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Dust City Opera, the eccentric rock orchestra from the deserts of New Mexico
|Posted on July 29, 2021 at 3:20 PM||comments ()|
Dust City Opera is creating a new, bizarre, and fantastic record "Alien Summer" and we need your help! Join us August 2-31 for our 30-day, all-or-nothing, $20,000 Kickstarter!
Bring on the Alien Summer! Pledge. Share. Succumb.
Dust City Opera is an eccentric folk-rock orchestra from Albuquerque, New Mexico led by acclaimed singer/songwriter, Paul Hunton. Under Hunton’s leadership, this eclectic ensemble, which features trombone, clarinet, and accordion, creates a uniquely southwestern sound that keeps audiences wondering what is coming next.
The rock orchestra's debut album, "Heaven," sparked a wave of media appearances and captured international attention with industry leaders, landing the band Modern Musician’s 2019 Gold Artist of the Year award.
Dust City Opera’s sights are focused on sustaining their independent music career by building recognition for their distinctive music on festival stages and radio stations across the country. They are currently recording their second full-length record, “Alien Summer,” and have a US tour planned for the fall of 2021.
After having to adjust to the Covid Pandemic last year, many in the entertainment industry took a huge hit not being able to tour or find safe ways to record. But now, Sydney Counce, the band's manager is excited! "The band is back with enough deliciously amazing music to put together another full-length studio album--but we need your help to do it right! If you enjoy unusual arrangements and music that’s outside-the-box, we think this new collection of songs we’re creating for “Alien Summer” is going to blow your mind!
In May of 2021, we had a band retreat and started crafting our long-term vision for Dust City Opera. We knew creating and completing this album had to be our next step and that we needed to go BIG. We have huge aspirations and the success of this crowdfunding campaign for “Alien Summer” will be a big leap toward the future we want as a band.
Most of the tracks are already recorded and our plan is to get the album compiled, mixed, mastered, and distributed by the end of October. We have a team ready to make it happen:
GRAL Brothers will be adding thematics to new tracks!
Matthew Tobias at Empty House Studio is ready to mix!
Doug Van Sloun at Focus Mastering is ready to master!
When those steps are complete, CD Baby Manufacturing can begin pressing our CDs. They will also be coordinating the digital distribution to all major music streaming and download platforms like Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, etc. Plus, we will be able to press vinyl for the first time ever, something that we haven’t had the money to do before.
Once the album is complete, we need to promote it! Getting our music out into the world in meaningful ways, with intention, is important to us. We are looking at hiring a publicist to help us place our music in the hands of key decision-makers. We are planning an album release show to celebrate. We have hired a biographer to help us tell our story and the story behind the album. We are planning a major US tour to promote the album. We’ve got the plans, but we need you to help us make it happen!
We’ve taken the project as far as we can with the resources we have. We cut costs by recording many components from home and designing our own album cover, and we raised some initial money to release several singles through the generosity of our friends on Patreon. Now we're ready to finish this, but we need money to complete the project the way it is meant to be--without compromise.
We need to mix, master, and distribute the full album and about 40% of our budget is dedicated to paying for those services. 30% is for physical goods, including CDs and vinyl (and the cost to ship these goods), and 20% is for promotion. The remaining budget is covering miscellaneous fees and paying each bandmate for their time and energy on this project. Yes, we believe every person working on this album deserves to be paid for their time, even us!
So much has already been invested in this project. Countless hours of arranging the music, drafting lyrics, composing layer after layer, creating this beautiful thing that never existed before. It’s so close to being complete we can taste it. When you contribute to this project, you become a piece of it. You get to say, “Hey, I helped make this!” And it’s because of you and people like you that we will get to share this music with people all over the world who deserve to hear it.
Everyone who contributes to the Kickstarter will get benefits and they are broken into funding levels (for example: $10 = a digital album download, $250 = VIP backstage pass, autographed merch, $7,500 = private concert) There are lots of levels and benefits to pick from."
Here is a link to the video about our campaign:
Here is the link to the Kickstarter (you cannot view details until it goes live on Monday, August 2, 2021):
Some ways you can help:
Go to the Kickstarter link here and click, “Notify me on launch.” (If you do not have an account it will prompt you to create one.)
Pledge what you can on Monday, August 2nd. When you pledge on day 1 – it really helps the campaign’s algorithm! You will not be charged until after the campaign ends and only if we meet the band's goal.
Starting Monday, August 2, 2021, share the Kickstarter link as often as you can and with as many people as you can during the 30 day campaign.
Thank you for being such great fans!
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Effective Communication During A Photo Shoot
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In the highly competitive field of photography, being able to effectively communicate during a photo shoot is one of the most important skills a photographer can acquire. The better the photographer is at giving precise instructions, the easier it will be to capture the unique perspective most people are searching for in their photos. The photographer must demonstrate a great deal of professionalism, keeping a positive attitude and actively listening to their client. People are often nervous when being photographed; therefore the photographer should empathize with their client by observing and understanding the feelings they may be experiencing. Aside from location and time specifics, proper compensation should be discussed prior to the photo shoot, as opposed to during or after. If the photographer can properly communicate with the client, the photo shoot should advance smoothly.
Professionalism is an important factor in any successful photo shoot. As a photographer, experienced or amateur, a person must exhibit proper etiquette. In order to make the subject feel comfortable, the photographer should make them feel as relaxed as possible by offering calming talk when appropriate, and always taking the time to listen when the client speaks. Arriving on time, coming prepared, and choosing appropriate dress for the occasion is also essential. The personality and behavior of the photographer may prove to be a deal-breaker in the future of their business if professionalism is ignored.
In addition, showing empathy for the subject is an important factor when trying to make a living in the realm of photography. The photographer should observe the individual’s body language to see how instructions are being perceived and understood. Synonymously, the photographer needs to watch for cues to determine if he or she is coming across as demanding, or seemingly trying to rush the job. If demeanor and body language is not indicative of a state of total relaxation, the photographer needs to step into the subject’s shoes for a better perspective regarding their emotions. Remember, “Speaking in a moderately low-pitched voice at about 125 words a minute makes you sound pleasing and professional.”
Photography often starts off as a hobby and when people start to notice one’s pictures, doors begin to open. A friend may want her child’s senior photos to be captured by someone who has a good eye, or a jewelry maker may want her items photographed to sell on her website. When frequent jobs are being offered, the photographer may wonder what the proper compensation is for the amount of time they put into the photo shoot. Overall, a photographer will need to determine how much their time is worth and express that clearly and confidently to the client. This includes, but is not limited to, how much time is spent on the photo shoot, if any equipment was purchased, travel costs, and prices of local competition. Well known photographer, Caroline Thompson, indicated through her experience that step one in determining fees, is to decide which type of photography service will be offered.
In conclusion, properly communicating with the client, and keeping an open mind, can do a great deal for establishing a person’s reputation as a well-respected photographer. If the photographer is seen as patient, empathetic, and caring, the possibility for achieving a large client base may present itself. In addition, separating themselves from fierce competition by properly determining their self-worth, is something with which many photographers struggle. In order to achieve the desired client-base, it is essential to be reasonable and consistent. If the photographer can overcome these obstacles that often stand in the way of even the world’s best photographers, they will be well on their way to a successful career.
References Guffey, Mary Ellen & Loewy, Dana. Essentials of Business Communication. (Vol. 9e). Cengage Learning, 2013. Thompson, Caroline. “Photography Rates: What to Charge for Photography Services.” Bright Hub. 3 Nov. 2012 <http:// www.brighthub.com/multimedia/photography/articles/47333.aspx>.
About the Author: Amanda Cornelissen is a local photographer in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and a Health Information Management Degree candidate at Intellitec Medical Institute. Her portrait photography is outstanding. For more information on Ms, Corneliissen, contact The Searchlight Studios at: [email protected]
The Growing Artist
|Posted on April 1, 2012 at 9:55 PM||comments ()|
Kieron Williamson, now seven years old, stunned the art world, last year with his beautiful watercolors. At the time, I wrote a lengthy blog post regarding this very talented young artist.
Last year’s newest art world sensation isn't a famous celebrity turned painter or an up and coming art fashionable man about town. Rather, the name rolling off the tongues of Britain's art connoisseurs is Kieron Williamson, a very young boy with a knack for painting spectacular watercolors.
Kieron, whose first show opened at Town Gallery in England one year ago, was lauded for having talent, well beyond his years. The young man’s paintings of harbor scenes, animals, landmarks, and rural vistas are rendered in muted pastel colors and shadow, baring a visionary depth until now, only found in the works of adults, moreover, the works of artists who are trying to draw you in emotionally. As a result, some media outlets are calling Kieron a "prodigy", placing him among a select group of children whose talents both awe the public and raise its suspicions. Kieron's paintings are not your usual kindergarten art projects. "I like painting because it makes me think of places I can't see," said the young artist to the press last year, and whose father is an art dealer.
Art didn't interest Kieron very much before he visited the coastal towns of Devon and Cornwall with his family. The boats and local landscape inspired the young boy to ask for paper and he began drawing. His mom describes those early works as typical of his age group. However, when family friend and artist, Carol Pennington, saw Kieron's work, she recognized his potential immediately and gave him lessons. Ms. Pennington owns the gallery showcasing Kieron's paintings. The young boy has already sent originals to Elizabeth II, Queen of England, and Charles, Prince of Whales. Interestingly and not surprisingly, Kieron’s paintings are garnishing six figures when sold, and that’s in Pounds Sterling, not dollars. Wow!
It seems child prodigies always become media sensations once discovered and sometimes the attention turns ugly. In 2004, here in the United States, we became taken with a four year old girl named Marla Olmstead, whose works were compared to those of Jackson Pollack. At the time, Marla's paintings were selling for as much as $24,000 and she was featured in a lengthy article in The New York Times. The overwhelming praise for Marla led 60 Minutes to video tape her creative process and show the footage to a psychologist specializing in gifted children. The psychologist, and other experts, were not impressed, casting a shadow on the authenticity of the prodigy from New York. Marla continues to paint today despite this ordeal. However the stigma to her family lingers. Hopefully at her young age, the shadow may never be truly felt.
Kieron will experience his third "gallery opening" this year. As the highly anticipated paintings make their debut, the world might do Kieron a service by holding back the "prodigy" label until the boy can deal with the accompanying stress this can stir in a child.
Having won art contests myself since I was four years old, I understand some of what this little man is going through, however, I can’t imagine what he is experiencing with world focus and all that cash. Good parents and an understanding extended family will be critical here. Personally, I want him to succeed enormously. This means allowing him to be a kid when he needs to be. You guessed it. Everyday, and most of the time.
Here’s to his success and continued good fortune as an artist, and as a young man.
Taking Great Photographs, Not Snapshots
|Posted on February 24, 2012 at 4:54 PM||comments ()|
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