A Way to Create in Which You Create

Don’t Cop Out

In my view,  when you create, if it is done for the greater good, it is a noble thing to do. Some creative people can’t create. It’s true. They have a high degree of creative ability except they don’t use it. Say for example a writer who claims writer’s block and therefore is not able to put words on paper. Unless this state of mind occurs because of a dire situation, not creating is in the opinion of many, a pure and simple cop out.

Bring it into Your Conscious Mind

Okay, maybe we’re being a bit too hard on the creative individual. In order to unblock writer’s block takes a bit of mind over matter. You need to want to write. This is where you have a discussion with your unconscious and ask it if it will please bring that material into your conscious mind.

How to Start to Create

Now, you can only have discussions with your brain on issues like being unable to create IF you really want to do so. For example, there are many who truly do not want to create. They think they want to, they may even believe that it is a feather in their cap about looking good in the eyes of others. Looking good to others is a motivation and not necessarily a bad. If you discover that this is why you do what you do, embrace it. Really give it a big hug and be willing to let go. This could very lead to your fingers on you computer keys to actually start to…Create!

NYC Create – This is Your Time to Create

NYC Create

This is your time to create. Your time to thank those essential workers who are making a difference. A friend of mine who is an essential worker is proud to be a part of a positive group of people.

How to Say “Thank You”

Saying thank you can be as simple as participating in the 7:00pm tradition here in the city of clanging pots and letting out hoots. It’ also a time to bring into focus what others are doing for us in your blog or even in your every day communicating to others.

NYC Create – This is Your Time to Create

Create with all your might your feelings about being in Manhattan, NY and being in lockdown. How has this been for you? How are things going. We want to know. So NYC Create!

Be Creative

Same as it Always Is

NYC Create was originally started to celebrate the good fortune of being in New York City and being able to create. It still is and no amount of Coronavirus can take that away.

New Ideas

It’s been several weeks now since COVID-19 took its hold. But creativity continues to abound. In some ways it has allowed for being focused on new ideas.

Creative Output

Having to stay indoors, has given way to increasing the creative output daily. Of being able to…NYC create.

Develop Your Creative Process


How to Get More Creative

NYC Create is a strong advocate for developing your creativity. And even if you’re someone who does not consider themselves to be creative, you can actually further develop your creativity with a series of steps that will keep you on track to maximizing this process.

Make them Comfortable

To start, be sure to ask questions of yourself that directly lead to coming up with solutions. But it needs to be the right questions. For example, if you have a retail location and want to sell a product there, asking the question of how can you sell may come down to asking yourself “…how you can create an environment that is conducive to people buying?” Making them comfortable and taken care of so that offers appeal to them.

Leverage What You Know Well

Your creativity can also be stimulated in the pursuit of becoming an expert in something that connects to your products and services. By having and building knowledge, the creative aspects of your mind will be triggered, especially in the areas you have knowledge of since you will have the breadth of understanding of a topic that leaves you free to get creative about it.

Leave Yourself Open to Possibility

Being creative means always being on the lookout for possible solutions. You can achieve this by being more mindful. In other words, don’t pre judge situations and instead be open to discovery. You can catch yourself in the act of judging and instead leave open the possibility for something else.

Increase Your Luck

Also, creatively you can create your own luck because if you consider yourself lucky you can become more lucky by being open to recognizing opportunities. Use your imagination by imagining what is possible.

Be Open

Of course, by the same token if something is not the right path to follow then shift gears and look at another method. This is a part of the creative process so you do not get fixated on a single idea. Don’t waste time, but through your openness be sure you accurately see a track to take.

Develop Marketing

An interesting creative strategy to use is to leave something undone. Let’s say for example you are a writer. Maybe leave a plot point not solved at the end of your writing time. That means when you return to writing you will need to stimulate your imagination to solve the problem today. This works for other areas as well such as developing marketing.

Give Yourself Time

It can also be great to brainstorm where you come up with lots of ideas about something. Sometimes you may want to give some space between coming up with ideas and then choosing the one you are actually going to use.

Do an “Act of Creativity”

You will want to train yourself to see relationships between things that may not seem related at first glance. Making those connections is an act of creativity.

Special thanks to Market Your Journey and Movie Process for encouraging us to write this post.

Keep Up with Marketing


Look to the Future

Hello businesses, performing artists and organizations. We’re here to discuss an issue that affects all of us. When it comes to marketing the old saying goes “The only constant is change.” So if you are a business who is seeking that intersection between marketing and strategy, due to constant changes occurring in technology, you need to be one step ahead of the curve. Or at least, with the present but looking toward the future. Additional stress can occur for those over 50, but that’s power for the course.

You Need a Thick Skin

This can at times be quite frustrating because just when you get used to a nice pace with known elements, the change happens. One thing disrupts the other, so you need to be thick skinned in your approach.

Hopefully You Have a Good Home Situation

Especially for Performing Artists, rents and purchases of homes in metropolitan areas can be pricey. Thankfully, if you reside in New York City, there is a solution that can happen via NYC Housing Lottery.

Human is Human

Meanwhile, there are some things that change more slowly and are a part of the equation. What is that? Why it’s human nature of course. We just have to look at the stories from Ancient Greece to see that this is the case. Also Shakespeare, which has held up well over the years because it still resonates with people.

Customer Taking Action

So how do you get on the right track? For what it’s worth, we make it our job to focus in on what is working today and what is not. We build a foundation to the building in looking at the goal of connecting a customer with a brand and then that customer taking action.

When the Moment Strikes

This means that as the elements change, you still have a somewhat stable first layer to your marketing. Then as changes occur they become integrated into the equation for the moment.

Customer Acquisition

But bottom line with all this is that it has to create results for the client. We are in very different times than even just 10 years ago. There are now the tools to see if something if working and to equate what amount is attached to a new customer acquisition.

Specific About Costs

Marketing efficiency is, for the lowest possible cost, delivering effective programs. You need to look at cost per inquiry, cost per sales-ready lead and so forth.

Know Your Audience

Throughout all this never forget that you need to know EXACTLY who you are trying to connect with. Because only then can you get the best possible outcome. Additionally, there will be revelations through the promotional process about who your demographic is, and this is just power for the course. Again, make sure you have a good home life to combat these obstacles.

Age

Integrate all the things you discover about your ideal customer because people in ways can change based on technology also. For example, an older person who rejects technology is going to take a very different approach than a young person who wants to possess the latest. Of course, this can work in reverse as well.

Campaigns Change

Campaigns and programs in the past of been the backbone of marketing, but recently this has started to change. Everything gets broken down into operations functions to be achieved. Each function can be a part of a campaign, but can also stand on its own.

USA Create and NYC Create Working Together


The 6 Step Version and the 19 Step Version are BOTH Included!

We’re talking of course about the eBook product from the new partnership of USAcreate.com and NYCcreate.com. This edition of the “How to Get New Customers” PDF is the “6 Easy Steps Method.” This is perfect for beginners. While for pros, as a special bonus included along with the newsletter is an exclusive bare bones outline of the “19 Steps Technique.” Media Administration is pulling its weight also to ensure this product is the very best it can be! And don’t forget Movie Process’ contribution on the video end.

NYC Create Joint Effort with Movie Process and Media Administration

Ultimately the three of us are developing content for USAcreate.com. Folks have been asking us about the 19 steps so getting the eBook can give you the outline of what they are and either have us create your customized web marketing tools or create them yourself! Althought it’s just the bare bones but, it is the exact same tools and 19 steps we use to get new customers so it’s been tested many times over!

Makers of Digital Web Marketing Tools

And don’t forget, USAcreate.com and MediaAdministration.com can make all the digital web marketing tools you need whether you are interested in doing the 6 Step or 19 Step approach. You of course also free to make the digital marketing tools for either of the solutions yourself. Again, details of how to purchase the eBook will be given toward the end of your 10 days of learning by email how to get new clients.

Too Many Newsletters?

How many newsletters are you subscribed to? How many of them did you then want to delete shortly after signing up? Our goal is that the ArtisticPreneur Newsletter (the official newsletter of USAcreate.com) remain having value to you.

We Work Hard to be Relevant

We take sending newsletters very seriously which is why we keep our newsletter content focused on the mission. We bring you weekly news that includes a hopefully useful marketing tip as well as relevant information regarding our in house projects. This includes documenting the process of working with partners such as Movie Process.

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John Yianni Stamas Reveals a Strategy to Achieve Your Goals

Do you have a goal you would like to achieve? You’ve come to the right place. Please continue to read!


Achieving Your Goals is the Mission

NYC Create came before USA Create and some say that in a manner of speaking NYC paved the way for the USA. John Yianni Stamas who is one of the originators of NYC Create sought to create a site that could help people achieve their goals. Goals that include things like those in conjunction with NYC Housing Lottery for which the goal could be to find housing opportunities.

Why Ask for Permission?!

Achieving one’s goals can be a great challenge because there are always many things that can get in the way including getting permission to do something. The funny thing is that “getting permission” is one of the biggest ones (even if there is not a literal person from whom to get permission). Consider learning more about how to take courses that can help you break through your wall.

You see, many of us feel the need for validation, someone who will say that what we are trying to do is in the right direction. Says Stamas:

“Some are lucky enough to have had good parenting and may even at this stage have a mentor.”

But he is then quick to add:

“…But even if you don’t have either of these, the trick is to be able to say to ourselves that we are doing okay, without the need for a thumbs up from someone else.”

All it Takes is Psyching Ourselves Up?!

What John is saying seems to be easy enough. If pursuing a goal one can always psyche themselves up. Right? Wrong.

Watch Out for Those Walls

Some of us have so much negative programing through no fault of ours, we face a wall every whichway we turn. The walls are mostly in the form of giving us lots of excuses for not doing what we know we should do. Even things like not applying to housing opportunities.

Seeking Clarity

If this is you, no worries. It’s not your fault this inertia is happening to you. It likely comes from something or someone you encountered earlier in your life. If you analyze it enough the picture may become clear to you. If you’re really worried about your success, consider taking a course such as those at USA eLearning (as of this date still a work in progress) as well as workshops through NYC Workshops.

Will You Be Able to Travel the Path You Want to?

Once you have clarity you can proceed with more confidence. Says John Yianni Stamas:

“Even if you can’t seem to achieve what you want to achieve and need help removing your barriers to accomplishing your goals, it may be time to get some help.”

Stamas goes on to say that there’s no shame in getting help…

“…In fact some of the most successful people alive have had help at one time or another. So you can certainly be no different. Ask for help!”

Houdini: Master Magician and Master Marketer

Houdini was a Master Magician and a Master Marketer

Houdini was a Master Magician and a Master Marketer

Harry Houdini is a name that is well known in the area of entertainment, escape artists and magic. And the amazing thing is that he died in 1926 yet is still recognized today. Why is this? The answer is that not only was Houdini a master magician but he was a master marketer as well. He was also the ultimate ArtisticPreneur.

Houdini recognized early on in his career that he could not depend on anyone else to promote him, that he needed to promote himself. And promote himself he did. In fact just about any moment in Houdini’s life was a promotional opportunity. And the great thing is that he enjoyed what he promoted and promoted what he enjoyed.

In a recent blog entry in the Manhattan Magician blog, there is an article that deconstructs the methodology that the escape artist used. He was smart enough to realize that if he took on subject matters in conjunction with his conjuring that people were interested in, he could continually build his audience.

Houdini represented himself as a super human being. He was in top physical condition and he could do the impossible. But it wasn’t enough to do the impossible but he also made sure to build visibility for the impossible things he would do. And once he did anything of interest such as escaping from a prison cell, he made sure that all the right reporters had been contacted to their stories on it.

And Houdini would exaggerate what he accomplished. He realized that history is in the hands of those who document and market it, so he would always be sure to spin whatever he did in the best possible light in front of the most people as possible. For example, he was once photographed with a president in conjunction with a large group of other folks. So what did he do? He cut everyone out of the photo except for himself and the president and that was the image that was published. Seeing just Houdini and the president had a much greater impact and meaning.

To learn more about Houdini’s creative approach to showcasing his accomplishments, be sure to check out the article at the Manhattan Magician blog.

How to Make Money as an Artist through Education

How to make money as an artist is an important topic. And sometimes it is helpful to be reminded of the various methods of doing so to reinvigorate you to take action steps. This goes for all kinds of artists including musicians, writers and filmmakers etc.

The idea for success is to develop several different income streams. If you do this faithfully and to its full potential, your income streams could add up to being the equivalent of working a 9-5 job or even more.

Again remember, these are classic techniques of making money as an artist that have been compiled into a 6 course series. Each of the 6 courses of the series explore a facet of the moneymaking ideas for creatives.

And the good news for you is that as a reader of the NYC Create newsletter and blog posts, each week for the next 6 weeks (including today) you are going to learn at no cost to you the basics of the course series which is normally paid.

Here now are some ideas and steps to consider on how to make money as an artist through education:

• In approaching the topic of “How to Make Money as an Artist” one of the best ways to put your artistic training to work is to teach. Chances are you have passion for your art form which in turn you can pass onto your students.
• In short, teaching workshops can be a revenue stream. You can teach what you know.
• Depending on what kind of art you do you can specialize in teaching adults or kids or even both.
• The way to get started doing workshops is to do outreach to schools as well as places where courses are taught. Send them an email that links to your portfolio of work, regardless of whether you are a musician, writer or filmmaker etc.
• It’s also a good idea to detail the kinds of workshops you do and how they are structured.
• Bottom line, you want to get the venue you desire to teach at to be excited about working with you.
• Be sure to send out at least two emails that are spread out by at least a few weeks and on the second email give a reason for emailing, maybe something new of interest on your site that your potential future client/workshop-venue will like to see.
• You should constantly be updating your online portfolio.
• Needless to say, you might also want to consider doing an email newsletter, but if so be sure to make certain your are following the GDBR guidelines.
• Jumping off from live workshops done in-person, there are ways to teach online. Decide if you are interested in doing online education.
• One way to get online content is to film your teaching of your workshops.
• Selling your courses online requires getting a payment receiving method such as PayPal.
• In doing your workshops and courses you want to think outside of the box. For example, some teaching artists work with their students one on one using programs like Skype.
• Again, if choosing to work with Skype you need to figure out a way to receive payments.
• You can even work live with multiple students at once using webinar programs.
• It’s also a good idea to lay out in advance how many sessions will be needed to learn the creative skills you are teaching.
• And offer a discount if your students purchase a package of several online courses.
• This technique works whether you are teaching live through a program like Skype, or are creating courses in advance through a program like Thinkific.
• If you want to offer premade courses with a program such as Thinkific, you’ll want to decide what formats you will include in your courses.
• Do you want your students to be able to download your course?
• What formats will you use? Audio? Video? PDF? Etc.

How to Make “M” as an Artist

Overview as well as “How to Make “M” as an Artist”

Hello ArtisticPreneurs.

We’re not going to say (at least not immediately anyway) the “M” word. The “M” word can be a very challenging one for artists. And as you know by now when we say artists we mean artists of all kinds including musicians, writers, filmmakers etc. Sometimes it’s easier to say “commerce” but the “M” word can be a topic of great stress for creators.

Not all creators mind you, but those who are not satisfied with where they are in their creative careers. Some would say no artist is ever satisfied and it is this dissatisfaction that drives her or him. This is probably true, but it doesn’t help when the bottom line is not being met to pay at least the minimal bills like food, rent and so forth.

We’ve had several readers suggest that we explore the topic of “How to Make “M” as an Artist.” If you check Google Trends “How to Make “M” as an Artist” (insert the entire “M” word) has such a large amount of interest (pun not intended) that it actually ranks as a trend of its own. Plus if you put it through the “You Tube” test, which is seeing if it shows up as a menu pull-down item, “How to Make “M” as an Artist” passes with flying colors, namely the color green. Look for “M” topic to start next week and run for 6 consecutive weeks.

Meanwhile, today marks the final day of our Guerrilla Entrepreneurship series both on the Art Gush website (GuerrillaEntrepreneurship.com) and in this NYC Create blog/newsletter. Some of you have noted that thus far there has been a lot of information regarding marketing but not much when it comes to business protocols. This was intentional. Business info can be found in many different accessible places online, but some of the promotional techniques we revealed can’t be found anywhere else.

Now on to this week’s bullet point sequence. It picks up where we left off from last week and covers an OVERVIEW of the series. Note that in the bullet sequence there is mention in more detail of the Google Trends and YouTube popularity test. So without further ado:

• Step 1 for today is to explore viral trends. The way to do so is to go to Google trends and see what is trending. Choose one of the ideas.
• The way that you do this is to type in concepts that relate to your business. You want to find something that is popular.
• You will know that you have found something popular once the ideas you are typing in show up as a trend.
• To continue your viral trend search take one of the ideas you got from Google trends and search for it on YouTube. If it is a trend on YouTube also, then design your own variation on this trend.
• The way you do this is that you search the trend you found in your viral trend.
• If it does not show up in YouTube then find a trend that is a pull down and go back to Google trends to see if pull down ranks as a trend.
• Put the trend out there as a blog entry or even also as a YouTube video. If you have included some of the aspects of the existing viral trend and have done your own variation on it, chances are you will create a trend yourself.
• The key is going to be to not copy the trend flat out, but put a spin on it so it is original to you.
• Put the video out there and see how it does.
• Needless to say, on all your materials including video and blog content, be sure to link to something that the web browser will click on that will lead her or him to your offer such as having people sign up for your email newsletter.
• This of course also means that you have a great offer. Your offer should be for the user to get a solution to her or his problem.
• Set up the offer.
• In the final analysis you are going to want to turn your hobby or passion into a business but be sure you are solving a problem for the customer, client or fan.
• Make your workflow for your business.
• Test your business. As mentioned in prior lessons, do not incorporate your business until you are certain you have something that works.
• Analyze where this customer, client or fan is hanging out online and figure out how to have a presence there.
• This is going to take a while of trial and error.
• Try various strategies to get your customer, client or fan to come to your
• Let’s analyze your offer. Have an offer for that customer, client or fan that they will want to participate in. This can be as simple as signing up for your email newsletter or can even be to make a purchase. Other ideas include developing a quiz for your target.
• But the point is that the offer is in the best media form possible including web page, video and so forth.
• Put your offer out there and test, test, test. Only when thoroughly tested do you commit to this Guerrilla Entrepreneurship business.