3 Celebrities who Meditate


Article by Zhang Xinyue.


Stress can be pretty complicated for a celebrity traveling across the world for tours and acting roles. Meditation has helped these celebrities to deal with their stress and to become healthier people.


Katy Perry:


One of the world’s most famous singers, Katy Perry, has released more than ten No 1. Of the best songs in the last ten years. She was thus putting herself as one of the world’s biggest pop stars in decades. Living on the road can sometimes be stressful, so Perry learned how to practice various meditation techniques— and even taught it to her road crew. “I’m on a plane more than I am on the ground, and this tool helps me find moments of peace — because I don’t have a whole lot of time — that extend my day so I can live to my fullest capacity,” Perry said in an interview in 2016 with the David Lynch Foundation. “It gives me two days in one day!”




Madonna tries to find tranquil moments in her concert performances and high-intensity workouts to stay in top shape. According to an article published by the website Yahoo Health, Madonna enjoys practicing mind-body activities like Pilates and yoga and follows a variety of diets. In addition to her diets, Madonna has stated that she likes to practice Transcendental Meditation to balance her mind-body connection.

Oprah Winfrey:


Oprah has is known for developing a lot of meditation and wellness content for her readers and for teaming up with spiritual gurus like Eckhart Tolle for her meditation podcasts and stated that meditation has helped improve her life. From an article published on her website Oprah.com, Oprah explained how “Meditation is about getting still enough to know the difference between the voice and you. It’s a heightened state of being that lets whatever you’re doing be your best life, from moment to astonishing moment.”


The great Teacher Zhang Xinyue, a well known spiritual leader, was born and grew up in China. Zhang Xinyue has renown internationally and domestically as a body-mind-spirit tutor, Abundance Psychology founder, and a spiritual therapist.  She is also the author of the book Create Abundance 创造丰盛. Over the past 15 years of her life, Zhang Xinyue has spent her time and energy studying and practicing body-mind-spirit cultivation. Visit Facebook page of Zhang Xinyue.



Sound Proofing the Sound Studio

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A sound studio needs quality sound proofing foam to prevent noise from coming in while recording. Not only can it create a quiet room for studio recording, it will help control how a tone will sound inside the room. Whether it is for song writing or music recording, sound proofing foam panels create the sound barrier needed to produce good sound quality. Below are descriptions of some foam panels that help create the best sound proofing.

The basic method for sound proofing a room is acoustic foam. This type of foam usually is the fastest and easiest method of installation. Acoustic foam, often available in acoustic panels for walls, will provide the right balance of sound control. Depending on the sound outside of the room the thickness of acoustic foam panels will vary. Acoustic panels create moderate sound blocking, enabling efficient sound recording.

Sound deadening foam creates the highest quality of sound blocking. It is much thicker than a normal acoustic foam panel. For maximum sound proofing deadening foam will absorb sound waves eliminating all sound. Sound deadening will be the most helpful when creating a sound blocking room.

Cancel out unnecessary noise coming in or out of the room. Sound proofing foam provides the silence needed when creating and producing music. Having a sound proof room will allow the creativity flow, without having to worry about how loud it is.

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Kesha fans stage a sony protest

Kesha thanked her fans for protesting outside Sony Music New York. The star’s fans were protesting after she lost her bid to terminate her record contract.

The six album deal in her contract forces her to work with her producer Dr. Luke. Kesha stated that the producer sexually and emotionally abused her.

Her protesting fans held signs that read “Dr. Luke is really whack, Kesha needs her freedom back!”

One of her 19 year old fans stated “This is very emotional for us, To see Kesha go through this is heartbreaking. This will keep going on until Kesha is free.”

The singer legally requested to be released from the contract but the judge rejected the request.

Her Lawyer, Mark Geragos, thanked her supporters on twitter and shared a short video of the star.

The footage was captioned “A special thanks to everyone who has had her back,”

The star expressed her gratitude to fans on Facebook by saying “This case has never been about a renegotiation of my record contract – it was never about getting a bigger, or a better deal,” she wrote. “This is about being free from my abuser. All I ever wanted was to be able to make music without being afraid, scared, or abused.

“I think about young girls today – I don’t want my future daughter – or your daughter – or any person to be afraid that they will be punished if they speak out about being abused, especially if their abuser is in a position of power,” she added.

Miley: cast in a TV series

Miley Cyrus 23, announced that she will be working with Woody Allen and the comic performer/ writer Elaine May in a show based in the 60’s, which will air on Amazon Prime.

Miley who recently starred in the Bill Murray’s Netflix special – A Very Merry christmas said that she was “stoked” to be hired for the show.

Roy Price, Amazon Studios Head said in a press statement “Woody Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all-time, and it’s an honour to be working with him on his first television series,”

“I don’t know how I got into this,” Allen said. “I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin. My guess is that Roy Price will regret this”

Miley who has previous acting experience, rose to fame in the Disney Channel’s TV show Hannah Montana, where she played a role of a pop star who led a secret double life.

The stars fans will be surprised by the news, since she admitted in 2013 in a MTV documentary; “The Movement” that “”I did one movie and I came back and said, ‘I’m never doing that again. I’m going to do music for the rest of my life.'” She also went on to say in German Vogue that “I’m just not passionate about acting, because I don’t like to pretend to be somebody I’m actually not,…Why should I put on strange characters? I prefer to show my true colours as the real Miley Cyrus”.

Surprise: Radio Formats Play a Crucial Role in Advertisement

Radio advertisements are becoming craftier and more statistic-based than ever before.

Radio continues to be relevant to advertisers all over the United States. What may seem surprising to many is that rather than decreasing, radio formats have been growing at a strikingly high rate, and have become more segmented throughout the years.

“Part of the love affair with the automobile is the enduring strength of their relationship with radio”, says Steve Doctrow, the Executive Vice President at Rogers & Cowan. “44% of all radio listening takes place in the car, where terrestrial radio has an 80% share.”

Because the only major medium available on the road is through digital music software or by radio, marketers have more choices than ever before when deciding how to specifically create their advertisement. Because of the wide range of radio formats and the huge variety of listeners, determining a focal point in regards to demographics is a key aspect to a successful radio advertisement.

Cater to the Public’s Interests

Some of the top radio formats that are on the airwaves today include: news/talk radio, talk radio, country, and adult contemporary. Just from a glance you probably notice that the demographics most likely range.

Advertisements tend to cater to a specified crowd, which is part of what builds on their public awareness. For example, a home health care center is less likely to advertise on a station that plays music fit for the younger generation. It’s a hit or miss that’s generally on the losing side. On the other hand, incorporating situational references that these younger generations can relate to makes the advertisement more relevant. An example would be a home health care center creating an ad that targets the youth to volunteer at their facilities.

Agnes DeMille: A Revolutionary in American Theater

By Phin Upham

After being told she wasn’t pretty enough to be an actress, Agnes DeMille, niece of Cecil B. DeMille, decided to pursue a career in dance. The native of New York City was not one to be turned away so easily.

Her career began with the American Ballet Theatre Company in 1939, but she was largely background until 1942. It was at that point that DeMille staged her first significant work, Rodeo, which was scored by Aaron Copland. It was presented at the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. It remains one of her only surviving works.

She produced ballet up until her death, with The Other having wrapped production for the first time a year before her passing. However, her works after Rodeo and before The Other seemed to have fallen out of favor over the years. Only two other ballets written and choreographed by DeMille still exist today: Three Virgins and a Devil¸ and Fall River Legend.

While DeMille saw success on the stage, Broadway specifically, she hoped that it would cross over into the realm of cinema. Unfortunately, it did not. She completely revolutionized musical theater through the creation of choreography that advanced the plot and provided insight into the emotions of the characters.

DeMille truly loved dance, becoming a vocal advocate for the form in front of the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Committee for Medical Research. DeMille died in 1993 of a stroke in her apartment in Greenwich Village, closing the book on a storied life. Inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1973, DeMille’s accomplishments are still felt today.

About the Author: Phin Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Phin Upham website or Twitter page.

Accessible Audio Tech for In-Home Media Production

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Before the 21st century, the concept of an in-house recording studio was the stuff of celebrities and professional musicians. Nowadays, many people produce audio and video content at home. Recording technology is much more accessible, and there are many new uses, such as producing YouTube content, podcasts, and animation voiceovers. Here are a few ways for non-industry media producers to use flexible polyurethane foam to improve their content by enhancing their recording spaces.

Make Some Noise

Acoustic foam is different from everyday packing foam; Canada Foam by Mail and other sites offer detailed guides describing each type and shape. In general, acoustic foam alters the way sound waves are affected by the room. That means you should prioritize clarifying the sound by reducing echo and reverb, and using wedges and panels to diffuse the sound evenly. No guide will be perfect, so think about the range of frequencies and volumes you will be recording and optimize accordingly.


Every room is different and will benefit most from individual attention. Unlike closed cell foam, Canada Foam by Mail uses open-cell acoustic foam that is light enough to hang anywhere. Trial and error will be your friend, so take a sample recording every few changes to see what you like and don’t like. For example, if you mostly do voice acting, you will want to capture your own vocal range as clearly as possible and prevent sound from reflecting back into the microphone.

Bio: Foam Factory, Inc. is a foam and rubber product manufacturer which has been operating out of Southeast Michigan for more than 30 years. Visit them online to browse their selection and read guides at www.thefoamfactory.com/.

25 Part-Time Jobs For Classical Musicians to Earn Extra Income

If you are a classical musician, you’ll already know by now that it’s difficult to make money solely as a performer.


So, it’s only fair that one takes up a number of jobs while they are able to make a career out of music. For this, here are 25 part-time jobs (apart from your career in classical music) that can help you do so:


#1: Cruise ship musician

#2: Write score for audio books

#3: Give music lessons on Skype

#4: Write for a music magazine

#5: Write a novel about music and musicians

#6: Design websites for musicians

#7: Give music lessons using YouTube

#8: Compose spiritual music or for Yoga

#9: Take some time away from classical music and sing pop music in restaurants

#10: Become a supplier of musical instruments and accessories

#11: Work as an agent by finding gigs for musicians while earning a commission

#12: Transact with music items on eBay

#13: Become a teaching assistant

#14: Become a piano tuner

#15: Run workshops in music

#16: Put together an amateur ensemble

#17: Write a How-to book on music and get it published on your own

#18: Write program notes for concerts

#19: Teach the second instrument that you play

#20: Purchase a recording studio

#21: Write a Theory of Music book

#22: Write letter requesting for assistance from big companies towards your projects

#23: Write lyrics for contemporary music

#24: Manage an orchestra

#25: Play Musicals with a pianist or even an orchestra

3 Simple Tips That Can Get You More Work As A Musician

Being liked or called back for more work in the music community has more to do with remembering a few simple tips as opposed to just being talented.


While the latter might help you get regular work or make you a star, here are a 3 simple tips that can work just as well for a musician:


#1: Pay attention to the ‘sound man’

No matter what you think, the sound man is always on your side. If you sound good, that means he does too. Of course, if you piss him off, then that’s not likely to happen. Since his job entails creating the best sound for the audience, this usually doesn’t sit well with some musicians. This involves turning down an instrument or two. Before your reject his advice, know that he is probably the only friend you might have.


#2: Don’t stop a song if you break strings

Whether you’re a bass or guitar player, don’t stop the song if you’ve just broken a string. You can always play around the broken string for fun until you can replace it. If you must, have a backup ready and in tune just in case but no matter what, ensure you don’t stop the song.


#3: Use a tuner before playing on stage

Most people wouldn’t bother tuning their instrument with the help of a tuner because they are used to tuning it on their own. Avoid this mistake as it might sound right for your instrument but will be completely out of sync with the other instruments. That won’t please the audience.

How to Find the Best Los Angeles Venue for Your Wedding

Once you get engaged it can feel like the clock starts ticking to get everything organized and planned for the big day. Try not to stress too much though. This should be a happy time for you and there are some easy tricks to making the process much easier.

Perhaps the first choice you can make, which will also be the most important, is selecting a wedding planner. With the right wedding planner, everything from the entertainment to the choice of wedding reception halls will become much easier.

When it comes to selecting wedding venues, Los Angeles has too many to count. So look for a wedding planner who has a lot of experience working in Los Angeles. While they might be able to offer you special deals for holding your reception at certain venues, make sure their experience involves weddings at more than just these. If the ones they can offer you discounts at just aren’t right for you, you’ll want to know you can go elsewhere.

One very important consideration is their communication skills. Do you feel comfortable working with them? The process will take months and culminate in one of the biggest days of your life, so you’ll want to be sure you have a good rapport with the individual.

Hiring the right wedding planner will make everything else a lot easier. So breathe easy and make this your first priority.