Friday, November 23, 2007

"Upfront & Straightforward" to return to BlogTalkRadio

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2007-11-23 08:38:58 - Do you still believe you need to 'know someone' to become famous? Not anymore. The only thing you need these days is talent, passion and focus.

On March 27, 2000, TIME magazine featured a cover story article authored by Romesh Ratnesar and Joel Stein entitled ‘,' with the subtitle, ‘Who needs Hollywood when you can make your own movies, books, and music.' Fast forward seven years and eight months into the future, and now we have the increasing popularity of all sorts of online venues geared towards elevating the ‘Average Joe (or Jane)' to cult celebrity status.

If you've ever dreamed of being the next up-and-coming Oprah Winfrey or Stephen Colbert, now is your chance. What do you need? Real talent combined with a high degree of passion for what you do, dedication, as well as ambition and focus. Eliminated is the ‘middle man': The proverbial ‘must needed connection' (e.g., Your best friend's aunt or uncle who works for Sony Records or Paramount Pictures) who is already established, and highly capable of introducing you to the ‘right people' who can open the door of opportunity for all of your Media and Entertainment Industry dreams to come true.

‘In today's world, your ‘connection' is simply a high powered computer with two gigabytes of memory, a digital camcorder or webcam, and audio recording software and/or film editing software. You can literally become your own recording studio, TV studio, or film production studio,' said Alan Roger Currie, a book author and aspiring filmmaker who hosts an Internet radio show on entitled ‘Upfront & Straightforward with Alan Roger Currie,' which highlights discussions related to being single and meeting the challenges of today's dating scene. was co-founded by CEO Alan Levy, and boasts the ability to give normal folk a voice capable of attracting a national audience, or even an International fan base. One year ago, very few people had heard of Dr. Blogstein's Happy Hour, The FlyLady, Shaun O'Mac, or Will and Nikki in the Mornings. Now these shows and personalities are household names among the Internet radio community.

The Oprah Winfrey Show recently featured YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, as well as up-and-coming cult icons such as singer Esmée Denters and dancing sensation Judson. Combine the audio elements of a venue such as BlogTalkRadio with the video elements that YouTube offers, and bingo!! You're on your way to fame and fortune. Okay, hold off a bit on the fortune aspect.

‘A few months ago, I had never heard of Alexyss K. Tylor. Now, her name is mentioned on all sorts of message boards, discussion forums, and blogs. She is truly an Internet mega-star,' said Currie referring to the African-American female host of ‘Vagina Power,' who is like a cross between a television talk show host, a sex therapist, a human sexuality college professor, and an erotically explicit dating advisor for both men and women. Tylor broadcasts her ‘lessons' on both BlogTalkRadio and YouTube.

Many offer the criticism that you now have a number of ‘wannabes' with no real talent clogging up the Internet with audio or video presentations with no real entertainment substance or quality. On the flip side though, many others believe that the idea that you need to sit around waiting to be ‘discovered' by a rich, famous, powerful record producer or casting director is a thing of the past. Currie more so agrees with the latter assessment. 'If you're driven, and truly talented, people will take notice. It might take you months or even years, but you will be noticed eventually.'

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