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TRAVEL JOURNALIST THOMAS WILMER INTERVIEWS 360 MAGAZINE PUBLISHER VAUGHN LOWERY

Small to medium sized business often fall short due to high turnover. Vaughn Lowery, Publisher of 360 Magazine, provides listeners with first-hand knowledge on the ever-shifting world of digital publishing and content creation through a youthful lens. Likewise with his innate ability to be accessible, he speaks to working in tandem with emerging generations and how their input could be detrimental to the survival of a brand.

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An Additional Conversation with 360 Magazine’s Publisher Vaughn Lowery

By Tara McDonough

If Vaughn Lowery was asked what his idea of success was 10 years ago, his answer would be very different from what it is today. He may have said that success means doing what he loves to do, being accomplished, or having a certain amount of material things.

“Success to me now is having a purpose in life and feeling passionate and fulfilled by it,” says Lowery.

Lowery got his first taste of the industry while interning for Vibe Magazine while on Summer vacation from Cornell University. His sister drove him into New York City every morning to drop him off and always advised him to be the first one at the office. One morning Lowery found himself alone with the publisher of the magazine at the time, Keith Clinkscales, which gave him the opportunity to speak with him one-on-one. It was due to his sister’s advice that he got the chance to do what no other intern would normally get to do.

After finishing up at Cornell in just three years, Lowery became an executive trainee with Saks Fifth Avenue. He was able to get along with everyone in the office and was doing great when he was called into his boss’s office one afternoon.

“She told me I was in the wrong business; that I was very charismatic and should try acting,” Lowery says, “but, I liked the path I was on at that time.”

It wasn’t until Lowery was asked by someone connected to the talent industry if he was a model that he truly considered breaking into the talent industry. Shortly after taking professional photos and getting them out to agencies, Lowery ended up with Ford Models. From there he did photoshoots, tv commercials, and ad campaigns, all while still working in outside sales at Aetna US Healthcare. Once he began modelling full time his face was in the pages of GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and Gap. By being around people of all different positions, primarily in the magazine publishing industry, Lowery came to understand how content was produced. It was right before the recession hit while he was living in LA that Lowery made the transition from modelling to the publishing industry.

It was his experience in modelling that inspired Lowery’s creation of the 360 Magazine. While working on any given shoot, Lowery was often one of just three or less black men. Often times he was the only black man on a set which drew his attention to the lack of representation in the media industry. Lowery’s goal for the 360 Magazine was that it would fill this niche and promote diversity across the publishing world, specifically the covers of its magazines.

For those wanting to work in the media industry, specifically in the publishing world, Lowery suggests starting from the ground up.

“Being self taught and learning as you go is something you need to be open to,” says Lowery, “Ask tons of questions, and learn everything you can from every position.”

Lowery warns that it’s important to be open and cordial to everyone, because you don’t know when your paths will cross again. Making connections and using them is how most people gain opportunities. He also adds that just by hanging out with people you’ll always learn something that you can apply to aspects of your work.  

Things in the industry have been changing and becoming more digitally focused since the beginning of 360 Magazine’s launch. The magazine was started during a time of e-zines, so it’s not a surprise that the website came first. Lowery had experience with creating websites from a young age so the move from print to digital was natural for him. It was clear to him where the industry was going.

“Print was getting costly, bookstores were looking dilapidated and even Barnes and Noble was focusing on their version of the tablet, the Nook,” says Lowery, “All the magazines were looking alike anyway.”

Print was still important though. Besides the fact that advertising agencies want to see a physical copy of a magazine before working with them, print is taken more seriously due to its cost. Other companies will be aware that a certain magazine has the funds to support itself if they have a print copy to show for it.

360 Magazine printed their first issue in 2009, but it was costly. Lowery began thinking that there had to be some other way to work with print. It was then that he decided to do print on demand publications. 360 Magazine linked with Blurb, which allowed anyone to order a print copy of the magazine right from our website. They’ve been distributing to them for 9 years now.

The magazine’s estimated circulation, which is based on print, is 110,000 from print on demand. This number doesn’t tend to move much, but most people end up reading 360 Magazine’s online articles through WordPress.

When asked what makes a media contributor most marketable, Lowery says that in this industry you need a social following and the ability to network. Being accessible and having a portfolio of published work is a great place to start as well.

Do it all,” Lowery says, “monetize, write, take photos, be on time, and take initiatives.”

The hardest thing about the industry in Lowery’s opinion is breaking into it and surviving on freelance jobs along the way. Writers should be prepared to sacrifice mentally, physically and financially. While working for a publication, Lowery says that writers need to do what they can to become a valuable asset to them. That way, a publication will be more likely to keep you on board and help you in the future.

As for internship positions at 360 Magazine, Lowery aims to teach interns everything that he didn’t learn. He’s assigns articles for interns to write, pushes them to network, has them do coverage and teaches them how to get published or to self-publish.

“We teach interns how to be resourceful and find themselves in the organization,” says Lowery.

When interns can bring business to the magazine, the magazine will bring business to them. Special assignment opportunities are available for interns who finish their program and are still looking to remain involved. Lowery says that while the magazine is specifically looking to groom editors, that if a publication wants to really pop, then they have to have a revolving door.

When asked what goals he has for the future of 360 Magazine, Lowery responded that he aims to keep it three dimensional with podcasts and web series.

“I want to be able to put the brand out to different countries and places in America,” says Lowery, Local presences would strengthen us.”

He also says that he’s interested in the possibility of a reality spin off or docu-series, as well as introducing more formal programs for educational purposes.

VAUGHN LOWERY:
360 Magazine
LinkedIn
Joe boxer TV Appearance
America’s Next Top Model Appearance
Sundance Film Trailer Appearance

Vaughn Lowery, art, 360 magazine, design, entertainer, Male model

Pizzazz

Buzzing Minnesota-born rapper (and MILF connoisseur) Yung Gravy drops his new single “Pizzazz” today.

Get it HERE.

Underscored by “smooth jazz”-style piano and instrumentation, the track highlights his hypnotic and hilarious rhymes. On the unshakable (and hashtaggable) hook, Gravy admits, “I don’t have swag; I got pizzaz. He most certainly does…

Pizzaz” follows up the runaway viral success of his recently released Snow Cougar EP, which features a bevy of bangers. “Mr. Clean” recently eclipsed 38 million Spotify streams, and “1 Thot 2 Thot Red Thot Blue Thot” surpassed 32 million. Get the Snow Cougar EP HERE.

Inspired by everyone from OutKast, Nate Dogg, Curren$y, and Action Bronson to Patrice Rushen and The Blackbyrds, Yung Gravy ditched class took to SoundCloud to begin releasing musi c in 2016. The first song he uploaded, “Karen”, quickly garnished new fans and stirred a palpable buzz online. His first EP, Mr. Clean, went viral on the strength of “Continental Breakfast”—which cracked the 1-million mark on Soundcloud. Sandwiching a sample of The Chordettes’ “Mr. Sandman” between raunchy and raw rhymes, the title track “Mr. Clean” soundtracked countless fan videos and ignited 9.6 million Soundcloud plays in under a year. Throughout 2017, he prolifically unleashed a string of nonstop music, including Thanksgiving’s Eve, Yung Gravity EP, and Baby GravyEP. Soon, he reached #1 on Indify and had labels knocking at his door.

Pete Davidson Confirms Engagement To Ariana Grande

On this evening’s episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Pete Davidson confirms his engagement to Ariana Grande. Below please find a sneak peek link. Tune in to #FallonTonight at 11:35pm ET on NBC for the full interview.

Credit: NBC/Andrew Lipovsky

https://twitter.com/FallonTonight/status/1009583414238797824

Cover Room

Here is the latest in The Tonight Show Webby award winning Cover Room series. Jimmy and The Roots sings “At This Moment.”

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLykzf464sU99yQ6FGxqFm67e3njFEvHKD

Cover Room is a Tonight Show digital-only variety series featuring artists performing covers of favorite/meaningful songs. Each video features a different aesthetic inspired by the artists’ interpretation of the cover. It is shot in the same location each episode to illustrate how one space can be transformed to create a new, one-of-a-kind experience.

Here are previous Cover Room examples:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLykzf464sU99yQ6FGxqFm67e3njFEvHKD

Tune-in to The Tonight Show weeknights at 11:35/10:35c.

My Name Is Mars x Capital Cities

As March draws to a close, Capital Cities return with a single that takes the point of view of the Roman god the month was named for. Released today by Lazy Hooks/Capitol Records, “My Name Is Mars” blends an operatic chant with funky beats and a vocal appearance by Los Angeles-based rapper Sacha. The track is available for download and streaming HERE.

 

While making no apologies for his violent nature, the god of war exhibits an unexpected sense of humor with lyrics like: “Bulletproof vest, I’m well-dressed/I start the car and I start a war/I throw my spear sincerely/You come near, you pay dearly. »

 

Image remixes for the “My Name is Mars” lyric video, which can be seen HERE, were provided by the PicsArt global community. PicsArt is the world’s largest photo editing and sharing platform with a community of 100 million+ monthly active users and influencers. Learn more or download the app.

 

Hovhannes Avoyan, CEO and Founder of PicsArt, says, “We’re excited to announce our first-ever lyric video collaboration with Capitol Records and Capital Cities. We asked the PicsArt community to create god and galaxy-themed edits inspired by the lyrics of Capital Cities’ new track, ‘My Name is Mars.’ What we received was truly amazing – over 2,000 submissions and 200+ images were chosen for the video. PicsArt enables collaborative and entertaining fan engagement from any mobile device. It’s a brand new way to drive awesome content creation like that produced for Capital Cities. »

 

Capital Cities will bring their dazzling show to such summer festivals as SandJam and Arroyo Seco. See below for itinerary. Founded and fronted by Sebu Simonian and Ryan Merchant, the band offers a bright and groove-heavy take on alt-pop, drawing their infectious energy from the endless juxtapositions within each song: genre-bending production meets indelible melody, high-concept artistry meets classic pop sensibility, clever lyricism meets raw emotion.

 

The L.A.-based band first unveiled that aesthetic with the breakout hit “Safe and Sound,” which went multi-Platinum around the world, topped Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart and entered the Top 10 of the Hot 100. It has sold more than 12 million adjusted tracks globally. The “Safe and Sound” video won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Visual Effects and was nominated for a GRAMMY. Cumulative streams of Capital Cities’ songs now surpass 1.2 billion while video views exceed 420 million globally. The band’s 2013 debut album, In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery, has sold 1.7 million adjusted albums worldwide.

 

Capital Cities – U.S. Tour Dates

4/26 – Panama City Beach, FL @. SandJam

6/6 – Del Mar, CA @ Del Mar Fairgrounds

6/23-6/24 – Pasadena, CA @ Arroyo Seco Weekend

 

About PicsArt:

PicsArt is the world’s largest photo editing and sharing platform with a community of 100 million+ monthly active users and influencers. PicsArt users create and share over 850 million images every month. PicsArt has built one of the largest open-source collections of content in the world, where users can make content free-to-edit giving others the ability to use that content in their creations. With more than 500 million installs, PicsArt spans the globe, is available in 30 languages and is free on iOS, Android and Windows devices. PicsArt is backed by world class investors including Sequoia Capital, DCM Ventures, Insight Venture Partners, and Siguler Guff and Company.

 

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Inside the Actors Studio x Kristen Wiig

BRAVO MEDIA’S EMMY-WINNING “INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO” WELCOMES ACTRESS AND COMEDIAN KRISTEN WIIG ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21 AT 8PM ET/PT

Bravo Media’s Emmy Award-winning “Inside the Actors Studio,” hosted by James Lipton welcomes Kristen Wiig on Thursday, December 21 at 8pm ET/PT. In anticipation of her upcoming film Downsizing, Wiig discusses her Hollywood beginning at The Groundlings improv troupe which led to her breakout role as series regular on “Saturday Night Live,” where she earned five Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. From the small screen to the big screen, Wiig expanded her repertoire to include both comedic and dramatic roles in films such as Mother!, The Martian, Skeleton Twins, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Despicable Me 2, Welcome To Me, Ghostbusters, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, and the upcoming Where’d You Go, Bernadette. In the episode, Wiig recounts her journey to writing, producing and starring in the Oscar nominated film, Bridesmaids, and how she created many of her iconic characters in “Saturday Night Live” including the ‘Aunt Linda’ and ‘Sue the Surprise Lady.’ For more information on “Inside the Actors Studio,” please visit: http://www.bravotv.com/inside-the-actors-studio.

Kristen Wiig has become one of the industry’s most versatile actresses of her generation. From her breakout performance on “Saturday Night Live” to the Oscar nominated film “Bridesmaids,” Wiig has transitioned from television to film as a writer and producer. In 2012, Time magazine honored Wiig in their esteemed Time 100 issue, and in 2009, Entertainment Weekly acknowledged her as one of the top 15 great performers for her work on “Saturday Night Live.” Wiig has been nominated for eight Emmy Awards, a SAG Award, and received her first Oscar nomination for writing Bridesmaids. This December, Wiig will star in Alexander Payne’s social satire Downsizing, alongside Matt Damon and Christoph Waltz.

KATY PERRY: THE TIGERS AND THE SHEEP SQUARE OFF TODAY IN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

THE TIGERS AND THE SHEEP SQUARE OFF TODAY IN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 

Katy ‘Kobe’ Perry Is Team Captain For Tigers And Hafþór Júlíus ‘Thor’ Björnsson Leads Sheep

Coaches Molly Shannon (Tigers) And Terry Crews (Sheep)

Promise A Must-See Game 

Nicki Minaj Headlines Halftime Show 

Bill Walton and Rich Eisen Announce Matchup

The Tigers square off today against The Sheep for the Championship in one of the most anticipated matchups of the basketball season. Fans can watch the big game online now HERE.

Coaches Molly Shannon (Tigers) and Terry Crews (Sheep) promise this will be a must-see game for basketball fans around the world. Given the stellar season the Sheep have had, some commentators have predicted that this David vs. Goliath competition will be “the hottest mess in history.” However, Katy ‘Kobe’ Perry, Team Captain for the Tigers, remains optimistic, anticipating an epic game where anything can happen. Hafþór Júlíus ‘Thor’ Björnsson, Team Captain for the Sheep, concurred.

Announcers Bill Walton and Rich Eisen will be on hand to deliver the play-by-play. Fans won’t miss a move thanks to Dave Meyers and his production crew, who will be courtside, capturing all the action. The game marks the GRAMMY® Award-winning video director’s first foray into sports broadcasting.

Both the Tigers and the Sheep have welcomed new players from other walks of life, as reflected in the draft recaps below. Some of the picks proved bewildering for announcer Bill Walton, who asked incredulously, “Where do they find these people?”

 

The Tigers – 2017 Draft Picks

Katy ‘Kobe’ Perry – Courtside Killer Queen

Russell Horning – “Backpack Kid”

Jenna Ushkowitz from “Glee”

Gaten Matarazzo from “Stranger Things”

Dexter Mayfield – actor, dancer

Christine Sydelko – comedian/influencer

 

The Sheep – 2017 Draft Picks

Hafþór Júlíus ‘Thor’ Björnsson from “Game Of Thrones”

Iris Kyle – 10x Ms. Olympia champion

 

Viewers will be treated to an unforgettable halftime performance by Nicki Minaj, who is featured on Katy Perry‘s new hit single, “Swish Swish,” from the album Witness. With its nod to basketball, “Swish Swish” has been selected as the theme song for the big game and it will appear in the broadcast sponsor “Just Dance 2018” video game, launching on October 24. In the event of a Tigers win, will Backpack KidRussell Horning break out his famed move in a victory dance?

Sheep cheerleading squad – Sydelle Noel, Britney Young, Kia Stevens, Jackie Tohn and Ellen Wong – will also take to the court, bringing a special “GLOW” to the event. The box office has been inundated with ticket requests from celebrities, sports figures and other influencers. Crowd-watchers are likely to spot Joey Chestnut (ranked #1 competitive eater in the world), the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, the Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski, retweet legend Carter Wilkerson of (#NuggsForCarter fame) and canines Nugget, who stars in a new Citi Double Cash card campaign, and Doug The Pug, the king of pop culture and subject of a New York Times bestseller.