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Launched in Los Angeles in March 2007, Taltopia.com is a self-promotion platform whose aim is to provide aspiring and professional talent with a world-wide stage to share their abilities across the web. Everyone can share their talent on Taltopia.com and if you don't have a talent you become the critic!
Taltopia.com is a utopia for talent - where fans find artists, artists find fame, and the industry finds the stars of tomorrow. Talent categories include Music, Art, Acting, Dance, Comedy, Modeling or anything else we didn't think of. As more and more upload media and vote, Taltopia.com becomes the premier avenue for people to gain exposure and "claim their fame!" Taltopia.com has been featured on CNN, NBC, VentureBeat, and the Los Angeles Business Journal.
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GotCast was born from one simple idea - you deserve your shot at stardom!
Until now, getting there was nearly impossible for everyone.
Aside from moving to Hollywood and hoping to get discovered, the only chance you may have had was to show up at a talent competition or send a video to a TV Network - both of these never seem to work. At the same time, Casting Directors from major networks and top Talent Agents are constantly trying to find new talent to appear on their shows, and they are having just as hard of a time finding you!
GotCast simply brings both undiscovered stars and Hollywood Executives to the same place. Now you can get in front of the Casting Directors and Agents that can launch your career.
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How did WeMix get started? Matt Apfel, a reality TV producer, creative executive, and founder of MegaMobile TV, had an idea for a show about mashups between fans and rock stars. He sat down with Ludacris and DTP CEO Chaka Zulu and discovered that they wanted to do something similar.
Blessed with a group of forward-thinking angel investors, we've built WeMix to be a better way for the world to share and create original music. Together.
It's a simple deal: you sign up, create your page, upload your original songs, beats, vocals, riffs, and more. As a member you can collaborate on songs, offer feedback, and share ideas for new music with others. Most importantly you can vote for your favorite songs.
The top performers get a shot to turn their demos into real records—by collaborating with star musicians like Luda and with the entire WeMix community. And we'll put the whole thing on TV.
We hope you're as fired up about WeMix as we are.
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