Blog : speakers
In February of this year the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will gather in Hollywood, California for yet another Academy Awards celebration. The Oscars will be handed out to writers, directors, producers, and actors who have delighted us over the past year with their amazing creative work. But for every person in the entertainment industry who receives an award, there are myriad artists and performers around the world who will never get the chance to work and study in the movie capital of the world simply because of their geographic location. Hollywood icon and master acting instructor, Gloria Gifford hopes to change all of that with the help of Pivotshare online video platform
The history of tap has brought the world much entertainment and enjoyment for the last hundred and fifty years. World-class tap dancer and international instructor Steve Zee hopes to bring the joy of tap to a whole new generation of students across the entire globe. Pivotshare is proud to announce Steve Zee’s new Tap Academy Online, a beautiful showplace for a growing video library of tap dance knowledge and instruction. Trained by the old masters of tap Steve also studied at UCLA and at the Sorbonne in Paris and is well known in Los Angeles dance circles and has shared the stage with such artistic luminaries as Gregory Hines as well as tap legends, the Nicholas Brothers. He trained Kiril Kulish for the Broadway production of Billy Elliot for which Kiril won the Tony Award and has served as tap coach for pop icons David Lee Roth and Bette Midler. Steve is also an international figure in the genre and has traveled across Canada, Brazil, France and Germany to both teach and perform, having recently returned from a lengthy tour in Europe. Steve also heads a non-profit arts organization known as LA Ironworks and recently spoke at the famed TedTalks about tap’s influence on American culture and history and is on faculty at Cal State University, Long Beach.
It is widely quoted that the average person fears public speaking more than they fear the idea of death. But for many professionals in the United States, being a public speaker is their career of choice. Whether the genre they communicate is business, motivational, faith, or a host of others, thousands of speakers travel around to every corner of our country to share their knowledge at one of the more than a half-million conferences of various types held every year. There is a wide spectrum of fees charged by speakers in every possible category. Celebrities, politicians, and sports notables often ask for fees that run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. On the flip side, there are many people, trying to break into the speaking world, who are happy to make an appearance for absolutely nothing. Many speakers supplement their speaking income by selling CDs and DVDs at the events at which they speak. In fact, a good portion of these professionals make more money from the sales of media than they do from the actual fees that they ask for speaking in the first place. But burning, labeling and mailing your DVDs to an event is not only time-consuming, but also incredibly costly to the bottom line. Shipping or hauling them across the country to sell at events is no easier. There has to be a better way to sell monetized media.
Conventions and conferences are an important part of the American corporate and creative landscape. According to the Convention Industry Council (CIC), 1.8 million meetings, conferences, and trade shows occur in the U.S. every year attracting 205 million attendees which results in 907 billion dollars of annual revenue. The reason for the popularity of conferences in this country is not only because they are profitable for the organizers, but also for those who attend. In 2009 world research giant Oxford Economics showed that every dollar spent on business travel such as conferences resulted in over twelve dollars in increased revenue. The trouble with most conferences is that once the lights go off, the revenue stops. All of the brilliant information and presentations that came from the stage cease to sell tickets after the doors have been shut and the paying crowds return home. Pivotshare has created a solution to this dilemma that allows you to easily sell your conference video.
I would argue that good media has no expiration date. There are associations, conferences, and companies all across the globe that leave money on the shelf every day by ignoring the usefulness of their existing media library. Mountains of amazing content, gathering dust, instead of revenue, simply because it is not being put to proper use. Do not misunderstand this: your previous media content has value. The material contained within can entertain, inspire, and educate. But how do you make this material accessible to your paying customers? Pivotshare has a tool designed to make your older media as relevant as anything you might create in the future. Pivotshare has created a tool for our customers known as “media markers.” These media markers work very much like tabs in conventional print media, allowing the creators to section off, and more importantly, label points in their videos using any sort of categories they wish. This transforms commonplace archives into searchable video, allowing customers to jump directly to the portion of media they need or want, instead of having to wade through a sea of footage.
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