Organic All-Natural Z-Skin-Cosmetics Hand-Made by a Pop Star

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I’m happy I had the chance to try several products from the handmade skin care line by pop star and entrepreneurial wiz-kid founder of Z Skin Cosmetics Ryan Zamo.  Right away, I thought finally, just what I’ve been looking for in a moisturizer, and I began wishing that I’d had these fresh, clean products years ago.

As an artist-painter working with my hands and lots of materials every day, I’m always on the look-out for a good hand cleaner– and I’ve tried many.  At the end of a long day in my studio, nothing beats the pleasure of cleaning up with Z Skin Cosmetic’s high-quality Coffee Almond Hand Scrub or Z’s soothing Sesame Ginger hand scrub. Both excellent! Plus I’m using the Z’s Miracle Extreme Moisturizer, which I’ll love having during the coming winter months, as well as the Z Skin Cosmetic’s Eye Cream and Nighttime eye cream,  all lovingly created by a real artist.

blogZfaceJulieCArtistZ Skin Cosmetics was born just 4 months ago and has already been recognized with multiple awards and critical acclaim for its all natural, 100% organic hand-made quality that has been proven to be more successful than any of those expensive products!  Zamo’s been called “The Creator Of The Next Proactiv” by the Wall-Street Journal, and his products called the “Best New Affordable Skincare Line” by the Daily Herald, and “Product Of The Year” by the Daily News, and The LA Times says his “New Organic Skincare Line Works Better Than Proactiv And Clinique”.

Zamo may be something of a contemporary renaissance man, hand making his products, including the labels, and single-handedly doing all his own photography, graphic design and web design. He combines pure ingredients into his products and transparently lists each on his site here.

And he demonstrates, in this just under 15 minute video, of how he creates one of his products by hand–

Zamo also conveys his personal story as honestly as he makes his products–openly telling how he turned his struggles with drugs and alcohol into an international success story. Two years ago Ryan Zamo was a drug addict and on the verge of dying. He was finally checked into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program for 90 days in January 2013, and today we are proud to report he has stayed clean and sober since.

When Ryan Zamo was finally back on his feet, he got to take a good look at himself again “my skin was terrible, I was way too skinny and I knew I had to do something about it”, he says. So Ryan started on his journey to organic food and products to help nourish himself back to health.

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Ryan Zamo described how he started making skin care for himself to try to win his never-ending battle with acne. “After I realized I actually created an amazing organic product, I sized up my competition and realized I could price it at $250 or more… then, I saw that I could finally help others the way I was helped, with personal interest and care, that’s why I priced my products $15 and under!”  stated the young CEO.  Ryan Zamo also spends hours a day speaking with his customers to help them pick the exact products to use, and follows up with them as much as possible to give them suggestions and answer any questions they have.

We mentioned at the beginning of this article that Ryan Zamo is also a pop star. He recently appeared in the MTV singing show Copycat and also released a new CD (his 4th) on iTunes, with songs that didn’t make the cut on his first and third albums–here’s the link to get his tracks on iTunes.

With his dedication to helping others with affordable products and personal consultation it seems Ryan Zamo has just stepped into his upcoming success. And I have more products I’m trying that I will tell you about next time.

 

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Video: Arts Entrepreneur Kelly Fusaro Offers Free Online Gallery and Store to Artists

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Thanks to Kelly Fusaro for crediting me in the use of my painting in her newsletter–see the full image in Marie Kazalia’s Fusaro store.

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Artists: 3 tips for landing press, and artist Karen Fitzgerald’s Video Interview Advice

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An article on 3 tips for landing press for your business has circulated on the web this week. As a blogger, I like the first tip in the article:

1. Start small and targeted. Connect with the bloggers that cover your industry and build a rapport with them. You’ll get on their radar, and if they choose to write about you, their story could get picked up by a major publication, leading to even more coverage.

Yes, as an arts blogger, I often feature active artists who support my Artist Marketing Resources blog promotional projects. Find out other ways to get featured on this blog and discover other art blogs and art magazines on my 57 page e-list of publications for artists.

Getting press coverage, on a blog, in a digital magazine or print magazine, or in a video interview, means that you will be seen by a new audience and reach a new market. You can also excerpt your feature article from the publication and share it on your blog and on social media. If you are interviewed on camera, you can post your video interview on your blog, on your YouTube channel and share on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook etc.

Artist Karen Fitzgerald is one professional artist who knows how to get press coverage. Watch Karen as she energetically talks about her work in the video interview below. Karen says,  “It happened at an art fair I was participating in Manhattan, New York City in the Fall of 2013.  It was a very “happenstance” moment.  These 2 gentlemen were roving around interviewing people and asked me if I’d like to be part of an interview.  I said yes!  They were sweet and funny and so easy to work with. They were enthusiastic and made me feel very comfortable.”

Karen’s Advice to Artists: if you know ahead of time that an interview is coming up, plot out 3 or 4 main ideas you want to share. (For example: what the current work is about; your process; your historical or contemporary influences.) Don’t get too complex with your ideas – let the interviewer ask a follow-up question if they want to know more about what you just said.

If you don’t have time to prepare, speak off the cuff in as genuine a way as you can.  Ask your interviewer for 30 – 60 seconds for you to gather your wits before they roll the camera, if that is appropriate.  Smile a lot. Pause. Breathe and let your interviewer ask questions.  Know you are never going to get said everything you want or might need to.  Ask politely for the interviewer to post contact information about you and your work.

 

Artist and expert fine art gilder Karen Fitzgerald is hosting a day-long gilding workshop on September 9, in Long Island City, Western Queens, New York City. Find out more here: http://fitzgeraldart.com/gilding-workshop/ 

During my communications with Karen about her video, she didn’t miss a beat, but immediately sent me details on her gilding workshop, asking if I could post about her workshop along with the video.

Follow Karen’s lead. Connect with art bloggers and share your artist news with them. Have all the details in place– press release style or as an announcement–include images and links. If a blogger has an opening, you could get featured on an art blog. (Find more art blogs on this 57 page e-list of publications with artists. Read their submission guidelines and submit your artist news.)

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Crowd Publish TV: Woman Engineer Produces Book and Movie, Creates Web Platform For Creative Entrepreneurs

WOMAN ENGINEER PRODUCES BOOK AND MOVIE, CREATES WEB PLATFORM FOR AUTHORS AND CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS AFTER GETTING FIRED FROM GOVERNMENT JOB

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If you are highly sensitive, dislike controversy, or don’t want to know anything about sexual harassment in the workplace, then please don’t read this post to find out how Lisa Schaefer turned her experiences into a movie and more.

Washington, DC, March 21, 2013  –  Lisa Schaefer was always a high achiever throughout her twelve years of engineering education. But the workforce wasn’t quite as accepting of her contributions. So when she was fired from her job at a multi-billion dollar government contractor the day after a fellow employee masturbated in front of her, she decided she would never go back to another job like that again.

Instead, she wrote a book about what it was like working in that office. She also produced the web series and movie Budget Justified, reenacting what went on in those offices leading up to getting shut into a conference room with a coworker with his pants down.

Having experimented with gamer platforms where there’s constant opportunity for live interaction, Schaefer wasn’t satisfied with online resources for authors to sell their books. Thus she’s created CrowdPublish.TV, an online artist shop where authors & book lovers interact directly and build community through live streaming video.

“With the internet, television no longer has to be one way communication,” Schaefer says. With CrowdPublish.TV, authors can hold discussions with readers, almost as though everyone is hanging out in a bookstore together. Authors no longer have to be beholden to a middle-man to control whom they reach.

Sign up at http://t.co/tkssNtxQEW – looking for early adopters to try author & book♥er features – participate in live video book discussions

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ROLEMODEL ENTERPRISES is a woman-owned internet startup advocating for freelance entrepreneurs, independent authors, and whistleblowers; and advocating against sexism and bullying in technical forums and professions.

For more information, contact: Lisa Schaefer  on Facebook http://facebook.com/CrowdPublishTV

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Put Your Dreams Into Action:How Creative Entrepreneurs can Market and Sell Their Products

  Carolyn Edlund is the next speaker for the Creative Souls Telesummit.

  Her talk will be “Put Your Dream Into Action: How Creative Entrepreneurs can Market and Sell Their Products

Carolyn Edlund’s talk, Put Your Dream Into Action: How Creative Entrepreneurs can Market and Sell Their Products

will include information about:

  • How to know if your product is ready
  • Your unique selling position
  • Branding and online presence
  • Business planning and goal setting
  • Understanding your market and why this is crucial
  • Creating multiple income streams
  • How many ways are their to sell your work?
  • Marketing techniques – the secret to making 6 times as many sales!

It’s free, and the interview (with Tamra Fleming) starts at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, (12 noon Pacific), on Wednesday, May 18th.

It lasts 45 minutes with 15 minutes of Q & A at the end.   Participants can purchase all the interviews with speakers, and upgrade packages, if they wish.

Here is the link:  http://bit.ly/fCjumP