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getting VJ jobs in NYC

Discussion in 'Just Starting' started by prismaco, Dec 7, 2004.

  1. prismaco

    prismaco New Member

    so all my friends from the west coast think its funny to move to NYC at the same time (within 6 months) of one another, and was thinking of making the move.
    I've done the whole portfolio, presentation, gallery show (for paintings) so i know a little about "souping" up ones work for exposure within the presentation architecture (wow, that was way too arty)
    does anyone from the area have recommendations on how to get a gig.
    do people have regular VJ nights during the week there in NYC?
    are there any "guild"/community structures to get jobs (am i mentioning a union?)?
    what/where are there resources in NYC for people to get introduced to jobs as VJs?
    thanks for any recommendations.
    pco:jump2:
    Black Eyed Peas then Them make for a good mix:p
  2. prismaco

    prismaco New Member

    Everyone should have the beatbox album Human Element.
    my boy just passed through town and let me copy it to cd.
    just an idea...
  3. prismaco

    prismaco New Member

    everyone should join the Handsome Boy Modeling School
    : )
  4. holly

    holly WetCircuit.com

    Uh oh. It's starting again.... I came across the continent from the West Coast in one of those mass flocking eastward migrations.

    Come to remember, I actually went to SF in the first place in a westward migration....

    click the link below. We host a VJ party for VJs. We've traded several jobs back and forth. Not a "union" per se, but definitely a close scene.
  5. Portal

    Portal New Member

    Hey holly,

    Where are you from originally?
  6. holly

    holly WetCircuit.com

    I was birthed in texas.
    :scared:
  7. disassembler

    disassembler Mix+Mix+Chop+Chop

    Ask VJ Rei about getting jobs in New York.
  8. Portal

    Portal New Member

    holly,

    Ahh, that would explain your brash and flamboyant personality. Everything's bigger in Texas! ;) :)
  9. holly

    holly WetCircuit.com

    How rude! ...And from my own fianc?! Are you saying I'm bossy?? No amount of smileycons will soften that blow! I'm going home to mother...
    :cry:
  10. Portal

    Portal New Member

    holly,

    Tsk tsk. I was hoping you would be much less high-maintenance than that. ;) :)

    Since when is being "brash and flamboyant" an insult? :)
  11. holly

    holly WetCircuit.com

    High mantenance...?
    Me...?
    ;)

    Actually, that is observant of you. I'd definitely say it's the texan-girl part of me that is the most difficult.... All the women in my family are this way.
  12. Portal

    Portal New Member

    holly,

    I should start a new thread on why Texas and California girls are my favourite American women. :) lol!
  13. vjrei

    vjrei Miami Caracas New York

    No, not me, do not ask me nothing! :rolleyes:

    There are a lot of things to do in NY but I was used to another thing. Actually there is a new club where Center Fly was and I was applying to work there but I am very used to the tropic and caribbena and moved to Miami, then a friend of mine who was doing the sound design of the club told me that another Venezuelan guy who was part of something called "Funk Taxi" is the resident VJ and he is getting paid $40.000 a year. I told my friend not for $60.000 I would go back to NY, I rather South Beach better:jump:

    Any way, my recomendation is to get close to the production companies and make a lot of noise. Most of the time content creation and DVDs is what you are going to create but I was not attracted to that, NY was way too dark and lack of anything organic and stuff and it freaked me out.:scared:

    Any way, I'll be there back soon every once in a while to show some Venezuelan footage probably:D
  14. vjrei

    vjrei Miami Caracas New York

    Well, the intention is not to change the topic of the thread but... I was in Manhattan and when I was looking from my window I could see the next building 3 metters from me. No direct sun light ever came inside and I was in a 5th floor. Organic is not a "frit store" is a mauntain or a beach or blue and green colors, not the over saturated Central Park with executives walking around... ?in a park? In South Beach I live in a third floor, I have alota! windows and I can see the horison over he palm trees, I do not need AC because I have alota! wind coming in and if I am hungry I can go downstaris in sandals and shorts (no t-shirts) tu buy the groceries and everybody is wearing the same thing. 3 block away I have the beach with topless girls :love:

    And all for $500 a month + utilities. Yes, Miami is a bit cold but NY :alien: was not for me, I am 29 and I got too used to my colors and stuff. That is what I call "organic".
  15. holly

    holly WetCircuit.com

    Wait, this is a funny story! It's true everyone here has 3 "day jobs" but these are not necessarily all shit jobs. In SF everyone had 1 shit job and then they went out drinking every night. Here, because networking and connections are SO important, you have 3 very different cool parttime jobs just to keep your connections open (some would say "spread your bet"), but it is not about having any shit jobs, no offices or flourescent lighting....

    So the girl that made that docu that we promoted at eyewash THE ART OF VJing, she moved here from Amsterdam and she is very young and very friendly and we thought "Oh no. This girl is way too nice to be here. She is not agressive or self-centered enough to survive...." But when we met her she already had 2 jobs, and one week later at the premiere she already had a 3rd better job at a documentary company! We laughed: she will be fine!

    I tend to agree with Rei. Just because there is a scrap of wheatgrass growing in a cup that they offer to shave and put in a frit smoothy, doesn't really count as "organic" (translation: nature).... It was 5 years before I ever left the city and went just 30 minutes upstate to the catskills which is some of the prettiest hiking land and dry-forests I've ever seen: little mountains and lakes everywhere.... It's no Machu Pichu or California coastline, but it is pretty.

    Lil'Cat, I think you are like me: a futurist looking for that super Arcology plopped cleanly and self-contained right next door to pristine nature, but Rei's idea of "scenery" is athletic curves in a bikini. Can't beat SouthBeach for THAT!
  16. holly

    holly WetCircuit.com

    Where da pod pic, boiiiii? Ya know I jive on that shit!

    I have a friend who bought a membership at her little neighborhood community park on the lower east side (use to be 3 empty lots in a burnout neib'). She was like: gym membership or park.... Since she rides a bike everywhere she picked the park, and it is sooo cool. As a member you have a key to the gate and responcabilities to do work on it (moving rocks, cleaning the garden house, etc). We were hanging out and it was so nice and really peaceful and flourishing, then some guys came in trying to take a piss and we chased them off. It is such a beautiful garden/park and these guys only see it as a toilet!:grrr:

    Meanwhile, florida is one of those states that was on my "SHALL NOT RECEIVE ONE DIME OF MY TOURISM DOLLAR" because cunnilingus is/was illegal..., but traveling thru to Carribean at the Miami airport I was gagging on pink neon squiggles and lime squares on yellow circles. I mean, I know it's just the airport, but barf.
  17. prismaco

    prismaco New Member

    organic?

    i lived in portland oregon for seven years, so im not so concerned about "organic".
    (not many places can compare to a city that drips water 9 months out of the year, has flowers for ten and a half, and where over half the people are hippies or former hippies)
    there was some famous philosos-phizer making the argument that since cities derive from mans creation, and man is natural (unless you take the alien gene splicing to make life stance) cities are what you could consider "natural"
    came back from prague and budapest in the spring to my temporary home of Utah, and with all the mountains and nature, it felt dead (scoffing is more than allowed here).
    i could still feel the jazz club in prague beneath my feet through earth.
    i literally had the urban vibrations travel with me.
    that is organic.
    collective consciousness is organic (oh you were reading the paper at the exact time i was!)
    in paris they have parks where you can only walk on gravel paths and all the lawns are demarcated with 10 inch tiny fences (in fact most parks are like this there).
    natural and organic are too often confused as meaning the same thing.
    the parks in paris are natural, but not very organic, whereas i find Central park fairly organic if not natural.
    just a thought.
    like the dialogue on the subject, and thanks for yr responses.
    maybe when i check out things in NYC in Jan, ill check out Eyewash.:biggrin:
    if i dont get dragged around by my friends too much
  18. prismaco

    prismaco New Member

    i put this in the wrong place but this goes with the getting jobs in NYC thread.
    computers can give you a strobe effect in your eyes
    im so confused:confused:
  19. vjrei

    vjrei Miami Caracas New York

    The problem is that the "new thread" botton and the "reply" are too close and I commit the same mistake oftem, when trying to reply I sometimes create a new thread without meaning it.
  20. vjrei

    vjrei Miami Caracas New York

    I do not know but I am recording footage like crazy here in Caracas, I got Holly Idea of a "Baraka like" video and I am recording thinsg to send to NY later on. For example today I went to some palce down tone and in the parking lot (just like the ones in NYC) there were about 5 dogs, 10 chickens, a parrot and a TUCAN! of course I started to play with the tucan for about 10 minutes while the parrot was telling me Hola! I mean, that is nor mal for me but is a kind of strange to find that sort of fauna at the entrance of a parking lot in a city.

    The problem is that I can not take my Sony VX-2100 camera every where, I can get killed for that, too much crime. Then we had a riot downtown but I couldn't go there.

    I will see if I can upload something when I get back to Miami in january.
  21. DFUNC

    DFUNC New Member

    Its like the Reply and Reply-All button in our eMail program. What did we laugh about the funny mistakes some people make here in the agency. Some joker nerd must have put them that close together. :D :D :D
  22. Kyle

    Kyle "Hello my VJ friend"

    That riot footage is perfect for that NOW project. You could become famous! lol Won?t do you too much good if you die trying though. How bad is it there with the riot?
  23. holly

    holly WetCircuit.com

    I merged the Organic thread into the finding jobs in NYC thread. Please pardon the confusion....

    Central Park is so well designed, it was really 80 or 100 years ahead of its time.... Not all of it of course, but there is a part at the northern end that is so dense with trees you can't see any buildings at all and suddenly waterfalls, organic looking caves/underpasses. I thought it was left from nature, but this isn't true. The whole park is manufactured. Very organic, but not natural.
  24. prismaco

    prismaco New Member

    the collective consciousness thing was a bit of a tangent.
    i guess i made the connection in the "not planned" sense of organic.
    the way we pattern ourselves around the earths rotation (day and night), then how other things fall into a pattern that people follow.
    reading the paper at 730 in the morning, rush hour, lunch hour, the peak hour of house parties.
    even though most business is conducted during certain hours, if youve ever had to be at work at 4 or 5 in the morning, or at 11/12 at night, your sense of time is slightly distorted from those that work at 7 am or 4/5 pm.
    (those moments when i went to work at 630 am while my housemate walked in from the graveyard shift; sort of like the changing of the guard)
    whatever pattern you're a part of you create a collective conscious with those that live within those same patterned movements.
    its just a wandering thought that could go about anywhere at this moment, so ill stop.
    but yr right about the commercialization of organic food.
    its great!
    all the hippy vegans who buy soy products as some sort of political stance (not all, but if you argue with why you eat meat with them long enough, the politics come out) have been duped by the system.
    over 65% of all soy beans are genetically modified.
    so there goes yr "im against the man" diet.
    (sorry for any offense to vegans or hippies, but after being around too many hippies that are vegans that speak of love and good will but only take beer, pot, food with nothing to give you but some crappy song on their guitar the mystique of the culture loses its social and politcal appeal.
    give me an ex navy seal gone politcal activist any day)
    beats,rhythm, and life
    thats about as organic as it can get.
  25. Portal

    Portal New Member

    Topless women in tiny bikinis in a natural beach environment is an absolute must. Rei has got that one figured out. :)

    Add culture, history, architecture, and sexy accents to complete the mix, and oh boy, I think it's time to head back to Eastern Europe. ;)
  26. prismaco

    prismaco New Member

    oh eastern europe...
    i must concur...
    nothing beats the bump of a beautiful woman...
    :nod:
  27. Kyle

    Kyle "Hello my VJ friend"

    Sounds like your talking about Valencia, Spain :D
  28. Portal

    Portal New Member

    The Spaniards definitely have something going on too. I'm just showing my Latvian bias. :)

    prismaco,

    I'm heading to Ukraine next June to chase women. You should join me. :)
  29. prismaco

    prismaco New Member

    Portal
    i will strongly consider.

    ever since i was friends with this girl in junior high who was from russia, i must admit my fascination with the eastern european woman.
    put on top of that that my great gradnparents were straight from minsk belarus, my desire to explore the region has greatly increased.
    my trip through czech republic, slovakia, and hungary is hopefully just the beginning
    :p
    (portland also had a huge russian influx in the seven years i was there, plus there was this hot jewish russian in my college french class)
    but to dream...
    to have a fetish...
    to say too much...

    :eek:
    peace
    pco
    PS this post has nothing to do with working in NYC anymore, but is slowly turning into a porn page, and i am going to stop it right away.:nono:
  30. vjrei

    vjrei Miami Caracas New York

    Oh yeah... I was dating this girl from the old east germany and what a shaped body! the problem started when she asked me if in a "marriage" she could have sex with some one else if I didn't feel like it:scared:

    She was lucky she asked that to a Venezuelan guy and no to a mexican because she would be set on fire in the middle of the square for a comment like that. But what ever, old story just another experience:(

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