Art Gush for Introvert Artists

woman-looking-at-skylineFor more than a year Art Gush has been known as Lights Camera Read’s online education destination that is teaching a weekly artist-introvert-friendly method for making a film or web series.

But now that the post production phase has been reached in the procedure and the user is safely on her or his way to finishing her or his film/series, the direction is changing.

Still introvert artist friendly (whether you’re an actor, writer, filmmaker, musician or other) Art Gush courses are now tackling the world of web marketing. Social media is by its very name “social” and therefore many introvert artists are not comfortable using it as a part of their online promotional arsenal.

For this reason, Art Gush is offering up a “social media free” nine week program to establish yourself as an expert (assuming you are an expert in something). The same system also has built-in the ability to generate interest in your information products like Amazon Kindle.

And of course, as with the filmmaking methodology, the Art Gush technique for introvert artist cyber selling is outlined in just three steps a day on a per week basis.

The theory behind Art Gush is that introvert artists need an alternative approach to making a name for themselves. Most ways to establish a market identity requires things that introvert artists are not comfortable doing.

Of course, introvert artists often prefer not to even be visible, but with the Art Gush toolset this is also taken into consideraton and how much you are seen is up to you.

Needless to say this is all in keeping with the Artist Introvert Revolution (or A.I.R.) that is helming new opportunities for introvert artists.

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Lights Camera Read

nyc-make-a-difference-logo-smallThe “NYC Make a Difference” newsletter is the official newsletter of Lights Camera Read. What is Lights Camera Read? It is an educational nonprofit sponsored organization that has the mission to help introvert artists of all kinds (actors, writers, musicians, filmmakers and so forth) go from being “starving artists” to artist entrepreneurs via programs online and off including “Platinum Pias,” “Artist Introvert Revolution,” “Thrillumentary” “Art Gush” and an alliance of blogs.

We believe that introvert artists can make a difference in NYC and internationally if they receive empowerment. The empowerment that Lights Camera Read provides is that of methodologies. Step by step approaches to tasks that normally would require an extrovert orientation. Activities include making films and promoting one’s self and one’s art.

lights-camera-read-logo-smallAt Lights Camera Read we strive to make the solutions we offer for introvert artists without the “extroversion required” road blocks that introvert artists normally experience. We hope for a world where introvert and extrovert artists can work together in harmony.

We feel that many of the globe’s troubles comes out of misunderstanding regarding the difference between introvert artists and extrovert artists. So being clear about how introverts and extroverts are the same and different is very important.

Some of you reading this are introvert artists and others are extroverts. We are very interested in your creative experiences involving introversion and extroversion coming together successfully (or unsuccessfully) in collaborations. Please let us know.

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Magic in Today’s World

cyber-magicianI was a magician from age 8 to 18. I had a good run. I developed it into a little business almost right away, performing at birthday parties, club gatherings and schools as a kid. I miss it. There was something very thrilling about learning new magic tricks and then integrating them into the act.

The culmination of my magic career at 18 was a making a feature length Super 8 film about a rock star magician that later was narrated by the then Nicolas Coppola.

But that was a long time ago and since then magic has fallen somewhat out of favor. The evolution of technology is its own kind of magic, replacing some of the wonder. Plus, just about any trick or illusion “secret” can be found online in an instant through search engines.

So what is the role of magic in today’s world? Children of a certain age still love it, Harry Potter has helped with that, but there just isn’t the same kind of market for it that there used to be. Most grownups, unless they have kids themselves, are not as willing to suspend their disbelief.

So is magic dead? Maybe. we have so many options for entertainment these days and magic is not at the top of the list unless you are in Vegas or other such places.

I had planned to continue on as a magician making it my career, but then ended up in a Hollywood movie studio at 18 as a film apprentice. This changed everything. I haven’t picked up my wand much since then except to perform for my eight year old daughter’s classes and things like that.

Has magic reached the state it has because we are too cynical to believe anymore? Again, kids enjoy it but why can’t we grownups too? Most films that feature magicians these days portray them as buffoons and a joke. The elegant era of Houdini, Thurston and others is clearly long gone.

One of my saddest moments in regards to magic in the last decade or so was while I was helping do research for a show at at a major arts institution about magic. I had tracked down a magician in New York who I had idolized as a kid in California. I straight out asked him if the thrill was gone and he admitted that it was.

But even after all this time I’m still holding onto a sliver of belief. I bought a magic book the other day and for a fleeting instant it was almost like old times.


Publish Your Own Amazon Kindle eBook

ebook-print-booksPublishing your own Amazon Kindle eBook is a lot easier than you might think.

Why publish an Amazon Kindle eBook? It can be helpful for your career. If you are an artist – especially an introvert artist – here’s a way you can establish yourself as an expert and help people at the same time.

Do you have a particular solution to a problem that those in your art form experience? This is the perfect forum to painlessly get your name out there as an artist.

How do you do it? Much of the information you need can be found via the link below. The “K.D.P.” stands for “Kindle Direct Publishing.”

We are considering writing a book about “Amazon Kindle Publishing for Introvert Artists” after we finish and publish the eBook we’re working on now – “Web Marketing Strategies for Introvert Artists.” The new book would be about the process we went through to publish the first eBook.

What do you think about Kindle Direct Publishing and does it seem useful to you? Let us know (if you’d like).


Introvert Artists and Steps

introvert-and-extrovertSteps and artists – especially introvert artists – why are steps important?

The transition from “Starving Artist” to “Artist Entrepreneur” can be especially challenging for introverts. People have asked me, how is it possible for an introvert artist such as myself to do traditionally “extrovert activities” like make a web series (“Thrillumentary”), produce an annual community artists awards show such as the Platinum Pias, successfully run a communications company in NYC for 12 years, or even produce this newsletter (“NYC Make a Difference” by Lights Camera Read)? The answer is that it is all in the steps.

Our plan is to not just to give self-help empowerment to introvert artists, but to provide them with action steps that they are comfortable with. Some say that introverts can never be fully at ease with action steps, especially steps that put introvert artists “out there” doing things such as web marketing. This may well be true – certainly when it comes to the pursuit of creative career success – but I’d like to at least make it less painful.

I believe that there are ways that are not normally explored that could act as a blueprint for introvert artist success. And I’m not talking about the introvert artist posers who are really “shy” extroverts (which isn’t really an introvert in the first place).

There’s a lot written about help for introverts but much of it concerns survival in an extrovert world by trying to adjust to extrovert standards. What I’m most interested in are alternative approaches that make a difference in the steps themselves, steps that only an introvert artist can effectively take. This means that for the first time introvert artists can beat extrovert artists at their own game.

This is why we created the Artist Introvert Revolution (A.I.R.). At first I thought about doing an introvert artist festival, but the irony is that introverts don’t necessarily like to congregate because they’re not particularly social, making a networking event such as a festival challenging to pull off.

So again, it all comes down to choosing action steps that are minimally painful. That’s what the guide in the works (“Web Marketing Strategies for Introvert Artists”) is all about – a road map for introvert artist results.

Do you have any introvert artist success stories to tell? Please share them with us, if you feel up to it.