Think of the Talent Maven site as LinkedIn, but specifically for entertainers. You could also think of it as MySpace, but specifically for ACTUAL Entertainers…
If you are an actor, musician, or model, and you are looking for a more “official” site where you can showcase your talent, network with other artisans and industry professionals, then you might want to give Talent Maven a look see.
Keeping in line with other social networking sites, Talent Maven allows users to create profiles and upload images, music, videos, and other media in order to promote themselves alongside other entertainers and make connections with other members and industry professionals. More importantly, entertainers can use Talent Maven as their online portfolio/press kit so talent agents and other “let me make you a star” Hollywood types can get a good overview of you and your work and make a connection, in one location.
Yes, you could get a web developer to cook up a fancy-schmancy site with filled to the brim with landing pages, Flash animations, and high-end photos and edited videos. If you are a new, up-and-coming, or independent entertainer looking to get picked up by an agent, agency or label, chances are your pockets aren’t that deep to throw money into a eye-catching site. Talent Maven provides a place for entertainers just getting started in the business as well as seasoned, accomplished professionals, a place where their talents to be displayed in hopes of getting discovered.
The main caveat of Talent Maven is in its effort to keep the random, unwarranted and outright “scam-tastic” connections off the site. Industry professionals (agents and the like) are verified by the site, and actual connections (not just fans of other members) are done by introductions from another members who knows the person you (as an entertainer or professional) are attempting to connect with. The more connections made, the higher your stock rises until the “Maven” status is reached which in theory would give you the most exposure to the right people.
As the artist or page admin you also have control over who can contact you via the privacy settings. You can keep your profile open to let everyone who visits the site see your public information, or set it to private so only verified professionals see your information.
If you are an aspiring entertainer, getting “discovered” by the RIGHT people can be a tricky road to travel. With a profile up on Talent Maven, getting connected to those people may just be a more efficient (and safer) bet.Category: Social Networking | Tags: entertainers, LinkedIn, myspace, Social Networking