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Monday, September 04, 2006

Stepping Stone?

My bud, Chartreuse, aka Prince Campbell, has an interesting post on his blog about videobloggers crossing over to the mainstream. You already know my take on that subject. What's yours?

Can't wait to finally meet in person in Santa Monica next month, Char!!!

Oh, check out Char's main gig, The Blogging Times-- hot stuff... and their new videoblogtress, Erin Fetherman-- hotter stuff... ;)

We go way back, right Char? Feel free to skip to the end...


  • At 3:06 PM, Blogger Teresa said…

    But if a network or cable channel offered you a leading role in a show; would you accept?
    I know your ultimate goal is not to get into the small or big screen but if the opportunity presented itself, I would hope you would accept.

  • At 3:46 PM, Blogger Amanda said…


    Before I started making a career for myself as a videoblogger, my goal was to work in comedy on television. I am not particularly interested in movies... so I wouldn't actively pursue that path...

    My interest now is the space in-between. I'm focused on bridging the gap between mainstream and internet culture. That's where I am working now-- in the gap.

    I love both TV and vlogs for different reasons. And that's where I will be in this next stage of my career-- working in both mediums. The ironic thing? All the people at the old media organizations that I'm working with are interested in a lot more than just my face...

    For me it's more about the people rather than the institution. How I work (as writer/producer/actor as opposed to a talking head) and who I work with are much more important to me than where I work...

    As I've witnessed first hand, there are people who "don't get it" in new media (even when they may fake that they do), and people who "do get it" in old media... and visa versa. It's just about finding like-minded people...good people. People that respect you and your contributions... (and that pay you for all your hard work). I finally feel like I've found my peeps.

    Back to writing... :)

  • At 6:19 PM, Blogger Steve Garfield said…

    Thanks for the links to Chartreuse which led me to Lisa Nova!

  • At 7:31 PM, Blogger chartreuse.beta said…

    Thanks for the love sweetheart.

    In internet time we're like history. Things have changed a lot since then! For both of us.

    I stand behind my post.

    The people who 'get it' can be found in all fields. The bottomline of everything is always the people.


  • At 8:01 PM, Blogger wcoastman said…

    Chartreuse.beta is a cool blog. I never thought that he is the man behind The Blogging Times.

  • At 8:41 PM, Blogger - Terrence said…

    MY MY who is that in the first picture in that post?!?!

    Anyway, I suspect more people are using the web for a stepping stone than not, but at the same time I think these are they who are missing the point. It is to them that the Wall Street Journal article you mentioned, the one I didnt like, applies.

    Those who see what's really going on willcarve out a future for themselves where its happing. We live in a vast and infinite sea of possibilities whereas old media is on one road and we all know where it ends.

  • At 9:18 PM, Blogger WO7 said…

    I think the mini media is a stepping stone , but not in the conventional since. This is the first time in my lifetime that any artist can "let it all hang out" for the world. No longer is the casting couch. or big money, or powerful Hollywood production companies, deciding who is talented and who is not or who deserves a break. The audience does that now.
    That is the reason the 3 minute spots are so popular. The audience can watch more artist in a short time and choose their favorites. Its like the 45 RPM records as opposed to the Long Play Album where you have to sit through a bunch of songs you may not like, just to hear the one favorite.
    When you decide on your favorite artist, you can support them.

  • At 10:11 PM, Blogger chartreuse.beta said…

    Just to clarify, I have two partners in the Blogging Times project. Howard Lindzon and Minic Rivera. They do all the real work.

  • At 10:41 PM, Blogger Howard Lindzon said…

    Thanks Amanda. Minic has done a great job as a one man show but Chars touch is there in a few short weeks.

    I will be in New York this week so I will try and catch La Laque at the Mercury Lounge

  • At 9:11 AM, Blogger wcoastman said…

    Agree. That blog must be dead without Chartreuse.beta. You're a saviah!

  • At 12:00 PM, Blogger J.W. said…

    Videobloggers going mainstream?

    Who's done that? No wait, I mean, who's *successfully* done that???

    Seriously, let me know, Ain't nobody I ever heard of done that yet.

    If you can and you want to cross over, you should. Simple as that.

    But don't think that just bc you're popular online means OM will want you. You gotta demonstrate competency in the skill set required for the position you want. Case in point: Successful Broadway actors who "go Hollywood" (see: Hugh jackman) already have credentials proving they're qualified for the job: Directors already know they can act, dance, sing, and adapt to various roles.

    Vloggers often have no visible or proven desired skills, only a fan base that's easily dwarfed by the fan bases of any well known mainstream celebrity, which frankly isn't enough IMO. that goes for ZeFrank and you Amanda. I've seen you both do silly, campy, light hearted acting - but never anything that demonstrates serious, professional grade acting. You know - real, serious, good acting that you see in the kind of movies that win awards. And if you can do that, why don't you do it, and post it online? Eh? Bring it. Get a script, a couple other actors, and film a short where you're the star. Same goes for journalism, or whatever role you want to cross into. Prove you can do it professionally just by, well, doing it professionally (I refer to quality when I say 'professionally'). Then slap it on your resume, pray for a lucky break, and go get 'em!

    So that's my opinion.

    The End

  • At 12:30 PM, Blogger Amanda said…

    Luckily, I don't have to pray for a break. My break was Ari hearing me on NPR. What luck!

    I guess time will tell though. :)

  • At 3:19 PM, Blogger - Terrence said…

    There will always be those who see it all as a matter of luck.


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