Okay. Before we were talking about creating a host site that would be able to house our paintings, photographs, audio, video, fiction, poetry, photography, and have it all linked together, uploadable and downloadable--a combination of itunes, amazon, and netflix, for the blogging artist--for the VIRTUAL ARTIST.
A LINKED COLLECTIVE LIBRARY.
(Charging for downloads or to be a part of the group, I still haven't figured out yet. Maybe, it will be free until we have a library of 10,ooo users.)
So in essence, it is a searchable and easily accessible linked format that will allow artists outside the corporate structure to build financial stability, community, an easy way to put work out to the world, recieve feedback, and link up with other artists.
Here it is visually.
The home page. It links you up to what you want to upload or download. Jimmy Smits, our frindly site user comes to THE COLLECTIVE SITE. He likes movies. He clicks FILM...
This takes JIMMY to the FILM page. He can browse by GENRE. He could even SIGN IN or UPLOAD now as well. JIMMY decides to find a COMEDY...
On the COMEDY page, JIMMY can search by DIRECTOR, LATEST UPLOADS, view his PREVIOUS PICS, other USER'S PICS, etc. JIMMY decides to click LATEST UPLOADS...
LATEST UPLOADS lists the COMEDY films. They tell JIMMY the TITLE, the LENGTH of the film, a brief description, USER REVIEW ratings, and a little pic that goes with the film. JIMMY clicks THE CHUMP link from the pic on the left.
This takes JIMMY to CHUMP page on THE COLLECVTIVE. This gives a detailed description, more user reviews, a LINK to other ITEMS jimmy might want, the CHUMP BLOG or WEBSITE, an ABOUT THE DIRECTOR page, and a CONTACT...JIMMY pushes ABOUT THE DIRECTOR...
Now JIMMY SMITS gets to read about JOHN MITCHELL, the director of CHUMP. This is all text that JOHN added to the COLLECTIVE, when he uploaded his short film. The UPLOLAD page asked him to put in a description, the actual content. The COLLECTIVE automatically lists JOHN'S 5 NEWEST FRIENDS, as well as JOHN'S most recent DOWNLOADS from the COLLECTIVE.
This makes JIMMY SMITS curious. He doesn't want CHUMP anymore. He is curious about WHOLE MILK by JIM GOAR. He clicks this link and it takes him to the WHOLE MILK page...
Like the CHUMP page, WHOLE MILK talks about the book, allows a partial download, a sample audio track, and a purchase button. The purchase button will take SMITS to either a website provided by the author (lets say EFFING PRESS), or if the author is self-publishing; his own website, or (this is a possibility): the COLLECTIVE has 10,000 users, and links up with some print on demand company (cafe.com) that provides books, audio, prints, dvds, etc.
Why not make trades possible as well. We could create a link, whereby, one artist sends another artist an email that says,
"Pirooz" has invited you to be his friend. Have a free download on him."
WILL YOU ACCEPT?
For those of you (ALAN) actors out there, this is a great venue for putting your face and work out there. Use the VLOGS to make short clips. Improv, some HAMLET, a short 5 minute sketch, an interview, read a poem (voice over) while you film a cow's backside. We could have a separate link called THEATER. A sub-division called IMPROV...
There are infinite possibilities.
To learn more about self-publishing visit DAVID ST LAWRENCE.
To learn how to create a vlog (video log) click HERE.
To learn how to put out a nonfiction book visit SETH GODIN.
To email me click Pirooz M. Kalayeh
TO visit our PREVIOUS TRAIL on THE COLLECTIVE idea. Click HERE. or HERE.
To read about the economic idea behind the COLLECTIVE visit THE LONG TAIL.
To become a part of THE COLLECTIVE. Make some comments. Tell your friends. Lets make this thing grow into a beautiful butterfly.