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Singer, Dwele Learns from His Mistakes; a New TV Network Launches

Souleo | 9/5/2012, 1:45 p.m.
Media Legend, Vy Higginsen Aims to Save the Music with "Sing, Harlem, Sing!"

Dodson also aims to promote emerging talent, many of whom are also in Harlem. "We wanted to get fresh new faces for UBC because there is so much talent that never gets seen and never gets in the door. I want to change that with this network."

For visual artists seeking to change the odds of success in their favor, owner and director of Causey Contemporary gallery, Tracy Causey-Jeffery recommends gallery representation. "Gallery representation gives you more credibility with art world collectors and curators than going it alone." When seeking representation, Causey-Jeffery advises not to sign an exclusive agreement with your first option. "Ask them to help you find galleries in other cities or countries who would be willing to represent you as well. The more people in different places working on your team the better." Of course before entering any partnership an agreement in writing is essential and Causey-Jeffery notes that artists can find great samples here, here and here.

Now, there's a great way to start avoiding a few mistakes.

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