Performing Artists Magazine - January 2014

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Performing Artists January 2014 Online Magazine

DemiStyle Boutique: Every Fabulous Has a Story



DemiStyle Boutique: Every Fabulous Has a Story.


Interview: Get Lit, Hand Crafted Bottle Lights.

20 Think Locally: Opportunities for creative artists.



Lamaj DeAmor Boutique: Fashionable, Fabulous, and Frugal.


DemiStyle Boutique: behind the scenes video.

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Photography by: Jovan Julien Hair by: The Hairaddiction Makeup by: Samantha Reese Shoes: Lemme C Boutique Clothing: Lamaj DeAmor Boutique Handbags & Accessories: DemiStyle Boutique Model: LOVILLA SANTIAGO Model: Kenyatta Manning


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NIYAH: Black & Grey ankle boot with platform heel. Sizes 7-10. $35.00. Available at Lemme C Boutique

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DemiStyle Boutique has recently launched our private label of DemiStyle Handbags! Our collection consists of mock designs from famous designers and Artisans. All handbags are top quality, Luxury, Chic and 100% Italian

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Juliette leather bag. Available at DemiStyle Boutique


Inspired Paparazzi Hoop Ear-rings. Silver Hoop Earrings w/Black Clusters and Ron-delles. Color: Black. Apprx Measurements: 4in x 3.5in. $10.00 Available at De-miStyle Boutique:


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Stephano Handbag. Availa-ble at DemiStyle Boutique Bridget: Black boots with platform heel and gold trip. $69.00.



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If you think these are fun.... imagine the fun we had drinkin’ ‘em!

Patti White


Debbie Bocklage



Get Lit Hand Crafted Bottle Lights

Get Lit

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Instead of throwing away their empty wine bottle Patti White and Debbie Bocklage get creative. The two ladies design hand crafted stained glass wine bottle lights.

How did you two meet and how long have you been friends? We met when Debbie was Patti’s daughter’s 4th grade teacher 7-1/2 years ago. We both worked at the same school at the time and we often bribed children with chocolates (BTW....that REALLY works wonders, and if you have a little extra, it keeps the teachers happy too!). After a few months, we realized we had a LOT in common (besides chocolate and wine). We both grew up in the St. Louis, Missouri area, we found out we lived in the same neighborhood and we both have a “sick” sense of humor. We just really connected and became fast good friends! Over the 7 -1/2 years we still enjoy running a small business, shopping, having a glass of wine, and laughing together.

How did you two come up with the idea for GET LIT? Several years ago, while living in St. Louis, Debbie saw and bought a bottle light, (as she likes anything that sparkles, glitters, and lights up!). She showed the bottle light to Patti and said, “Hey isn’t this really cool? Don’t you think we could do this?” That’s all it took!! Patti (the mad scientist wanting to find a use for all the “empties” in her trash), began testing paints on bottles and trying to find methods to drill a bottle without breaking the bottle. After a series of accidents and effectively learning how to pick glass shards out of her “chief driller’s” hair, the process was perfected! And here we are, continuing to try to improve our product and having a great time doing what we love to do.

In the beginning, what was the hardest obstacle to overcome (in terms of being an artist with a company, versus a hobby)? Learning that you can’t please everyone and learning how to balance the demands of our little “hobby” with our other full time jobs! Questions such as: How do we price our products? Where should we market them? What venues give us the greatest return on investment? What competition is out there? All of these questions were spinning in our heads. Over the years, we have learned that we just can’t please everyone! The first year was our most difficult because we accepted custom orders after Thanksgiving and literally set our holiday season off on a stressed note! Each of our hand painted creations takes about 2 weeks to complete. When you want to be “everything to everyone” you have to make sacrifices...and we sacrificed ourselves the first year. Our advice would be to stay true to yourself and set bounds. The moment that your “hobby” gets more in control of you then you of is time to back off and have a little serenity (or glass of wine).

How do you handle running a company and having a life outside of work? We both absolutely enjoy running our little business but it can certainly be a challenge to juggle our busy lives. Our advice: Set attainable goals and limits! Set inventory goals, personal goals, and business goals. THEN... set time limits, deadline limits, and set aside time for yourself. Fortunately, we are blessed with very supportive families and friends and of course we are good at talking each other “off the ledge” when necessary!(hubby) was thrilled.


Do you have any marketing advice for new artists?

when someone wants you to paint a unicorn eating a rainbow and pooping have to set LIMITS! True story! :-)

GET SOCIAL! Don’t be modest (that part is hard) and surround yourself with people who know you and are proud of you! You often learn so much about your “work” from those that love you. Get out of your comfort zone. Pursue any lead that your are given. Try out any venue (that you can afford) and put yourself out there. Think about your next step and how you want to get there! Then JUMP! Yes, Jump off that ledge and let it take root! Oftentimes, the hardest step is the first one.

The company is based in Duluth, Georgia…can someone from the UK or Canada place an order? Absolutely! Of course we do have shipping charges unless they want to fly us up to deliver them in person! They havegood wine up there too....right?

Does GET LIT have special promotions throughout the year?

Search engine advice or Networking tips? We started out with baby steps only marketing directly through word of mouth. After that we moved onto Facebook which we have found to be a fantastic inexpensive marketing tool! With experience and a growing portfolio of ideas and product offerings, we were able to build and develop our OWN website and a blog. We remain small and simple in our marketing. We have been encouraged to sell our “wares” on Etsy and other online craft venues. Herein lies the “set limits and goals”. The size of our company is manageable at this point and we recently decided to pursue our business license. We NEVER want to disappoint ourselves, our customers or our families.

No. Not really. Thankfully we have been fairly consistent on our business throughout the year and have not had to offer them. PLUS...our “suppliers”work all year round for US! Gotta love them!

Does GET LIT offer gift cards? Not yet....GREAT IDEA!

“Word of Mouth” marketing has taken us to retail vendors in Philly, and all across the country with specialty orders. You would be surprised how much talking goes on!

Does GET LIT accept custom orders? Yes, we do accept custom orders. Oftentimes our greatest product offerings come from special requests! SO...We always welcome them! EXCEPT


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How can people purchase a hand crafted bottle? We have a website for people to view some of our work and get some ideas of bottle light possibilities. The website does NOT accept orders directly, because we love to speak with our customers and customize their creation. Therefore, all of our order/ideas come to us via email or phone.

Does GET LIT make bottle lights for kids or teens? Fat kids, skinny kids, kids that climb on rocks. Tough kids, Sissy kids, even kids with chicken pox! YES! We make bottle lights for people of all ages, shapes, and sizes.

Five years from now, where do you see GET LIT (in terms of business growth)?

On a beach. Reading a magazine with our faces on the cover....hey wait....that is happening now! With a glass of wine. Watching the sunset over our villa thinking of our next endeavor (or glass of wine). Ok.... back to reality. We are sooooo excited about our future. Every year we have tried to keep our business fresh by offering new products. Where will our business be around the country? What new ideas will we be offering? That, is the exciting part! We can’t wait to be part of the journey!

but of course, we are ALL a little crazy sometimes, so that makes our jobs FUN!!!

How can people receive updates about what’s going on with GET LIT? We have a website at www., we have a blog, AND please friend us on Facebook! We always love to have new friends!

What inspires you? SERIOUSLY....EVERYTHING! We are inspired by a glass of wine, family, friends, a glass of wine, zany customers, coloring books, a glass of wine, backpacks, animals, a glass of name it! Oh and did we mention a glass of wine! We have had some really crazy requests,

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THINKLOCALLY NORTH CAROLINA DANCE THEATRE: NATIONAL AUDITION TOUR 2014 For more details visit the North Carolina Dance Theatre website. Sunday, January 5 Ages 11-14 from 11:00am-12:30pm Ages 15-22 from 1:00pm-2:30pm North Carolina Dance Theatre 701 N. Tryon Street Charlotte, NC 28202 Sunday, January 19 Ages 11-14 from 2:00pm-3:30pm Ages 15-21 from 3:30pm-5:00pm Carolina Ballet Theatre 872 Woodruff Road Greenville, SC 29607 Sunday, January 26 Ages 11-14 from 11:00am-12:30pm Ages 15-22 from 12:30pm-2:00pm Atlanta Ballet 1695 Marietta Boulevard, NW Atlanta, GA 30318 Saturday, February 2 Ages 11-14 from 3:00-4:30pm Ages 15-21 from 4:30-6:00pm New World School of the Arts 25 Northeast 2nd Street Miami, FL 33132.


Sunday, February 9 Ages 11-14 from 11:00am-12:30pm Ages 15-22 from 1:00pm-2:30pm North Carolina Dance Theatre 701 N. Tryon Street Charlotte, NC 28202 336-292-2800

Saturday, January 25 Ages 11-14 from 3:00pm-4:30pm Ages 15-22 from 4:30pm-6:00pm Ballet Memphis 7950 Trinity Road Cordova, TN 38018 Saturday, February 1 Ages 11-14 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm Ages 15-22 from 3:30pm – 5:00pm UNC Greensboro The School of Health and Hu-man Performance 1408 Walker Avenue Greensboro, NC 27403 Sunday, February 16 Ages 11-14 from 1:00pm-2:30pm Ages 15-22 from 2:30pm-4:00pm The Raleigh School of Ballet 3921 Beryl Road Raleigh, NC 27607

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Adam Literary accepts submissions from writers. Authors and graphic designers who target the kid’s gen-re are welcome to apply. Experi-enced and beginning artists can send their material through the company’s online process.

Hallmark is a well-known greeting card company in located in America. The com-pany has created an ongoing contest for creative people. Individuals can suggest a creative idea, and artists can submit their work according to the selected concept.

Please check the agency’s rules for submission before applying.

The winner gets to have his or her card sold online, and there’s a chance to have the card sold in stores. The winner also receives prize money. For more details visit the Hallmark con-test website today.

Do Not send in any material via regular mail. Online submissions only.

The Knight Agency:

Kim Dawson Agency

Submission Accepted for new and experienced writers. Online Submissions Only.

The Kim Dawson Agency offers open call and online submission opportunities to models. The company welcomes pictures for the following:

Expected feedback for query is up to 3 weeks. Agency locations in California, Geor-gia, North Carolina and Florida.

- Big & Tall Men - Women - Plus Size Women - Infants

The company has specific guidelines for sending in material. For full de-tails visit The Knight Agency website.

Open calls take place at the agency’s office. For more details on the process visit the company’s website and click on the FAQ button.

**Kim Dawson also represents stylists and makeup artists

-Boys & Girls

Kim Dawson Agency 1645 North Stemmons Freeway Suite B Dallas, Texas 75207



Fashionable, Fabulous & Frugal

Photography by: Jovan Julien Hair by: The Hairaddiction Makeup by: Samantha Reese Shoes: Lemme C Boutique


Performing Artists Magazine January 2014

Clothing: Lamaj DeAmor Boutique Handbags & Accessories: DemiStyle Boutique Model: LOVILLA SANTIAGO Model: Kenyatta Manning

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Leopard platform bottom heels. Gold accents on an-kle snaps and length of the heels. Available at Lemme C Boutique



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White & Black stripe high heels with platform bottom. Yellow heel gives the appearance of extra height. $35.00. Available at Lemme C Boutique:


DemiStyle Boutique Fashion Photo Shoot

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