Is the music industry right for me?? From Heather McDonald

Hey guys.

I found this interesting blog post by a woman called Heather McDonald ( no I’m not talking about the actress lol )  who has written blogs and shares her experience within the music industry. For those who are wondering Heather McDonald has been working within the music industry since her teenage years. She has worked in many different aspects of the industry such as promotion, music tours, independent record labels etc. She has many many years of experience so it would be highly recommended to take notes!!!

On her blog sites she give many detailed tips and advice about working in the industry as well as giving pros and cons for each job sector. From what i have been reading so far they are a lot of key information which even i didn’t know or realize how important they were. She also talks about ”how to guide’‘ when starting a band, record, booking etc as well as advice on contracts and copyrights, music career guides and industry jobs. images (2)

I think this blog is well worth checking out especially for those who wish to break it into the industry and have a big passion for music itself. There is also a FAQ section and you can also email her to if you have any other questions you would like to know musicians@aboutguide.com 

Below i will add the link below:

http://musicians.about.com/od/otherindustrycareers/bb/choosecareer.htm

http://musicians.about.com/od/otherindustrycareers/bb/choosemusicjob2.htm

ABOUT HEATHER BIO : 

http://musicians.about.com/bio/Heather-McDonald-24203.htm

 

 

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10 ways a director MUST think like a line producer

Hey guys

I know its been a while since i posted anything but i have been busy these past few days with work and all but i’m still doing my thing with CutThroats.

Specking of that the other day i came across a blog site which was based on directing and production. Its from a man called Danny Indio / Danny Jiminian and well he’s basically a  producer, director, writer, editor and consultant. He lives in New York City. He enjoys working on offbeat projects and also collaborations with filmmakers you can also email him here :  DJ@ filmstrategy. comimages (1)

In this particular blog i found of his he talks about ways on how  future directors must think like a lines producer at times and he also give great tips and advice on the subject. I will add the link below and if you want to follow Danny just use the external links given on the site 🙂

The site films strategy itself has many different information based on working in the filming industry such as production, scrips and toolkit’s. So check out the link below for more information.

http://www.filmstrategy.com/2013/08/production-tips-10-ways-directors-must.html

Evolution of communication

There are so many ways to get in contact with people today and its just so easy nowadays that it makes it hard to just vanish out of thin air  when you want to loooool. I’m going to make a evolution of communication timeline (sort of) of how  social networking has evolved and how we stay in contact with them. Bare in mind i don’t remember everything only going to list the things i do remember lol. Of course we all know that the internet is top dog but even today we still more or less use the same methods as people did 50 years ago  when it comes to communicating with someone, though the methods of the past has either upgraded, business use mainly or some people just like staying old fashion

LATE 90s TILL PRESENT

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So these are the top dog ways aka the internet, but as you can see even some of the old social networking sites has changed since the internet first become popular. It has expanded to a wider range and even some of the sites has be claimed to be old school e.g Bebo and MSN

OK SO BEFORE THE INTERNET BECAME POPULAR WE HAD:

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Pretty much back in the 90s cell phones started to become more and more popular and was very useful to us all to get in contact with someone when we needed to, then of course came the texting . Everyone (nearly) owns a cell phone, of course we can do so much more with it then just calling and texting and even texting has become a thing of the past thanks to Whatsapp, BBM, imessage and many other free apps we can have to communicate.

AND EVEN FURTHER BACK WE HAD:

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Pretty much similar to the 90s but during the 80s when cell phones were brought out to this world not only was it super huge but also very expensive, so not many people had them. Most people would still use some of the other methods listed below before the cell phones existed.   However today millions and millions of people has one.

EVEN FURTHER BACK:

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Home phones were top choice, and has been around for very long time up until now and because we didn’t have any device to save any number or address we’d use a little book or in case we forgot it we can always resort to the classic napkins. But if you had to message someone how lives far away then sending letters was another option in case you didn’t have their number to call. Still today we still send letters though it more for business i.e sending contracts and what not or when we need to send a  large parcel. Home telephones again something we have today as well but again not many people use it due to having cheap contracts and great deals on a cell phone or just use the internet. Some people still use contact books however we now save our contacts into one place.

EVEN FURTHER FURTHER BACK

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So more or less these are other things some people would use to get in touch with someone. Faxing was around in those times and still is today, messenger boy use to deliver letters by bicycle or deliver by foot although today we call the mail men lol. Telegraphs  i don’t think anybody uses that and as for pigeons we can say for sure nobody uses them haha.

EVEN FURTHER FURTHER FURTHER FURTHER BACK

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It was all just a coincidence. before we had ways the methods to communicate with someone  it was  just luck. And still even today its like that believe it or not. Its not all the time we get to stay in touch with someone we used to know even with all the technology and all the devices. Sometimes its just a coincidence :P.

Hope you enjoyed this blog, if you feel like i missed anything out or you had your own ways of staying in touch with someone please comment below.  I myself have probably forgotten a few things then again it is 9.30am so go easy on me. Till then bye 🙂

Who is who part 3 ( LNDs)

Who are the LNDs?
The LNDs have been on the tip of everyone’s tongue for the last two years, but who are they? The duo consists of two rappers, Jay and Mario. Jay the eldest of the two was born and raised in Hackney, spending most of his life in that area. However, just before finishing secondary school Jay’s parents decided it would be best they move to Grenada, for two years. During those two years, Jay was said to have learnt many important life skills, which then went on to keep him out of trouble.

Mario was born in Colombia. He later on moved to the UK, with his family at a young age, but has since then has not forgotten his native tongue, in which he usually raps. Since returning to the UK, both Jay and Mario met, by chance in Hackney. Since then the LND’s story began. Within days having both realised they shared a passion, as well as a talent for music they started to write new material. They are now a hard working duo that are developing and recording exciting transatlantic music, which consists of both an English and Latin sound.

The LNDs main aim is to allow their music to connect with people positively. “Our musical concept is to bring together real life situations, as a form of escapism”. The themes in their music can be seen through everyday life experiences, such as love, heart break and the effects of growing up inside a modern city. Together their music can cross the global and be identified by people from all walks of life. This is a far cry from the street lyrics; which they first decided to start writing. However, they made a conscious decision to make songs which did not glorify the violence, which from an early age surrounded them whilst having grown up. The LNDs believe that they have something fresh and new to offer as a duo in the music industry.

Since having started with the hip hop genre, they later moved on to work with other genres such as reggaeton, and a variety of other fusion genres. This has benefited the duo by making them more diverse and adaptable, as well as creating a unique sound for themselves. However, the two specific genres which they are mainly focused on are hip hop and reggaeton, but effortlessly combine new and different genres to their sound. Mario produces some of their more unique instrumentals while the rest have been produced for by various U.K producers and they are now working with producers from the USA.

Starting in 2002 they would meet up to write music whenever possible and finally started to record in 2007 by making very important contacts in the industry. Today they laugh as they look back and remember of dreaming to one day to use a professional studio.
Today that dream and so much more has materialised with hard work and commitment as they continue their journey. Both have completed university degrees and work part time to fund their music promotions and activities. The LNDs are performing across London with their exciting new sound and also constantly writing new material as well as recording frequently.

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iTunes Link: https://t.co/ek9YeBey4F

Website :www.TheLNDs.com

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thelnds

Follow us on Instagram: The LNDs

Subscribe on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheLNDs

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thelnds1

 

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Even more streotyping. World list

Just a list of more types of stereotypes we hear today’s world. This it not to offend anyone, these are the things we hear in society and media on a daily base and statement i have either heard or found.

 

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  • All English people are posh
  • All Irish and Scottish people are alcoholics
  • All french people are rude or just eat cheese and bread all day
  • All Spanish people eat Chorizo
  • All Italians are in the Mafia and eat spaghetti, lasagna, and pizza only.
  • All Hollanders smokes weed
  • All Russians are violent Mobs
  • All Germans are still following and supporting the  Nazi
  • All Indian people are either doctors or work in a telecom company
  • All middle east hates the west
  • All Italians are good lovers and romantic
  • All Asian people are super smart compare to other races
  • All Black people have big dicks and Asians has the smallest
  • All Thai people are ladyboys
  • All Japanese people love manga and anime
  • All Rednecks are stupid
  • All Americans are supersize
  • All Germans drink is Beer and eat Sausages
  • All Jews are cheap
  • All Greeks are hairy
  • All Colombians take cocaine
  • All Mexicans wear Sombreros and drink Tequila
  • All African Americans are good at basket ball
  • All Africans are the fastest runners
  • All Chinese does martial arts
  • All Americans are obsessed with celebrities
  • All Canadians lives in the woods
  • All Swedish people buy all their furniture from Ikea
  • All Eastern Europeans are job takers
  • All Mexicans are job takers
  • All Indian do is eat curry and dance
  • All Asians has small boobs
  • All black people has big butts
  • All American women are plastic surgery obsessed
  • All Muslim women wear the vial or burka
  • All Muslim women are housewives
  • All Eastern European are thieves
  • All Mexicans eat is tacos
  • All Arab people owns a oil company or are kings and princes
  • All Arab people drives a Mercedes or BMW

Wow what a list loool i’m sure they are many many more out there. If you found some more just comment below 🙂

 

Top 10 stereotypical things we hear at least more then once

Well today i choose to talk about ” stereotypes” but the really really common ones you hear sooooooo much that you want to punch someone in the face if they dare to ask you and some of them are in fact myths or they are true but not as used or said on a daily bases. Now some of the stereotypes are rude, insulting and very very narrow minded facts, so don’t take offence on my list, it’s not me who says them its what society says in general.

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1. All black people loves eating  chicken ONLY

Well we all do really it’s not just black people, to be honest i don’t even know where this fact came from. It’s like to say black people don’t eat anything else but chicken, which we all no its not true. I mean Asian people eat chicken, S.Americans eat chicken basically the whole world does. Oh and by the way some black people are vegetarians or vegans so i guess the stereotype doesn’t apply there.

 

2. All Italians say Ma ma mia

No they don’t, hardly anyways. My father is Italian and i never heard him say it in all my life, i met my family from my fathers side and again rarely heard it. Been Italy and they don’t use that phrase. They do say Va fan culo a lot that i can say is true. But Ma ma mia no -_-

 

3. Everyone in  Holland smokes weed

This fact is by true as in yes it is legal to smoke it but some assume all Hollanders smoke week. Some don’t eve smoke a normal cigarette never mind weed. But i hear a lot of people say things like ” they only reason why people is so happy is because of the weed”. No that’s not 100% true they are also happy because they have a good education system, its recorded to be in the top 10 places to safely raise a child, they have good medical system  they have good food, they are very expressive. So its not the week that makes them happy only.

 

4. All men do is think about sex

I mean i guess we all do really both male and female, its part of human nature. But its not true that men think about it every second of the day. Some women think about it more then men. I mean think about it in a whole day we have to go to work, solve our problems, meeting friends, going here and there. So your mind is already filled up with things to do or sort out. Maybe at then end of the day when your relaxing sex might pop into your head but not every single time. Unless your diagnosis with being a sex addict.

 

5. All gays are promiscuous

I really find this statement so narrow minded. What about straight people can’t they be promiscuous to????  Whether you are straight, bi, gay, transgender whatever you are there will always be promiscuous and very hard to get type of people. Its about the individual itself not the sexuality you are.

 

6. All women are  housewives

Some women can actually do a mans job better then a man himself. Not all women are good cooks either some are really really shit at it. Not all women just clean the house all day, it is not the 1500s anymore its 2013. We are all on a more or less equal level now. I see some women work in mechanics, building construction basically anything that is usually a mans job. Saying the women should be at home cooking and cleaning as a serious statement is very sexist.

 

7. All Muslims are terrorists

This is the most bias,insulting, degrading thing you can say. I don’t even know how this even escalated to this point (probably the media) .  But its not the religion that’s are terrorists, murders etc its the individual person him/herself. So rather then judge and accuses  by a whole why not just deal with it as a individual person. This whole terror thing has nothing to do with Muslims or any other religion whatsoever. Terrorists can be from anywhere or any background not from a religion which are based in peace and love.

 

8. All Asian people know martial arts

I think the reason why this statement is such a stereotypical thing to think is mainly because what you see in movies. Nearly all moves that have martial arts are always played but Asian people. But note that not all Asian people do marital arts. They might practice some form or martial arts in school as part of a sport but don’t expect all Asian people are like Bruce Lee.

 

9.  All Italians are in the Mafia

I know again we see this in films as such but trust me whenever someone say to my father ” are you in the Mob” he might laugh few times but after a while he looks really annoyed. I can understand why to. I mean people would ask me if my father is in the mafia and after a while that common joke just becomes really boring and annoying. I will tell you one thing tho, the mafia doesn’t advertise themselves in a billboard or something or tattoo on their forehead  ” i am a mafia please join here” They the very very secretive and they do blend in well with the crowd so you can’t really tell who is who and they won’t tell you either.

 

10. All black people are criminals

This one doesn’t not and should not just apply to one race. Everyone whether you are black, white, Asian etc can be criminals if they want to and some are in each race category.  And again i think that if your hungry and have no money, no food, no prospects no way out basically then anyone regardless of race would steal or try something to make ends meet. I think that still today black people are being neglected in society and even so not  directly but indirectly not given the same chances of other would. Now i know its 2013 and not the 1950s but still it happens like i said not direct but indirect. So if you limit their chances to get somewhere in life then of course they won’t have equal things then others and they will struggle and the will have no choice but to steal. Then again like i said its not a one race thing, anyone can become a criminal.