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Your Questions About How To Discover New Artists

Helen asks…

What kind of college do artist go to?

I ask this because I have discovered that the Art Institutes and the International Academy of Design & Technology is pure bullsh*t, that they are for profit being sued by the government, that their degrees are worth as much as toilet paper and such.

New Niche Finder answers:

Go to a regular university and geta degree in the art if your choice. Art institutes are a joke, I’ve found some that accept 2.5 GPA, as far as I can tell a regular university is the best thing to do, but do your research in the best university for arts

Daniel asks…

Have you gone out and bought or downloaded a group or artist because of someone here giving it good reviews?

For me it was the snowgoons. I hadnt heard of them till I came here and have checked them out. Who have you discovered here?

New Niche Finder answers:

I have. J-Live. I think one of the older regs mentioned him and I purchased and thoroughly enjoyed.

Steven asks…

What artists have the best indie music?

I’ve recently discovered I love indie music and want to find more bands to listen to.

New Niche Finder answers:

1. Arctic Monkeys: Their most popular songs are Fluorescent Adolescent (from Favourite Worst Nightmare) and Mardy Bum (from Whatever People Think I Am, That’s What I’m Not). You might want to listen to their 3rd album first, Humbug, as there are ‘fans’ who hate the album because it sounds completely different from the earlier two. Humbug is still awesome, nonetheless. Try listening to some of their B-sides as well (i.e. Fright Lined Dining Room, Catapult, The Afternoon’s Hat).

2. The Last Shadow Puppets: Their vocalist, Alex Turner, is also the vocalist of Arctic Monkeys. ‘Nuff said. Their sound simply sweeps me off my feet with the classic spy movie vibe going on. Listen to My Mistakes Were Made For You and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

3. MGMT: I don’t think they’re that indie-and-unknown-ish but let me tell you, their psychedelic sound is far from being mainstream. It’s like crack in your ear. I’d recommend listening to “Time to Pretend”, “Electric Feel”, “Of Moons, Birds, & Monsters”, “It’s Working”, “Song For Dan Treacy”, and “Brian Eno”. Crack in your ear, remember that.

4. Two Door Cinema Club: Critics say they lack of originality. I say, “Who cares?” Their catchy melodies and awesome guitar riffs will get you dancing in no time. Listening to every single song from their debut album, Tourist History, is much recommended, but my favorite ones would have to be Cigarettes in the Theatre, Undercover Martyn, Something Good Can Work, and What You Know.

While I’ve never looked up indie artists on MySpace (don’t have an account, not interested to make one either), I’d suggest going straight up to the websites that review them, like http://www.indieball.com/. After that, you just have to find the bands that fits your personal preference. Liking indie music doesn’t necessarily mean you have to like every indie artist you come across.

Chris asks…

I want to be a storyboard artist for Pixar when i grow up, any suggestion for preparation on the age of 12 ?

It is always my dream to be a storyboard artist helping Pixar on their animated film. Do any one have any ideas for me (eg. art schools, books, websites ………..) to lead me to make my dream come true???
any suggestions to prepare on the age of 12 to be a storyboard artist?

New Niche Finder answers:

Good question, it’s great to hear a young person have a dream and be dedicated to making it happen. If only they were all like you.

I’m not a expert in this field, but I can give you some general advice.

Firstly you have to get yourself the best possible education in this field. I very much doubt that in 15 years or so story boards will still be drawn in pen and paper, everything is going the way of digital technology these days, so I would suggest doing graphic design and art. Many institutions do courses in both of these so I would suggest you research which is the best for you.

Secondly, you will need a large and top quality portfolio. This is a collection of your work to date. You can do this in your spare time, so get drawing those graphic novels now. Don’t worry if some of them don’t look great, you will be educating yourself by doing this and learning what works and what doesn’t.

Keep everything you do in a file, folder, box etc. The make a file out of the best things you have done. As you go on, you will be replacing the worst ones in there with the new best ones.

Make it a hobby of yours, what you do in your spare time. Don’t stick to one style, try lots and lots of different things, discover which is best for you.

Also buy and read lot’s of different established storyboards that you can try to copy and get ideas from.

Volunteer your services to companies, say you dont want paying, you just want some experience. This can be a way to get your foot in the door. It is very doubtful you will go staight in to Pixar, you will have to start off with lower comanies and work your way up.

Hope this helps you, and good luck with your dream.

Ken asks…

How do I get discovered for acting on the internet?

I am a youtuber: http://www.youtube.com/user/tehmark427

Besides talentpostings.com, where can i get discovered to act?

New Niche Finder answers:

Two little “Big Boys” trying to give advice,
One is utter nonsense the other not very nice,
Fly away “Big Boys” or stay and face the facts,
The internet can *make you*, check out these stats!

(All of the people listed below have made something of themselves from their exposure on Youtube, for further information Google or Wikipedia “youtube celebrities”)

User(s) ↓ Notes ↓ References
Amanda Baggs One of her YouTube videos caught the attention of CNN [2]
Amber Lee Ettinger a.k.a. Obama Girl from I Got a Crush… On Obama [3]
Ana Gomes Ferreira a.k.a. Ana Free – singer/songwriter from Portugal. [4]
Andy McKee A fingerstyle guitarist that signed to the US-American record label Candyrat Records. [5]
Baba Ali a.k.a. Ummahfilms – Known for his Reminder Series and Ask Baba Ali Series. [7][8]
Baimurat Allaberiye a.k.a. Jimmy – known for his percussive rendition of Indian songs and Indian-like vocal. [9][10]
Charlie McDonnell a.k.a. Charlieissocoollike [16]
Chris Crocker Most notable for Leave Britney Alone! [17]
Cory Williams a.k.a. Mr. Safety from SMP Films, organizer of the “As One” YouTube gathering [19][20][21]
Dan Brown Won Second Annual YouTube Video Awards (instructional category) for How to solve a Rubik’s Cube (Part One). [22][23][24]
Joe Bereta and Luke Barats Creators of Barats and Bereta [39]
John and Hank Green of Brotherhood 2.0 [40]
Juan Mann of the Free Hugs Campaign [41]
Judith Bustos La Tigresa del Oriente, Peruvian singer and make-up artist whose YouTube exposure led to a contract with Warner Bros. Mexico [42]
Julia Nunes Singer, songwriter, guitar and ukulele player. Performances with Ben Folds, scheduled to appear at 2009 Bonnaroo Music Festival [43]
Justine Ezarik a.k.a. IJustine, Creator of Ask iJ and a Life Caster, also known for her 300 page iPhone Bill.
Kutiman Multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, bandleader, creator of ThruYou [45][46]
Lauren Luke a.k.a Panacea81, make-up artist [50][51]
Lisa Lavie Singer, Songwriter [53][54][55]
Lucas Cruikshank a.k.a. Fred and Lucas from JKL Productions. Currently #2 Most Subscribed on Youtube. [56]
Michael Agrusso a.k.a. ItsJustSomeRandomGuy, creator of “Hi, I’m a Marvel…and I’m a DC” video series, YouTube celebrity among comic book movie fans with panels at New York Comic Con 2008 and 2009 [62][63]
Neil Cicierega created “Potter Puppet Pals”, a Harry Potter spoof series winning YouTube awards and receiving over 50 million views.
Pat Condell Comedian, antitheist, 35 of his videos were published to DVD. [67][68][69]
Peter Coffin (comedian) Known for song and movie parodies, as well as AutoTuning elderly people [72]
Rick Astley singer of the now YouTube phenomenon song “Never Gonna Give You Up”, which started Rickrolling all over YouTube, the internet, and the world watching the Macy’s Parade as of 2008.
Sam Norman a.k.a Samwell, and brownmarkfilms on YouTube, known for his video “What What (In the Butt)” [82][83]
“Spencer and Dylan” a.k.a. “Traveler and Frosty Brain” (real names unknown); YouTube Channel, Household Hacker, is the 27th most subscribed as of August 2009. [85]
Straight No Chaser Straight No Chaser was an undergraduate a Capella group whose 10 year old version of “12 days of Christmas went viral in 2007. Atlantic Records signed them to a 5 album deal due to their YouTube success. [87]
Taryn Southern a.k.a ‘Hott4Hill’, Hillary Clinton campaign video. [88]
Tay Zonday Most notable for Chocolate Rain [89]
Terroja “TJ” Kincaid a.k.a The Amazing Atheist: Predicted Finland school shooting [91]
VenetianPrincess She became popular for her episodic series “The Princess Chronicles” and being paid to produce more videos. William Sledd Vlogger that produces videos which center around fashion. [96]
Ysabella Brave A vocalist that was signed by Cordless Recordings.

I have also heard that there is a site being created called “Desessions” (Google it) currently it caters for music, though I’ve heard that it is going to be big on performing and generate opportunities for actors.

Keep on keeping on my friend, there is hope.

All the best :)

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