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How to Eat Fire 2 – DVD Trailer

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Created by known fire eating expert, and recent Guinness World Record holder Carisa Hendrix, How To Eat Fire 2 is the much anticipated sequel to her original best selling DVD.

Reshot in HD with more tricks, cure special features and tips, the sequel is in every way the DVD we were all waiting for.

Coming out in this fall 2012, stay tubed on our YouTube channel for previews and freebies.

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The Calgary Prop and Circus Flash Mob

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June 9th 2012 a group of dedicated prop manipulators and circus fans came out to have a good old flash mob on Stephen’s Ave in Calgary AB Canada.

Thank you so much to everyone for coming out.

PropFest.com for Calgary’s Next Prop Arts event
Edited & Organized by Carisa Hendrix
Music and Sound effects Licensed from AudioJungle

Thank you for the support of our community, for Spin Out Events, the Calgary Circus School, Juggle Gear, At The Hip Belly Dance & Light and Motion


Tips to Book More Gigs – Part 1 “Doing it Online”

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Carisa Hendrix's act at the Garden Variety Show

Photo taken by the talented Doug Wong, of Carisa Hendrix’s act at the Garden Variety Show in May 2012

We find this same issue everywhere. From catering to comedy. From marketing to music. From education to entertainment.

Some people are very busy, and others struggle for gigs. What can be really frustrating is that it’s not always the most talented, most experienced or most well connected who are the busiest. So what is it? Lucky? Nepotism? Black Magic?

Well, maybe a little.

But experts will tell you, the people who are busiest in their fields are often the ones who market themselves and promote their personal brand the most effectively. And in our modern world, that means a multi-pronged, multi-media approach to selling yourself as a performer.

Whatever your style of performance, be you Magician, Fire Dancer, Aerialist or whatever, we hope you will find at least some of the points in this 3 part article series helpful. OK, let’s get into it.

Part 1 “Doing it Online”

The three most important elements that will help you get gigs online.

Social Networking

We’ve all heard that Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and blogs are an effective way to get new eyeballs to your site. However, many of us forget to update or don’t put the time into creating attractive banners and backgrounds.

It’s not enough to just have a social network, you should aim to provide your followers with new content, maintain good web edict and put the time into making them look “real purdy”.

Websites

In the age of social media do we need a website at all. YES!

Facebook and Tumblr are becoming an excuse to not spend the time and money on a dedicated performance site. Here’s something to consider:

Yellow pages are on the decline except for use as booster seat. People are going Googling for the things they are want. A well dressed website will set you apart as one of the bigger, better fishes in the Google sea and without the design restrictions of social platforms you can represent your personal brand in the most effective way possible.

Just like in the real world, your online self needs a home to call your own. Not only will a well designed site help establish your professionalism, it can also be optimized to pull in a serious qualified search engine’s traffic.

SEO

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the buzz of all web marketing circles. The way people talk about it sometimes can feel overwhelming and a bit scam-y, but it is an important part of creating a web presence and drawing in new traffic to your site.

Firstly, a quick definition. SEO is simply the process of making a site more visible or higher ranking on various search engines, Google being the usual focus.

This is important because many people search for entertainers via these engines and most will only click through the first few sites until they find what they are looking for. According to data from the Chitika network, the #1 search result will get twice as many click throughs as the second on average.

So what can you do? Here is a quick and dirty list of effective ways to boost SEO:

  • Pick a Keyword Rich Domain Name – You may have your heart set on some clever URL for your site, but search engins prefer the clarity and straightforward nature of keyword based domains. Tip: Use Google Adwords’ keyword suggestion tool to help identify the top searched words in your field.
  • Add a Blog – Blog posts create fresh content for your site and add pages, both qualities that search engines love.
  • Keep it Speedy – Buy reasonably good hosting and keep your site from suffering “code bloat”. Search engines are as impatient as people and like a site that loads in second or preferably milliseconds.
  • Keep it Focused – Aiming for top ranking on more specific search terms will serve you better than broad ones. For example if you are a Magician in Seattle you would be better off optimizing your site for those term than more general ones like “entertainer” or “magic”.

Start Tuned for Part 2 “Doing it IRL” coming out next week and feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments below.

This article was created with the help and expertise of marketing experts and very savvy professional entertainers, you know who you are, thank you.

Originally posted at Firepedia


Geek Bleep Episode 2 – Rome and Television: Thoughts From Places

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CarisaHendrix creates her very own “Thoughts from Places” style video about her recent trip to Rome as a tribute to the vlogbrothers.

This video kicks off the Geek Re-Born Project, Yay!!

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Geek Bleep Episode 1 – What to Expect

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In this video I talk about this year’s project. To explore my nerdy side for 1 year and vlog about it. Yay!!!!

I’ll be doing videos every week about the adventure so please subscribe 🙂

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PICK – An Experimental Short

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PICK – An Experimental Short

Director Benjamin Ross Hayden

If you are channel surfing this week in Alberta, click over to Channel 10 Broadcast, Nov 6 – 1am, Nov 7 – 9PM and Nov 8 – 10pm. You’ll see a really cool experimental film that I helped with a few months back. The music and the visuals come together to creep you out and suck you in.

The film is about the re-appropriating forgotten local history. A boudoir in Calgary on February 15th & 16th, 1916 provides the inspiration and it was shot in the creepy basement where a massive riot began.

This film was shot entirely on film. The scratches are real. The stunts are real. The credits are also hand-scratched.

Benjamin Ross Hayden, up and coming director, first approached me to do the film while I was having breakfast at a trendy diner in February of this year, it was a little out of the blue but insanely awesome. After that day it wasn’t long before I was all costumed up on set ready to stick an ice pick in my face in the dustiest room I’d ever stepped foot in.

The whole thing was a complete blast.

MEDIA: Articles in the following media outlets
FFWD Weekly,
Emery Weal,
The Gauntlet,

The Reflector, and
Press+1

… Benjamin Ross Hayden plays homage to that event with his short experimental film, Pick, which will screen as part of the Calgary International Film Festival’s Alberta Spirit series….

Originally published, September 23, 2010 in FFWD Weekly

 


The Cuteness Apocalypse: Most Re-Watched Cute Videos

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One of my favourite YouTube personalities Hank Green of the SciShow and the Vlog Brothers posted this video last week.

It prompted me to ask myself how many hours I myself have wasted on adorable YouTube videos?? And here they are, the cute YouTube videos that have wasted the most of my time.

My Most Re-Watched Adorable YouTube Videos

Who’s Your Favourite?

Star Wars according to a 3 year old.

☆french bulldog

Puppy vs. Mirror

Jerk Animals: Viral Video Film School

“One Man Disney Movie” Nick Pitera Disney Medley Music Video


This fits our theme of adorable because although he is not a puppy or a giggling toddler, Nick Pitera is truly the most adorable thing on YouTube.

Cute Cat Falls Down at the Purrfect Moment


Full disclosure this is actually a video of my own cat, but it would be a favorite even if it wasn’t.

African Bull Frog ant crusher

There you go guys. These few videos have taken up literally hours of my time. Was it worth it, hells yes. Enjoy.


Stop Internet Piracy with Better Cheaper Legal Downloads

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If you pirate content online, be it music, movies or audiobooks you are scaring the crap out of a lot of people. As I’m sure you know, laws like SOPA and PIPA are being proposed because companies are worried about loosing a ton of money in the wild west that is the Internet.

Apparently the ratio of legally downloaded songs to pirated ones is 1 : 20. So here’s the question we should really ask, why? Why are so many people choosing to pirate content?

Is it really because we all just want to get our content for free? Maybe a more reasonable explanation is that acquiring content legally is often just too difficult, time-consuming and unreasonably expensive. If you are just joining us in the 21st century now, let me explain.

Torrenting is just about the easiest way to get any and all digital goodies you can possibly want. Simply search for your item of choice, click the download link, and the torrent starts automatically. You can pause the download at any time and restart it without damaging the file and download problems are very rare.

When you purchase content legally you can expect to deal with slower and glitchier downloads that will require many more time-consuming steps to complete than simply snatching up that torrent. You may first need to create an account on the site, type in all your credit card and personal information and verify by email before you can order the item. If you are dissatisfied with your purchase or have a download issue, tech support will likely be slower and more frustrating than you’d like. And because these companies are terrified you will redistributing this content, the legally downloaded versions of songs and videos are usually encoded with restrictions that get in your way if you ever try to move files between devices or burn them to disk.

Beyond the technical issues, many companies don’t seem to realize digital content should be priced differently than the physical versions. From my experience DVDs cost money to have printed, packaged, stored, handled, and shipped,  whereas it costs virtually nothing to have a program automatically email customers with a download link. Because I’m not the only one that realizes this, the perceived value of digital content is much lower, as it should be. Bull-poop “convenience” charges are not fooling anyone guys.

I really believe that as legally purchasing songs, videos and everything else becomes easier and more reasonably priced, we will see less online piracy and fewer resentful legal downloaders like myself. I also imagine if illegal downlading was less threatening to large companies they wouldn’t be wasting so much of their resources on creating restrictions and laws that could break the Internet.

In the end we can’t really know how much torrenting is responsible for the lost revenue companies claim, and illegal downloads are certainly not tantamount to stealing a kid’s bike or someone’s purse like those ridiculous commercials suggest. There will always be people who torrent and share content illegally and see it as a victimless non-crime.

I personally avoid pirating content because I respect the person who created it would rather I didn’t and that’s enough for me.


Site Hackers, Server Errors and other Moments of Pure Terror

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On February 2nd of this year(2012) Firepedia experienced a traffic surge that surpassed what could be handled by our server. This resulted in our host taking down the site for 10 hours until we asked nicely and they put it back up. As the new traffic levels continued, users began to experience errors and glitches and it became clear that we needed to move.

Once we found a new server, we started the move only to discover that the increase in traffic had attracted the interest of hackers who had unleashed a horrible nightmare onto the Firepedia team. 1200 files had embedded hack codes that re-directed readers to other sites. Luckily we were able to avoid compromising anyone’s account (unfortunately we had to delete them to do this). After that the stressful and delicate surgery of getting our site back up and moved to our more robust and secure server we are now working on recovering a few lost articles.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during all this. And welcome to all the new readers.

[UPDATE]

Shortly after publishing this article and getting a good night sleep for the first time in days a vulnerability in the new server we had moved to was exploited by the same hackers and we lost everything for a 2nd time. It was heart breaking and the technical support was unsympathetic and very unhelpful.

Based on the recommendation of web-developers much smarter than us, we purchased server space on a more secure service from another company and started rebuilding yet again. I really hope this is the last catastrophe for a while and we can go back to producing content for you guys.

Thank you again for your patience and all the emails and messages of support. You have been wonderful during all this. Thank you


Reason Is Sexy – Desktop Wallpaper

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The weirdest thing happened, the Internet noticed something I did! This images taken by photographer Derek Orr were shared on Facebook like crazy after being initially popularized by this Reddit post by user PeteDarwin.

I have read all of the comments, yes even the weird ones, and found that lots of folks wanted a wallpaper version. So here she is folks.

Right click to Download the Widescreen Wallpaper.

Thank you to everyone for your kind comments. It’s nice to know I’m not alone in thinking that Reason is Sexy!!

UPDATE!!!!

Amazing ex-muslim feminist know as the blogger Secularly Yours did her own “Reason is Sexy” shoot inspired by mine!! I am completely blown away! Check it out.

The following is a higher rez version of the original.


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