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Scammed or Not?

So this post was going to start out exciting. It really was. This picture was going to be a preview.

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It’s my set, looking awfully ready for some show time. I found a guy who says that he can offer me the quality I’ve been dreaming of for this show and better yet, he’s within my price range and he didn’t want to get paid until after each show is created and I’m happy with it.

But when he teleported in we discussed ideas and details and he asked for the money for all  episodes up front. I explained I wasn’t comfortable with this, it was SL after all.  He then asked for half upfront. Again, I explained I wasn’t comfy. This is all while he has no samples of his work, which is fine as long I get to approve of his work. But when he started asking for money and it felt weird. I declined and said I was fine to pre-pay for the first episode. He reverted back to paying for 3 up front. So I kindly explained that I wasn’t interested in working with him. Then he said he will make his videos first and then get paid.

Either way, he talked me back into working with him and paying him after each episode. But once we get to the set, he then asks for money to buy some sort of prop. I gave him half the first episodes pay, which I was fine to do. 1 hour later he’s asking for more Linden. At this point, I decide that if we’re going to work together, he needs to understand why I’m not going to pay him more than he agreed before he teleported to see me. I explained that I have a very specific amount of money (which I explained in my first sentences) and that I literally don’t have more to put towards it, so I wanted to work with someone who was within my budget.) which is also translated as paycheck to paycheck. I explained that this project means a lot to me and I want to find a way to monetize it, one of a few streams of income I’m trying to create. Not only to improve the quality of my life, but the life of my children. He said he understood, but then 30 minutes later he asked for more money. I then understood what I’d just done. I’ve given away money that I’ll never get back and that I also won’t be working with this guy.

After talking it over with a friend, she confirmed I should let him go. So I gently let him know that I was declining working with him. I didn’t even dare ask for my money back. He however wouldn’t end it there. He kept messaging me with new deals on how much money he would ask me for. Then as one point he says he wants to do the work for me because I’m poor by RL standards.

[12:39] Him: if u re-concider, Im just a IM away.

[12:42] Him: 😦 was looking forward to this Tbh.
[12:42] Him: jeeze Fine, Lets just use the Xore
[12:43] Him: Its gona kill rendering this. But F*** it.
[12:43] Him: Your poor [No offence]. I am still happy to continue, Im sure I can tweek the sony
[12:43] Him: [Free of charge]
[12:44] Him: So lets get this show on. !. Btw can I do a test shoot with u ?
[12:44] Him: Need a feel of the joysticks
[12:45] Him: ?
[12:45] Him: Can we doo some test shoots, so i can tweek the sony.

Yep, I’m poor. I can’t believe how much that upset me, he actually made me cry. Then he kept messaging me in IM which I ignored since he wasn’t accepting my answer of no thanks. Then he teleported back into my studio (uninvited) to talk some more. I was upset and creeped out. He eventually left, only to later send me off topic IM’s such as what did I think of a picture he made for someone.

Looking back at the conversation, it was very apparent something was going on with this guy. But I was so excited about finally finding someone. Maybe my budget makes it impossible to have the quality I want. I lost some of the budget and I feel like crap. I won’t even bore you with all the details, but I can’t believe I was talked out of money anyway. Was I scammed? Let’s see how I handle this first kink to my new magical sl. Disappointing.

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Second Life tv show in the making

So what am I up to right now? This very moment, well besides writing these posts? Well it’s something I’ve talked about forever, literally years. I told the Founder and CEO of Metaverse Broadcasting during it’s absolute infancy, that I would create an awesome show for him. Yes I said I would do it because it would make his network brilliant and television is what I’ve wanted to do in real life since I was 16 years old. I’ve done a few cute reports for him as a reporter like this one, Top Romantic places in Sl re: 2009 and even produced and co-hosted what was to be an amazing show Assignment Runway, however it was quickly canceled by the creator due to real life circumstances. I’ve even gone on to do a few of my own projects such as  How to Help the world from your computer. (Each one of these videos makes me understand what actors must feel like as adults watching the blunders of their previous selves. I find my voice annoying and way too perky. And I was always in such a hurry to get the work done that it wasn’t the best it could be.)

All that being said, one thing I haven’t done is created that show I’ve been desiring to create for years.  I’ve had sets created over the years, Robustus has invested thousands of linden into my projects, I’ve even decided on a few cute (questionable) names like Belle Shock, and Kimi Unplugged. All of those things lead to nothing in the way of producing the show I’ve had in my mind.

So, I’m finally doing it. I haven’t told Robustus about it and I’m not even sure I would give it to MBC after it’s finished. The reason I haven’t told him yet is because I feel too much pressure when it’s expected of me. But now I’m working on it full steam ahead simply because I want to do it and for no other reason.

It’s so exciting! Here’s a little secret, I actually intend to create my own broadcasting network in real life one day. So this is like faster and far less expensive and I get to do production! Today I will send out some notices and begin putting my team together. I’m giddy, like a school girl and I say “Yay” alot, to almost everything.

Here is the teaser I’ve just quickly put together. (And no I will not be doing the filming or editing of my show and you will quickly see why. Leave that to the experts, lol. )

Teaser here.

Outtakes here.

Whooo! I can do it. I can do it.

Btw, criteria for my co-host is having a hot accent. What? Second life taught me how auditorial I am. Know someone? Send me a message in world. Kimi Ayakashi

Wanna be on my team? Send me a message in world.

Flashback: Help Island

I’m not sure what percentage of residents experienced or even remember help island. While I’m not sure when help island stopped being the welcome center to new residents, it was the place that I began my sl journey. The island was filled with helpful volunteers appointed by Lindens. I imagine, for many new residents, now the main grid must feel like an empty wasteland where finding help is impossible.

When I began there was help everywhere. Help island even had areas specifically designated to teach you how to do different things in second life such as scripting and building. Not only that, the helpers would actually add you as a friend and be available whenever you needed them, even after you left the island.

Enter Callista.

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I loved help island so much I stayed there for a week before I ventured out into the unknown big world of second life. I was warned that once I left help island, I could never come back. That really scared me so I made sure to get a good grasp of all of the new concepts being presented to me. Well, all of them accept scripting. I tried to understand it, but I just couldn’t.

My mentor was absolutely amazing. He was a retired military man if I remember correctly. I loved that no question was silly and I couldn’t possibly ask the same question too many times. Clearly, the man had the patience of a zen master.

The concept of prims was an exciting idea but I wasn’t sure I would actually ever truly grasp them. (I’m not sure I have still) But I had fun playing with them and contorting them to their limits. Meeting other new residents was really fun. I remember meeting a female helper, I remembered thinking how beautiful she was. She was wearing pretty shoes and hair and I knew I wanted to look just like her.

I also knew it was time to leave the island, if for nothing else, to go shopping. It’s so cute how absolutely terrified I was about what might be awaiting me outside.

calli looking ahead

I had no idea that 7 years later I would still be in this world, or have any idea about all the people I would meet or the loves I would half love… okay and maybe fully love. Truly a time of innocence.

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1/20/2006

Flashback: It was January 20th, 2006 that I began a very confusing journey into the world of second life. I just read a blog post where a long time resident, Yordie Sands was saying goodbye to the grid forever. Or at least for that particular persona. I completely understand her reasons, I’ve been there a million times. But reading her post gave me the strongest desire ever to finally make this blog.

I’ve been around the ringer so many times that I’ve come back around full circle. I’m now a NOOB (and I mean that very lovingly) again. Second life has become magical, yes magical.

Old Noob style fun

Old, but very new Noob style fun

But that’s boring. Let’s start at the beginning.

I want to take you through the history of my second life. I’ve often heard my second life could be a very good book and at one point in my second life, my profile was actually read like a juicy tabloid magazine by many residents.

I know that there are so many new residents everyday, and they will never know about some of the best places that have existed in second life in the past. I want everyone to know my journeys and favorite places.

I will start this first post off right with a picture of my very first avatar. And while she may not look like much by today’s sl standards, trust me she (I) was one hot chick.

My very first sl pic.

My very first sl pic.

Meet Callista Thatcher. My very first avatar. Btw, the shirt I’m wearing, I believe I made it. Yup… very early signs of entrepreneurial-hood.

She was shy, cute, naive, oh so lovable, friendly, new, fun, adventurous, and had no sense of fashion.

The point of writing that is I now realize how different Callista was from my new avatar (equally as old) Kimi Ayakashi. Very interesting that me controlling avatars with different names, would appear to be different. Or maybe it’s more about the experiences of Callista helped to shape Kimi.

Hm, what experiences you may be wondering, well, I will surely tell you.

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