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Rize Indie Magazine August/September 2010

Memphis Spotlight: Indie Memphis Film Festival

How to build your modeling portfolio By Jennifer Autry

12 Common mistakes that public speakers make By Arnold Sanow

Cover Story:

Meet Songwriter - Garry Goin

1 Table of Contents

Between the pages by Bonnie Deshong


Words of Wisdom from the Industry


12 most common mistakes that presenters make by Arnold Sanow


Vowel Modification


Fashion: The Boyfriend Look By Candis Williams


MEMPHIS SPOTLIGHT:: Memphis Indie Film Festival




HAIR: Crowns by Traci Washington


Spoken Word Nuggets


How to build your modeling portfolio By Jennifer Autry 26



2 Date: August 2010 We are honored to offer independents a place where they can be educated, informed, and promoted. Rize Indie Magazine was birthed out of the need for indie support. Independents are very talented but because they lack the financial backing, knowledge, and the type of tools that they'll need to get to the next level it can be lonely and stressful pursuing your dream. Rize Indie Magazine offers independents the necessary tools, information, and resources at no or little cost. Rize Indie Magazine is published bi-monthly at no cost to subscribers by: MajestiK Media, a division of MajestiK Entertainment. Finally, there is a website that cheers on independents - artists, singers, dancers, playwrights, spoken word poets, authors, musicians, comedians, models, and more. Not only are independents welcome here but we also welcome the necessary people that make it all possible for independents to be their best: vocal coaches, makeup artists, fashion image consultants, music producers, photographers, web designers, public relation agencies, promoters, publishing companies, record labels, clothing designers, etc. Finally with 50,000 unique visitors stopping by each month. This resource can grow into a platform that will connect independents around the world. It boils down to one thing....we're here to help independents get to the next level! Thank you for your support, Will Scott CEO MajestiK Entertainment/MajestiK Media

3 A Between the Pages Look at Pam Grier’s Foxy: My Life in Three Acts By Bonnie DeShong

When I hear the name Pam Grier I automatically think of the gorgeous, powerful, confident, kick butt woman I saw so many times in movies. Coffy and Foxy Brown were our she-roes. Leading into the 70’s black women didn’t have a black actress we could really relate to. There was the era of Lena Horne and Dorothy Dandridge but we didn’t have someone who spoke to us. Pam Grier was our leading lady and she wore an Afro and midriffs and didn’t take “no stuff” from anybody, especially a man. As I began reading her memoir I felt as if I was having a comfortable afternoon chat with an old friend. I could actually hear her voice as she shared the three acts of her life. The first act is the beginning of her life. You can hear the smile when she introduces her family. Her father, who was a career Air Force officer, was away from the family quite a bit. Her mother worked hard to make sure the family stayed in tack and still look toward her dream of being a nurse and the family owning their own permanent home. Pam’s aunt Mennon was a firecracker and wasn’t as focused as Pam’s mother but whose fiery spirit Pam would call on as she got older. As I read the words of how Pam was raped at the age of six by her older cousins, I heard her voice go from happiness, to confused, to fear, to developing the stutter that would control her for years. We leave act one with a joyful time in her life when her father is stationed over seas. The family is happy, the stutter leaves, and Pam excels. We enter the second act as Pam grows into a young adult. She works hard at several jobs, becomes a beauty queen, and is discovered by a movie producer. I was happy for her when she meets a tall, nice young man who later changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. I was equally disappointed in the way he treated her after he converted to Islam. I was surprised when she began dating Freddie Prinze, and was relieved when she broke off her relationship with Richard Pryor. I love the way she is matter of fact and honest about each of these relationships. The third act brings us into the now. The tribute film written for her by Quentin Tarantino called “Jackie Brown” gives a booster shot to her career. She crossed into mainstream films working with the great Paul Newman and stepped out in a new direction when she co-stared in the television series, “The L-Word”. Pam takes on the battle of “The C Word” when she is diagnosed with cancer. Thankfully, she is now in remission. As I finished the book, Foxy: My Life in Three Acts, I felt that it was written without regrets. Pam Grier learned from her past, lives in the present, and directs her future. Between the Pages, Pam Grier’s memoir, Foxy: My Life in Three Acts is a must read.


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Words of wisdom From the industry 1) Do be Prepared. 2) Don't Procrastinate. 3) Do be a Self-Started. 4) Don't be the person that no one wants to work with. 5) Do be Humble and have the Right Attitude. If you’ll do these five things, know that your opportunity will come!


12 Most Common Mistakes that Presenters Make People who speak and present themselves well are seen as more intelligent, competent, confident, likeable and trustworthy. To upgrade your presentation skills you must be able to state your message in a clear, concise, easy to understand and non-boring manner so people will listen and act. To persuade, motivate, influence, build rapport and connect here are 12 of the most common mistakes that presenters make.

1. They do not have rapport with their listeners 2. Meeting space is poor 3. Stiffness in use of body 4. Body language is distracting 5. They don’t make good use of eye contact and facial expressions 6. They don’t use humor 7. They seem uncomfortable because of speakers anxiety or fear of failure 8. Their talk is rambling and unclear because of poor preparation 9. They use boring language, uninteresting or irrelevant material 10. They have don’t display enthusiasm 11. They don’t know how to use silence as impact 12. Their presentation needs to be intellectually as well as emotionally oriented – use stories, anecdotes and real life experiences To boost your ability to improve your presentation skills and personal presence contact us to find out about Arnold’s keynotes, seminars and intensive professional development programs(with videotaping and feedback) Arnold Sanow, MBA, CSP is a speaker, seminar leader and author of 5 books to include, “Get Along with Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere” He can be reached at or




11 Vowel Modifications for Singers Part 1 by Bob Westbrook

What are vowel modifications? It’s the way you form your vowels when you sing. This is the most difficult thing to explain without audio demonstrations but we have to cover them. Take this article with you to your voice teacher and have the teacher demonstrate all of the following information and record the lesson. If they don’t know what you’re talking about, you have the wrong voice teacher. There are seven vowels in the English language, but there are over 30 vowel modifications in the vocal singing language. Only a few of them are sung like you speak them. If a teacher tells you to sing like you talk, bye, bye teacher! They covered about 15% of your singing vowels. Here are the most common. 1) Diphthong - two musical vowels to form one vowel. Example: We never hold long I’s in singing. We begin singing – ah – as the note starts to end you close to an I (like the word eye) and treat it like a long consonant. You are singing ah but the audience hears the I. You never hold I. If you say the vowel, you will feel your open throat close and thrust forward to the front. Disaster. 2) On any word that sounds like (it) or (in) sing êh. êh keeps the throat open – i will close it. _ 3) In your upper range (register) long e becomes more êh – close with long e. 4) The vowel ûh starts with âh and closes with ûh at the end.

12 The Boyfriend Look By Style Reporter :Candis Williams

Times are changing and so should your look. Who says you have to be bound and stitched to have a sexy look? What if you could be relaxed and comfortable while still making a statement? The corset look is out and the Boyfriend look is in! With The Boyfriend look, you can accomplish it all. Style plus Comfort is every woman’s dream. A woman in guy’s clothes is the fantasy of most men! Remember the days of wearing your boyfriend’s t-shirt or jersey? Stylists everywhere have added a sexy new twist. Blazers, over-sized tees, jeans , and shirts are all included in this line. With every boyfriend item you add a feminine touch. Accessories can be key to adding a personal touch. Don’t be afraid of dramatic jewelry! Here are a couple of looks that are easy to do for our Boyfriend Beginners:


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Memphis Spotlight: The Indie Memphis Film Festival


Indie Memphis Film Festival Voted “One of the 25 "Coolest Film Festivals" ~ MovieMaker Magazine, Summer '09 Indie Memphis connects and inspires indie filmmakers and film-lovers through the unique creative Landscape that is the home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll. The festival highlights Regional Filmmaking and brings new independent work to Memphis from all corners of the country – while continuing its thirteen year tradition of providing a showcase for Southern filmmaking, specifically highlighting the work of Memphis filmmakers

The 13th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival is set for October 21-24, 2010 in Midtown Memphis, the city's cultural center and home to a plethora of restaurants, bars and clubs.Last year's festival saw an attendance increase of more than 30% for the second year in a row -- bringing the overall festival attendance to a record-setting 7,200 attendees. Over 80 filmmakers, industry veterans and special guests from across the United States came to Memphis to screen their work, participate in panel discussions, and connect with each other and other festival attendees, including former New York Times film critic ELVIS MITCHELL (The Black List, KCRW's The Treatment), CRAIG BREWER (Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan), PETER GILBERT (Hoop Dreams, At The Death House Door), RAY MCKINNON (The Accountant, The Blind Side), BARRY CORBIN (No Country For Old Men, Northern Exposure), JOE SWANBERG (Hannah Takes The Stairs, Alexander the Last) CORY MCABEE (The American Astronaut, Stingray Sam), HEIDI VAN LIER ("The Indie Film Rule Book") and CHRIS HOLLAND ("Film Festival Secrets"). Other past attendees and special guests have included JOHN SAYLES (Matewan),

17 IRA SACHS (Forty Shades of Blue ); GIANCARLO ESPOSITO (Do The Right Thing), ANGELA BASSETT (What's Love Got To Do With It), JOEY LAUREN ADAMS (Chasing Amy), ALBERT MAYSLES (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter), and BOB MONDELLO (National Public Radio). "I've had screenings of my films all around the world. I've watched my films premiere at the Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles, as well as the Prince's Palace in Marrakech. But there has never been an experience to equal my premiere at Indie Memphis." ~ CRAIG BREWER, Hustle & Flow, on screening The Poor & Hungry in 2000 "Local support is imperative to any great festival, and the Memphians fill the theaters and embrace the films and moviemakers as their own... Memphis rolls out the red carpet and spreads its loving arms wide, pulling you in for a big lo' bear hug, saying 'We're glad you're here; -just like mama would." ~ SCOTT TEEMS, That Evening Sun, in MovieMaker Magazine (Winter 2010) "Come to Indie Memphis. The atmosphere is cozy; it's like a hug just when you need one." ~ MORGAN JON FOX, OMG/HaHaHa (2008 Best Hometowner Feature) "Regional festivals are the foundation of truly independent filmmaking and Indie Memphis is a testament to that. Filmmakers like myself, who are working with limited means to make regional movies, can find an audience at Indie Memphis." ~ TOM QUINN, The New Year Parade (2008 Best Feature) "Indie Memphis has so much that I look for in a film festival, and I should know since I'm at one almost every month: programming with a thoughtful and idiosyncratic point of view that reflects its leadership, and reaches out to promising new filmmakers whose work has an unmistakable sense of place; an excited and eager community that attends the films in force looking to be surprised by the fare, rather than congratulated for coming out; and, oh yeah, barbecue." ~ ELVIS MITCHELL, 2008 festival juror / film critic & interviewer


Meet Garry Goin By Audrey Porter

Q: How did you get started in The Music Industry? A: I started playing Guitar at the age of 16, from Guitar to Song-Writing to Producing to Sr. V.P of a Publishing Company to Sr. V.P. of A&R of a record label. Q:You’re known throughout the industry for your songwriting skills. What’s your songwriting process? A: I’m attentive to the process. All songs come from inspiration. Sometimes, its a conversation, sometimes it’s a music beat, sometimes its a melody. I’ve just learned how to be open to IT. Q: Why do you want to record & release your own music? A: I want to record and release my own records because I like to keep a little more control of my music. The music industry has changed plus technology gives an independent artist a chance to build an fan base without a major record label. I'm not knocking the majors, you just have more bargaining power when you started it yourself and have some success. Q: What are your musical influences? A: My musical influences are guitar players like Was Montgomery, George Benson, Carlos Santana, Eddie Van Halen, Nat King Cole, Babyface and Jay-Z are also big influences to me. Creative people will always influence my works.

19 Q: How do you become a success in the world of music? A: By studying your craft. Learn to become a master at what you do, so that when the opportunity present s itself you’ll be prepared for your shot and I guarantee that everyone will get there shot so (Be Prepared). Q: What are some of the artists that you’ve gotten a chance to perform with? A: Justin Timberlake, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, Howard Hewitt, Oleta Adams, and Jeff Lorber. Q: Where can people find media information about you? A: I have receive print media in all the jazz magazine and reviews, also my first single when top 10 in the country on the jazz R&R chart, my second single when top 20 on the R&R jazz chart, top 20 on Q: What are some of your past projects? A: "Goin Places" by Garry Goin and a new Cds "Road-Trip by Garry Goin and "In to my soul", Roundtrip by Kirk Whalum and alot of session, you can audio files online and at I record on Protools and whatever I can get my hands on. Goin Places was produced by David Porter and Garry Goin. Road-Trip is produced by Garry Goin. Q: Where can people go to buy your music? A: I sell my CDs though Compendia music and Itunes. Koch is my distributor.

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20 Crowns By Traci Washington

What is the look? Well, we are all looking for it… men and women alike. It's our signature. It's our crown, that’s what I see when I see a person’s hair; their hair is their crown. Most don't know how to give their crown the look it truly deserves on their own, so that's where the hair pros come in. Seek one!

Yes, we are still in our summer crowns but that will change soon. So let’s talk fall "Crowns" Guys and Gals: Guys summertime means low cuts, I understand that the heat can be a killer, but that is about to fade away. The cold air will be at the door and before you know it you’ll need a hat. Crown tip#1: Why not grow your hair out? The new Jay-Z look is sexy. I think it is grown and sexy. Be done with the braids! It will give off a signature due to the texture of your hair because no two-hair textures are the same. So, if you take my advice, shampoo more and moisturize. Please do not sport the look with dry hair that is not sexy! Gals most of us will be coming out of braids, that fab cut, personality pieces, or growing out color. So let's fall into fall. First get your treatments and trims. Once that is done let's get your crown developed. Go see a pro not the girl next door. Crown tip#2: Yesssss! Ladies hair and more hair is in from Hollywood to hollyhood hair is sexy, powerful and fun. So don't be scared to take your crown to the next level. Add some personality pieces to your already designed look. Make it a fuller cut, a fuller and longer bob, or just go outright Glam. Crown tip#3: For my ladies who like to add some color to their crowns. The new colors this fall are dark medium browns with hints of red. I can’t stress it enough to go to a hair professional to find out what tones best fit you. Until next time: Love Life, Dream Big, and keep those Crowns tight!




Spoken word nuggets offered by Jamaal ‘Versiz’ May

A few months ago, we went on a search For a spoken word artist that we could Not only proudly promote but also glean From their knowledge and experience. We hit the jackpot when we found Mr. Jamaal ‘Versiz’ May. He has a new product that he is promoting called ‘The God Engine’ This cat is the Real deal. If you don’t believe us, go listen For yourself at his site: After hearing his work, we had to reach out To him and interview him for this edition. So without further ado, we present to some And introduce to others – versiz


“Think long-term not short-termed! This is a career that you don’t grow up; you grow out!” - Jamaal ‘Versiz’ May

Q: How did you get started in spoken word poetry? A: I was dragged to a poetry slam by my sister. I was doing producing a hip hop album at the time and found that both had similarities. I challenged myself to get involved. Within a few weeks, I entered my first poetry slam and won second place. After that I was hooked Q:What do you like about spoken word? A: It’s a great way to express something genuine and authentic. Q: How did you get as good as you are? A: I read a lot. I have a rule of thumb to read 2x the amount that I write. The more you read, the more that you have to express.



Q: How do you deal with writer’s block? A: I deal with writer’s block by doing two things. First, I lower my standards. Writer’s block often occurs because you put so much pressure on yourself for the material to be phenomenal. if you lower your standards, you take the pressure off yourself. Secondly, write your way through it. Just write what comes to mind! You may look down on your paper and be pleasantly surprised at the outcome. Q: How do you connect with your audience so well? A: I use a lot of metaphors. Metaphors erupt emotions that make it easier to transfer to your listener. It also gives them a reference point to know where to hook up with you. Imagine saying something like, the tears rolled down his cheeks like a rollercoaster plunging from heights unknown to a collision with the ground never to be seen again. Q: How do you tour as a spoken word artist? A: I simply entered into a lot of poetry slams and eventually became a poetry slam champion. At that point, I began to receive invitations from other poetry slam teams to speak. The rest is history. Q: Any advice to aspiring spoken word poets? A: Be up on current events so that you can offer the audience a fresh experience.


How To Build Your Modeling Portfolio By Jennifer Autry


To work as a professional model you'll need a strong book, also known as a portfolio. Your book will have all of your very best (and most current) modeling pictures in it. The better your book is, the better jobs you'll get. You can build your book in three different ways, with Test Shoots, Tear Sheets, and Stock Photography. Test Shoots:
The best place to start is with a test shoot. Ask your agent to recommend a good photographer. Your agent may even be able to set you up with a free test shoot, although this isn't always the case. A test shoot should not cost more than a couple of hundred dollars. You should get enough pictures from your first test shoot to get your book started. At the bare minimum you’ll want a great headshot and a good full-length body shot. 
Tear Sheet:
Continue building your book with tear sheets. These are pictures you've gotten from jobs you've worked. Things like magazine covers, fashion layouts, or advertisements. You'll literally “tear” the picture out of the magazine or newspaper and put it in your book. The more jobs you work the more tear sheets you'll acquire. 
Tear sheets are important for a model, because they show a client that you are a working, professional model and clients like to work with models that have experience. Stock Photography:
Many new models do stock photography jobs to help build a complete book. Some stock photography jobs are T.F.P., meaning Time for Prints. This means you aren't paid for the job, but you do receive copies of the prints to use in your book. Other stock photographers will pay you in addition to giving you copies for the prints. It just depends on the photographer. The photographer owns the pictures and they sell these images to all types of different companies that use the images to promote their products or services. I suggest shooting stock photography sparingly, as you don't want to get overexposed. Using pictures from test shoot, tear sheets, and stock photos should help you to build a strong book and give you what you need to get out there and land the kind of jobs you're looking for.
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Rize Indie Magazine: Aug-Sept. 2010 Edition  

Rize Indie Magazine is an E-magazine designed to promote and educate independent artists in the area of film, music, dance, modeling, photog...

Rize Indie Magazine: Aug-Sept. 2010 Edition  

Rize Indie Magazine is an E-magazine designed to promote and educate independent artists in the area of film, music, dance, modeling, photog...