Want to be part of a new voice in Hollywood?

About three years ago in late summer, I let out a frustrated cry in my living room.  Well, it’s always summer here in Los Angeles, it seems, but my brain hadn’t caught up: I was into month eight of recovering from major surgery.

Unable to work due to fatigue, this year had left me feeling like the epitome of a struggling, unseen, unheard, no-name, actress in Los Angeles.  This was after training at one of the top drama schools in London, England and working consistently in projects at the starting to mid-level in nearly every genre there is: film, commercials, web, corporate, theater, musicals, voiceover, and even print work.  I was ready to break into a higher level of demand on my abilities as an actress, but could not seem to make anything “fit,” try as I might.  I had tried so hard prior to my illness that I had put myself into staggering debt, frantically playing the audition “numbers game” between temporary and part-time work.

With all that time off recovering from major illness, my agent had no choice but to remove me from their books theatrically.  Without representation, an actor can become practically invisible.  Especially a new actor who has no “big news” to share every minute, like booking a television show.

So I howled.

I was watching an entertainment news show at the time, and I remember complaining aloud, “Why do they always show the same five people?  That’s why no one new can get a foot in.  Why doesn’t somebody do something about that?”

And then, it struck me as clear as day:  Why don’t I do something about it?

I could start my own platform to help other emerging talent to share their news and promote themselves.  And from that, The Younge Hollywood Blast was born.

It started as an aggregate, social media newsletter on the Paper.li platform.  Through my dedicated ( and sometimes obsessive ) curation, the newsletter has been nominated by the readers for the Shorty Awards all three years of it’s existence, and placed number one for the past two years running.

Fast forward to now, I have decided it’s time to branch out from my grateful beginnings in the news nursery at Paper.li to form my own fully independent news website.  I am pleased to announce that the new website is in development and will be dedicated to expanding that original mission: to promote emerging talent worldwide.

Just to be clear, TYHB is not “the news.” This is a community-driven and interactive, with news articles written by the emerging and independent artist who is ready to represent themselves in their own words.  By garnering some initial media publicity, an independent artist who shares their news at The Younge Hollywood Blast can help themselves get noticed, and gain bigger opportunities.

The best part about it?  It’s free.

That’s right.  I know!  The reason it is free is to allow ease of access to those who might not otherwise have the ability to participate.  That is extremely important to me.  All I ask in return is that you get social about not only yourself, but the other awesome contributors you are sure to stumble across here.  That’s what makes a community thrive – constant and genuine support of the “other,” not just the self.

Yes, I am wearing Birkenstock sandals and a flower in my hair as I write this.  Well, at least in my mind I am.

All jokes aside, it my sincerest hope that many independent and unheard of artists will find this outlet a great tool for self-promotion, publicity and connection to a wider artistic community of like-minded, motivated professionals.

Emerging artists are taking control – and you can be part of that.

Check back here frequently for updates as we design the brand new website for The Younge Hollywood Blast!

copyright 2014 The Younge Hollywood Blast

19 Comments

  1. LeVera said:

    How wonderful! I pray you continued success. When I got to the part about that cry in your living room, I knew I had to read this article in its entirety! Thank you, so much, for sharing. Was just writing to a friend how I think the good Lord is directing me to start a small business due to lack of employment opportunities and how I must return to college to “digitize” my “analog” self. Your mission to spread the word and promote others is right in line with my natural self. Know that everything is going to be all right and everything happens for a reason (note to self! :).

    August 20, 2014
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    • yhb_admin said:

      Thanks LeVera, Glad something useful or encouraging can be generated from my living-room cries! Let’s get digital – woot!

      August 20, 2014
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  2. said:

    Sometimes a scream to the universe results in a helping hand. I wish you all the best in your endeavor.

    September 7, 2014
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  3. said:

    Hi Natasha – how wonderful that you saw an opportunity and filled it. You are so right, we often say why doesn’t someone do something about this, but we seldom fill the gap ourselves. Good for you and much success with your expansion.
    Lenie

    September 8, 2014
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  4. Brava! I applaud your pro-active approach! I wish you big time success in this endeavor…and to think it all started with that primal , frustrated cry:)

    September 8, 2014
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    • yhb_admin said:

      Thank you, Jacqueline! 🙂

      September 11, 2014
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  5. said:

    Good luck with the new site. It seems to have the potential to create a community that will provide some needed support to a lot of people who were in your position.

    September 8, 2014
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    • yhb_admin said:

      Thanks Ken!

      October 12, 2014
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  6. said:

    Wonderful! Instead of just howling, you thought of and implemented a solution. Good luck!

    September 9, 2014
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    • yhb_admin said:

      Thanks Beth!

      October 12, 2014
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  7. said:

    How awesome for you! Way to go to find a way to change something you don’t like, rather than just sit back and complain about the way it’s done. If more people weren’t so complacent, there might be a lot more change around us. I think it’s stellar that you’ve not only done something about the situation you found to be frustrating, but that you’re doing it well – so well that expansion is needed…required! And being recognized with the nominations and awards. Kudos to you! And I’m wishing you the best of luck for the new launch and continued success!

    September 9, 2014
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    • yhb_admin said:

      Thank you, Pamela! Yes, I am no stranger to complaining – I wish it weren’t the case. But taking this one action helped me to start breaking this habit and getting into the “JUST DO IT” mode!

      September 11, 2014
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  8. william rusho said:

    Good luck on creating your site. It is important to help others find their way. I know that I am new to being an author, but will help anyone else who asks me.

    September 10, 2014
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  9. said:

    Great idea! We have so much power to help each other as artists. I have always been willing to help my fellow creative types. I wish everyone felt the same way.

    September 10, 2014
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    • yhb_admin said:

      I couldn’t agree more, Jeri. It’s not only empowering but also inspiring and exciting to share other artists creative endeavors. I am receiving so much positive energy every day from this!

      September 11, 2014
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  10. said:

    How COOL! I had to laugh because i have done that very thing, screamed at the top my lungs in my living room and boy did it feel good. Thank you, so much, for sharing. I do wish you all the success. This is such a great idea. you go girl. 🙂

    September 10, 2014
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    • yhb_admin said:

      Hahaha! I can imagine that, Susan. Sounds awesome! Thanks for stopping by!

      October 12, 2014
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  11. said:

    Hello; i applaud your efforts. isn’t it something how so many of the people doing their own thing started while side lined with an injury or major illness. others started because of a loss of their job or a financial crisis. i do my best to promote other bloggers and podcasters especially those who are also visually impaired. I currently know of a blind actress and a blind rapper. a money has some amazing music. me, I’m not an actor or a singer but my nephew always asks me if i am not really a frustrated artist. 🙂 don’t know. don’t think so. thanks for doing this work. I’m sure you are of great benefit to the up and coming stars of tomorrow and will do even more with the new site. good luck, max

    September 13, 2014
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    • yhb_admin said:

      Thanks Max!

      October 12, 2014
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