Sep
16
2015

The Booking Agent Inside

As a recording artist, singer or songwriter, finding a booking agent who will actually book your act or show, can be tricky at best. A well qualified booking agent is like finding the needle in the hay stack. While many companies offer traditional artist booking services on a number of levels, there are few out there who really deliver. While a former agent myself, booking many country stars at the William Morris Agency, I am well aware of the inadequacies that many young artists face, in this industry.

Before you begin looking for a booking agent, let’s look at a few concepts that might help serve you in your quest to move your singing career forward. Booking agencies like booking agents, operate on different levels. There are the large well-established booking agencies that have been around for years. These agencies are typically “order taking” agencies with large stars that bring on newer “baby acts” being promoted by the record companies. The young acts being born and promoted from the record companies now push through radio and of course the booking agency who can put that “baby act” in front of large crowds opening for some of the biggest stars in that genre. Sound familiar. That’s how the big boys operate.

The next level down on the booking agency chain is the middle guy. He or she typically books acts that are “has beens” and no longer pull the front-line or large arena crowds. Artists like many products on the shelves of stores, have a shelf life – some longer than others. But nonetheless, it’s true and the agents booking some of these acts, actually, do quite well financially. There’s still enough name recognition and smaller venue, crowd pulling ability, without undue advertising expenses. While these agencies do take on acts without a record deal, hoping to receive loyalty from the act once they have been signed, they can’t afford to take that much time promoting the act like the large agencies can.

Lowest on the totem pole is not always the least powerful. These are sometimes managers of large acts looking for their next big break-through act, but oftentimes, these are manager wannabes. They’re friends of the acts or individuals with just enough knowledge to sell an act that they can represent them, most likely looking for the management side and not the booking side. Booking is not easy work. You’re out there selling a product while spinning your wheels at the same time. There are obviously countless versions of this type of booking agent.

Now that we’ve looked at agency types and how they operate – What do you have to offer them? – Or don’t you at this point in your career, but maybe one day you will. If you understand how difficult their job is, and how much time is spent spinning wheels, then you are really beginning to understand the whole booking phenomenon and how you may or may not fit into the picture. Your act is a product and the question remains, how difficult a sell is this going to be? But before we move into the “I might as well forget it mode,” there’s one other option you might consider – You become the booking agent.

Why not? There are many advantages to booking on your own. First off there are no fees to pay. Large acts typically pay 10% to the large order taking agencies, and the other booking agencies, with more difficult acts to book, usually charge 20%. Now before you say you can’t or don’t have the know how, let me show you how easy to set up a booking agency is, knowing that booking is not an easy job, yet at least someone is actively pursuing your career.

To set up a booking agency you will need a phone, computer, and press kit info on you or the other acts that you are representing. You will need to be a good record keeper of your phone conversations, contacts and mail out dates – numerous and affordable computer software out there for this. You will need a listing of promoters. There are a number of sources out there to get promoter listings. You might start with Poll Star – a very reputable industry standard, and purchase their promoter guide along with club and venue guides. Once these basic elements are in place, you are ready to begin.

You will make call after call, placing press kits in the mail to various promoters, managers, venues and clubs. Keep detailed records of your phone conversations and where and who what was mailed to. The front end of this start up will be challenging with little to no results and so you will have to stay focused. Booking dates takes time and energy and most promoters book their dates well in advance to make sure that the particular venue is available. It will be some time before any money comes in, so be patient and continue on in some form of work that pays that bills, but gives you the time and freedom to book dates.

As you get going you will notice that there is fairly expensive software out there with a lot of valuable features, but quite honestly, you can get going for virtually nothing, if you already own a computer, and you can operate just fine without all the bells and whistles. Your biggest ongoing expense will be your phone. Figure out a good way to keep your phone bill down. I don’t have it, but some of the online phone companies seem to offer a good value with free long distance phone calls included with their basic plans.

As you look at booking and booking agencies, don’t become discouraged. It’s easy to overlook the fact that (1) you have the talent, or you wouldn’t be here, (2) you have the drive and passion for music and want to move forward, (3) if you continue you on, you will educate yourself on what it takes, and be more knowledgeable the next time you talk with an agent, manager or other music industry professional!

The Booking Agent Inside – by Tom Gauger – copyright 2006

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Sep
14
2015

Chelsea Owner Roman Abramovich Opens the Books on His Wealth

Russia’s fifth richest man has announced he will run for re-election as a member of parliament for Chukota, Russia, where he served as Governor for eight years from 2000. Russia’s election laws require all candidates standing for election to declare their assets before they run for office.

According to the disclosure, Roman Abramovich is currently worth US$17.78 billion, owns sixteen homes, seven cars, six companies, has twenty-two bank accounts and, of course, he owns Chelsea Football Club.

The UK broadsheet, The Daily Telegraph, reports that the Russian billionaire owns seven of his properties in Britain, two in the United States, three in France and four in Russia.

Two of his properties in London have a combined value of US$243 million.

He also owns a property in the South of France which is currently worth an estimated US$48.5 million. This property was once used by King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, the American socialite who caused a constitutional crisis in the UK which lead to Edward abdicating the throne in December 1936.

Forbes magazine also stated that the likely value of Chelsea Football Club currently stands at?402 million (US$ 650 million) – Abramovich bought Chelsea for?140 million (US$226 million) in 2003.

Currently, his twenty-two bank accounts contain a total of US$116 million and he has a further US$40 million invested in the stock market.

Abramovich also admitted to owning seven cars including a BMW, a Mercedes, a Range Rover and a Volkswagen Golf; although, strangely, his declaration does not mention any of his private jets and yachts.

Despite the missing planes and boats, for Abramovich, the recent declaration shows is a huge improvement from the one he made in 1999. Then Abramovich claimed he had made just? 254,865 (US$ 412,000), owned no property and his only car was a beaten up old Lada.

The declaration is likely to stir up some resentment in Russia, where the difference between rich and poor is huge and the average annual salary is only US$8,000.

It also coincides with a public attack on Abramovich by the former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev, referencing Abramovich when he said; “They [the ruling classes] are rich and debauched. Their ideal is to be something close to Abramovich. I scorn this idea. I am ashamed of this rich debauchery. I am ashamed for us and the country.”

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Sep
12
2015

The Book of Interplanetary Life and Warfare

Part I of III

Introduction: In the book “The Books behind Methuselah” I have looked into may issues that have bothered me about man’s existence on earth, such as: the rise of man, his encounter with Giants, the Nephilim, and the Old Ones known as the Shinning Ones (or other aliens), and from the Bible and other sources I’ve also looked at personages, such as Adam, and Melchizedek, Darwin, Methuselah, God Himself, and Jesus, the foundation of the demonic world, Lucifer – or the Devil himself, and in particular, the Circle of Refaim as a location, meeting place for the Nephilim. I have gone back perhaps fifty-five million years looking at this overall picture, in the nine previous books within “The Book of Methuselah.”

One area, in this tenth book now added to the other nine, is “The Book of Interplanetary Life” (for the most part within the Milky Way). There are two questions here for the author to underline: “Has there ever been life, or beings on these planets, perhaps civilizations?” Second, is there any life at all on these planets now?

I want to look at science, archeology and with a twist of theological rhetoric…

Is there Life Beyond Earth?

(The short version)

The tapered point of view is this: yes, yes, to both questions. Perhaps there is life now even on such planets as Jupiter’s moon, Europe, within the liquid water under its icy ocean. Also water has been found on Saturn’s moon Enceladus. And as the old saying goes, where there is water, there is life.

Mars, scientists say: Mars once had life, because it once had water. Also, many Astrobiologists, within their studies, have proclaimed alien life once existed on Jumper’s moon Europe, or could have: because of the thick ice sheet on that moon, and under that ice, closer to its mantle, hypo-thermal vents could exist there, give life to such things as worms, living off the gases produced from the vents. So there are possibilities here.

How about our moon? My answer to my own question is why not? But what kind, Is the more rounded out question to be? On Earth, as recent as a few years ago, microbiologists have found some microbes two-miles under the surface of Earth and these have been converted into water; water being made up of two-hydrogen and one-oxygen particle. So now the scientist has been looking at planets like our moon, where water has not been found.

Meteorites, Microbial, and DNA-based

To my knowledge, there of course are no born moon folk, or people of that status on the moon, other than those we have sent to the moon, on the moon, in the sense of oxygen-breathing or multi-cellular organisms, that have lived on our planets within our solar system, and in particular Mars, but putting that aside for the moment, how about other forms of beings? I mean, creatures, beings with other or different biology or chemistry found on earth? Surely life forms have evolved outside of our solar system on other planets (microbial), and some maybe even transported across space to reach earth. I myself have part of a meteorite, fifty-thousand years old, who’s to say, something was not within that meteorite when it landed in Arizona, at what is now called Meteor Crater? It most likely sailed around our solar system for eons, and then simply landed here on earth one day. Bacteria is a great space traveler, they can withstand almost anything.

How about Icy Pluto? Where there is friction and movement, there is heat. If there is ice, and there is ice on Pluto, and if it can melt, and heat makes ice melt, there can be life.

How about the overheated planet Mercury? Most people would so most likely not, being too close to the sun. It would seem most hostile to life (700 Kelvin, or 430 degrees Celsius). On the dark side, it is well below Zero. With no, or nearly no atmosphere, and water, it would seem those ‘Most people’ are right!

On Mars and the Moon: perhaps in the Mariner Valley of Mars, which is as long as the United States from New York City to California, and as deep as the highest mountains in the world, and which might have been a source of drainage, or river at one time, life surly could have existed around this monstrous geological wonder.

But now on Mars with the machines we have sent there, we can boast of seeing three-hundred feet above its surface (and even down to eighty-one feet), seeing massive buildings, as if it might be of a military base of some kind, a Government cover-up, for the most part. When an object fell from one of Earth’s mechanical robots, giant spacecraft came out of hidden areas in the foreground, and circled this item, with in a twelve mile zone, or area, there was reported 1500-cases of UFO’s, and NASA, has footage on this I’ve seen. Along with footage on “T Shaped,” structures, and a Face (1998), which is most likely a landmark of some sort that the government has smudged up for us to look at for some odd reason, these are landing spacecraft, and hidden trees in other structures; also triangle shapes of buildings: a cover-up to a high degree, but why?

On another issue, the Moon has a base on its dark side, with images of tall buildings likewise, and towers, large structures a half mile in size, reflective surfaces, many photos of these have been smudged, again why?

It is becoming common for astronauts to have witnessed objects while working out in space on the space shuttle or space station, denied but so very obvious. The only question remains in this area is when will NASA, or our government, acknowledge this publicly? Possible when it becomes most necessary, and when they know the public is acceptable, and not so fearful; or when they want to install fear; some of these aliens maybe friendly, others not so friendly. Some of these alien spacecraft have been measured at going 7000-mph, within our own atmosphere.

Who are the Aliens?

(Past and present)

What do the Aliens look like?

Agharians: Perhaps there is a great underground world, here on earth, thousands of years old, where aliens have lived. So it has been claimed; in some hollow area inside the Earth, one with a high degree of civilization, economic organization, as well as social and cultural. Such a people have been called the Agharians.

Alpha Draconis: a reptilian race for the most part; said to have plans of invading the earth when the time is right.

Altairians:

Amphibians:

The Anakim (also referred to the ‘Els’, short for ‘Elder Race’ or simply as the ‘Giants’ the a part of the Nephilim civilization)

Amoeba like creature: a disease carrying creatures found over the arctic circle by NASA.

The Andromedans: who have been here with the other alien races on earth for nearly 6000-years; about 2000 of them, 18,000 others? From what I’ve heard, they’d prefer all aliens leave the Planet Earth, and let us humans sort things out for ourselves. It sounds like as if we can’t, and perhaps we can’t. But it seems they have some values here.

Historical Data: Have been within the space community for over three-million years, in the Constellation of Andromeda. Distance from earth that they crisscross-150 to 4,000-light years; Humanoid form of life, in appearance; Nordic-Caucasian. Can also be Asian looking, or oriental? There height ranges from 5.7 feet tall to 7 feet tall. Long fingers and long toes, women slightly shorter; there spacecraft ranges from fifty to sixty-five feet across, command ships are over 2500-feet in length. Some have called these, the gray demon of the Nephilim. They sinned against the birds and beasts of the world.

Draconian Gray: reptilian type, such skulls have been found in Canada, four fingers (there are many classification in this category or type of alien).

Sumerians, from Kodesh to Ur (ancient cities of Iraq): Ancient Sumerians came to set up an advance civilization in the land of Iraq. Pictograph cuneiform writings (of which I have one) can confirm this writing existed, and so did they and they believe their ancestry was of that alien race.

The Nephilim, Mythological and Biblically Speaking: I can see a patter developing here, and the truth of the matter is obvious we are not alone here on planet earth, and haven’t been for a very long time, and we may find this all out at what is referred to: the end of this age, which ends in 2012, so scriptures have indicated.

On another note, the Milky Way means “Serpent of Light,” in mythology, how it got that name I don’t know, but Lucifer the shadow of the Nephilim is that serpent. This is the serpent that eats its own tail. Now let be backtrack a moment, when I mean find out, I mean, openly find out, it will be pert near spelled out, someone is on their way. The old ones, the gods before Adam-the antichrist, all will appear, will be on our doorsteps, the Nephilm I have mentioned throughout this book, and other books, they are the ones who imparted humankind with its secret knowledge. Some people think on December 21, 2012, we will witness galactic events, I’m not all that reassured on this date, only that, the Army of the Nephilim have designs to return soon to earth, with or without its friends; one-way or another, possible with Lucifer, and surely the antichrist is already here doing his dirty deeds preparing the road out of Washington D.C. and Belgium, and perchance, every capitol in the world, if they do, the conspiracy NASA and other countries are harboring, will open up wide and end.

Time: Time and Space, equals space time, both are intergraded, they are not separate, light is transmitted as a partial, and much of the work believe it or not, is theological. God made a cryptogram of the universe, perhaps in the building of the Jewish Temple, Solomon’s Temple as it is often referred to, and we are or can be, God’s treasure hunters, if indeed we want to undo the riddle. The Jewish Book of Light gives credence to this statement: creation created can be verified, by sacred Geometry, if one can unscramble the riddle of the Temple.

Written: 4-21-2010

The Cover Up and Threat

(Alien Integration of Earth)

Part II of III

A Threat: President Reagan feared a threat from outer space, why? What did he know that we don’t know? And George Adamski claimed to have visited Venus. General Douglas Macarthur said our next great war will be an interplanetary war. Scientist Hermann Oberth, father of modern rockery, said UFO’s are from outer space, and contact has already been established. General George Marshall said contact has been made, and UFO’s could wipe us out if they wished. Admiral Roscoe Hillencoater, first director of the CIA, acknowledged, the next step was up to the Aliens. Others who know about UFO’s and sought out studies in the area were: Adolph Hitler, Josef Stalin, Winston Churchill, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter, who said he saw one himself.

Indoctrination: Believe it or not we are being slowly leaked information; we are being programmed, by television programs, by books on aliens, programmed to accept this once phantom phenomena.

Had these phenomena been brought out as fact in the 1940s, 1950s, or 1960s, surly our human cultures and institutions would have collapse, and caused chaos, but are we ready now?

Learning about their Presence: We all know Area 51, is an American Alien study area, and we all know 3500-pilots have voiced they’ve run into alien space craft, all documented. And perhaps the silence in this area is because the Aliens want to continue their abductions without any hindrance, as they have been doing. Therefore, they do not wish it to be public recognized as fact, and the Governments of the world, knowing they have no control over it, say nothing in fear the public would demand something, and why buy the cow if you can get the milk free.

These aliens, the tall and small gray’s as they are known out of the eleven species of Aliens known, have brought the Russian and American governments under constant threats, some are actually helping these two nations. Valiant Four, is a name of one of the aliens.

On May 20, 2012, and one June 6, 2012, and on 21 December, of 2012, strange things will be taking place right over our heads, be alert (perhaps the Beginning of World War III)

During Operation High Jump, Admiral Bird, and his armada, of ships and planes that went to Antarctica, between Dec 31, 1946 and January, 1947, took 70,000 photographs in mapping the continent; the planes spent 220 -hours in the air doing that, covering 22,700 miles. After the task was completed, Admiral Bird’s plane was missing for three-hours. He would explain later he was taken into a massive underground city, and spoke with aliens, who had expressed their concern that the Atom Bomb was used, and that in the past, they tried to stay out of the affairs of earthlings, but it would now be impossible. That in the near future, there would be a WWIII, and it would destroy much of the earth, and they would be available to help put back the cultures of the world.

Interplanetary Warfare

(Alien Integration of Earth)

Part III

This is just an example (projection): January 1, 2016, news release (a worldwide broadcast from the United Nations and its appointed general speaker has had this to say, five minutes ago):

“We have now come upon the threshold, where we must unite to fight an invading force from interstellar space, called the Gray’s…although the world has fought many wars among themselves since time begun, as we know it, this one will be different. The Gray’s want to colonize our planet, and integrate with us humans, at their level of domination, or they’ve said they would destroy the earth and all its inhabitants.

They’ve been here for a very long time now, they’ve got a military station on the moon, and get re-supplied from that source, also, they got a military base on Mars, their starships are now on their way to our orbit…this will be the enemy, and now I will talk to you about the stages… and like all stages of war it involves the movement of troops and materiel from one location to another, we assume they have these all ready on the moon, and Mars from their home location, which we assume is somewhere in the Andromeda constellation (it is 20% bigger than the mass of the Milky Way, and looks like s spiral for those who do not know, or a big star or small cloud in the night sky, the galaxy looks similar to the Circle of Raphiam in Israel, it has five basic rings, and one large center).

These supplies and men we assume are (some of them) already down on earth in their underground hidden colonies throughout the world, let me now explain quickly what we have to assume: first of all their troops are already raised and trained, and their equipment brought from their home planet into our planet’s orbit-a double first phase, actually we know to a certain degree this is already in place, thus the transport process is in the go stage right now, the next phase is transporting it to earth, we know they have ships in the underground earth, and can help escort the mother ships with the equipment without trouble, consequently, this transportation clause is already in place, next the ground forces have to be taken from orbit through the gravity well to a reasonable gathering location, this perchance is happening at this very minute as I am informing you, this is the drop stage of any military plan, and surely theirs also. Now they will need to get a briefing, and go onto the fighting phase, this most likely will take place in the following days, and thus during this intermixed phase, the actually fighting will commence-in spots handpicked throughout the global scene. Now the final stage, or phase will take place, and as the fighting goes on, they will have to continue to drop troops, supply them, support them from orbit, and in the long run, if the war lasts that long, ultimately be re-supplied from home planet. But something tells me they don’t expect it to last that long.

“With this premise at hand, the questions come up: can we out last them, and mess up their supply route? We know we cannot fight them on equal bases.

“We have to figure out the expected duration of their capability to carry on a lengthily campaign; that begs the question to be answered: what do they have on the Moon and Mars. We need to know what mixture of techniques will they use, or can they use. At present our Military Minds are now looking at their past strategies in interplanetary warfare, this is a complicated and detailed campaign they present for us, one we never encountered before, we are not familiar with their lift arrangements, but will be once we get into battle, they are mortal, and have within their systems some kind of electrical devise, like a ray gun within their palms that they can activate on one to one combat, which will be quite limited I sense, and nearly fry you to death. The transport system with troops and cargo must be dismantled, and drop zones must be sought out and destroyed. They have cargo and war ships, and military transport ships, we can try to disable them, when we find a way to do that.

“At present, we can’t. We do know there transport ships carry 8,000-troops, and their cargo ships about 180,000-tons of equipment. I have outlined it the best I can, are there any questions?”

Japan: “What can we expect the first day of war from the enemy?”

The Speaker: “Exactly what we’d do, as in the Iraqi wars in the 1990s, an invasion fleet will enter orbit, or has already, and next will be the bombardment of planetary targets.”

Germany: “What have they done already to have prepared for such a bombardment…?”

The Speaker: “…they have surely done their homework, we must assume they’ve been here a long while, and have done their intelligence gathering, their pathfinder operations, in consequence, I doubt they feel insecure about securing the planet in a first massive rapid assault, securing the planet from Washington D.C., which is the head of the snake, which they will want to cut off, and therefore, blocking any nuclear armed devices from going off.”

France: “What then?”

The Speaker: “We will do a counter attack I assume, as they will try to stop our planet heads from meeting and preparing one, this will allow us an open window, they will think we will be in such ciaos, we will be willing to negotiate at any price.”

Israel: “We most likely will use the most destructive weaponry we have, we humans always do, and this will provoke a reaction, we can only hope to get one of the other alien groups to help us, is that not plausible?”

The Speaker: “We are fighting a kind of war we’ve never fought before, I think America has already invented some new strategies and tactics to liberate its people, but the cost will be dear!”

America: “During this discussion, the United States has already struck the moon based military compound of the enemy, now we will have to wait for the oncoming bombardment, and if we survive through this, we will have to reestablish our cultures and government from underground cities, we already have prepared for that with England. Consequently, there will only be one bombardment, they will have to go back to Mars to re-supply.”

Written. 4-22-2010

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