Spreading Love with @gibsonguitar @indiejamsla @narip @planetla_records

Mark Nguyen from Planet LA records in conjunction with NARIP hosted an inspirational event to bring Artists, Musicians, Songwriters, local brands together at the Gibson Guitar Center.  

Gibson artist Anahita Sky headlined the live performance, followed by Dani W and Mary Bee who shared a song and announced the #Ukeladies Tour in Hawaii which will begin early September 2017. Join Dani W‘s mailing list for more updates. 

Follow them online for more charitable events, partnerships and collaborative events to come.

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“Better and Better” Music Video BTS

It’s almost time for the official release.  If you missed the behind the scenes trailer, watch below. 

Keep it locked right here at https://m.facebook.com/daniellewcarter and make sure your email filters are open to receiving the link from the official website mailing list.


Photo credits: John Kim and Megan Carroll

Remember iRobot and Catch Me If You Can? Behind the scenes with Producer Michel Shane…

Michel is just like us, an inspired person with big dreams that he developed “from the ground up.”

My eyes are still puffy and I’m on my first cup of coffee. Was it worth waking up early? Absolutely!  I’m sitting at Raleigh Studios across from Paramount listening to producer Michel Shane speak about his career and how he turned iRobot and Catch Me If You Can from a script into profitable international artwork.

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I’m a recording artist, what am I doing at a Film/TV networking event?  Yes, I will leave the acting to the professionals.  I’m here because I find people fascinating.  Everyone has a different purpose and an interesting life with important messages to share.  A room at any networking event is filled with stories and lessons that translate across all industries.  I’m excited to share the “cliff notes” from this intimate talk with Michel Shane!  This is now yours to enjoy!

“Big Picture” Highlights

– The gift of youth is to ask for what you want fearlessly.
– Be thorough. Michel got his law degree and used it to his advantage to build credibility in the industry.  When he started in the business, he read a 75 page contract and came back with questions before signing with a big wig UK lawyer.  That big wig now runs a hedge fund and they are still friends today because of Michel’s ability to dive into and understand the details of the business.
– Right place, right time is a key to success.  Have the knowledge to support your luck.  Preparation meets opportunity.
– If you say it enough times, people start believing you.
– Why pay more, every dollar spent matters.
– You will have people who are not your friend.  That’s okay.
– “Catch Me If You Can” took nine years to make. He’s still getting DVD revenues.  If his revenues are still significant, imagine how much the other guys are making.  Possibilities are huge.  Believe in your projects!

Financing and Funding
– Market is bouncing back. Used to make pre-sales in order to get funding for movies (pre-sales would account for about 40%).  When market crashed distributors stopped buying.  Now equity from investors has taken the place of largely funding by pre-sales.
Veronica Mars has raised 4MM via crowd funding. It’s brilliant. Free money. You give someone some merchandise and you get free money. It will probably start getting regulated to include investors receiving a percentage of earnings, especially now that larger companies are receiving funding this way as well.
– Equity is the hardest money to come by.  However, there are lots of wealthy investors and a lot of boring business proposals.  Thus, there is an opportunity to make your business stand out.  There is still incentive to invest in films.  Wealthy investors still like the opportunity to enjoy the perks of investing in a project that allows them to meet celebrities in person.

More Tricks of the Trade

– Read 5,000 scripts.  Study your craft.

-Understand how much you can sell your film for. Then make your cost lower so you can make a profit.  As creators, we can tend to overestimate the value of our work.  Get a realistic market price perspective.
– Another way to get your movie funded, focus on talent to make a quality film. When those actors make it, you can leverage their notability to get funding.
– Film commissions and states offer funding for a limited time. This is another way to get your project made.
– Tv is fast versus film. What takes ten years in film takes two in TV.  Netflix is essentially TV. It has as many subscribers as HBO. It’s all about story. Pitch stories that are interesting.
– All the banks have entertainment departments. It’s a high interest quick return for them. There’s no magic or special secret to getting a movie made. You should be proud that you’ve been able to take something and make it happen whether it makes one cent or millions of dollars.

Determination Pays Off
– There was a period of time that was challenging.  Michel like has a family to support. Wife asked when are you going to get a real job and take your heads out of the clouds? He laughed and said “what else am I qualified to do?” Keep pushing for your vision to come to life.
– Negotiate. Even cash flow timing is negotiable. For example, if an investor is going to recoup 100% of money plus interest.  You can still negotiate the timing of who gets paid back when. Once investor gets the initial investment plus interest back, you could receive profit first then investor gets an additional 25%. Otherwise, you may not see a dollar of profit for some time.  Structure your earnings. That’s part of the negotiation.
– Put periods and commas in the right place. Otherwise, it can be detrimental. Get a good lawyer.
– In earlier days, he would read ten scripts a week. Now Michel chooses scripts that he can fight for today and for years down the line.

Persistence and Intuition 
– He was approached by someone with a good movie concept.  Four years later, they started pre production. Unfortunately, because the wrong actor was hired, they had to start over.  Never know how long a project could take and for what reason.  Allow time and planning.
– Partners are valuable. They can keep you humble and can keep your perspective in line.
– Michel enjoys being hands up until it’s time to shoot.  He’s a problem solver.  Know your strengths and what you enjoy and do that part of it.
– Trust your instincts. Always listen to your little voice.  Michel has always gotten in trouble when he hasn’t listened.
– Audi and FedEx spent money to integrate their brands into the film iRobot. This can be part of your strategy from the beginning. Usually you’ll go through the brand’s agency.
– Trust but verify when it comes to everything and everyone.
– If you make a brilliant movie you’re set. Sometimes movies fail up. One film is met with great expectations, but upon release is not so good. Meanwhile you’re working on your next film.  You’re second movie allows people to forgive you for failing on your first.
– Go to your core audience and build it slow. You’re numbers will tell the success story. You can’t beat word of mouth.

100 Million Good Deeds

– Most importantly, remember to GIVE BACK!  Michel shared a tragic and touching story which began the Emily Shane Foundation.  Read more and you can join the global mission to do 100 Million Good Deeds.

The theme of my week is “Showing Up.”   I never know what opportunities could come about from stepping outside of my immediate line of work.  What takeaways hit home for you?

 

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If you’re looking to build some relationships in the Film/TV industry, you can join Hollywood Networking Breakfasts next month.   Every month they have an interesting speaker and attendees, many of who have nice accomplishments and are still active writing, producing, acting and financing projects.  Check out the site for the list of previous speakers.  Very impressive!

 

Unconventional Inspiration

When’s the last time you heard or saw something that made you stop and think, “wow, that’s exceptional?”

It doesn’t happen as often as I’d like. Today, I’m a lucky gal! I got an email from Chris Guillebeau who has a blog as well. He talks about the “unconventional book tour” mapped out at arbitrary places throughout the country. After reading the article below, it hit me that: one, I’m a huge do it yourselfer and two, in reminded that anything is possible. It’s easy for me to think things have to be a certain way…just like on TV and the movies right? Maybe not! What’s something that’s taking you longer than you’d like to complete? Now, is there another way to go about it? Whatever alternative solution you come up with may be even more authentic and creative because it’s your spin on it!

Try it on a big or small decision this week and comment below to let me know how your experience was.

Click here to read about Chris’s unconventional ways

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Live @ the Troubadour with Mark Ballas

Mark Ballas is giving a heart felt performance live at the Troubadour right now! He has a Bruno Mars, Michael Buble, Robin Thick feel with a mean blues groove in some songs. His band is absolutely on it tonight! Glad I came out tonight.

Another great show is Nina Storey. Tuesday, January 8th at Hotel Cafe. 9pm new album will be featured! You’ll catch me singing background with the band on stage as well. See you there!

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Here’s his bio from the Troubadour website:

A lifelong dancer and musician, Emmy nominated Mark Ballas has wowed over 20 million viewers on ABC’s number one show, “Dancing with the Stars,” for eight seasons. No stranger to the coveted mirror ball trophy, he is a two-time champion (Season 6 with Kristi Yamaguchi and Season 8 with Shawn Johnson), and caused a media frenzy when he took performance newcomer Bristol Palin all the way to the finals in Season 11. Mark garnered a 2011 Creative Arts Emmy nomination for Outstanding Choreography for his creative pieces during Season 12, where he and his partner, Disney star Chelsea Kane, made it to the finals, finishing in third place. This season, he and his partner, Katherine Jenkins, danced in the finals, finishing in second place. On April 12th, Mark’s debut solo album HurtLoveBox, was released by Hit Play Records – Sony Red. A true passion project, HurtLoveBox is an intimate, personal journey of the trials and tribulations of life and relationships. His first single “Hotwire” was the winner of MTV’s Freshman Five for 2011 and has been put in rotation on the network. Thus far, it has received over 100 million documented views, and appeared on feature reels in over 100,000 retail and business locations worldwide. Mark was named the Clear Channel “Artist To Watch” in July, 2011. Born in Houston to a family of international dance stars, Mark moved to London as a child, where he attended the world-renowned Italia Conti Performing Arts School and graduated with honors. Here, he was required to not only dance, but also sing, act and play an instrument. He began playing the guitar at the age of ten, training in classic flamenco. By age 12 was writing and performing his own music, playing guitar, drums and bass. With guitar influences ranging from Kurt Cobain, Paco de Lucia, Gypsy Kings, John Mayer and Eric Clapton, Mark is carving out his own niche in the music word. His rhythmic style and soulful melodies showcase his talent not only as an accomplished singer, but also as a skilled guitar player. As an actor, Mark has played the lead in the musical Copacabana. He also took on roles in the UK tour of Maria de Buenos Aires, and was an understudy in the London Palladium production of Buddy, The Buddy Holly Musical, which one the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical. In television, he has guest starred on “Melissa and Joey” and “Samantha Who?”. When Mark isn’t performing, he is passionate about speaking to school age kids about acceptance. While on his 50 city acoustic tour this winter, Mark carved out time to visit schools in each city to discuss this topic. Six years ago, Mark and his family were forever altered by the suicide of his Uncle David. Through the grieving process, Mark and his mother Shirley (David’s sister) began to align themselves with The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. By forming The Ballas Foundation in the fall of 2010, Mark and Shirley are committed to removing the stigma associated with mental illness and suicide by raising money, awareness, and volunteerism in support of suicide awareness. While suicide is a somber and sometimes taboo subject, Mark’s discussions with school kids are upbeat, uplifting, and fun, delivering his message in a light manner that is easy to absorb with peers. Mark believes that if we accept everyone for who they are, the lives lived by kids who are considered “different” will be easier, paving the way for all kids to grow into themselves and flourish in life.

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