I will be the first to admit I’m not a fan of watching videos online and I don’t watch talk shows. I miss out on a lot of what’s currently popular. That’s part of of why I started this site, I know so many like Me who are just as clueless. Well until last week I’d never heard of 4 year old Heaven King but since the first time I saw her she has been blowing up all over My social networking pages.
This darling little girl has taken the internet by storm with her danced moves.
Her and her mom were recently featured on the Ellen Degeneres show.
Her mom has many more vids with her on her youtube page HERE
So it’s no big secret that I love to write, I’ve been writing longer than I remember, blogging for almost 8 years and writing for publications for two years now. I love that My pen gives Me a way to express all the things tumbling around in My head and I never get enough of the fact that people actually enjoy reading it,
It all started with notebook after notebook full of journals, poetry and half finished stories I’ve started. Up until 2008 or so I had never even finished one of the stories or books I’d started. A short story for My website gained Me a little popularity and caused Me to write more to appease the few who requested it.
The next thing you know I took a chance and asked a guy starting a brand new magazine if I could write an erotic story for it and he said sure. My first story published in print was “Facebook Fun” in 86 Blvd and since then I have written for each of the subsequent 10 issues and was recently given the honor of interviewing cover model Nyomi Banxxx for them.
My regular byline in 86 Blvd was the springboard for Me contacting other urban magazines and asking for a chance to write for them. To date My writing has been featured in 27 issues of print publications and that includes My monthly column in BADD Magazine. I get a thrill every time a new magazine or website approaches Me to write for them but it also made Me realize it was time to work on My own project as well. I mean I love creating content for others but we all know its much better to be on the receiving end of the residual income.
Yesterday morning I got my lazy butt to the computer and said it’s time. Honestly, I’m now a month behind the deadline I scheduled last year. My first compilation of erotic stories were supposed to be ready by Valentine’s Day but I took a month to rest. I went through My stories and picked the first twelve I’d like to publish in a book of short stories. I started formatting but it was getting overwhelming so I took a break. Tomorrow I will be right back at it
During this time while I’m focusing on My writing I’ve been checking out all types of websites, writing groups etc that can benefit ANY writer, not just a writer of erotic stories. I’ve found some great articles and websites. One of the websites I’ve fallen in love with is Writers Life. I won’t bog this blog post down with links but I’ve linked some of the most recent articles I’ve read as well as a *FREE writers toolkit below.
I will be sure to add this site to the resource area for writers I have here on this site at http://sapphirespotlightontalent.com/resource-guide/resources-for-poets-writers/
There are a lot of BLAZING photographers popping up all over the place. With the invention of sites like Instagram, Model Mayhem and Facebook, we are being treated to the beautiful works of artists we may have never even known existed. From city to city, coast to coast I want to shine the spotlight on those who impress me most. I will be bringing you interviews with some of the hottest established and up and coming photographers that I run across as I blaze my own path of fame across the net. Let’s get it on!! Time to meet one of the greats………
Name: Cayne Clarke
Based In: Washington DC / Baltimore MD
Name of Company: Cayne Clarke Photography / NFLAVA Model Magazine
1. How long have you been perfecting your craft? I was first introduced to photography my sophomore year in college through a friend that was into photography
2. What were the influences that led you into Photography? What type of photography do you specialize in?
A good friend in college got me started with me very first Nikon camera. I think it was the opportunity to capture people in all kinds of ways. In college there were no shortage of girls who wanted to pose for us. You can say being around sexy young women and taking their pictures could be an influence as well. Another is definitely the digital age and the additional magic one can do with computer software.
My specialty is studio eye candy portraits. I used to also include urban in my definition but I have since grown to include much more than just the urban culture.
3. Growing up what did you see yourself doing for a living? Do you still plan on pursuing that at some point?
I didn’t really have a profession I targeted; I just wanted to go to college and major in Marketing and do something in that field. I did get my degree in marketing and advertising but I never got into the field. I work as an IT professional. I don’t believe I have any interest in doing marketing at this point in my life and career.
4. Are you strictly a photographer, or with the new technology available to us now that digital photography has taken over, have you gone into graphics at all?
Part of my specialty is using the digital image taken from the camera and transform it into something unique and special. So yes, I have also incorporated graphics into my photos as well as retouching techniques.
5. Were you a photographer before the digital age? Can you shoot with film: and if so, do you miss the old days of actually developing your film, and watching your work come to life in front of you?
I came into photography just as the DSLR’s were being introduced to the world. My buddy was a film guy and I used to watch him develop film. I never got into it. I can say I’m glad I am shooting in this era although I do have a respect for those who came up in the film age.
6. Do you shoot indoor or outdoor more often? Which do you prefer and why?
I mainly shoot indoor as I am studio photographer however, I do like shooting outdoors and it depends on the day; if it’s cloudy and dull I may go for some subtle black and white images; if it’s sunny I may go for more radiant and bright images. I prefer indoor studio because I get to control my environment from the lights, the props, and even the general space.
7. What is your ultimate goal? What would be your Dream Project?
My goal is to be able to make enough money from photography that I can be consistent with a great downtown loft studio. A dream project would be shooting for my own gallery showing.
8. Where can people see your work?
Besides Facebook and other social media you can Google my name or studio and plenty of my past work will be displayed. I also have a published magazine called NFLAVA Model Magazine as well as a hard book cover on sale on amazon of my black and white portraits. My website also displays my model portfolio work but some of my commercial pieces as well.
9. Have you ever been published? Do you own a publication?
You’re reading my mind. Yes. I own and manage NFLAVA Model Magazine, a magazine that I consider to be a useful stepping stool for many unsigned models looking for practice and exposure. I’ve also had my work published in several magazines by way of the Sexy Sapphire, a brilliant social media marketing guru. I’ve also had my photos appear in one major film, ATL. If you are familiar with the movie, some of my pictures were used as props in Uncle George’s room.
10. If someone wanted to hire or contact you for a session, how can they get in touch with you?
The 2 best ways to reach me for booking is through a Facebook message or send me a shoot request via my websites’ contact page – http://ibpstudios.com.
Name: Keshaun Hazel
1. How long have you been in the modeling game? What influenced your decision to start modeling?
I’ve been modeling for two years now ,and what influenced me to model was females was always asking me was I a model. When I said no they were like give it a try, and I’m actually good at it an can take great photos.
2. Were your family and friends supportive of your decision?
Of course they were ,they know when I set my mind on something I’m going to do my best at it.
3. What do you enjoy most about being a model? What do you least enjoy?
Being a model is great. You get to work on various projects and meet new an very talented photographers who are as gifted in doing what they do as you are. What I least enjoy is sometimes every photographer isn’t for you and being a male its hard to find good publications that wants males
4. What is your ultimate goal with your modeling?
My ultimate goal is as far as modeling is to get my face seen worldwide. Whether it be in a magazine, fashion show, website or even on television.
5. What style of modeling to you do? Photos, videos, runway,
The Style of modeling I do is print publication. Since I’m an Ink Model I like to get my images seen on printed on paper.
6. Have you been featured in any print publications? Any publications you’re specifically aiming for?
I have been Featured in Fenominal Magazine as there first ever male model and I have been featured in Xkluziv Magazine twice.
7. Im sure being a male model isn’t as easy as being a female model,do you have a hard time finding steady work or you working steadily?
I am not working steadily at the moment but it is very hard being a male in this industry. I have to work double what the females does or I have to work with a female just to get some steady work.
8. You might break some hearts here.Are you single,dating or attached.
Im currently engaged
9. Is modeling your longterm goal?Where do you see yourself in 5 years.
Honestly in 5 years I see myself with a good career like a Registered Nurse, and as far as modeling I wanna be working on some major projects.
10.Where can people check you out at?
Facebook- Conceited Hazel
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There are a lot of HOT ASS web designers and graphics artists popping up all over the place. From city to city, coast to coast I want to shine the spotlight on those who impress me most. I will be bringing you interviews with some of the hottest established and up and coming web designers and graphics artists that I run across as I blaze my own path of fame across the net. Let’s get it on!! Time to meet one of the greats………..
City/State: CHARLOTTE. NC
1. How long have you been perfecting your craft? About 12 years
2. What were the influences that led you into the graphic design business? just wanting know how they done that, then once I started teaching myself I was hooked.
3. Growing up what did you see yourself doing for a living? I was one them kids whose mind just kept changing on what I wanted to do. [but] having some type of business was always on my mind Do you still plan on pursuing it? I think I have already now just about getting to higher levels
4. Talk about learning another language, how hard was it for you to grasp HTML? What haven’t you mastered yet that you can’t wait to learn? I’m still learning, my focus is more on graphics then coding side of things but it’s hard to learn because one little error or say u for got to added a > on to code that needed it. that one lil thing can mess up a whole coding. Php probably only thing I have not try learn yet so probably be next for me teach my self
5. What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment business wise so far? Being graphic designer, why because this just hobby at first, my first graphics use to suck so to have people now pay me do stuff for them is my biggest accomplishment.
6. How did the idea for Eighty6 Blvd. Magazine come along? Name came from graphic company name. 86 basely year I born in blvd just sounded good lol. What was it that led you to launch your own magazine? First plan was just drop three issues because I wanted put these crazy makde up sex stories I love writing in to work but after third issue people wanted see more. turn out be a great plan since at time I dropped from a magazine I was part of.
7. You’ve done graphic work for many hot models and various magazines other than your own, how did you get so popular? Just from always being part of business even in days where yahoo groups was spot for models and other poeple in business.
8. What’s next for you? To create more of the ideas that be running through my head
9. Who are some of the people that you have done designs for? Vixens magazine, Pressure magazine, QsFlavas mgn, DeeJay007
10. If someone wants to hire you or contact you how do they get in touch with you?
firstname.lastname@example.org for graphics and email@example.com far as magazine
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