A Beginners Guide For Starting A Belly Dancing Studio

After taking lessons for a few years and gaining experience as a performer you are confident and ready to start a belly dancing business. In fact, the desire to operate your own business is on your mind everyday.

Here are some guidelines to consider before opening a location:

Do you have a golden goose for financial starting costs, miscellaneous expenses, and savings to overcome unexpected emergencies?
Do you have dedicated students who have agreed to enroll when the doors open?
Do you have knowledge or experience in operating a business?
Do you have business associates who can be of assistance?
Are you able to make a long-term commitment?
Are you able and willing to work long hours which means giving up a portion of your social activities?
Are you a person of many talents and creative abilities?
Are you adaptable and flexible? A popular, but true, statement which we hear with regularity is location, location, and location.
Location and Community:
A popular, but true statement heard with regularity. is location, location, location. The studio should be easy to find, safe, and within range of the targeted market.

Most of the students are women attending night classes and their safety is a business concern. The studio and its parking lot need to be well lighted and maintained with security.

The dance studio needs to be located in or near a varied community of nationalities. Many of these women enjoy dances with an international spirit. If your targeted community is small consider in-home or private instructions before investing in leasing or purchasing a studio.

Licenses, Insurance, Attorney, Company Name:

Acquiring licenses and permits is a necessity. Check with your local and state governments for business requirements.
Hire an attorney. This person aids in setting up various types of corporations, partnership, or sole proprietorship.
Insurance for protection of self, customers, property, and other liabilities.
Hire an accountant or CPA.
Music royalties may be required. Speaking from experience they will find you if you do not know how to locate them.
The company name will need to be filed with the state and there is no guarantee that the name will be accepted. The attorney will conduct a statewide search to be sure that it can be used. Be prepared with three different names.
Advertise, Market, and Sell:
In addition to being a good teacher there are three other major concerns where knowledge and experience will help you to succeed in business. These three are advertising, marketing, and selling. These three skills requiring knowledge, creativity, and financing will be a constant in all aspects of your business.

Advertising, marketing, and selling are the three mainstays of continuing to be in business and making a profit. Belly dancing is a lot of fun, but we do have to wear a business cap to continue our pleasure and make a living from it.

Remodel the Kitchen and Emphasize Functionally With a Bit of Luxury

While kitchen facilities may be nightmarish economically, it cannot be denied that it is the focal point of the home. This common ground deserves all the attention and the expense. A wise investment, besides the style factor that is so important these days, the utilities play a significant role. Property values are going to increase significantly, if the occasion arises to sell and relocate, maybe to greener pastures.

Begin planning!
It is important to be clear about what is expected from the new kitchen. Perhaps the layout of the old kitchen was limited. Smart space utility would turn it around. Structural alterations may be needed. If needed, a window and door may need to be bricked up if they are getting in the way. Plan the locations of the cooking range, worktop and the floor storage units, the sink and the overhead shelves. Size matters for sure and the older homes traditionally have smaller kitchen spaces, maybe 4 m X 3 m. It would be a test of imagination to figure out what goes where.

Sketch a detailed floor plan to scale to visualize what the arrangements would look like. What design would be feasible? Ventilation is crucial and lighting too. By bricking up the windows and door, I now got two complete walls. French doors would lead to the back garden.

Budget reasons made us decide that the plumbing expense may be reduced by keeping the worktop and sink in the same position. The fridge would remain where it was and the possibility was of more cupboards and working space with the two walls. A breakfast bar would also serve as a working table. The sketch being ready, the work could commence.

Installing the cupboards
You can imagine the mess while the builders were at work. Along with the plumber, the electrician and plasterer did their work. I was busy planning the cupboard positions. I know carpentry and would save some expense with the IKEA kitchen units. DIY experience does help.

At the end of the sink would be the breakfast bar in an L shape with two stools. Extra space came from the washing machine that was now in the bathroom.

Cupboards went next to the cooking range on the wall and floor, under the sink and above the sink. Frying pans, sauce pans and oven dishes need to be conveniently near the cooking area.

A feel of the outdoors
Along with the French doors leading to the back garden, an awning would create greater space dimensions and fuse the inner and outer ambiances.

Basic Principles of 3D Animation

65% of people are considered visual learners. This is easy to understand considering that most information (90%) that is transmitted to the brain is visual. It also transmits visual information much faster (60,000 times faster) than text. It is therefore not surprising that videos are the most popular medium for communication and engagement currently available online.

The Rise of 3D Animation

It’s getting harder for brands to cut through the noise and get their message across to their target audience. There are so many videos available online today. You need to have something extra to get noticed. This is where animated 3D content comes in.

Animated audiovisual content has been shown to be very effective in influencing the choices of consumers in the later stages of their purchasing journey. There are several reasons that this type of content is more effective than other visuals.

Animated videos are effective at grabbing and keeping the viewer’s attention. They resonate with viewers and spark conversations amongst audiences.
Brands are better able to simplify complex topics through animation. You are able to show various concepts using a 3D simulation that would otherwise be impossible with other visuals.
Visualizations are a powerful way to convey a technology or product and show their features and benefits.
They are fun.
They can be about anything.
They are cost effective to produce.
Principles for successful 3D Animation
Just because the animated audiovisual content is so popular doesn’t mean that your explainer video simulation will be an instant hit with your audience. There are various guidelines to consider in the production of audiovisual content to ensure its success.

Quality and photorealistic Animations- Creating a quality 3D animation is crucial to giving it a photorealistic feel which brings it to life. This takes more details, attention to lighting and using realistic materials and even adding in reflections on to the surface of the object.
Anticipation – This principle helps the viewer expect a movement even before it occurs, for example, the heel of the character’s foot pressing down on the ground before taking the step. Anticipation helps to prevent audiovisual content animation from appearing too robotic.
Exaggeration – This is used in animation to give more energy to the characters. Exaggeration, for instance, can be used in poses to draw attention to what the character is doing.
Staging – This principle involves the placement of objects and characters in the video. It helps the audience to understand the narrative and the role of the characters in it. It involves timing, setting, and cinematography.
Timing – Timing is vital as it dictates how fast images move and how long they stay still in the animated video. Speeding something up can help to create a sense of energy, lightness, or speed. Slowing something down gives the impression of gravity, mass, and adds weight to the image.
Solid drawing – This is the principle used to make an image appear as if it were three dimensional even though it has been created on a two-dimensional surface. This principle gives weight, balance, and depth to the image.
These are just a few of the basic principles required for successful 3D animation. If you want to achieve more with animated videos & 3D animation in Toronto, get in touch with us. Visual Communications & Marketing (VCM) are happy to help you effective and engaging videos that work to convey your message to your target audience.

How to Find a Talent Agent

A talent agent can open up doors for actors and get them auditions and bookings that the vast majority of people never even hear about.

Don’t believe me?

Just ask Ethan.

Ethan was a teen actor who had signed up for an on-camera acting workshop I was teaching. He had some theatrical experience but hadn’t done any on-camera acting previously. But he was very talented and enthusiastic, and after the workshop, I invited him to meet with me at the talent agency I worked at to discuss representation.

We ended up signing Ethan, and within just a couple of months, we got him booked on a major supporting role in Spike TV’s The Kill Point, starring Donnie Wahlberg and John Leguizamo.

This teen actor with almost no experience in front of a camera got booked on a major cable network TV show because he found the right agent.

Can you imagine the auditions and bookings you’d have access to if you signed with the right agency?

How different would your career (and your life) be?

It all starts with finding a great agent to represent you.

Where do you even find a talent agent?

And how do you know that they’re legit?

And not going to rip you off?

One of the best pieces of advice I will give to any actor starting out is to work with what is called a union-franchised agency (or agent).

There are several unions that you may deal with as an actor-SAG (Screen Actor’s Guild) and AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) are the most common when it comes to working on camera. SAG and AFTRA used to be their own separate unions, but in 2012 the two merged to become SAG-AFTRA, one combined union to represent all actors for on-camera work.

There are pros and cons for actors who are a part of SAG-AFTRA.

The union guarantees that they get paid a certain minimum wage for any on-camera work they get booked on. They also guarantee certain working conditions, and offer actors health insurance, retirement, and other benefits.

However, once you join you can ONLY do union work on camera. If you live in one of the many, many smaller markets around the country that doesn’t have a lot of consistent work for union actors, this could be a huge drawback.

But the question of whether or you not you should join the union is a debate for another day.

The important thing for ANY actor to know is how unions work with talent agencies.

Benefits of working with a union-franchised agency

SAG-AFTRA issues franchises to qualified talent agencies that meet specific requirements.

These are called union-franchised agencies.

These agencies must apply, pay a free, and be approved by SAG-AFTRA in order to be able to represent union actors.

It does NOT mean that you need to join the union in order to work with these agencies.

In fact, for most actors living outside of a major market like LA or NYC, I usually recommend that you don’t join the union (but that’s a longer conversation for another time).

What it does mean is that these agencies are highly regulated by SAG-AFTRA, and have all agreed to certain conditions for ALL of their actors, union members or not.

These conditions include:

the agency must make its income almost exclusively through commissions they receive when they get work for the actors they represent
they cannot charge a fee for getting actors auditions
the agency cannot be connected with an acting school or teach any classes or workshops as an agency
there cannot be an in-house photographer or specific third party photographer that actors are required to use
they can only charge actors 10% commission for SAG-AFTRA jobs (they can charge higher commission for non-union jobs, generally 15-20%)
Union-franchised agencies only get paid when they get work for their actors. They are generally a safe haven from the many scams out there designed to rip off unsuspecting actors.

Does this mean that non-franchised talent agencies can’t be trusted? Or that you shouldn’t sign with them?

Of course not.

There are a lot of very reputable non-franchised agencies out there that follow the same guidelines as the franchised agencies. They work hard to get work for the actors they represent, and they only have the best of intentions.

But finding out which of those non-franchised agencies are reputable and which ones are a scam is something that comes with a lot of experience working in that industry.

And there are many that appear to be legit UNTIL you start to work with them and end up wasting your time and your money.

So that is why I always recommend that actors try to work with a union-franchised agency when first starting out.

How to find a union-franchised talent agency

Finding a franchised agency near you is easy-go to SAG-AFTRA’s franchised agent page on their website at https://www.sagaftra.org/professionalrepresentatives and search for the agencies in the market closest to where you live.

Don’t be afraid to expand your search past just your local area-you could even check within a couple hour radius of where you live.

It may be harder to get to auditions in person, but there may be opportunities for you to self-tape your own auditions and submit them to the agency.

It’s much better to find the franchised agency that will be the best fit for you, and then figure out the logistics of how and when you’ll audition.

There may be many non-franchised agencies that are closer to where you live.

Many of them will be totally above board, and give you access to some of the same auditions and bookings that you’d get if you were signed to a franchised agency.

And there are some who will lie to you, treat you poorly, and cheat you out of hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

Over time, you’ll be able to spot these fake agencies and scams from a mile away.

But until then, and especially when you’re just starting out in your career, I almost always recommend signing with a union-franchised agency.

Rustic Modern Interiors and Furniture

The rustic-modern interior trend is a welcome change from vintage rustic taking a break from the fussiness about aesthetics. Rustic exposed unfinished beams and brick walls with natural wood or stone floors furnished with antique furniture and natural fabrics. That’s a style I enjoy exploring.

Incorporating rustic elements into our homes in a casually sophisticated ways such as using an antique door as a headboard. The key here is the display. Open up the doors so that the two door panels hand on either side of the frame and hang a beautiful iron lantern to complete the design. Simple iron nightstands and a long trunk at the end of the bed with hand woven artisan crafted bed linen. The idea is to be understated. Rustic patina mirrors sit over a long dresser with a contemporary modern chair defines the look.

Salvaged arches make phenomenal floor mirrors mix with plush upholstery, industrial chairs, and lots of vintage white. The reclaimed old door coffee table and fire console give the right amount of texture to an otherwise modernistic room. A bright yellow carved armoire against the white wall gives the pop of color. Rustic furniture mixed with modern functional chairs with clean lines gives the sophisticated edge. Sophisticated design mixes with a rustic white door dining table and leather chairs.

The kitchen is more towards a rustic industrial style with steel framed windows. White paint and granite counters keep the modern edge contrasting with an antique tribal carved Damchia which has been converted into an island making the piece more functional.

Fresh yet worn with the tender love of family get togethers the daybed sits in the corner. Use soft colors in the powder blue and iced violet spectrum and keep the level of distressing on cabinets soft. No curtains on the windows give a feeling of open space

The bathroom vanity is made from old beat up doors sideboard with a granite top and vessel sinks. Pendant lights and plain glass showers with marble tiles wall to wall give the bathroom understated sophisticated modern rustic elegance.

The library has a huge carved antique bone table with white upholstered armchairs and a bench on the other side. Modern bookshelves line the wall which is packed with classics and encyclopedias. The main wall is dedicated to family pictures framed in old carved wood and burnished brass. Nostalgic and vintage yet modern, comfort is the key element in this design.

Prepare For A Professional Belly Dance Performance

The first performance as a soloist or a troupe member is difficult as most people are uncomfortable being the center of attention. There is one additional fear when part of a group… making a mistake. A mistake in a troupe is noticeable because it is obviously different from other members, attracting unwanted attention.

A child making a mistake during a children’s recital is cute. But when an adult makes a mistake, the person making the error feels terrible as she thinks everyone saw the mistake and she feels that she has let down other troupe members.

Dancing before an audience becomes easier with each performance as you become comfortable with people watching. The comfort level is created by focusing on the dance which you have created and sharing your talent with the audience. An entertainer is focused on the audience, not her self.

Are you ready?

Have you gained experiences with a variety of shows?
Are costumes of show quality?
Do you have a library of dance steps committed to body memory?
Have you learned acting skills to keep the audience attentive?
Do you have business knowledge of advertising, publicity, marketing, and selling?
Have you designed contracts for your clients?
Experiences are gained during training under the guidance of a teacher. All performances are reviewed in the classroom in order to correct or improve dancing skills.
Costumes are critical to performances. It is important to know your chosen style of dance. Are you a generalist or a specialist? Costumes are expensive. You need to have a minimum of three costumes.

Dance steps and routines need to be committed to body memory to imprint movements for smoothness and accuracy. It is to your advantage to rehearse performances in order to be rewarded with appreciation, word of mouth advertising, referrals, and financial compensation.

Personality and acting skills are added to the technical movements and steps to entertain the audience. Add drama, comedy, happiness, and other emotions to the story line of the music. The art of belly dancing includes audience participation. The audience needs to be included in your performance routine.

As a professional, knowledge and application of basic business skills is essential. The most important are advertising, marketing, publicity, and selling. You will need to invest and promote your self in order to get numerous gigs or jobs.

The contract is an agreement between the performer and the client relieving any concerns for both parties. The contract answers questions or concerns of both parties. Write on the contract all items of importance for clarity of all agreements. Include the amount of payment for services and products. All parties receive a copy of the agreement form and a receipt for monies paid.

Why You Need to Invest in a Professional Logo for Your Business

Your logo represents your business.

You are not the one who makes the first impressions – this is the job of your logo. At present, people are too busy to stop, talk and know one another. All they have to do is view your profile on the web and see if you are credible. When they are convinced, they will contact you to ask for a quote.

So, where are you in the picture? Normally, you will come in the latter part of the sales cycle. You have to wait until they Google search for 10 to 15 of your competition.

It lets you earn trust.

When you need a logo, you may be just starting out or trying another market like for instance, selling to high-end customers or providing other services. In any case, you are a newbie in the industry. Your competitors are more experienced and reputable.

So, why should people take notice of you? They do not know anything about you. Even if you gave more effort than the others, nobody knows that. Like everyone else does, you would certainly say that you could provide them with the best price and service. Therefore, why should potential clients waste their time on you than contact your competitors?

Is it because of your ads that pop up but there are numerous ads everyday. Can we interpret what our eyes see? People would not spend time to read all lines of text. For this reason, people see if they could trust you by means of your logo. When it impresses them, they will go on to read your offer – that is why a logo, even if it is too small, is very critical.

They can relate with it.

It is natural for you to feel curious when a logo comes on too strong. However, can it be trusted? No. The same thing is true when it comes to your logo. If your target audience can relate with it, trust can easily be built.

It lets you be decommoditized.

Have you heard of price war? For example, you are a plumber. Would you like to continue underpricing your competition until you both look like you’re selling for charity? Of course not. In that case, let your logo talk more about your niche.

Show your competitive advantage. Apple and Samsung have never competed in terms of prices. Though the mobile phone market is very saturated, the iPhone X is the priciest phone worldwide. So, it is all about presenting your niche. The first step to showcase your one-of-a-kind selling proposition is through your logo.

It makes a connection.

If you think about your target market and competitive advance when designing your logo, this will have a connection with potential customers that see it. The moment it is clicked, you will be recognized and be able to earn their trust right away.

It gives you an edge over competition.

If your company offers something unique, your logo should be designed based on it. You will stand out from the crowd – even if it is too saturated – since you have the right things to say to the right persons, in the right way.

Still shopping around for a team of creative, experienced graphic designers? Come and visit our graphic design company website today to learn more about our experience in this industry!

Things You Need To Consider When Buying A Cooker

If you are considering buying a new cooker for your kitchen there are a number of things that you will need to take into account. A quality oven is a vital part of any home and you definitely need to put on your thinking cap before rushing out to make a purchase. After all, a new cooker is not a cheap item, so you need to be certain you buy the right one.

Part of the problem is that there are so many different brands from which to choose. The website Ranker which allows customers to review and vote for a range of different appliances, lists no fewer than 72 brands under cookers! These include all the well-known names such as Miele, Beko, De’Longhi, Bosch, Ariston, Hotpoint, Zanussi, Breville, and more, and also some names you may never have heard of such as Advance Tabco and Traulsen. Then there are names you know, but you may not have known that they make cookers: Black & Decker, for example.

Electric, Gas, Or Dual Fuel?

You may want an electric cooker, or you may want a gas cooker. You can also buy dual fuel cookers with a gas hob and an electric oven. You can buy cookers with self-cleaning ovens which is a very big plus: with some of these you heat the oven up to 480°C which has the effect of turning all the grease into ash and then all you have to do is wipe it out with a damp cloth. What a time saver! You can also buy cookers that have a higher than average wattage, so they can cook faster.

You can get built-in ovens, ovens that go under the counter top, and even smaller ovens that sit on top of the counter. Then there are ranges which are obviously larger as they usually incorporate at least two ovens and as many as seven different hobs. These are ideal for the large family, or for someone who does a lot of entertaining, but of course you need a kitchen large enough to accommodate them. They can often be 100 cm wide.

Then there are the different kinds of hobs. There are five types of hobs – ceramic, solid plate electric, induction, gas, and gas on glass hobs.

Ceramic hobs are electric and they heat up quickly. However, the heat distribution around the bottom of the pan is not as good as gas.

Solid plate electric hobs take some time to heat up and to cool down, so you can’t change the heat quickly as you can with gas. However, they do tend to be lower in price than other types of hob.

Induction hobs work by creating a magnetic field between the element in the hob and the pan. This causes the pan to heat up but not the surface of the hob. These are cheap to run because they only use the precise amount of electricity required, and they are very quick to heat up. However, you may have to change your pans if they are not suitable for an induction hob.

Gas hobs are the easiest to control because you can turn the flame up or down instantly. This is why they are so popular with professional cooks.

Gas on glass hobs have gas burners which are mounted on top of ceramic glass. They are easy to clean, and they look rather stylish.

Then there is the question of cost. If you are like most people you will have a budget which may leave out some of the more expensive cookers. Beko have a black ceramic four burner hob for only £159, while Neff offer an induction hob with five cooking zones, individual timers, a power boost, a keep warm zone, and a child lock. However, at £829 it may be beyond your budget.

Hotpoint cookers are available in a wide choice of styles and colours, and many of them are fitted with self-cleaning ovens, which is always a big benefit. They also produce some very big ranges with two ovens, warming ovens, and several hobs. These big ranges are gas operated and so have the ability to alter the heat at the touch of a knob.

NewLife Appliances is a specialist in all types of kitchen appliances including Hotpoint cookers. The company is able to offer new, graded, and reconditioned appliances at the best prices.

Shuffling Dance

Shuffling your feet, a “lazy” form of walking by sliding rather than lifting your feet, became a form of dance around 1989. Although debatable about whether the dance began in Australia or in Britain, it appears to adapt Irish step dancing, with sliding of the feet from toe-to-heel.

Young people of many generations have embraced this form of expressive dance, and today, one commonly sees the shuffle dance performed at dance and rave clubs. Shufflers also dance solo, in public places, where they often capture audio/video of themselves on a cell phone, which they edit and post on YouTube or other social media.

Especially, when the dancer shuffles alone, the dance expresses the performer’s interpretation of a song. A song: the gift of words, set to music. The shuffler interprets the meaning of the song by choreographing shuffle foot movements with hip, body, arm, and hand movements, plus facial expression, to craft a personal meaning onto the words and the music. The result, another layer of art splashed onto someone else’s art, stunningly sophisticated and heart-thumping cool. Those who take this form of dance art seriously, work at it constantly, often watching themselves in a wall mirror as they practice or by reviewing their self-videos to see which of their movements flow seamlessly and where they hesitated.

By practice, the dancer removes hesitation by discipline of his or her mind. So, why do they do it? All the world is a stage, and this dance enables someone who has a message to act it out on most any flat surface. The music attracts the ear, the bravado of a lone dancer draws the eye, and if the shuffler executes the dance with perfection, he or she can receive a rush of applause! The entire shuffle dance, from setup to finish, may last only two minutes.

Shufflers share their art for free. If you see one in public, stop and watch. Comment and forward the videos of shufflers that you view on YouTube or other social media. Encourage a shuffler to keep reaching for pure joy in his or her dance. Your cheer and applause compensates them for the hours of practice they endure to bless your life with two minutes of color. #Tag1writer.

Why You Should Choose a Modular Kitchen Design

The living room is one of the places where you put a lot of effort because it is where we entertain our guests. However, even when we have guests, they may end up in the kitchen somehow. Regardless of whether people may want to use your kitchen or not, it is always important to put some effort in there and the design can impact the space in some amazing ways. The kitchen is one of the areas that has to look as elegant as possible and should be convenient and functional at all times.

Having a modular kitchen serves all the purposes that you may want. There are many reasons as to why you should fit in the modular option and they include:

Assembly

This is one of the greatest features. A modular kitchen can be assembled very easily. You can enjoy flexibility in a great way since you can shift the whole kitchen, especially after you move. You can have the kitchen repaired or altered at any one given time without affecting any other part.

Customization

The modular kitchens are usually designed with the customers’ needs in focus. Depending on your own personal preferences and the space available, the kitchen can be customized just as you want it to be. The kitchen can easily be color coordinated or you can even choose a design that contrasts the whole theme of your home. This allows you to actually personalize the entire space and also allows you to work within your set budget.

Space savers

A modular kitchen has shelves that allow you to save on space. You can notice shelves in tiny spaces and the small corners as well. There are others where you find them hanging on the doors. You can easily fit your appliances along shelves or walls. The features are a great choice, especially if you have a small apartment.

Convenience

In the traditional setting, carpenters were hired to design the kitchen within your home. The approach consumed a lot of time and a lot of inconvenience in the part of the owner. As for the modular kitchens, they are created within a factory and then easily fitted in your home. You only need to place an order and you will have the installation done within a month or so.

Beauty

Modular kitchens have a lot of chick and contemporary designs. There are the elegant and refined ones, and there are also the slick and modern designs that you can choose from. There are also many patterns bearing great aesthetics as well as functionality. There is nothing wrong with having a beautiful kitchen.

Storage

Storage is always a great thing where kitchens are concerned. Modular kitchens have drawers, cabinets, and shelves fir more efficient storage. This allows you to organize your items so as to make working and cooking within the kitchen efficient and easy. You can then de-clutter the kitchen giving it that clean and neat appearance.

Design

The modular kitchens are designed in a smart way. The design is done in a way that allows you to store the things that are frequently used in very convenient positions within the kitchen. You can separate the cooking and cleaning areas as well.

Modular kitchens give aesthetic appeal, efficiency, and convenience. Modular kitchens allow you to access some amazing ideas for your kitchen as well as tips to make your space more functional for you, your family and guests.