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Watch The DM Zone Interviews

I have been conducting interviews with “Fun, Interesting and Talented Folks” for more than 15 years. For the past five years, the interviews have been available online on my Internet T.V. program “The DM Zone.”  Now more and more of these video interviews are being watched. This development is due to the new method of delivering the videos to audiences.

  • First my team has linked my videos with a ‘blog’ about the video.
  • Next these are uploaded to my new website The DM Zone
  • Finally, they are shared on Social Media – my Twitter and Facebook

With the help of my video team and I have been able to record my interviews with musicians, actors, artists, and authors. But through the years, I have also met influential business and political leaders.


Dianemarie Collins & Randy Jackson NAB 2014

I am fortunate that I love what I do. I am especially pleased that my program has been syndicated and pick-up by more than one internet site and network.  Makes me proud!

So, here is one of my most favorite interviews. This one is about how Master Artist Ed Copley, whose great-great-great grandfather is John Singleton Copley created the portrait of yours truly. Just click on the link! Enjoy.

A Masterpiece with Master Artist Ed Copley

Dianemarie (DM) Collins, the host of The DM Zone, shares her experience with commissioning a custom portrait from Ed Copley, the direct descendant of American master portrait artist John Singleton Copley.

Ed Copley, considered a Master artist whose work is collected around the globe, is now recognized as a Living Master, a very elite award from The Art Renewal Center. But the genes of artistic genius that make Ed Copley one of world’s finest painters are more than just heredity.

Known as a modern-day old master, Copley paints with an ‘old master’ technique – mixing his own paints, adding glazes, stretching his own canvas and even carving a frame for that special masterpiece. As for Ed Copley’s artistic genes, John Singleton Copley  was the greatest American painter of the 18th century. His great, great, great grandson Ed Copley exquisitely follows in those footsteps in the 21st century.

Ed Copley Gallery at the Art Renewal Center is due to his extensive body of work. Kara Lysandra Ross, Director of Operations for the Art Renewal Center.said about accepting Ed Copley int the Art Renewal Center,

“I am very pleased that our esteemed judges saw fit to give Ed the title of ARC Associate Living Master™ and welcome him to the elite group of living artists shown in the ARC Museum. The process for acceptance into the ARC Living Artist and Master’s Gallery ™ is a rigorous one, where an artist’s work must be reviewed by a panel of at least four Judges who consist of well published art scholars and master instructors whose presage is undeniable.”

Ross continues, “His work now appears on our website as does the work of his Grandfather, John Singleton Copley. Although their work is clearly from two different time periods, it is always a pleasure to see that the artistic quality in the family remained fully intact. Ed is a wonderful addition to the ARC family and we are looking forward to his newest works and exhibitions.”

With a classical attention to composition, meticulous attention to his use of light and devotion to the Old World application and mixing of his own pigments, Copley paintings are masterpieces. He also uses a glazing technique which develops richness in detail and color without the use of heavy applications of paint. But because it is such a slow process, few artists choose to use it at the present time.





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Live from MIM – Roberta Gambarini – Jazz Vocalist Extraordinaire!

Jazz has been called America’s greatest original art form, America’s classical music, and the soundtrack of America. In fact, jazz is global music, heard and performed in all corners of the world.

In December 2014 I was fortunate to visit with one of today’s finest interpreters of the American songbook, which includes memorable tunes by the greats such as Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, the Gershwins and others. Roberta Gambarini, a fabulous jazz singer, appeared at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix.

Roberta Gambarini and Dianemarie Collins

Roberta Gambarini and Dianemarie Collins

We visited on The DM Zone before her MIM performance, chatting about how she, a native of Turin, Italy has become a leading jazz vocalist, proclaimed by the late jazz pianist Hank Jones as “The Best since Ella Fitzgerald.”

Before the interview ended, Roberta graced me with an acapella verse of “Sunny Side of the Street.” I was spellbound to stand side-by-side with her and hear that incredible voice as she so casually tossed out perfection. She scatted the ending! Watch the video and you will hear what I mean.

Later, we took our seats in the intimate hall at the MIM. Roberta began the concert walking out on stage, following her trio of incredible musicians: George Cables (piano), Jimmy Cobb (drums), and Ameen Saleem (bass). Standing center, she then sang acapella, “So In Love” from the musical “Kiss Me Kate.” I was mesmerized listening to her wonderfully clear instrument, so flawlessly displayed.

I have to add, that in my book, Roberta Gambarini is not only one of the finest Jazz vocalist, but one of the finest singers. Period.

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Virtual Book Tours – Now Add Video to the Party!

As a publicist for authors, both self-published and those with publishers I have found that a Virtual Book Tour is an incredible tool for launching a new book. They can even be used for re-launching an older book that may not have gotten the attention it deserved when first released.

I often participate in the Virtual Tours I help arrange because it’s fun. On Monday, October 13 I am posting for a Virtual Book Tour, but using video as my post for author Saylor Storm’s Virtual Book Tour. I interviewed Saylor at HD Broadcast AZ studios. We talked about her book, her writing style and whatever came to mind. It’s a way to get more eyes on your tour as video is more appealing in today’s market.

Sue's Seduction Virtual Book Tour

Sue’s Seduction Virtual Book Tour

A good guide for Book Blog Tours is clearly defined in Dana Lynn Smith’s book, VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR MAGIC. And, guess how Smith kicked off her book on blog tours? You got it, with a virtual book tour! Her first blog post with Savvy Authors was a good recap of what to do in a blog tour, how it works and what to expect. Although Smith wrote and launched her book in 2011, the steps are the same. In her book, Smith started with this explanation:

You’ve probably heard that virtual book tours are a great way to promote books, but did you know that there are several different ways to showcase authors and their books through a virtual tour?

Virtual book tours can include book reviews, guest posts on blogs, interviews on podcasts or radio shows, social network events, contests, book giveaways, and more. These tours are sometimes called book blog tours or virtual author tours, or abbreviated as VBT.

You can read her entire post here.

I predict that video is going to be a new direction for Virtual Book Tours. Please come back to The DM Zone and watch a different way of participating in a Virtual Book Tour! See if you agree. Leave your comments. I would love to hear your opinions.


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The DM Zone Blog – Golf Anyone?

This guy knows real grass!

This guy knows real grass!

Blogging only about using Social Media, new trends, how to’s and such has become more of a chore than a pleasure. As I tell my clients, blogging is like a journal that you share with the public. It should flow from your thoughts and activities, be they about your company, your career or your life in general. And, hopefully fun to write in the process!

I have changed my blog, The DM Zone, to mirror and relate more to The DM Zone my Internet TV station and will now cover anything that feels right to share.

Besides working in Public Relations, I am lucky that I get to interview famous, nearly famous and want-to-be famous folks. I have the best time doing this. And, I have a gift helping make those individuals not feeling all that comfortable in front of a camera, feel like they are just having a conversation with me, sans the camera.

My videos are produced by HD Broadcast AZ video studios located in Scottsdale, Arizona. The team over there do an excellent job of editing.

These videos have been shared and have been viewed by more than 250,000 times. I know, surprises the heck out of me too!

At a recent golfing event taking place in Peoria, Arizona, I met a group of young women visiting us to play golf. Held at the Westbrook Village Golf Club, the NCAA Division I Women’s Spring Invitational included 14 teams, mostly from the “flyover states” that currently are covered in snow. The teams come to Arizona to play on the first grass of the season. They practice back home in garages or special practice indoor facilities … but no real grass.

Watch these NCAA Division 1 Women’s Golf Tournament interviews.

The event wasn’t covered by local media, and I found that a shame. But the event was well run, all by volunteers, and was great fun for everyone involved.

If you enjoyed the interviews, give me a holler on Twitter – @DMCollins – Thanks!

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Road Trip – Client on Tour … Or if it’s Tuesday, it must be?

Media Relations or PR is interesting and can be challenging when you are in your own comfort zone geographically. But many times you must go with your client or meet them at a location for an event or tour. I am traveling on a ‘Road Trip’ to the Dallas-Fort Worth area this weekend.

 Western Artists of America is holding its Seventh Annual Show and Sale. And, this year it is being held at the Pearce Museum on the Navarro College Campus in Corsicana, TXDM Productions LLC is providing the media relations for the event.  We will shuffle artists to media interviews at various regional television stations, and help coordinate print interviews as well.

In addition to our media services, Studio Scottsdale, our video production company, is offering the attendees, America’s leading Western artists, a short video of themselves. The video will allow them to discuss, on camera, their work and what their participation in the WAA means.

We’ll host  the videos of each artist interviewed and provide a link for their websites. Adding a multi-media element to a website, or on-line media release, increases the chance of driving more traffic to a website.

The Studio Scottsdale team is providing the video service as a way of showcasing how they can take their services “on the road” as well. We have a 2800 square foot free-standing studio in, you guessed it, Scottsdale, AZ, where we provide a full-service digital studio.  Our video services range from conceptual through the finished product. We also offer professional photography services with our award winning photographer, Bonnie Adams.

But we can provide mobile services and have done so previously for clients. As the Western Artists of America are located around the country, Studio Scottsdale wants to let them know that we travel.

It is an exciting weekend with lots of activities, media and of course the videos. I am hosting the interviews providing the questions to the artist or sculptor. They are branded the same as this blog … and on each video … “You will have entered the DM Zone.”

My plan is to post new blogs over this road trip to keep you up with the comings and goings that can take place when you “hit the road” for a media tour with your client. Stay tuned!

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HD Video – A Picture is Worth a 1000 Words

The old adage of “A picture is worth a thousand words” is still a worthy one, especially when you want to tell your own story. And where a static photo is good, a video is even better … and HD-video is the best!

With the constant growth and increasing availability of broadband, websites such as YouTube, make it even easier to broadcast your message and reach audiences on both a national and international scale. 

Whether raising money or raising awareness, a well thought out video campaign can spread your message and strengthen the profile of your company or services.

Many of our clients now tell their stories with videos. Instead of a press release, it is better to have your CEO talk about where the company is headed on a video. We find an interview where our client chats with me works well rather than having to speak into the camera alone. Hard to face that blinking red light and not come down with a good case of stage fright!

A good example of using a professional in an interview is on our website. You can view samples of videos we’ve completed for clients at http://tiny.cc/LbU1x

But the great thing about video today is that you can film your own, or for a fee have a professional company assist you to script, film and edit your video. Usually price is based on a cost per finished minute of video. Well written messages can tell your story in less time than you think.

DM Productions LLC has been producing videos for our clients since 1994 when cameras were the size of a small toddler, so contact us if you like more details.

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