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#ArtsyTuesday: Vitaly Didenko

Painter, Sculptor, Photographer & Designer

Multi-talented artist Vitaly Didenko has been using the #feedart hashtag on Twitter with a vengeance and that’ s how he caught my attention.

His work kept my attention!

He has so many amazing pieces!

He uses several mediums in his work and has a very extensive online portfolio at VitalyDidenko.org.

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10 Ways to Feed a Starving Artist

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brainstormThanks to MyBlogU I was able to collaborate with a group of knowledgeable and wonderful people to get answers to the question: How do you feed a starving artist?

A lot more than 10 ideas are shared, but 10 people are doing the “talking”.

“Listen”!

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Matthew Gates – Confessions of the Professions

Have a website where you present and sell your work.

If you live in a city with tourists, go set up shop on a sidewalk or in a park and show off and sell your artwork.

Sign up for Fiverr and learn the tricks of the trade: Yes, you will only get about $3.90 after a sale, but you need to learn how to up sell the $3.90, that is the icing on the cake, make your clients want more from you. Reel the client in, give them just enough to be satisfied.

If you offer something unique and different as far as art goes, offer training lessons and charge a fair price per hour or per lesson via Skype or in person.

In continuing the idea from above, find after-school centers or activity centers and see if they will hire you for a few hours a week to offer lessons to others.

Attend Comic Cons or Arts & Crafts Fairs and sell your work there – don’t be greedy – sell it for a price that makes people believe it is not too much and not too little. I’ve seen people sell beautiful artwork for as little as $5 (or 4 for $20) — they know it is not much, but it is something, and they might just sell it to that one person who wants to buy it all and then some.

Learn the art of up selling, for example, someone at Comic Con put their artwork on a metal plate, signed their name and wrote 1 out of 50 on the back. He assured me that he would only ever be making 50 pieces of this particular artwork and that I would have the first one.  Why wouldn’t I want the first one of only 50? Maybe in 20 years, when they are all released, I am the FIRST – only 1 out of 50-people that owns that particular artwork. He assured me that any other piece of art I wanted that day would be half price.

He also gave me a card in which he wrote a unique number on it – this way, if I ever see him again, all I have to do is show him the card and he will give me a 20% discount on all his future artwork.

Be unique, different, and crazy. Stand out and make people laugh. Humor and weirdness will always grab people’s attention. If you are like everyone else, you are just like the average person who gets looked at once and passed over.

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Additional advice:

Gain as much insight into the world of these fields: Entrepreneur, Business, Marketing, Advertising, and Psychology.

Have a steady day job until your talent and skills as a starving artist are so in demand, you won’t have time for a day job, because your passion will become your day job.

Know that you are never a failure and that your vision stands for something: You do have something to offer the world.

I advise you to check out one of my idols, the violinist Lindsey Stirling, for example, whom was shot down and told she had nothing to offer by 3 judges on America’s Got Talent. She knew she had something unique and different to offer the world, she just had to figure out how to sell it to the world and overcome what the judges told her she could not do.  She is now a millionaire traveling the world, playing her music, and America’s Got Talent has asked her to perform for the audience multiple times.

Believe in yourself and know you can do it no matter what anyone tells you. Never see rejection as failure. Never see failure as the end. Everything in your life that happens to you is an opportunity and a possibility for anything to happen. Anything is possible.


Natalia – Blogger & Jewelry Artist

incomestreamsI know very few artists who can make money just one way. Most likely you will be successful if you can set a few different streams of income. Go to craft fairs, sell in the galleries, have a blog and build your online presence. Sell online through web-sites like Etsy, Dawanda and Zibbet (choose only one or you will have zero free time if you are trying to be everywhere).

Take commissions. Consider teaching your art, as teaching is actually a very good source of income. Constantly create new work, you need a lot of it to get noticed. The most important, do not give up.


Katie DeCicco – Celebration Saunas

music-in-fashion-lisa-vaglund-537x402The most important aspects of our strategy to get more venues and more CD sales is as follows:

  1. A WordPress website to drive fans and potential clients to.
    • An easy navigation system with the option to buy from the home page.
    • Samples available to listen to or view.
    • You should also have an events calendar that should appear full of private parties or venues to create the illusion of popularity.
  2. A cdbaby or tunecore account –  This is an excellent way to get your music played on online music or  radio stations with similar artists.
  3. A gigmasters account – Our profile helps us recruit new clients seeking jazz musicians for events.
  4. A paypal account Everyone wants to pay with a credit card.  You must be able to accept credit cards and Paypal is one of the easiest methods to do so.
  5. Social Media accounts. Create a dialogue with your fan base and potential clients. FB, Twitter, LinkedIn. Friend and follow everyone you can and help each other push events, messages or publications.  You need a following to get the word out.
  6. Cross promotion of high-end local products.  For Celebration Saunas our products range in price from $1495 through $5999,abigpurchase for most people.  As an online company it’s important that I develop those relationships in order to get the sale and once I close the sale I reinforce my customers good choice buying my product by sending them a thank you card, my business card and a CD called Simple Measures by Doug Roche the jazz pianist for GAME Jazz.  Why? I want repeat business and referrals from my clients and this an inexpensive, unique gift that gets me remembered.
    • It can take up a lot of time to send out those CDs so the artist does it for me.  As an order comes in I forward it to Doug. Doug packages the CD, my business card and a thank you card to all of my customers for $15 per CD.
    • This is an excellent service to me and an opportunity for Doug to increase his fan base within the right demographic.
    • I encourage all artist to look for companies with high-end products attractive to your fan base and promoting your Music or Art as a free gift with purchase.  Car dealerships and Real Estate Agencies are always looking to create loyalty with their customers and their big purchase.
  7. Talk to reporters.  Get on HelpAReporterOut.com, MyblogU, or SourceBottle to push your art your message and personal brand.  Develop these relationships and deliver sensational and controversial content designed to get your name out there and hook people who would otherwise be disinterested in your art.
  8. Killer Content that gets read: Think of the new movie “The Interview”.  I’ve seen it.  Why?  Because I wanted to know what the North Koreans found so offensive.  Am I a big fan of Seth Rogan movies?  Not necessarily.  Will this movie make my top 20 list.  Probably not but they did create and urgency that I needed to see it to defend my freedom of speech rights as an American.  Aside from the actual terrorism of Sony Pictures, Marketing wise this is the biggest free publicity seen every day in the news since the hacking event occurred.  The point is:  How many people would have watched the movie before the hack?  How many more have watched it because of the hack?  In your own content you want to get people talking about you.  Good, Bad or Ugly.  Press is press – go for it.  Read or listen to the book “Trust Me I’m Lying” by Ryan Holiday to find ideas to create this type of media frenzy.

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facebook-moneyLeverage Facebook to create your own brand (which can be you as individual or in the form of business page). After providing free or paid stuff, request for a Facebook (or any other social media that you prefer) like. Have a link of your website/blog (in case you cannot afford for the time being, go for free ones) on Facebook. Include affiliate links of products that you can sell directly to customers on your website. Make use of website to earn revenue through sales which can even be selling flight tickets or mobile recharge to your friends and relatives.


Somali K Chakrabarti  – Scribble and Scrawl

contestFirst you need to keep a track of contests in your field and participate in those contests to showcase your talent. If you win, it may open up new possibilities. Second is to identify influencers in your field and try to get a recommendation of your work from them that you can use as a reference for approaching others for work.


 Alex Yong  – TechMANia411

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Why “starving” ? Have you heard of the #AntiStarvingArtists hashtag on Twitter? It was created by Nik Parks.

As the hashtag suggests, it’s a movement pertaining to the world of creative professionals and self-sufficiency issues, which a lot of people think don’t go hand in hand.


Philip Turner – Teacher & Entrepreneur

EntrepreneurI am not rich, but no longer starving either – I can afford to fill my oil tank ($800), which I couldn’t last year.

My Story – I am a teacher by training, taught for 27 years. I moved to Ireland for a temporary teaching job, contract not renewed after 1 year. I applied for all manner of jobs, eventually got one working 24/7 standby as a security van driver, repairing ATMs around Ireland. I was made redundant in 2010 aged 57. I had no option but to work as a writer online.

I built up my knowledge, reputation and contacts at InfoBarrel.com for 2 years. People I met on the forum offered me paid work because of my reputation. Every paid job I have had since 2010 has been from someone I met in a forum!

Moral? Help other people 24/7, 100%. Don’t expect any reward, but welcome it if it comes.

My Philosophy Now – The 5 Currencies – Time, Knowledge, Reputation, Contacts, Money – Use every 24 hours of Time every day to grow my Knowledge, Reputation and Contacts. Take every opportunity to spread my Knowledge. The Money just happens – AND it really does work like that!!


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fluence-ogFluence is a great place to find authors, music artists and much more. They send you submissions and all you have to do is write a review about their work. Also you can feature them by extending your help to feature them.

Try fluence.io to help music, writers and artists.


Deborah E * Jazz Singer

WE_GOT_THE_JAZZThe strange thing, for me, is that I have been told that I am “so good” that it is assumed that I am with a major label.  As a result, I am often excluded from the “starving artist” category because everyone assumes that I have the financial and production backing of a major label.

Also, I was #1 in Los Angeles, for a year, on the Jazz Charts on Reverbnation.  People have written about me as a “legend.”

But, still, the reason I fit in the “starving artist” category is because people download and listen to my music and I have a good fan base, but there is no profit. My music is funded through my social media consulting (socialwebcafe) and not only do I not make money on it, but it hasn’t even been a drop in the bucket for paying for the production and distribution costs.  Basically, I give my music away for free and as a gift.

I have had so many people say, “Why are you not doing the Deborah E gig full-time?”  Well, because then my children wouldn’t eat.  So, instead, I share my music because I love people and love to share.  :)


 Maxwell Ivey – The Blind Blogger

networkingI’m a totally blind coach aspiring public speaker blogger sometimes podcaster and recent self published author. My book is called Leading You Out of The Darkness Into The Light and it’s a short motivational book with exercises that the reader is encouraged to work through and report on their progress via email.

I’m hoping this will result in people actually making progress and it makes my offering unique. This idea I’m going to tell you about isn’t mine but its one me and a fellow coach are working on. She is a coach in California that is part of a women’s professional group. She made a presentation at a conference recently where she put out a poster of my book cover and encouraged people to buy it. She wanted to offer print copies of my book for sale but they aren’t available yet, so she gave them an opportunity to buy the e-book plus pre-order the print copy at the event for a low package price.

I’m thinking this is something that could be replicated by other authors. its something I’m exploring and getting other friends of mine to do at their events. of course once I start attending networking events I will have to return the favor. I have done guest posts and have been interviewed for podcasts, blog articles and radio shows.


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If the artists starve, we’ll all go hungry.

Pharrell Williams 2012Let’s say you wear a big hat and had one of the most infectious, popular songs of the year. You’re Pharrell Williams, and your song Happy was played 43 million times on the music-streaming service Pandora. Pretty sweet, huh? Except, according to the website Fusion, Mr. Williams made about $25,000 in royalties from Pandora for those 43 million clicks.

And that’s Pharrell, who sits atop music’s golden throne. If he’s earning tiny digital royalties, what does that say for the artists further down the chain, in the grubby realm of mere mortals? Toronto songwriter Diana Williamson, who recently moved back from L.A., told me about a song she’d co-written that had reached 260,000 downloads and made it to No. 3 on the Billboard dance chart. She hadn’t seen a penny in royalties. To complain about rip-off downloading, she said in an interview, is to invite “abuse from the mob. But if those fans were bakers, they wouldn’t be giving away their croissants for free.”

Read full story via If the artists starve, we’ll all go hungry – The Globe and Mail.


 

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Can You Afford NOT to Hire a Social Media Specialist?

Are you an artist with a blog? 

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I’m sure you have thought about it or maybe even wished or dreamed for it – being able to afford someone to help you sell your art (books, music, visual art) and increase your presence online 365 days a year.

The problem is you’re a starving artist and can’t afford the thousands of dollars that would cost!

workforyouLet’s say I’m the person that can help you! And, by the way, it is me :) I’m the person that’s going to help you make more money blogging AND selling your art. I can help you because I am also an artist who has tried and tested many tips and tricks of the trade.

Let me be clear: I cannot guarantee that you will make money for legal reasons but my services will help you to increase your current sales and you will learn the best ways to market your art online and have fun at the same time.

You don’t create art for nothing, right? It’s time to get fed!

When you practice what you learn and mix in your passion, time and energy you will be successful.

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Starving Artists Unite! #Feedart

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13 Questions with Dangerous Lee for WorkYourArt.com

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Hello there! What’s your name and where do you live?

Leigh “Dangerous Lee” Langston and I live in Burton, MI. It’s a small town outside of Flint.

What do you create? Are you currently selling (and if so, where can we find it)?

I am an author that has self published two books. One is available in paperback and eBook form, Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down, which is an erotica anthology with a focus on safe sex.

I recently published another eBook that started as a blog series called, The Half Series – When Black People Look White. It’s doing so so on the Amazon rankings.

I also paint from time to time and I like to be crafty as well. Lately, I’ve been creating infinity scarves and totes from old t-shirts. You can find most of my work in the store at my website.

How would you describe your work?

I’m not sure how I would describe my work. I leave that up to others.

Do you have a lot of competition in your field? What do you do to stand out from the crowd?

As an artist (of any kind) there is automatically tons of competition. Attempting to stand out is a job in itself. The name “Dangerous Lee” is a way that I try to stand out.

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What is the best compliment you’ve ever gotten about your work?

An actual testimony for my book, Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down:

The book was the sh*$! The stories were awesome and the real deal. Your book is definitely an eye opener and should serve as a reminder that the last thing a person has to worry about is pregnancy! This book should serve as a reminder to simply cap it before you tap it! I loved how each story unraveled and how each was completely different and will make you sit back and question the person that is laying next to you! This is a must read! Thank you for being you! I’ll see you at the top!

Read more testimonials!

What usually inspires you to start creating something new?

Inspiration does not strike me often, unfortunately. However, when I am in stoner mode I tend to get lots of creative ideas.

Read the full interview via – A conversation with Leigh “Dangerous Lee” Langston from Michigan, USA. | Work Your Art.

Sonia Sanchez Knows What it Means to #KeepitDangerous!

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”The black artist is dangerous. Black art controls the “Negro’s” reality, negates negative influences, and creates positive images.”

Sonia Sanchez (b. 1934), African American poet. Black Women Writers at Work, ch. 10, by Claudia Tate (1985).

Dangerous Lee Bitstrip of the Day: I’m overdue for a spankin’!

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Bad Ideas I Had in 2013 and Other Things That Haven’t Panned Out…Yet!

I wrote an optimistic blog on December 31, 2012 titled, Dangerous Lee’s Top Life Events of 2012 & Resolutions for 2013, in an attempt to write great things into existence and in the blog I go on and on about some of the good and bad experiences I had in 2012 and I proceed to talk about all the cool things I had planned for 2013.  Well, let’s just say that I have not gotten in better shape and I’m not worried about it, I also shot a pilot for a TV show in 2013 and I have absolutely no idea where that stands and I’m also not going to worry about that,”Dangermas” sucked and no one, including me, gave a damn about it other than Senia and I got rid of my P.O. Box because most of the mail I received went straight to recycling. However, I did start recycling all paper products in 2013 as I said I would, so I am proud of that achievement. We gotta help the planet.

I am also proud and quite frankly shocked that I have been able to survive on less than $10,000 a year. There’s gotta be some type of recognition given to me and others like me. Getting by on less than $10,000 a year is a feat. Currently, I am driving a car that’s about to blow a gasket without tags or insurance, I’m hoping to get my student loans in deferment or forbearance for the hundredth time, I haven’t payed Consumers Energy in a few months, I owe Comcast more than I typically make in a month, I can’t always pay Senia’s monthly $17 violin rental on time and I sell what decent things I do own to consignment stores for extra money. I’m making it work. I really will survive.

Senia makes all A’s, we currently have a roof over our heads, food, our health (mine is questionable), electricity (we didn’t even lose power during a recent widespread power outage), we also currently have cable, phone and internet service, but most importantly we have supporters – my mother and people like you. Yes, you reading this helps!

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I had high hopes. I guess that’s why this is so big. SMH *laughing at myself

In 2013, I also tried to give the ladies some weekly eye candy by featuring Hotties and while it seemed to work when I directly posted sexy images of men on Facebook, no one was checking for them once I placed them here at the network first. I thought: Zuckerberg is already a millionaire! Facebook does not need your extra hits, I do! Then I felt bad because that’s a selfish thought, but then I was OK with it because I’m broke as hell.

I also had many open calls to feature people or their business including an opportunity for music artists called, The D List, but it didn’t get many bites. Most of the people that ended up on The D List got there because I found them, not because they contacted me. Then again, being on The D List is often considered a bad thing. Maybe people didn’t get that the “D” stood for Dangerous and who am I to change the meaning that most are familiar with?!

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T-shirt I designed and wore – Will Write 4 Money.

I had a vision for this network and it was obviously a bad one or one that is ahead of its time. Can you believe that the three most popular articles featured this year are about nail polish, nurses and engineers? I can’t. And, no matter how hard I’ve tried I can’t get an intern to save my life. So, 2014 will be the year I stop trying so hard. 2013 was the year I was doing the most. In 2014, I will not be featuring tons of guest content by other writers as I have been for the last two years. It’s been said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. I haven’t gone completely insane…yet, so it’s time to change the plan.

Most of the content featured at DangerousLee.Biz  in 2014 will be written or created by me. It’s time to be selfish. It’s time to focus on myself, my writing and my art; not other people’s art. I want to be more open and honest about my life and how I feel so that’s exactly what I am going to do. My main role was that of Publisher and Editor in Chief, now it’s time for me to get back to being an artist full time. My head is too small for all these hats.

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2013 wasn’t all bad. Every website in the network was nominated for a Black Weblog Award and DangerousLee.Biz was selected as a Top Fashion Blog to Follow in 2013. I also created BlackGirlsAllowed.com because I am more than disgusted by the negative reputation, ugly image and lies being told as truths about Black women, so I am focusing on changing it to be more of what it really is from my POV and the POV of other Black women all over the world. SimplySenia.com has, to my delight and surprise, recently become monetized. With 5,327 ad impressions in November, Senia’s website made a whopping $12.43. Compare that to DangerousLee.Biz’s 316,919 ad impressions in November that equaled $642.93. Needless to say we’ve got to increase our viewer/readership greatly in 2014 if we want to increase our monthly and yearly income.

I’m not making any resolutions or huge plans for 2014, but I’m definitely hitting the reset button. I’m going deeper into bohemian/hippie mode. I’m gonna go with the flow to see what comes my way and deal with it all accordingly. I can’t wait to see how this turns out.

And yes, I’m still single. Interested men please inquire. Tips: Men I find physically and sexually attractive are Michael Ely, Blair Underwood and Wentworth Miller. To find out what else I like in my men you should read Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down, chapter – Dating Dangerous Lee ;)

The Dangerous Lee Bitstrip of the Day: The Tooth Fairy Owes Me One

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Cover Your Naked Walls With Dangerous Lee Art!

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Click to view one of a kind paintings by Dangerous Lee!

5 Free Online Creative Writing Courses

While you’re scouring job ads for the creative position of your dreams, you can still be doing something to further your writing skills. There are hundreds courses available online to help you develop your talents and make the most of your free time.

Online courses are a particularly useful way to get started in creative writing. What’s more, many of them are free, so they’re ideal for the creative job seeker.

Here are 5 free online courses to help you develop your creative writing skills.

Endless Story Ideas

The Creative Writing Now website offers a wide range of paid online courses for creatives to sign up to. The site is  also offering a free course called Endless Story Ideas. This course is designed to help you learn how to come up with new storylines so that you can flex your creative muscles and develop your stories with ease.

By the end of the course you’ll have a few ideas for you to take away and develop in your own time – ideal for short story contests or the annual NaNoWriMo event.

This course is conducted by email; the students will receive three lessons over the course of three days.

Start Writing Fiction

Start Writing Fiction is a free course available through the Open University website. The course looks at how writers create characters and settings for their ideas. It’s designed to help you understand what your writing strengths and weaknesses are, and to help develop your general awareness of fiction writing.

If you have not yet tried your hand at writing fiction, this course is a great place to start. It’s from a reputable organization and you certainly can’t argue with the price tag.

The Crafty Writer’s Creative Writing Course

This course is a free online course presented by Fiona Veitch Smith. Fiona is a freelance author and writing teacher. She co-wrote the Creative Writing Coursebook and helps to run this online course for free.

The course comprises of 8 lessons and will give you an introduction to the basic elements of creative writing. The course is designed to be self taught and Fiona doesn’t critique any of your work. However, if you do want personal help and support, you can get both at a price.

Introduction to Fiction

This writing course is available through MIT Open Course Ware. The course discusses the boundaries of fiction and covers a range of novels and writing styles. This includes western and non-western styles, and it covers both traditional and innovative writing.

Towards the end of the course, the lessons start to focus on the relationship between art and war in literature, giving writers a useful insight into how some of the greatest works of fiction are composed.

Steve Barnes’ Free Writing Class

Steve Barnes is a writer and lecturer. He offers the same course he teaches at UCLA in an online format for anyone to download for free. The course consists of 9 lessons; he encourages you to take one week at a time.

This course is dense and full of information that will help you sharpen your skills and progress in your writing career. In return for the course, Steve encourages you to buy his books to say thanks. That’s a pretty good deal.

Where Next?

If you have ever wanted to make a career out of writing fiction, now is the time to start. Creative writing can be a truly rewarding job, and developing your skills is an essential part of the process.

 

By Sam Wright

Sam Wright is a creative writer and journalist. He is currently working with Brand Republic.

The Dangerous Lee Bitstrip of the Day: Rainbow Tasting Gone Horribly Wrong!

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Oh Lawd! This Woman Shoves Yarn Up Her Vagina Then Knits

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Introducing the wonderful world of Vaginal Knitting…is a string of words I never thought I’d type in my lifetime.

I don’t really know how to put this into plainer words than I did in the headline, but you have to see this shit to believe this shit. This woman sticks a ball-o-fuckin-yarn way up into that queef hatch of hers and then she knits the smelliest fucking scarves and sweaters and mittens known to man. But it’s that good smell…that deep vaginal smell. Real carnal shit, you know?

No, you probably don’t know because I don\’t even know what the fuck I’m talking about, just watch the goddamn video.

See video via Every Day This Woman Shoves a Ball Of Yarn Up Her Vagina and Then – BroBible.com.

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