John Yianni Stamas Shows You How to Create a Creative Side Business in 3 Easy Steps

Would you like to create a creative side business that is aligned with your artistic passion? It’s a lot easier than you might think.

1. Define you artistic passion.
2. Think of something that those involved with your artistic passion desperately need.
3. Come up with a solution for for that need. For example, imagine that acting is your passion, a solution for actors to get work is a good demo reel. You could start a side business editing actor’s demo reels.

That’s all there is to it. We followed the same procedure when putting our “Artist Steps” program together. We knew that artists of all kinds needed a way to build visibility for their art in the marketplace while making a living.

We stepped a bit “out of the box” and developed a system for being able to effectively do fundraising for, as well as make, a web series that would bring the “wow factor” to someone’s work being showcased in it. You see, we live in the digital age and unless you are engaged in it in a unique way you are missing out for your career.

If you apply out of the box thinking you can come up with a service that people need that is fun for you to do, plus is in sync with your pursuit of your art form.

Yianni Stamas Says the Platinum Pias are Open to More than Just Apprentices

The Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Actors and Artists has long had a relationship with education through Lights Camera Read and NYC Aim. But those engaged in education, such as apprentices, are not the only attendees. There are artist entrepreneurs from all walks of life.

And here is your opportunity to attend too because tomorrow is the Platinum Pias Awards! Go here to find out more.

GaGa for GaGa

ArtisticPreneurA 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.

What are you passionate about? If you were an ArtisticPreneur what kind of ArtisticPrenuer would you be?

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

honoring firefighters by helping them look and feel their best


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.

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

Yianni Stamas Explores Bigfoot in Oregon

Bigfoot Zombie

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?!