John Yianni Stamas Talks About DigiComArts and its Special Network

Community Through Media
Community Through Media

Hi, my name is John Yianni Stamas and I’m one of the founders of DigiComArts, which is short for Digital Community Arts. This volunteer based organization has grown greatly since when it was first developed in 2011 (with then librarian Rodger Taylor) as a series of youth workshops at the New York Public Library that culminated with some participants winning Platinum PIAs Awards. These workshops were done in conjunction with DigiComArts’ companion collective established in 2001 and called Video Film Web . The goal was to create community through media.

This mission is now also accomplished by our managing of over 27 community blogs. These blogs are updated daily in collaboration with guest bloggers and interviewees just like you who are interested in building their visibility while simultaneously making a difference and getting new customers, clients and fans.

We also now offer video producing, web designing, digital marketing and blogging services. In fact, DigiComArts and Video Film Web, working closely with DigiRefer, will help you find your perfect affordable media freelancer to fit your needs and transform the effectiveness of your internet campaigns to better reach your own personal community and audience.

We believe that life is too short to not help to make the world a little bit better daily through uploading fresh web content using a holistic multifaceted approach. We also believe that the pursuit of more customers, clients and fans for business reasons does not exclude you being able to be artistic or to make a difference across the globe. This is the cornerstone concept of the website entitled ArtisticPreneur which also has a weekly newsletter.

The ArtisticPreneur newsletter keeps you abreast of new content on the over 27 community blogs plus provides you with tips to leverage the media that you use to expand your creative entrepreneurial undertakings. Joining this newsletter is on an elite first-come-first-served-basis and can be accomplished by emailing “info at video film web dot com.” In the email be sure to tell us a little bit about yourself and why you think this weekly email newsletter can help you.

Please note that not all newsletter joining requests result in you being signed up. We reserve the right to seek out creative people committed to change. Again, the email to be used to request to join the ArtisticPreneur newsletter is “info at video film web dot com.” Those accepted will be added to the email list via the email of the message you send to us.

Online Weekly Workshop Making Your Living as a Creative

How to Make Money as an Artist through Education
How to Make Money as an Artist through Education

As of this writing, Art Gush is doing a paid weekly course entitled “How to Make Money as an Artist.” And now the great news. You as a regular reader of DigiComArts  have an opportunity to view a free preview of some of this educational series. Go to NYC Create and you will see information, at no cost to you, regarding the topic of “How to Make Money as an Artist through Education.” This is a preview of the 1st of 6 courses on the topic.

How to Deal with Haters

This is an attempt on our part to create an OVERVIEW of how to deal with haters, especially online. The concept came about through a discussion we had with the creators of NYC Create.

If you are a creative person or an artisticpreneur, this can often mean you are someone who puts yourself “out there.” Often, if you are creative, you will have the desire to share what you are doing creatively. Unfortunately, once you introduce your creation to the public, especially if it is online, you will face the wrath of haters.

The key way of dealing with haters we believe is through having compassion for them. Those who create usually don’t have the inclination to attack someone and often want to help people. So it is hard sometimes for a creative to face her or his haters. Who are these haters? Why are they attacking you?

Frequently that hating – although directed at you – does not have to do with you but rather with the hater’s state of mind. So when you come across someone who is a hater, don’t look at them with animosity. A hater, especially one who remains anonymous, is a trouble person and deserves your empathy. Honestly feel sorry for them. It doesn’t mean you are taking a position of being better than the hater and taking a position of looking down at her or him. Coming from a place of empathy means recognizing that the hater is lashing out due to pain that she or he has inside.

For example, if you have someone who is hating you in the comments section of your blog or video, you can respond by asking them where they are coming from? Just imagine how much rage they must have bottled up inside of them that leads to them hating. In short if you are a hater, you are not coming from a good point of view.

You might start by asking:

“Hey, what’s wrong? How can I help you? What’s the real problem?”

Clearly this doesn’t always work and sometimes it’s better to just ignore the hate. But remember, haters are broken people who use hate as an ineffective way to deal with their internal problems.

When you first have a hater hating you might initially be offended,  hurt or angry but remember that this person is crying out for help like a baby that is acting out. Ask yourself if you can go to them with some compassion.

Typically haters are misunderstood people. If you use compassion there is the possibility of turning this rage-aholic into a loyal follower. But again, sometimes it’s best to ignore. You really have to use your intuition as to what is the best path for you to take.

NYC Create New Website for Artists

NYC Create is a website that has just emerged on the scene for artists of all kinds – musicians, writers, filmmakers etc. – that with each new blog entry gives you fresh tips and steps to promote yourself, build your audience and even monetize your art. NYC Create’s current blog entry as of this writing announces the 2018 Platinum Pias Awards winners as well as details the Proof of Concept phase of being an artistic entrepreneur or artisticpreneur. The Proof of Concept stage of your creative business is when you are just starting out you test the waters. NYC Create says that sometimes people jump too quickly into becoming a sole proprietorship, LLC or corporation and it’s not a bad idea to experiment a bit. The idea is that it is important to discover first whether you have a business or not before taking it further. Of course different things work for different people and when working on projects that are as important as building a career or company, you should always seek out the council of experts.

Lights Camera Read Offers Choices to Readers

Lights Camera Read, the media education organization, has recently opened up its process to give choices to the readers of its blog. They are doing this by asking viewers what kind of content they would like to see more of. Thus far Lights Camera Read has been known mostly for their Art Gush program that helps artists of all kinds to take their careers to the next level by creating web series. Now, after opening up to input, Lights Camera Read will surely develop some new educational products that the public is interested in.

John Yianni Stamas on Filmmaking Lessons

I was asked to write a brief piece for the new publication entitled “Artist Steps” regarding the filmmaking process for “Thrillumentary.” “Thrillumentary” is a web series we’ve been working on for the past year at Lights Camera Read. And although it has been successful as an educational tool, the worry is whether it will be successful as a piece of entertainment. Part of this fear comes out of the fact it is based on a one man show for theater, which means it is extremely dialogue based. Often works that are based on “mostly verbal” don’t do as well as those that are more visually oriented. If you are a member of the “NYC Make a Difference” newsletter from Entertainment Entrepreneurship, you are going to get to weigh in with your opinions through secret screenings of the series before it is released.

John Yianni Stamas on a Movie Process

According to the Movie Process website, John Yianni Stamas recently introduced a Movie Process that helps work toward the mission of “No More Starving Artists.” The reason a movie process is being used to achieve this goal, is that filmmaking is uniquely suited for helping artists of all different kinds. Therefore having a movie process in your promotion arsenal allows you to showcase what you do in a movie or webs series. Learn more here.

Movie Process is a program developed by Lights Camera Read which now is taking over Lights Camera Read’s focus. As you may recall Lights Camera Read was created initially as a filmmaking and writing workshop series at the New York Public Library.

Now Movie Process is helping to spread the message of filmmaking as a way to promote your artistic career.

Platinum PIAs

Platinum Pias has a video finally. It’s taken them 2 1/2 weeks to create it. But it’s worth the wait because it gives a window into the “community feel” the Pias have. It only runs about 3 1/2 minutes and includes winners, presenters, audience members and “Thrillumentary” cast members. Check the Platinum Pias video out here.

Yianni Stamas on Billionaires and the Arts

Yianni Stamas of Movie Process is known as an advocate for artists. His latest project is talking to billionaires about their view of the arts! Recently he got in touch with the assistant of the sister of a billionaire to find out the billionaire’s view on the future of creativity. It seems that the point of view of relatives of billionaires is of interest lately – case in point Ivanka Trump. Does she share her father’s view on the arts? What is her father’s view on the arts?