The arts are alive. Help them survive.

As you know from earlier posts, I am all about supporting local artists.  With this economy, it is hard to follow your passion in full force.  Other things, like making a living at jobs that may pay well, but have no connection to what is important to you, get in the way.  Few people ever have the opportunity to set off on the path that leads to a goal or dream coming to fruition.  And that, I believe, is sad.  The arts are one of the most affected areas when it comes to budget cuts, yet people fail to realize that in times of great depression (monetarily and emotionally) that entertainment has always been a saving grace.  When the world is unhappy, we turn towards the industry to give us a break from reality.  Why, then, are we not nurturing the future of art?  Why do we not support, with all of our heart, mind, and body, future artists?  Really think about it.

MUSIC PLUGS:

A friend of mine, Adam Havlin, devotes his life to music.  His latest band, Emperors Club, has an EP coming out this fall.  In an effort to promote it, they created this video.  You should check it out.  You can also download (for a limited time) their first song, “All The Good Ones Go To Brooklyn,” though it is a slower version than what will be on the The Castle EP.

My friends Farraday are playing Metro this Friday.  It has been a dream for all the members, and it is finally coming to realization.  You should come out and support them (along with The Born Ready, Just Left, and Adora).  You can check out their website, Facebook page, or Twitter account at these links.  Seriously, if you haven’t already, give them a listen.  You can get their EP, The Fear of Missing Out, on iTunes or Amazon.

Also, this Friday, is Mark Rose‘s release party for his full length.  There are still tickets left to the party, so you should probably check that out!  And follow him on Twitter!

JEWELRY PLUG:

My wonderful friend, Kaitlyn Gibbons, designs the most extraordinary, one-of-a-kind jewelry.  She has a website that you can visit to browse and purchase.  She also offers custom jewelry, so if you have a design in mind, or want something extra special for someone extra special, contact her through the site and she will make your dreams come true.  You can also follow the business on Twitter and see what inspires her.

PHOTOGRAPHY PLUGS:

My friend, and future twin-husband, Adam Arcus is an amazing Milwaukee and Chicagoland photographer.  You can visit his website for price listings.  I know he does a phenomenal job on wedding and engagement, still life, and fashion.  He also has a photography blog you can follow where he describes his technique and inspiration.  Also, to catch a lot of his beautiful work, you can head over to my friend’s fashion blog, where he does her photos.  (The two of them will be tying the knot in December of this year!)

Another amazing photographer is my friend Ken Rossow.  He works with Farraday quite often doing promotional shots, as well as videographer for music videos.  You can find his website here, as well as his Facebook page.  He is a Chicago area photographer that works well with people (which is a talent in and of itself).  I have been witness to his work for years and am always blown away by how he is able to capture emotion and really tell a story with a single frame.

FINAL RANDOM PLUG:

And finally, to get my name in here, you also should head over to my other blog.  There is no common theme or idea other than exploring life.  I have links to my different accounts (including those for photography, writing groups, and different social media networks).

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