Promotions is a challenge for anyone who works in the arts and entertainment industry. If you don't get your name 'out there' it's hard to make a living. For artists in the Christian entertainment realm there is the double whammy of needing to promote themselves while obeying Paul's admonition to the Philippians to "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves."
Is it even possible to promote yourself and still retain your humility? The three Christian entertainment industry veterans who wrote Shameless Self Promotion and Networking for Christian Creatives answer with a resounding, Yes! You CAN build your business and develop your career...without selling your soul!
Whether you are an artist, author, actor, promoter, or even a church hosting an event; regardless of whether you are signed to a major label or work the independent circuit; beginner or seasoned pro - you have something, or someone, that needs to be promoted. That someone might even by you, and chances are the lion's share of the promotional activity will be on your shoulders. In today's ultra-competitive marketplace, Christian creatives must be heavily involved in promoting themselves and their works.
Authors Paula K. Parker, Mike Parker and Torry Martin have 55 years of combined professional experience working in various segments of the Christian and general market entertainment industries. They have worked with some of the top editors, writers, publicists, copy editors, and PR experts in the industry, many of whom contributed their experiences and wisdom to the book.
"Creative people are often right-brain dominant;" Paula K. Parker observes. "But while the right-brain opens the door, it’s usually the left-brain that does the business. That is why we wrote this book. Shameless Self Promotion and Networking for Christian Creatives is designed to help equip creative individuals and organizations with the tools for successful self-promotion, without the need to sell your soul for 15 minutes of fame."
Everybody has a story to tell, but not everyone knows how to tell their story well. In Shameless Self Promotion and Networking for Christian Creatives readers will discover tried and true principles that apply to:
•The Press Kit
•The Basics of Publicity
•The Power of Networking
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About the Author
Mike Parker is an award-winning freelance writer, actor, director, novelist, playwright & screenwriter. A BA degree in Bible and Philosophy, a stint as an officer with the US Army Special Forces (Green Berets), a career as a stock broker during the great bull market of the eighties, and an entrepreneurial plunge into the uncertain world of television syndication have all combined to give him a unique outlook on the world. Blessed (or cursed) with an insatiable curiosity he is voracious reader, questioner, ponderer. 1993 brought Mike from Texas to Nashville, TN where he, along with his playwright wife, Paula, helped establish Carpenter’s Playhouse, a local community theatre. Together they now serve on the board of Lamplighter’s Theatre in Smyrna, TN. With the creative juices flowing from the theatre and the proximity of both the music & publishing industries, Mike turned his attention to his old flame, writing. His efforts have paid off as more than 1000 of his articles, celebrity profiles, CD, book & theater reviews, and poetry have been published by such national periodicals as Campus Life, Today’s Christian Parent, Vibrant life, and CCM. His articles have been featured on the covers of such national publications as HomeLife, Christian Single, Stand Firm, Bible Express, Living With Teenagers, 7Ball, and Release Magazines. Mike is a sought after copywriter in the entertainment industry. He has done promotional work for 20th Century Fox and the A&E Network, as well as for most of the major Christian music labels in Nashville. He has penned artist bios for such noted performers as Sandi Patty, Wayne Watson, Big Tent Revival, Charlie Hall, Big Daddy Weave, Margaret Becker, The Waiting, Aaron Shust, Phil Keaggy, and many others. He has authored three successfully produced stage plays including: “Fail-Safe: the stage play,” “Oscar Wilde’s DORIAN GRAY,” and “Mark Twain Presents: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” and he is currently working on a musical adaptation of “The Count of Monte Cristo” and a one-man show called “The Gospel According to Mark Twain.” An accomplished stage director and character actor Mike is best remembered for his stage roles as Mr. Beaver in “The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe,” Marley in “A Christmas Carol,” and Juror 3 in “12 Angry Men.” He was profiled as the Actor of the Month by Christian-movie.com, and has appeared in films such as "Country Strong" with Gwyneth Paltrow and television series such as "Outlaw Country" with Mary Steenbergen. He is a contributing author to the inspirational anthology, “Stories From A Soldier’s Heart,” (Multnomah) with Alice Gray and has provided commentary for the popular Bible-zine, “Real” (Thomas Nelson). His debut novel, “The Scavengers,” received rave reviews, including an endorsement from New York Times Best-selling author, G.P. Taylor, who called it “The best book I have read in years.” Mike created and hosted the nationally syndicated music video show, “NightVision” in the early 1990’s, and served as producer and host for the award-winning music variety show, “Saltracks” on the ACTS Television Network. He scripted two seasons of JC-TV’s popular music video programs “TX-10,” “XVZ,” and “Rewind.” More recently he created and serves as managing editor for the online entertainment magazine, BuddyHollywood.com. He is the National Entertainment Examiner for Examiner.com and along with his wife Paula, is co-contributing editor to the entertainment section of LifeWay.com. He served for three years as the movie reviewer for the syndicated radio program, The Family Friendly Morning Show with Doug & Kim, broadcast on the Salem Music Network (heard by more than 1 million listeners each week).