gaga for gaga

A lot can be learned by paying attention to others. The next Platinum PIAs will be awarded in February of next year and one contestant in particular – a hairdresser – is making headway as an artist. How is he doing it? By leveraging his two passions.

He told NYC AIM that his two passions are hair styling and Lady Gaga. And now he is combining both of them by creating an upcoming event and video. To learn more about this stylist visit the online version of “NY City Press”.

What are you passionate about?

If you aren’t already doing it, consider leveraging something you are gaga about.

honoring firefighters by helping them look and feel their best

Dramatics NYC is a salon chain in Manhattan with 9 locations throughout the city and one of the sponsors of the Platinum PIAs Awards – The Community Awards Show. Month to month in the build to the 2013 PIAs in December, Dramatics is participating in the PIAs’ “Monthly Honoring New Yorkers” program where different New Yorkers from different professions are thanked for their participation in helping to make NYC a great place to live.

In January it was “Firefighters Month” and Dramatics NYC PIA winner Armani was featured in “Hells Kitchen Hair” magazine talking about “Hair Care for Firefighters”.


Now that it’s February we’ve entered “Teachers Month”.

Yianni Stamas Explores Bigfoot in Oregon

It seems to never have been proven definitively that Bigfoot Zombie exists yet rumors continue to circulate in Inwood Manhattan that in Inwood Hill Park the Sasquatch Undead has been seen there. And now Yianni Stamas in his blog explores Bigfoot in Oregon. From the tone of his entry, one gets that Stamas doesn’t believe that there is a connection between the recent alleged presence of the hairy guy in a Native American Reservation in the Blue Mountains and the sighting last year in Inwood. Though it is fun to speculate. And in this instance, a possible Platinum PIA nomination will go to the crew of “Bigfoot Zombie” magazine who are preparing a digicomarts project.


Yianni Stamas Congratulates Magic Neighbors Winner

Yianni Stamas congratulates Magic Neighbors Platinum PIA winner Harliquin Merva.

Harliquin was originally scheduled to direct the 2012 Platinum PIAs at the Helen Mills Theater in New York City. But then, emerging director Jesse Geiger was assigned to the post. Harliquin focused instead on the grand finale of the PIAs which featured a preview and premiere from his live theater production in development “Lovington”. Next, in a surprise twist, Harliquin walked away with the Magic Neighbors PIA!

The Platinum PIAs in 2013 will be having their fourth annual ceremony. The PIAs are an important component in the educational mission of NYC AIM.

wealth creation strategies education

At NYC AIM we are big advocates of self education. We believe that most every answer one could ever need can be found by searching search engines online. Of course there is the “X Factor” of not knowing what you don’t know, but eventually, with persistence, the necessary answers can be found. That said, one of the goals of an NYC AIM education is to develop personal Wealth Creation Strategies. This means taking principles and methods that others have found successful and adapting them to one’s own pursuits.

Yianni Stamas meets with Harliquin Merva

This past Saturday morning Yianni Stamas met with Harliquin Merva to discuss the upcoming Platinum Pias Awards. This was the first official meeting between the members of the PIAs creation teams of Video Film Web Studios and H-Quin Productions.

The goal is to create synergy between sub-hubs of the Platinum PIAs Network to deliver a message of “giving back”. PIAs sub-hubs include NYC AIM, Digital Communication Arts, Lights Camera Read, Magic Neighbors troupe, Help the Homeless NYC, Media Space NYC, Review Me NYC, Celebify and “What is Mass Communication?”

Dramatics NYC and Platinum Pias party on Saturday

There’s a Dramatics NYC and Platinum Pias party on Saturday. The contestants of the star stylist Pia and the Stylist of the Year Pia will be present at this event talking to news cameras. They have been competing side by side at salon locations across the city, scoring points in various designated areas. Saturday’s event in many ways will measure how media ready they are. How are they on camera? Do they come across as appealing, with confidence and conviction? Members of the NYC AIM community will be among those present with cameras and blogs doing the documentation. Ultimately the PIA decisions are made by the Review Me NYC committee consisting of 9 judges from various industries. Who at the ceremony just a few months away will take home the PIA platinum?!

digital communication arts workshop

The digital communication arts workshop is on and going well. There are two versions of it. One that was created and designed for a college and intended for individuals who want to make Digital Communication Arts his or her life. This was presented at TCI.

The other variation is for teens and focuses more on goal achievement such as getting into college. This is the 8 part series currently ongoing. An interesting fact about the series is that it deals with both promotion of product and creation of product. In this case the product can include a public series group or personal project. A theme being dealt with is to help end cyberbullying.

three pillars of nyc aim by yianni stamas

I had lunch yesterday with my friend Bob and we discussed three important concepts/steps/pillars in education and psychology, needed to move forward and succeed. They are listed below with very generalized definitions:


Self-efficacy which relates to a person’s own belief¬† in him or herself to succeed.

Self Regulate – the ability to deal with challenging situations

Metacognition – knowing about knowing – strategies for problem solving

Years ago when I was a part of an apprentice program for filmmaking and media I had the opportunity to direct and work with a now very well known actor.

Although I have known Bob more than twenty years, he had never seen the film. I gave him a copy of it as it symbolizes in part being the result of a creative process using the three pillars.

And now decades later with the New York City Apprenticeship Institute of Media taking form with an exclusive educational enclave of the best and brightest,  former apprentices are now taking on apprentices. And the three phases are factored into that process.

local marketing techniques by yianni stamas

You may have heard the term local marketing before, but what does it mean? Local marketing is when a marketer assists local businesses with learning how to market themselves locally.

Video Film Web Studios is a consultation company that teaches its clients how to market themselves. Although industries in terms of their business models can vary greatly, much of the time the same NYC Marketing Steps that were developed in New York, can be applied.

For example, a local New York business known as Immediate Wildlife Control has just been nominated for a prestigious Platinum Pias Award as seen here on the Yianni Stamas blog as well as here on the Immediate Wildlife Control website.

Being nominated for an award is a newsworthy event, therefore the NYC marketing steps being taken are to build visibility for the fact of having been nominated. In short, if you don’t tell them about it they don’t know it exists.