• Top 3 Cities to Become an Actor

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    May 31, 2017 /  Music and Movie

    How to Become an Actor: Moving to Los Angeles

    In your quest to become an actor there will come a time when you consider moving to Los Angeles, CA. This is an obvious choice because Los Angeles has been known by many generations as the home of the film industry. However, over the past decade there are many other cities that are becoming film centric. You can visit these cities and find film projects taking place, agencies, casting studios, many directors and producers live in these cities and you actually have a great chance to become an actor.

    1. Austin, TX:

    Becoming an actor in Austin, TX can be an awesome experience. Austin is an enormous cultural melting pot that is home to film festivals and theatres. Some of the theatres include The Paramount Theatre, Arts on Reel, and The Salvage Vanguard. There is also a large amount of musical and entertainment culture in the city. You can move to Austin and should not have an issue finding a job there while being able to pursue your acting career.

    2. New York, NY:

    Becoming an Actor in NYC is a tremendous challenge and there are a ton of pro’s and con’s when moving to the Big Apple. First, NYC is very expensive. You can expect an average daily increase on everyday expenses of about 20%. Second, NY is the one of the most competitive landscapes in the film industry. New York is one of the busiest homes to casting calls, auditions, and film industry networks. While NY provides you with the best opportunities, you will need to be very prepared financially and mentally before moving there.

    3. Los Angeles, CA:

    Los Angeles, The City of Angels…..After you arrive in this city the 1st thing that you are going to realize is that it does not seem like a city. Everything that you are looking for is sprawled out and hard to reach. You can’t go anywhere without a car and you are guaranteed to sit in traffic at some point during the day. If you are going to pursue an acting career Los Angeles is the place to be. L.A. is home to the most agents, casting calls, directors, studios, and network of film industry professionals. L.A. has its own personality that has grown from the movie industry and no matter how many other cities become great cities for an actor L.A. will always take the cake.

  • The Westminster Assembly & Instrumental Music In Public Worship

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    May 30, 2017 /  Music and Movie

    Instrumental Music in Public Worship: History Surrounding the Westminster Assembly

    FROM: “INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC IN THE PUBLIC WORSHIP OF THE CHURCH”

    By John L. Girardeau (Still Waters Revival Books, [1888] 2000), pp. 132, 133.

    Before the Westminster Assembly of Divines undertook the office of preparing a Directory of Worship, the Parliament had authoritatively adopted measures looking to the removal of organs, along with other remains of Popery, from the churches of England. On the 20th of May, 1644, the commissioners from Scotland wrote to the General Assembly of their church and made the following statement among others: “We cannot but admire the good hand of God in the great things done here already, particularly that the covenant, the foundation of the whole work, is taken, Prelacy and the whole train thereof extirpated, the service-book in many places forsaken, plain and powerful preaching set up, many colleges in Cambridge provided with such ministers as are most zealous of the best reformation, altars removed, the communion in some places given at the table with sitting, THE GREAT ORGANS AT PAUL’S AND PETER’S IN WESTMINSTER TAKEN DOWN (emphasis added), images and many other monuments of idolatry defaced and abolished, the Chapel Royal at Whitehall purged and reformed; and all by authority, in a quiet manner, at noon-day, without tumult.”1 So thorough was the work of removing organs that the “Encyclopaedia Britannica” says that “at the Revolution most of the organs in England had been destroyed.”2

    When, therefore, the Assembly addressed itself to the task of framing a Directory for Worship, it found itself confronted by a condition of the churches of Great Britain in which the singing of psalms without instrumental accompaniment almost universally prevailed. In prescribing, consequently, the singing of psalms without making any allusion to the restoration of instrumental music, it must, in all fairness, be construed to specify the simple singing of praise as a part of public worship. The question, moreover, is settled by the consideration that had any debate occurred as to the propriety of allowing the use of instrumental music, the Scottish commissioners would have vehemently and uncompromisingly opposed that measure. But Lightfoot, who was a member of the Assembly, in his “Journal of its Proceedings”3 tells us: “This morning we fell upon the Directory for singing of psalms; and, in a short time, we finished it.” He says that the only point upon which the Scottish commissioners had some discussion was the reading of the Psalms line by line.

    ENDNOTES:

    1. Girardeau cites this quotation from the Acts of Assembly of the Church of Scotland, 1644.

    2. Girardeau cites Art., Organ.

    3. Girardeau cites Works, Vol. xiii., pp. 343, 344; London, 1825.

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  • Singer 7258 Stylist Computerized Free-Arm Sewing Machine – Great Machine With Features You Will Love

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    May 30, 2017 /  Music and Movie

    SINGER 7258 Stylist 100-stitch pattern sewing machine

    With the Singer 7258 you have the option of 100 stitches, and 6 automatic one-step buttonholes all at the push of a button.

    This small, but sturdy machine is so quiet, you will be able to sew at any time, day or night, and never worry about waking anyone up.

    Never worry about adjusting the tension control again, it is all automatic.

    Features of the Singer 7258

    Stitch selection is done with the push of a button and you will find the right stitch for any type of sewing project, whether it is decorative sewing, drafts, heirloom or fashion sewing. Select a stitch and setting for length, width and tension are automatically set for you.

    You will love finishing projects more quickly and easily.

    Need the perfect buttonhole for your project. You have 6 fully automatic one-step buttonhole styles to choose from.

    There are so many time saving features, such as 6 second auto threading, needle up/down, auto tie-off, and auto bobbin winding. With the clear view cover over the top drop-in bobbin, you can easily keep track of how much bobbin thread you have and never run out in the middle of your sewing projects.

    With the StayBright LED lifetime white lamp, you will have all the light centered just where you need it.

    What you get with the 7258 Stylist

    There are 16 included accessories included with your new Stylist that store easily on-board in the free arm storage. This means accessories are handy and easy to get at when you need them.

    You get 10 presser feet with this machine giving you many options for your projects.

    The instructional DVD included is a complete introduction to sewing machines. This is great if you are the beginner sewer, but even a seasoned seamstress may find some helpful information. You will be sewing up a storm after the watching the DVD.

    The instruction manual is incredibly detailed and any questions you have can be answered with the manual. It even explains many of the included 100 stitches.

    Shop online for your Singer 7258 Stylist

    Before jumping in your car and running from store to store to compare prices for the Singer Stylist, you should consider shopping online. It is so easy and convenient. You can compare many stores from the privacy of your home, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No need to wait for stores to open.

    Plus, when you shop online, the store does all the work getting your new machine right to your door.

  • Sahara launches its state-of-the-art Music Studio – STUDIO NYSA

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    May 30, 2017 /  Music and Movie

    Sahara India Pariwar, headed by Mr. Subrata Roy Sahara who is the Managing Worker and Chairman. Sahara India Pariwar has an all India presence. Sahara Group has various business interests like Finance, Infrastructure and Housing, Media and Entertainment, Consumer Products, Manufacturing, Services and Trading etc. This group has launched its state-of-the-art Music Studio- STUDIO NYSA. It is a new feather in the cap of Sahara India Pariwar. This studio provides the facility of recording, editing, mixing and mastering of music under one roof.

    Studio NYSA is equipped with one of the best mixing console in the world -The SSL 9000K series-. Studio NYSA -A’ stands out from the rest due to its sonic quality. Studio NYSA -A’ is proud to be the third worldwide and first in the country to own this awesome piece of creation from the SSL Stable. This studio is a dream place for any musician to work. This studio is one of the best sounding studios in the country. A wide number of gadgets available in the studio help one to experiment, improve and create a musical difference under the same roof. The Studio is equipped with the Dyna Audio monitoring system for both Stereo and Surround.

    Studio NYSA -B’ is highly advanced in its technology. It possesses the -SSL 4000 GT’ that is the most sought after console in the world even today because of its outstanding sonic quality. Both the studio setups cater to the best recording technologies with their combination of analog and digital recording domains and thus making it the best in the industry and the country. This facility offers the best ambience for making songs and background music for films.

    Furthermore, the Studio is also capable of providing dubbing facility for films too. The Studio has proficient human resource in the form of its audio team. It has also well trained and experienced professionals who have worked with the best music directors and directors of the film industry. This studio is a place of choice for one to work due to the blend of professionalism and hospitality. This is a kind of music studio with the combination of services and technology. This music studio was launched in the presence of well-known celebrities

    Author:-
    Rani Awesti is a highly respected full time professional writer. She has written several Articles on Subrata Roy Sahara, Sahara Groups and more articles.

  • Varnishing the Body of a Stringed Instrument

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    May 30, 2017 /  Music and Movie

    Written by S. Van Dyck

    A good violin, viola or cello varnish can play an important role in perfecting the sound quality of an instrument. The varnish applied by Stradivari to his violins is still believed by many to be the secret the their phenomenal sound. Whether oil or alcohol-based, violinmakers prize their varnish recipes as one of the most important elements of the violinmaking process.

    Before applying any coatings to the instrument, the white wood can be given a tan by exposure to sunlight for a period of several days to several weeks. Aging the wood brings out the color and visual character of the wood through oxidation and ultraviolet light.

    When the wood has received the desired look, the next stage is applying a -ground- coating. A violinmaker may prefer to apply a primer or sealer first. While also darkening and deepening the wood’s visual depth, the ground coating strengthens and protects the instrument even after the varnish has worn off. Many recipes for the ground coat exist and typically this is a tightly held secret.

    Next, the instrument is ready to be varnished. Many recipes exist; most consist of sun-thickened oils such as linseed, lavender or walnut oil combined with oxidized resins such as amber, dammar, balsam and shellac. Alcohol can also be used as a part of or in addition to an oil base. The mixture is left to sit for up to a week, being stirred a few times a day until the lac no longer sits at the top. The mixture is then boiled, cooled and boiled again, then filtered for impurities.

    Adding color to the varnish mixture can help to bring out darker, richer tones, if the varnish mixture is too light. Coloring agents, or -lakes,- include turmeric and saffron for a yellow tone. Sandalwood and pernambucco bring out a redder tone. The varnish is then applied in many coats depending upon the thickness and consistency of the varnish. The varnish is allowed to dry in the sun between coats. Touch ups can be added if there are areas needing additional coating. The instrument can then be lightly polished using a soft cloth with alcohol and mineral oil and or polished out using pumice powders.

  • Creative Maternity Photography Ideas

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    May 30, 2017 /  Photography and Models

    Creative maternity photography is now a popular practice for expecting parents. More and more people are beginning to realize that the pregnancy stage is a very important part of their lives, so they make sure that it is documented. Its a special moment most especially for the expecting mother because she is experiencing the miracle herself. Having a creative maternity photography is a sure way to safeguard this precious memory for life.

    There are many types of photo shoots to choose from for you and your wife. But if you want to be creative youre going to have to do something different and out of the ordinary. There are some photo shoot ideas that can make your creative maternity photography session one to remember. Here are some of the ideas that you may like.

    Shooting outdoors might be a common thing, but the beauty of it is you never end up with the same shot because of the opportunities this option offer. What makes it different from shooting in a studio or at home is that it allows you to play with the elements and enhances your creativity. What you can do is to spice up your outdoor shoot by coming up with more adventurous poses. Make the elements work for you, blue skies, green fields and a glaring sun are only some of the factors that can add to the impact of the picture. Incorporate these elements into the photograph using different angles to have a more creative photo.

    Not many mothers are open to body painting because they believe it doesnt look right for a mother. Most body paints are water based and come off easily, and it can look feminine if you want it to. Painting flowers and ribbons on your belly is definitely something out of the ordinary. Painting your whole body would definitely make an impact, just make sure that what is painted on you is something that you like.

    Having a theme for the photo shoot is also an option you can take. Vintage is one look that doesnt seem to go out of style. Old diners and gas stations have a natural vintage feel and are good locations for this type of shoot.

    All you need to do for you to have a creative maternity photography session is to work on your creativity. So stop thinking like an ordinary parent and think out of the box.

  • Convey Environment Concerns Through Cartoon Logo

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    May 29, 2017 /  Music and Movie

    Cartoon Logos are the most effective and explicit form of conveying important and significant messages. Today it has become necessary for mankind to focus on various environmental problems surrounding us. Man’s achievement in technology are indeed remarkable, but unfortunately they have contributed to spoiling the environment that sustains life. We are destroying healthy living conditions. We are playing havoc with environment, inhaling poisonous fumes, consuming fertilizers and pesticides in our daily diet. The depletion of ozone layer has led to global warming and extinction of several species of animals and birds. Thousands of animals are left unsheltered. We are slowly advancing towards the destruction of our own planet and in spite of concerted efforts of government and non governmental agencies, little progress is possible unless awareness is generated at the level of masses. Each individual has to take the responsibility of keeping the environment pollution free.

    Deforestation has led to soil erosion and infertility of land. Forests have been burnt to clear land for houses, farming and industries. Let us all preserve our planet from further damage. People tend to stop and look at colorful images that express sardonic issue and get the message loud and clear without getting offended in any manner. We humans are the main inhabitants of the globe and it is our duty to protect our environment. Let this message be conveyed to one and all in an effective but suitable manner

    This is where Cartoon Logos can play a vital role in helping to identify this global issue and in spreading awareness about it, in a delightful, light hearted manner. A visual impact of a cartoon logo is far more effective, than bring long worded messages or sermons. A cartoonist can make logos of amusing, loving animals, birds, trees and flowers to convey life saving messages.

    Imagine a cuddly tree with pleading eyes or a cute monkey hugging a tree saying No Tree No Me. A well known brand of ice-cream or a snow man melting due to global warming . Little angels in gas mask visiting the earth or showing earth a tap with dark dirty water and a skeleton drinking it . A beautiful drooping, wilting flower near a dry tap or a Santa clause with all his Xmas goodies huffing and puffing on eco friendly cycle. All these images can make a powerful visual impact.

    Glimpses of these cartoons on hoardings and posters seen by us during our day to day rushed activities are not forced on us, but on the contrary they act as a welcome diversion. Consciously or unconsciously we store the information in the back of our minds. Cartoon logos act on our conscience and remind us of our responsibilities and duties towards the environment.

  • Paul Blanca And His Shocking Art Photography

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    May 29, 2017 /  Photography and Models

    Paul Blanca (1954/58), official name Paul Vlaswinkel, is a Dutch artist (art photographer) who had a breakthrough in the early 80s of the last century with his confrontational violent self-portraits influenced by the American photographers Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) and Andres Serrano (1950). The self-taught Blanca came into touch with the artscene when he met Eva Veldhoen, the daughter of the well-known Dutch painter Aat Veldhoen (1934). The acquaintance with this artistic environment was a real eye-opener for Blanca and shortly after he started photographing, first in color with a small screen camera but very soon after shooting in B&W using a Hasselblad camera (6 X 6 cm).

    In 1980 he was introduced to the world-famous choreographer Hans van Manen (1932), who is a meritorious photographer himself and had a photo studio. Besides their mutual interest in photography, Van Manen also used Blanca in one of his dance choreographies called Pose in which Blanca performed as a kick-boxer, he was a practitioner of this full-contact sport from the age of 16, surrounded by ballerina’s.

    Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) who was a close friend of Van Manen was very impressed by Blanca’s self-portraits and later introduced him to New York’s high society (like Keith Haring, Willem de Kooning, Japser Johns, Grace Jones…etc.) stating ‘Paul Blanca is my only competitor’. The art collector Bill Katz says in Anthony Haden Guest’s True Colors – The Real Life of the Art World on Blanca: “…he reaches a kind of poetry few artists have”.

    Most of Blanca’s self-portraits deal with strong emotions and violent themes like fear, sadness, pain, agression and sexuality exploring his inner demons. Diametrically against this harsh work, there are the sensitive and gentle pictures like the one called Mother and Son (Mapplethorpe’s favourite) depicting himself in a tender embrace with his mother, both fully naked, or the portrait holding his newborn son in the air called Father and Son.

    In 1986 Blanca worked on a book called Timing (edition of 1000) which featured the upcoming Dutch artists of the eighties and his photographs were accompanied by poems of Koos Dalstra (1950). For his touching series Par la Pluie des Femmes (1989) he asked his female models to think of their most traumatic experiences. Together with Hans Gieles and Francis Boeske of the gallery Vous Etes Ici he produced the magnificent Sangre de Toro series in 1991 (see ‘Blood of the Bull’ below).

    During this time Blanca also started as a research-journalist for the Amsterdam weekly, Nieuwe Revu and the newspaper Het Parool. He wrote about crack and again exploring his own boundaries he started to use it himself, resulting in an addiction. His article for Nieuwe Revu on weapons was the starting point of a downward spiral with him being a suspect in the assault on Rob Scholte in 1995 because of his “knowledge” of grenades. There was a long silence but in 2008 Blanca returned with a project called Mi Mattes in which he photographed gangmembers hanging around his studio.

    Self-portraits

    Over the years there seems to be an increasing will-power in Blanca’s self-portraits. In 1982 he photographed himself With Eelsholding six living eels in his mouth (in his perception a disgusting animal), he looks into the world (at the viewer) with a resigned facial expression like he’s thinking “that’s how it really goes” with the scavengers fulfilling his wish to immortalization. In Blanca’s Selfportrait, Back with Mickey Mouse, the large depiction on his back inflicted with a sharp knife (razor blade) by a befriended tattoo-artist, of Mickey Mouse with his thumbs up and a big smile, like he’s saying: “Keep up the good work”, is a sceptical statement because the mouse is crying. In his Selfportrait Bull (1982) Blanca becomes, with his painted body disguished as a bull and his agressive facial expression, a disturbed figure. With his erected penis in his left hand and his right hand in a clenched grip, he’s looking for an exertion disarming the poetic image. The excessive nature of Blanca’s self-portraits serve as a purification and therefore he has to subvert all boundaries and norms.

    Blood of the Bull

    Blanca who had lived and worked in Spain for two years (in the early 90s), had, while there, become obsessed by bullfighting and kept up with all the ferias (local seasonal festivities) to take photographs. To challenge himself emotionally Blanca also participated in a bullfight, not with real bulls but with dangerous vacas(cows) of 850 pounds. It intrigued him that when the corrida (bullfight) was at an end, the bull’s meat was served in restaurants but nothing was done with the blood- it is the fluid of life, after all. Blanca investigated whether blood could be used as silk-screen printing-ink. The treated blood was used for the Sangre de Toro port-folio, based on Blanca’s photos. Pressing the ink through the screen only once produced no more than a light pink colour, and in the end 35 ‘pulls’ were needed to achieve the darkest tone in the pictures, creating a visible relief. The series forms a high point on the periphery of Blanca’s photographic work. For the affecionades(devotees) it is a must, for opponents of bullfighting it is also a monument of beauty.

  • How Photography Courses Can Help Improve Your Shooting Skills

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    May 29, 2017 /  Photography and Models

    Photography courses can be great sources of information for both beginning and professional photographers. New photographers can learn the skill involved with creating artistic photographs even before they own their first cameras. Aside from getting oriented with camera features, photography courses also teach the basics in photography, from framing to composition, to how to take the right photo using manual controls.

    Features of Photography Courses
    Typical photography courses tend to be composed of indoor theoretical discussions and studio work. In shorter courses, especially those that last for one to three days, half of the day is spent indoors where the participants engage in theoretical discussion with the instruction. The other half of the course is spent outside, where participants work on shoot assignments with or without models. Photography courses typically give out certificates to successful participants at the end of the activity.

    Types of Photography Courses
    There are various types of photography courses. Some courses are a one to three day affairs, while others are part of a university program and last the duration of a semester or even one whole year. Most short photography courses are offered by expert photographers and cover specific areas of photography. For example, beginner courses cover the basics of camera use and the fundamentals of photography. Other courses may offer lessons on how to use digital imaging software, which photographers can use to post-process their photos.

    Some courses may be designed with professional photographers in mind, and may focus on the business side of photography. A camera store may actually offer a diverse field of photography courses to choose from, although the choice depends on the areas that the hobbyist photographer wants to learn. Most people also have the option of taking photography courses as a weekend getaways. Participants enjoy not only the lesson but also for the chance to stay in beautiful locations where the outdoor shoots are breathtaking.

    Who Should Take Photography Courses?
    Photography courses are open to anyone who wants to learn anything from the basics to the most specific areas of the medium. Even professional photographers can take something away from each class or seminar they attend. For example, there are some courses that focus on how to use sophisticated photo editing software, and some professional photographers may want to take advantage of this in order to improve the images that they take. Professional event or wedding photographers who are just starting out, may want to join a photography course where they are taught how to market their work in order to attract clients, how to create portfolios, and how to set prices for their services. There are even some courses that give advice on what to wear and how to behave during assignments.

  • Role Of Event Photography In Our Life

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    May 28, 2017 /  Photography and Models

    There are certain functions or events that come at once in entire life. Everyone wants to enjoy his life or those memorable events. Earlier it was not possible to live that moment but today is the world of gadgets. Today we have got cameras and have got professional photographers, who can help us preserve those valuable moments.

    Now a days people are making their carrier in this field because this field is full of knowledge, fun and money. Event photography business is expanding just like spiders web if you like camera then you may go to event photography field. As the name defines, Event photography is said to be taking pictures or recording video in an event. Events are divided into definite categories such as wedding event, corporate event, social and charity events.

    Is there any wedding event in your house or in your family? Have you decided something about photography? Trust me event photography will make your event full of excitement, anticipation and of course memorable. I know wedding is a function full of preparations. A lot of preparations have to be done but that doesnt mean you forgot hiring an event photographer. Event photographer is must especially in a wedding function. If you have not hired an event photographer then hire it now but make sure he is professional in his work.

    Event photography is also proving very helpful in expanding business. Now you are thinking in what way. Well, take an example suppose you are organizing a business event and hired an event photographer. Stills that are taken at the party will be at the page of the newspaper next day. Why business parties are organized? Just for making contacts and why contacts are made? Contacts are made for expanding business and expanded business will result in lots of money. As your contacts increases your sales will also increases. Due to the stills taken you will be known to each and every business person wants to be friends of yours. Social and charity events are also becoming very popular these days. Many Celebrities attends charity and social events just for being on page3. Celebrities and the charity event organizer both wants publicity and for that they call event photographer.

    Photographs taken at the party will act as a plus point for business as well as for social events if the pictures taken are good enough. Wedding is an event that comes at once in life and everyone wants to keep it alive. It will be alive if pictures are taken by professional and experienced event photographer and it is same as in the case of social and charity events. Hire an event photographer who has good market value as well as experience. If there is any event in your surroundings and you are in need of an event photographer then you can log onto events-photography.com. The service quality they support is simply unmatched. Moreover you will not find a better and affordable deal than that any where.