SHOWBIZ OVERDO™2016/09/07

"Intelligence Has Swag" by SHOWBIZ OVERDO™

We at ANDREAM™ believe that is time for us as young adults and entrepreneurs to take a different approach on what we as role models influence our fans to label as sexy. We all should agree that sex appeal is mostly build around good looks, muscular bodies and voluptuous curves. The trait that is found to be the most lacking in the sex industry is Intelligence. There is nothing sexier to me than an educated woman with dreams and aspirations. Intellect triggers those aspirations with qualities such as confidence, ambition, and independence, three traits that can be vital for Intellectual swagger.

Confidence can be defined as one’s ability to believe in oneself. At ANDREAM™ we find confidence to be the most difficult and yet most rewarding of the three traits. Human beings are generally slaves of insecurities by instinct. Most hide behind blankets of false hope pretending to have faith in their own potential to succeed. The truth however, in most cases turns out to be the entire opposite. Confidence is one of the many stepping stones in living life. Each step taken is measure by one’s ability to rise upon the next. Without confidence a person’s “so called” swagger will continue to remain in jeopardy.

The next step in which we have found to be the cornerstone of one’s confidence, is Ambition. Ambition is the hand that rocks the cradle of success. The desire to self educate can only be controlled by the individual. The line that separates a person’s insanity from ingenious is measured only by one’s success and failures. Once you get to the point in life you’re not worried about who’s trying to stop you.

You will realize the only person who can stop you is yourself. Some people will never realize their full capabilities. For the select few of us who aim towards greatness within we advice that do not to step out of the way and clear the path. You see there is a science to every great mystery in life. Once one has mastered an obstacle, ambition will enable you to devour and advance to the next step in your path.

From the days of an infant man has been placed in several stages of life. Each test gradually ascending from one step to the next. The youth and innocence of childhood leads man always reaching for support, reaching for strength and guidance. As a young adult learns daily as blindfolds unravel, and light brings life a new meaning. The meaning is to be strong, to be resilient, and to have the ability to be able to take control of their actions. Each person is born with the ability to provide for them self and a family of their own. It is up to that individual to be able to step forward and claim their independence.


SHOWBIZ OVERDO™2016/09/07

"Master's Degree Journey Ends" by SHOWBIZ OVERDO™  

Welcome back to the Showbiz Overdo™. After the start of this New Year, another year is actually coming to an end. The final month of my Masters of Science, Entertainment Business degree program has arrived. The past couple of months have been a mixture of holiday celebrations, a three-year financial Pro-Forma, and a twenty five-page business plan. Last year during this time period the celebration was for completing my bachelor’s degree while registering for my masters. During the first month my predictions for this course were to be able to present a great business plan that the investors on the board would potentially be interested.

Through the year this business plan has transformed and recreated itself. Each month added a new layer and still opening new opportunities for expansion. Now after basically completing two-degree programs back to back the idea is to put this education at use. Being located overseas is a great opportunity working in the event management business. So during my time in Europe this education will strengthen my own abilities to be an effective leader, listener, and event planner. Currently the stars are aligning in favor here in Deutschland. New events are on the horizon and multiple revenue streams have been created. Expansion throughout the surrounding countries in Europe will be the next goal to be accomplished.

​As much as I enjoy the event management business and working in the music industry my heart and soul lies in film and television. That is the beauty of this degree. The potential careers range from Artist Manager, Marketing and Promotion, Casting Director, and even a Film or TV Producer. Dreams of the future directing on the set of blockbuster movies, or maybe as a TV Producer using concepts from our graphic novel character based entertainment entity. Each day is a step closer. Over the past couple of years with Full Sail I've learned a lot of information about the entertainment business. However school is out. So it's time I zip up my A.S.98's... just Google 'em! 

SHOWBIZ OVERDO™2016/09/07

"Experts on the Value of Business Plans" by SHOWBIZ OVERDO™ 

Welcome back to this month’s entry of SHOWBIZ OVERDO. The focus for today’s discussion will be expert views on the value of business plans. Two very successful experts in the industry are Andrea Cockerton and PhD Carl Schramm. We will focus on what are some of the critical and key components that investors are looking for when reviewing a business plan. Andrea Cockerton is from the United Kingdom and is an independent pitch expert and advisor. Throughout her career she has worked with three hundred and fifty entrepreneurs in the world of business. Her expertise revolves around “venture funding and business critical ideas.”

Andrea Cockerston’s success throughout her career has allow her to be able to hold entrepreneurial workshops, network events for businesses in the United Kingdom and has also helped large companies develop key talks in order to successfully impact the business world. One of her suggestion that I’ve considered for my own plan is when Andrea mentions that it is important to ask for money from investors and bankers before there is no cash left. Andrea states, “Going to investors at too late a stage is a risky strategy. Better is to look at the long-term objectives.” Carl Schramm is a PhD economist and also a former President and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in 2012, which is a private philanthropic foundation.

The Economist magazine named Schramm the "evangelist of entrepreneurship". The most critical and key component that Carl Schramm is looking for in a business plan is the characteristics of the entrepreneur. Carl Schramm believes that entrepreneurs must be outsiders, and capable of asking the hard questions. The entrepreneur usually has worked in multiple places in the world, and been involved with a start up company. Also the entrepreneur has worked in multiple industries and has had a job that he or she did not like. The most valuable point that I’ve gained personally for my own business plan is that Carl Schramm does not believe in sticking to business plans.  It is important to be able to adapt to changes and respond intelligently. He believes that business plans get out of date quickly, and things never go as planned. Especially working in the entertainment business.

SHOWBIZ OVERDO™2016/09/07

"Netflix Originals Taking a Stand!" by SHOWBIZ OVERDO™

Welcome to November’s entry into the Showbiz Overdo™. Each month we select a new topic and have a discussion regarding the entertainment industry. This month we have a list of original programs distributed by Netflix. Show’s such as Hemlock GroveHouse of CardsBorgia, and Orange is the New Black showcase Netflix as a production company. Netflix has become a household brand in the United States and their now reaching for a global market. Just recently Netflix has expanded they're market to most European countries including here in Germany. Although the film selection that Germany has compared to the American archive is vastly different. It’s safe to say that Netflix is becoming a driven force for online media consumption.

One area that separates Netflix from their competitors is their ever-expanding archive of original television series and films. Just this year Netflix has released Penny DreadfulFrom Dusk Till DawnThe Killing, and Peaky Blinders as the latest Netflix Original series. The brand itself is starting to build a reputation. Some of the most successful products that Netflix has to offer come from their in house productions. Original content adds to the exclusivity, uniqueness, and customer satisfaction. Customers are able to create brand loyalty with Netflix because they are aware that they will only see certain shows if they are willing to have subscription to Netflix.

Netflix also understands that they can target different genre’s to gain a following from a wider variety of audiences. So each original series targets a different genre. If you are currently a fan of Netflix Originals then rest assure knowing that Netflix plans to release several new series and films over the course of the next few years. Whatever your preference in genre, Netflix has comedy, animation, drama, thrillers, and documentaries, talk shows, crime, drama, and superheroes. Yes this is true, Netflix has even teamed up with the Marvel Universe and will be developing a series based off of the comic book character Daredevil that is scheduled to being released in 2015. Netflix Originals are gradually becoming the best product Netflix has to offer.

SHOWBIZ OVERDO™2016/09/07

"Comic Book Industry Trends - Digital Comics" by SHOWBIZ OVERDO™

Today we will be focusing on how digital comics have become a successful trend within the comic industry. Digital comics have been around for a few years, but recently the market has proven to be profitable for comic book developers. The great news is that digital comics are not destroying the market for printed comics. Instead it is allowing developers to distribute their material more cost efficiently. Many new developers have the option of entering the industry online, and then expanding into print once they have build up enough recognition.

One of the most amazing benefits of creating a digital archive is the potential to offer older catalogues. When a comic book company such as Marvel offers digital comic books online, they also have the ability to offer older material that was sold in the past. With the different advancement in technology, readers also have the ability to access their digital material on multiple devices. Outside of Dark Horse virtually every single comic book publisher has signed on to the comiXology platform for distribution. Since then, the comiXology application was able to become the third highest grossing app on the iTunes store in 2013.

Digital comic book industry is allowing ambitious independent creators to create new business models. Companies such as Monkeybrain Comics had a great level of success publishing their comics as a digital only imprint. Monkeybrain was eventually able to secure a deal with the traditional publishers for the printed versions as well. Digital comics are also more flexible when it comes to creation. Printed comics always needed to be 20 pages.

​Now that the comics can be developed digitally, the developers can use as many pages that they feel necessary to build a storyline. I think this is great for the comic book industry, and I am looking forward to seeing what new trends develop. Many publishers have stated that the digital comic’s are basically untapped market. Industry observer Rob Salkowitz stated “We are in the midst of the “dawn of a golden age” for digital comics.” I am feeling inspired.


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