Sep 24, 2014

Episode 145: Richard McMurry: The Art of the Art Show Hustle


Painting by Richard McMurry, Severn Art. 2014

This week on The JellyVision Shpw Podcast we talk to indie artist, Richard McMurry, about the art show hustle. Richard talks to us about having to sacrifice some of the time he usually spends painting, on a marketing strategy in order to increase the success of his art shows.  Richard is an amazing surreal painter based in Northern Virginia.

It is all about the art of the hustle in order for artists to reach an audience and earn a loyal fan base. Here are some of the art hustle tips we share  on this episode:

--hit the pavement with a smile and postcards
--network even when you are an introvert. Just put on a different hat!
--Be authentic
--Talk to people, tell your story and make a genuine connection
--learn how to leverage social media to continue the conversationction
--vary your price points by changing the format of your art in order to appeal to a new art collecting audience
--Tell everyone you know what you do and what you have going on
--Make friends with Design Groups
--Contact other arts organizations and forge mutually beneficial relationships (Thanks NOMA!)
--build & use your email list
--Give something away to attract an audience
--Be professional
--Be an artist with a capital "A"

In addition to marketing,  we have some fun throwing around some ideas for art shows we would like to see happen. Richard is producing an upcoming art show, The Black Light Show, which opens Sept. 27th from 8-11pm at The Fairfax Art League. Enjoy food, drinks and mild intoxication! You can also see his work at Gallery NK now until the closing reception on Thursday Oct. 2nd from 5-8pm.

Sep 17, 2014

Episode #144: Photographer James L. Hicks: Following Your Guides to Find Your Passion



On this week's episode of The JellyVision Show Podcast, we speak to indie photographer James L. Hicks about his career path from fashion and celebrity photographer to author/photographer of the coffee table book trilogy, Drag Dolls, Dames & Divas. In the first book from the series, James captures the stunning artistry of various genres of Drag Queens. The pages of the book are incredible examples of his extreme talents as a photographer. Already celebrating international sales and high praise, Drag Dolls, Dames & Divas will be proudly displayed on many coffee tables and will be sure to spark some incredible conversations. We can't wait for Volume 2!

On his way to his first indie publishing endeavor, James encountered several "guides" who led him to his current passion. These guides were people in his life who influenced him with subtle suggestions--one of which was a suggestion by a friend to watch RuPaul's Drag Race which inspired him to want to work with Drag Queens and launch the Drag Dolls, Dames & Divas Coffee Table Book Series. Through hardwork, networking and intuition, James is a creative entrepreneurship success story!

From Amazon!

"The ultra-fabulous Drag Dolls, Dames & Divas that grace the glossy pages are some of today's most popular female impersonators (including former contestants from RuPaul's Drag Race). This work of art includes many styles of drag ranging from the beauty queen to the campy queen, the fishy(realistic) girl to the gender bender and the celebrity impersonator to the girl next door. This fierce book is a must have for your coffee table. A portion of the proceeds from this fabulous book will be donated to the It Gets Better Project."

Sep 9, 2014

Episode 143: Rayceen Pendarvis: Finding Your Purpose



This week on The JellyVision Show Podcast, we are privileged to speak with Rayceen Pendarvis. Rayceen is a creative entrepreneur, activist, writer for Swerve Magazine, community leader, gender blender, organizer for the LGBT community and Host of the live, monthly talk show at LIV Nightclub, The Ask Rayceen Show.

We talk to Rayceen about walking in his purpose and standing in his light. Rayceen has a very clear idea of who he is and his calling in the world and is strongly guided by his spirituality.

Rayceen is also a great example of the power of positivity and kindness. As an active member of the LGBT community for over thirty years, Rayceen has seen many friends die way too soon. Despite, an unreasonable amount of tragedy, he used the experiences to motivate him to always maintain a positive impact in his community.

And the LGBT community is a driving force of inspiration and support for his current project, The Ask Rayceen Show. Rayceen is the host and producer of this free, monthly talk show that gives opportunities to a variety of artists in the LGBT community. Part of the show includes a segment where Rayceen offers up frank and open advice on relationship and sex issues.

We learned a lot from Rayceen about defining your purpose and acting on it with extreme kindness.

Don't miss the next Ask Rayceen Show on Wed. Sept. 10th at 7pm!  It is FREE, FUN and ALL are welcome! You can meet the photographer and author of Drag Dolls, Dames and Divas, James L. Hicks too!
Please tell Rayceen you heard him on The JellyVision Show!

Sep 3, 2014

Episode #142: Comedy Entrepreneur Wayne Manigo: On Sacrificing for THE Dream



What are you willing to do to accomplish your dreams?  Would you live in your car for a year with a smile on your face? In this powerful episode of The JellyVision Show, we talk to Wayne Manigo about the extreme sacrifices he made for his entrepreneurial dreams, the power of positivity and the importance of practicing the laws of attraction. Wayne is a Washington, DC stand-up comic, writer, producer, co-founder of the DC Comedy Writers Group, a contributing columnist for Stage Time Magazine with his column, Addicted to Comedy and an accomplished home chef.

Minnie Jeremiahed joins the conversation to learn how she can steer her comedy careers in the right direction. Minnie is the first ever multiple-personality comic. She is one person with many unique comedic voices to share with the world. She wrestles with creative control on the show and in her life.

After this episode you will be rooting for Wayne, Minnie and yourself.

**Special thanks to improviser, Katie Dunn, for bringing Minnie and all her funny friends to life.**