Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Wedding Jewelry Show - Another Collaborative

With two really great collaborative video projects behind me, one for Christmas 2008 and another for Valentines Day 2009, I'm gathering artisans of one of a kind jewelry designs for a Wedding Jewelry Presentation. Not only am I creating a presentation video of wedding jewelry that will post to YouTube, but during my radio talkshow on the internet, I'll actually do a show on the Jewelry, including brief bios on each designer and a display of each individual contribution. Artists are welcome to join the show and talk about their own work, or I'll do it for you with my co-host if you can't make the show!

My target date to finish this project and start promoting it is May 1st. That
means I need Photos by April 24th to begin working on the video! It's
going to be posted at Youtube and shared with the broadcast room of The
Jewelry Connection just in time to garner interest from potential
clients for all of those wonderful spring and summer weddings! This
could include bride's maids jewelry as well! If the response is as big
as some of the other projects it could even work into 2 videos! Let's
see where it goes! People who are contributing to these videos are
experiencing increased traffic at their sites!

Home Page for The Jewelry Connection is http://www.nowlive.com/mona77401
Broadcast Room for The Jewelry Connection is http://www.nowlive.com/showid/63074
look for the little yellow letters that read OPEN AUDIO and slide the open audio bar to the far left to resolve streaming audio issues when you enter the broadcast room!

If you're interested in joining me in this new project please contact me!
What I need from you to create the presentation:
1. submit pictures with your name, location, and website in condensed bold
letters, large enough to easily read. The best font I have found for this
application is: Myriad Web Pro Condensed (this is a Font)
If you don't have this font, I'll add your information to your pictures for you!
2. minimum size for jpgs is 500x500 pixels. Larger is ok. I can always re-size
down without loss of resolution, but enlarging small pictures creates a profound
loss in clarity. Higher resolution images are better...like the ones directly
from a digital camera set to "fine".
3. send your pictures to me and I'll get them in the line-up for the video!
Please send your pictures to mhair [!at] pdq.net
I'll be creating a file for all contributing artists.
Also send me a short bio about yourself that I can present during the release of
the video!
There will be a SHOW featuring the release of the video. Individual pictures and bios of artists will be presented as an actual Wedding Show. All artists are encouraged to attend the show and participate, but it isn't mandatory.
The show is being run with Skype now. The download is free, the calls are free,
and the sound quality is superior to anything I've done in the past! Calling
into the show with Skype does require ear phones. Cheap ones that plug into the
back of the computer work great! If you can't attend the show or don't want to, I'll present your pictures and bio for you with my Co-host Dr. Gail Devoid.

Tips for Photos:
Necklaces that are in the round with lots of space in the center don't work very
well. If they can be displayed in a more compact arrangement I can bring them up
with a zoom for a closer view. If they are spread out I can't offer viewers a
closer look at the work.

When composing shots of your jewelry, take the pictures with a bit of open
surround space, with the jewelry in the center. This open space in the
background allows me to pan and zoom to create an impression of motion rather
than a series of still shots and gives the viewer a far away view as well as a
closeup. If you watch some of the videos I've already created, you'll see what
is happening when I pan and zoom. The photo composition very much dictates how
much or little I can do with it, artistically, from a video point of view.
This is a bridal show! Don't be afraid to break the rules when it comes to
presentation. Use a swag of lace, some orchids, a necklace draped over a tiara,
some lilies or anything else that adds a sense of romance to the pictures.
The video is meant to create romance, ambiance, and intrigue. These kinds of
pictures are not the same kind of pics one might necessarily shoot for
presenting at a website/point of sale. The more inviting the pictures are, the
more likely a potential client is to actually go and visit your website to find
out more about the design. That's where your other pictures and your item
descriptions will do the job of selling! There will be those who submit pictures
that they have had saved from shop submissions and I'll have to use whatever I
get, but if you want to shine, get me pictures that will Wow the crowd!
If you've heard from me, I probably already like the pictures you have on display and consider them suitable for the presentation.

Let me know if you have any other questions! This is fun and easy.
I do the bulk of the work. I just need pictures that thoroughly ID the designer, with name, location, and website plus a short bio.
The response to previous collaborative events of this type
have been very favorable. We did a show like this for Christmas 2008, for
Valentines Day 2009. You Tube watchers Loved them and they got lots of action in
the Broadcast Room as well! You can see those videos at http://www.youtube.com/mona77401

It is possible for me to collect your pictures from your website, add your information to your pictures and even collect the bio you have on display in your profile, but I need your permission to do that.
Producer and Host of The Jewelry Connection
http://www.nowlive.com/showid/63074 - Broadcast Room
http://www.nowlive.com/mona77401 - Home Page of The Jewelry Connection

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Meet Guest Artist Don Wolford of Princess Bride Jewelry

Don Wolford has been designing jewelry for Brides and Bride's Maids for a long time. Don will be joining us in the broadcast room via Skype for a live interview, review of work, and question/answer session to follow. He's a warm and wonderful human being with a romantic soul. The show is sure to be interesting, entertaining, and informative! Please join me in welcoming Don Wolford of Princess Bride Jewelry to the Broadcast Room of The Jewelry Connection!
Date: March 29th, 2009
Time: in the USA show time is 12pm PST, 2pm CST, or 3pm EST
Time: in Europe - show time is 9pm except in the UK where show time is 8pm
Location: www.nowlive.com/showid/63074 which is clickable in the link to the Broadcast Room above!
Best to All!
PS: Add me to your Skype Contacts to join in the show with audio for comments ect.
my Skype id is mona77401

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Jewelry Connection -Live Video is back up!

Fund raising for The Jewelry Connection is working well! We raised $139.00 toward reinstating streaming video for the show! I made up the difference to a total of $200.00 and for this month we have streaming live video again. We still need contributions of any amount from everyone to help us continue with live streaming video. Some sponsors have been solicited for support of the show and I'm waiting to hear back from them.
March 15th, 2009 Susy Garner of Dallas Texas will be joining us in the broadcast room as featured guest artist! Susy will be sharing a very inspiring story of how she left a traditional day job in persuit of her career as an independent artist. We will be reviewing some of her work and offering a question and answer session to follow! Please join me in welcoming Susy Garner to the Broadcast Room!
Location: The Jewelry Connection
Show Time: 12pm PST, 2pm CST, 3pm EST in the US
Show Time for Europe: 9pm except in the UK, where show time is 8pm

Upon entering the broadcast room please find the little slide bar next to the tiny yellow letters that read Open Audio and slide that bar all the way to the left to cure distortions and looping of the streaming audio!
You can grab a user id at the Now Live Support Page which will allow you to enjoy live text chat in the broadcast room and many other functions not available to guest listeners without user ids.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Fund Raiser Coming Up for The Jewelry Connection

Dear Friends of The Jewelry Connection,
The Jewelry Connection program has enjoyed a bit more than a year of free broadcasting at Now Live, home site for the show. I'm grateful for that time and after reviewing a number of similar sites, this site offers the best support for the type of program I'm producing.
Last Thursday Now Live made some changes. Programs that want to continue broadcasting with LIVE video must now pay for the bandwidth to produce shows. The fee they are asking is two hundred dollars per month. That sounds like a lot doesn't it!
It isn't actually much at all if you all are willing to help support the show with a very small contribution. The last show where numbers of visitors was recorded was almost nine thousand live listeners. If each of those listeners donated only one dollar to support the show, we would be able to enjoy live streaming video for almost 4 years, so this is a goal that is easily attainable!
Sunday March 8th, 2009 I'll be hosting a fund raising program at The Jewelry Connection with my Co-host Dr. Gail Devoid.
I am able to continue broadcasting live audio, but no live video is available at the site at this time. It is still possible to call into the show, enjoy interviews, look at pictures, and watch videos in the broadcast room, but with no live video, the show is operating with a bit of a handicap if we want to host live tutorials and enjoy guest artist by web cam. Also, I am unable to show pictures of artist's work through the remote streaming video pod casters which is a huge handicap.
I know that this is a tough time in the economy to be trying to raise funds, but the support I'm asking for is very minimal.
Guest Artists, teachers, jewelry students, and I would all be very grateful for your contribution to support a program that I work very hard to make sure is worthy of your attention! Please join us during our program on Sunday afternoon and consider donating a small contribution in order to return the status of the show to include streaming video!
Date: March 8th, 2009
Show Time: 12pm PST, 2pm CST, 3pm EST
Show Time in Europe: 9pm and in the UK 8pm
To visit the home page of my on-line radio talk show The Jewelry Connection visit here: nowlive. com/mona77401
To visit the broadcast room: nowlive. com/showid/63074
Slide the Open Audio bar to the far left upon entering the broadcast room. Hit F5 on your keyboard to reset the broadcast room if videos won't load from the media files. F5 usually fixes anything that isn't functioning properly for you! Click on the media tab at top left in the broadcast room to open a double panel of videos and pictures that are already viewable there!
Looking forward to meeting with you on Sunday, March 8th!
Best Regards,
Producer and Host of The Jewelry Connection
An on-line radio talk show for and about Jewelry artisans!