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Entertainers We Take Seriously


You may not remember him, but Will Rogers was both a beloved cowboy and a humorist. Once, he said, “Everything changes. People are now taking their comedians more seriously and their politicians as jokes.” Ironically, this comment was made back in the early part of the 20th century. That was when the comedic period in America was at its highest. However, it does seem to be true more now than ever.

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Metal Bikinis Taking Over Fashion Rio 2013

Ever since the Princess Leia bikini scene in Star Wars, the idea of a bikini constructed with metal has been forged into the minds of men and women everywhere. What woman doesn’t want to be the princess, wearing the type of exotic clothing that is going to make men from all over the universe take notice?

Judging from the forward-thinking and borderline futuristic beachwear options featured at Fashion Rio, the five-day seaside fashion showcase, we might be closer to the trends of Tatooine than anyone previously thought.

Forging a Fashion Success?

Fashion designer Triya is largely responsible for championing the metal bikini in 2013, which looks like the undergarment of a female knight that has been crafted specifically for the body of the model, and their body alone. And yet, somehow, it is not all together unattractive—at least on the runway.

The media certainly seems to be responding, with an Associated Press article appearing on many major news outlets, and subsequent fashion blogs.

But the main question on most people’s minds is whether or not this is a viable fashion trend that will continue to evolve for years to come, or if this is an ill-conceived idea from a recent game of D&D.

Metal is So Hot Right Now…Literally

Putting aside the ubiquitous fashion question of whether or not this would even be comfortable, other questions of logistics immediately jump to the forefront when considering wearing a plate of metal, no matter how stylish or fitted, to a beach. This is a place that is filled with sand and salt water that is invariably going to find its way into every little nook and cranny of your body.

Is the bikini going to rust or tarnish? It is going to become unbearably hot baking in the midday sun like a station wagon seat buckle?
If these are the questions you were asking yourself before you even got to the above paragraph, fear not, because there are some metal options that (un)fortunately do not have the type of mass that is going to drag you down underwater, or stop a bullet.

Off the Runway Alloys

Among the bandeau tops found at Fashion Rio were a collection of more practical items that were still forged in the great furnace of style. For instance a fringed metal swim skirt, a metal mesh upper body wrap, and a few more selections made from more traditional fabrics but accented with metal embellishments stand out as options for those women who do not want to look like they are about to be involved in a jousting match. There are even bathing suits that simply look like metal, despite being made from another material.

As is the case with most haute couture, some adjustments must be made before all of these fashion ideas are modeled into real life. However, given the amount of publicity metal swimwear has received, it’s easy to predict an alloyed trend at the beach this summer.

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Studying Music Composition

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Many people have a desire to be a professional musician. However, there is no clear method to achieve this goal. The following steps will give you a sensible and realistic approach to making a living in this demanding field.

Research the Career Duties of a Professional Musician

Depending on your level of talent and the versatility you display, you may be suited for more than one area of musicianship. You may decide to play string instruments like the violin or guitar, brass instruments such as the trombone or trumpet, or many others. If you choose to become a composer, you can write music for movies, radio and television. There are now advanced music composition programs available for most computers.

If you decide on a career as a singer, you could perform soprano, baritone, tenor, bass, or contralto. Be prepared to audition on a regular basis. Performers encounter rejection in this profession, so one must possess a thick skin and a desire to never give up in order to succeed.

Learn to Play an Instrument

As with learning a foreign language, it is easier to learn to play an instrument at an early age. It would be advisable to join the school band and practice with friends in your spare time. Receiving instruction from a professional music tutor would be desirable, because a tutor can give personal instruction that you cannot receive in a school music class. Private piano teachers are very common and can be easily found in the newspaper or online. Practice performing in front of people. This will help you to develop a stage presence and eliminate any stage fright you may have.

Study at a Conservatory

Music conservatories offer training for young people who desire to be musicians and other types of performing artists. A conservatory can give you the chance to hone your skills and master the subtle nuances of your craft. An audition is normally required to be accepted into a conservatory.

Market Your Talents

Once you feel that you are experienced enough to begin your career as a professional musician, it is important to get your name out to the masses. You can start by performing in clubs that have an open mic night. Hiring an agent or manager can help to facilitate contact with people in the music industry. These people can be valuable in furthering your career. Produce a CD of your music and use online music forums to distribute your music to get the word out. You may choose to offer your musical services at weddings, parties, and school dances. Such exposure could cause people to hire you based on word of mouth. A recommendation from a friend or relative is the best form of advertising.

Music is a difficult way to make a living. The competition is fierce and the pay is often not very good. However, if you have enough talent and determination, you may be able to thrive where so many others have failed.

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