(PRWEB) July 31, 2005
You auditioned everyone you know to join your band. You had to replace your grandmom on the tambourine because she couldnÂt keep up with the riffs. You spent countless sleepless nights finding the perfect note for your first monster ballad. You dated your bassist but she broke it off because she thought you had eyes for your keyboardist. You booked your first gig, headlining at the 4-H Club Hog-Off. And, although itÂs all relative, you didnÂt stink.
So you think youÂre ready for the big-time?
ÂThere seems to be one constant that even the internet revolution canÂt shake - you absolutely have to have an agent if youÂre going to make a living as an artist.Â
So says Brad Hinely, co-creator of StrongeyeContact.com, a website that places actors and artists in front of industry talent agents.
ÂChoosing the representative thatÂs going to help you grow and develop your career is the most important decision talent can make, and often the one thatÂs given the least amount of thought in the beginning, because youÂre just happy someoneÂs interested. My first agent didnÂt have a car. That should have been some sort of sign but IÂve never been very intuitiveÂ
Next week StrongeyeContact.com breaks new ground and opens its doors to musicians and vocalists. This new feature uses networking tools to place its vocalists in front of agents and industry managers.
ÂIt was a very natural transition because we noticed that the majority of our agencies had music departments. We wanted to give our members the opportunity to showcase their stuff to agents that were already looking anyway,Â Brad continues. But that wasnÂt enough. ÂWe thought that if we were going to do it, letÂs really do it right. LetÂs find the best person in the music industry, and give them a forum to discuss the industry with the up and coming musicians. We actively sought Jay Jacobs. Actually, beg wouldnÂt be too strong a word.Â
And Jacobs liked what he saw. Brad explains, ÂTo be honest, I didnÂt think we had a shot with Jay, I mean, his bio reads like a jukebox in heaven. He broke some of the biggest stars whoÂve ever worked. Ever. We said that if we couldnÂt find someone that was great, we werenÂt going to do it at all. It wouldnÂt benefit our membership.Â With over 35 years of industry experience working for the two most influential and powerful agencies in the entertainment field, William Morris and ICM, the word legend comes to mind. Jacobs represented The Beach Boys, Diana Ross, Natalie Cole, Crosby Stills and Nash, Albert Brooks, Van MorrisonÂ arguably the most distinguished list of artists of our time.
ÂWeÂre so excited and couldnÂt be more thrilled. I sent the news about Jay Jacobs to the design team working on the Q&A section and they sent me a case of Two Buck Chuck. IÂm a hero at the office. IÂm having a cape designed as we speak.Â Hinely says with an excited smile.
More importantly for members, though, will be the access to a resource of JacobÂs distinction. ÂWe want every actor and every artist that has the dream to know where to come to get the inside information. We want to show everyone the best the entertainment industry has to offer.Â Hinely continues.
If its history is any indicator of the success that lies in its future, StrongeyeContact.com will be the launching point for the thousands of musicians trying to get their foot in the door.
ÂThatÂs the ultimate goal,Â says Hinely, Âto keep our members working and networking. ThereÂs nothing more exciting than to hear success stories from our members. It reminds us of why we started.Â