Category Archives: Community

Remembering the Celebration

Let’s face it. The Platinum PIAs were a lot of fun and this fun lasted for ten straight years of  celebrating community and the accomplishment of entrepreneurs who made a difference to charities and society. And if the PIAs hadn’t lost to cancer one of our key collaborators, we  might well have continued for another decade.

But that wasn’t in the cards, Rodger was taken from us, and in losing him it was clear that the Platinum PIAs would never be the same again. So the PIAs as we knew it ended and the torch of recognizing entrepreneurs making a difference in their communities made way to a new vista.

The “U.S. Make a Difference” Awards

Approximately One Month Later

So here we are approximately a month later with the news that it is now a signed and sealed reality that the ten year tradition of doing the Platinum PIAs Awards is acting as the inspiration and outgrowth of the “U.S. Make a Difference” Awards. In short, if you go to USmakeadifference.com right now you can participate if you desire in mounting the first celebration of the new approach.

Keeping Two Influences

Also, yes, we are still keeping the Big Apple Awards wing for education and the Houdini Day influence for magician who are nominated for making a difference in their communities.

Recognizing those Making a Difference

So we hope to see you soon as we pursue the important mission which is to recognize those who are making a difference in their communities!

Overwhelming

More than an Awards Show

The pouring in of favorite memories and gratitude over the last month or so has been overwhelming. I guess we didn’t realize how much of an impact an awards show can have. Or maybe, because it was more than just a celebration where trophies were handed out.

The Next Incarnation

Making a difference is important to many of us. And that is not going to change as we go through this time of transitioning. And the hope is that PIA fans will somehow participate in the next incarnation.

It’s Important

Thank you one and all for reminding us about the importance of trying to give back.

Creativiy Keeps the Platinum PIAs Going


Exciting Times

The title of this post is “Creativity Keeps the Platinum PIAs Going.” But another important thing that keeps the PIAs on track is of course community. So it is really an awards show based on community and creativity. Every year there is a surge of interest as the year ends in the anticipation of the upcoming celebration. We look forward to this time because it is exciting to be around so much community and creativity.

All are Welcome to Nominate

The submissions of nominations are coming in fast and furious and we’re trying to keep up with the pace because ultimately only a certain number small busine owners, entertainers and educators will be used going forward. Though, not to discourage you but if you have someone who you feel has made a difference in her or his community please feel free to nominate them.

The Final Pick

A unique aspect of how the Platinum PIAs does its programming is based on who is nominated. We don’t initially put any restrictions on who can be nominated so we get all kinds of creative folks who help their community in some way. After careful consideration of ALL nominee we pick 9 to 16 people to actually be nominees.

9 Nominees Will Be Selected

Our plan this year is to select 9 total in the form of three categories and three nominees for each category. The reason we are doing it this way is because the three areas of nominees will be included in conjunction with the three faces of the PIAs which are the PIAs old school, the USAcreate.com Awards and finally the Big Apple Awards.

Solution

As many of you know, our solution as to what to call the PIAs came about due to some pretty intense input. Most fans wanted us to keep the name “Platinum PIAs” but will include the USAcreate.com Awards and the Big Apple Awards in the mix. Quite a creative community, this.

Special thanks to NYC Housing Lottery and Over 50 USA for their input on this post.

NYC Create is the Official Newsletter of the Platinum PIAs Awards

The big news is that NYC Create is the official newsletter of the Platinum PIAs awards. Since the PIAs are based in New York City it is a natural that they would partner with an NYC organization. Working with NYC Create means that the newsletter will still be packed with tips on creative career advancement but when the Platinum PIAs nears its launch date NYC Create will give you the latest relevant details.

NYC Create’s most recent edition reveals some important insights into how to make money as an artist. In fact, the current blog entry is the first in a series of 6 such installments. Each installment will give you information on how to profit from your creativity. For instance, this week’s content focuses on utilizing education to bring in an income stream. That’s the idea behind this entire 6 week series: providing you the artist – including musicians, writers, filmmakers etc. – with income stream ideas you can implement. The more streams you create the more income you will receive.

Platinum Pias Video

platinum-pias-audienceIt’s been about two and a half weeks since the Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists and we’ve been getting requests for showing a video of the event.

For this reason we created a Platinum Pias compilation film that runs about three and a half minutes and can be seen here on the Lights Camera Read blog.

The Platinum Pias, as we mentioned right after the event, was an extraordinary experience. Many said it was the best Pias yet and marked the public introduction of Art Gush which is a proprietary feature film creation methodology for actors that involves no crew.

Also the production for the movie “Thrillumentary: Making a Difference Can Be Murder” was begun. Some of the filming that evening will be seen in the final sequence of the movie!

Cast members of “Thrillumentary” were present in the audience. Watch the video and see if you can pick out who the “Thrillumentary” cast members are.

Yianni Stamas Announces Tomorrow is the Platinum Pias

Yes, tomorrow is the Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Actors and Artists who are Making a Difference in their Communities and Internationally! The Pias are no cost to attend because they are a community project!

What: the Platinum Pias
Where: DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, near Canal Street
When: Monday, March 20, 6:30pm
Why: to celebrate actors and artists who are making a difference

See you there!

Yianni Stamas Helms Thrillumentary Project of Creativity and Craft

Yianni Stamas Helms “Thrillumentary”
Project of Creativity and Craft

Platinum Pias founder Yianni Stamas is working on a unique project called “Thrillumentary.”  It has a theater/web/film process involving craft and creativity – and it’s process is up front and center.  For members of the new (since August, 2016) Art Gush website, the exact techniques of making “Thrillumentary” are revealed at the rate of three steps a day.

What makes this particular approach to filmmaking different from others, is that the process is broken down into phases including it being a performance art piece, then a web series and finally a feature film. This project is also relevant to the Platinum Pias because it is involving many artists who are making a difference in their communities. And likely some of these artists will be nominated for Pias during the March, 2018 awards ceremony.

Meanwhile, the Platinum Pias are scheduled for March, 2017, location, date and nominees to be announced soon!