop up in every populated center in pubs, clubs, coffee houses and bars. Comedians are usually given 5 minutes to work their material and impress the crowd. From here they may participate in contests or grow their skills to the point where they are offered paid gigs or MC spots. This is the brutal trial-by-fire apprenticeship that would-be comics accept as their road to success. Whether comedy is just a means of entertainment or an insight into the cultural zeitgeist, it seems like it will never lose its place in society. What we deal with as a society and individuals is reflected in our comedy. Pop into your local open-mic club soon and you may see the stars of the future honing their craft. Maybe you will even be inspired to get up yourself? Either way, you are guaranteed to be entertained.

Classic Kong Review

If you don’t know the plot, the rock you live under must be rather large. The original Donkey Kong is when Nintendo truly began to create gaming as we know it today. One man, with one mission that creates a simplistic game that has spawned 30+ years of Mario. This game basically created the whole Nintendo franchise, by helping non-gamers identify with the most well-known mascot of all time. Although the plot had been done many times before (rescue princess, defeat bad guy) no other game captured the eye and love of so many gamers at that time.
Unfortunately for later gamers this classic gem has been lost. This isn’t through Nintendo’s lack of trying as the game has appeared in Donkey Kong 64 and the Donkey Kong game on Game Boy. However, it hasn’t been the main focus of the game it’s been involved in and due to this a lot of aspects have been lost (such as difficulty and playability). In 2012 the homebrew community was invited to relive the classic (with updated graphics) on Nintendo’s definitive, Super Nintendo console, courtesy of Bubble Zap.
Classic Kong isn’t a reimagining of the game as seen within numerous other titles or repetition of the game, it’s a complete remake of the original arcade Donkey Kong, done by using graphics reminiscent of Game Boy Advance titles. The aim is simple in that you need to advance through the stage by reaching the top of the level, using a system of ladders and moving platforms. This is done to complete the stage, but also reflects upon the bitter struggle to save the princess. The real challenge is timing in this game (just like the original) with the speed and mechanics of our beloved protagonist Mario similar (if not the same) as the original. However, the difference is that Mario has become a beautifully coloured sprite, set in the backdrop of a wondrously, vivid landscape.
The game differs slightly in that the items and sprites have changed, but given the evolution that the Super Nintendo brought to home consoles, if this game was released by Nintendo themselves in the 90’s, one would assume that the game would definitely look similar to this. However, Bubble Zap did expand on what I feel Nintendo wouldn’t have done choosing characters emphatically cartoonish opposed to the original set block type, commonly seen in other Snes Mario games. The sprites are more reflective of Nintendo’s evolution into the GBA years. This is a good thing as Mario seems more approachable, just like the feelings gamers had with the arcade version done for a renewed audience.
The reimagining is beautiful and as gaming evolves it’s always pleasant to reminisce through playing re-mastered favourites. The game is still as addictive as it was all those years ago, with the added bonus that it is now a Super Nintendo game. Classic Kong takes the familiar embellishes the favourite and combines the two beautifully, to ensure those who missed its brilliance the first time roundFree Web Content, will surely be hooked upon this update.

Theme Your Kitchen With Hollywood Memorabilia

It is no secret that movies are very popular. Films have gone international with movie stars being recognized worldwide. You wait every year to see your favorite actor or actress in the upcoming film. A lot of people look forward to that warm, comfortable night in with the people they care about while curled up around the TV watching a rented DVD. The movie starts on the screen are actually invited into your living room and the moments on screen can feel as real as a memory. You can share your passion for these moments by decorating your kitchen with Hollywood memorabilia.

Hollywood memorabilia is a great design idea for the inside of your home. Everyone connects with movies, so it is good the pieces serve as good conversation piece. It will spark up a talk about everyone�s favorite films and that can break the ice during a get together; movie buffs would even argue that you can learn a lot about a person through the movies that they like. So, in a way, the Hollywood memorabilia on the walls can help you screen potential friends.

Another thing that good Hollywood memorabilia can do is set a mood. If you are partial to a piece of film then the room will take the feel of that film. Perhaps you like to hang a signed scene from a family movie, and that image will set a tone for the entire room. Everyone that sees the piece will be reminded of that famous moment, sit down and enjoy the subliminal family atmosphere. Hollywood memorabilia can help you set the tone.

The first thing to consider when it comes to decorating your kitchen with Hollywood memorabilia is what kind of paint to use behind the pieces. This really comes down to the atmosphere you are trying to promote with your art work. Perhaps you want a sleek 1950�s atmosphere, then the pain in the room should take on that theme. You can use checkered tiles on the walls and paint the room with off-white colors. If you have a lot of pieces that are very valuable then you might want to keep the d�cor and the paint tempered. A plain white, like in an art gallery, will show of the art work. It will stand alone on the wall and speak for itself.

Hollywood memorabilia will dictate the kitchen ware as well. You want silverware and plates that slide right into the feeling of the room, unless, of course, you want the kitchen to speak like an art gallery. It would be pretty odd to have a bunch of themed Hollywood d�cor and a New England style rustic kitchen set.

It is now easier than ever to decorate your kitchen the way you want. These pieces are all available online and can be bought with a specific theme in mind. You don�t have to go gallivanting to southern California for the latest in movie themed d�cor. You can sit down, in the privacy of your own kitchen and buy online while looking around at the walls.