January 14, 2014

IMERSA: Immerse Yourself in the Network!

We're happy to publish an article submitted by our friend Ken Scott, from Digital Chaotics. "Last year was my first time at IMERSA, and I am so glad I went. It was, to put it simply, 'Networking Gone Wild!' I’m new to the game, so it was great to meet people face to face whose names I’d only seen on blogs or websites. It’s a small, close-knit community, but they’re also very friendly and open, so I felt welcomed and included in everything. I left with dozens of new friends and acquaintances, as well as a real appreciation for the dedication of the people who’ve devoted their lives and hearts to telling stories on the deeply immersive medium that is Fulldome. So that was last year. This year my focus is on building my business by creating deals and mutually beneficial relationships. I’m a visual artist. I make visual music. I create my art for flatscreen, but it truly comes to life on the dome. I am committed to creating amazing, deeply-immersive visual music that absolutely blows peoples’ minds. I want people who watch my videos to be absolutely awestruck. I want everyone – adults and kids alike – to watch my work and think, “Play It Again!” To do any of those things, people have to see my work. For people to see my work, I have to get it out there. The most awesome part of IMERSA? The people who can “get it out there” will be there, all around us. (They are us!) Also, I need to figure out how to pay my bills by doing this. As I mentioned, I’m just getting started. I still have a full-time day job (I write software for TiVo), and I also have a full-time night job (I write the software that makes my videos, and I make videos!). I’m still figuring out how to get my work into the right hands, in front of the right customers, and create work that they like so much that they can’t help but immediately pull out their checkbooks. That’s why you’ll find me in the first few rows of every session, soaking it all in, learning everything I can about the business side of Immersive Entertainment. That’s why you’ll see me between sessions talking with the leaders of the industry, looking for ways to create my art, and sell it. I’m in this for the long haul, and I aim to learn from the Masters. After all, success for any student comes from a willingness to stand on the shoulders of Giants. See you there!" - Ken Scott, Digital Chaotics

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