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COLLABORATION (3) - THE CREATIVE & DEVELOPMENT PROCESS GUIDE

Updated: Jul 2


COLLABORATION


The word "collaboration" comes from the Latin word "collaborare". The action of working with someone to produce or bring something into existence.


The joint effort, the alliance, the association, the cooperation....

  1. partnership

  2. participation

  3. combination

  4. teamwork

  5. working together

And there will be more phrases or words to add to the list above.



THE START

From creating a new product to selling it, from inventing a new song to releasing it, from having a basic idea to developing a project, all of this needs a defined guidance and a well structured plan.


So before going ahead with this post my first question to you will be:


  • Do you have an interesting or valuable unfinished artwork, product or project that hasn't been developed, produced or released because of your lack of personal resources (knowledge, creativity, investment, skills..etc)?


If your Answer is YES, this post is for you!!!



This is the Music Video of the song CALIENTE, a collaboration I did with the cuban duet of Djs and Music Producers PAUZA, released by GET PHYSICAL.



TO COLLABORATE OR TO NOT COLLABORATE

And because we are social beings we usually have the gathering and sharing instinct turned on, but before going ahead with all the benefits that a COLLABORATION may bring to one's project, there will be a few key questions to ask ourselves:


  • In which phase of my project do I need a COLLABORATOR?

  • And why?



STEPS TO HELP YOU DECIDE IF YOU NEED A COLLABORATOR OR NOT AND THE BEST PHASE TO DO IT.




IDEA


Do you need a collaborator to get inspired, or to plan or structure your artwork, product or project?

  • YES

  • NO

  • I don't know



IDEA PHASES:

Inspiration:

Do I need a collaborator to generate ideas, brainstorm concepts, and gather inspiration?


Planning:

Do I need a collaborator to define the scope, objectives, stakeholders, resources, and timeline?


Structuring:

Do I need a collaborator to manage the team, organize the information, design the framework, and establish the logical structure of this project?



This Video is about an ongoing collaboration with SANDBERG GUITARS the well known German Brand for High-End BASSES & GUITARS. We have started a line of UNIQUE HAND PAINTED INSTRUMENTS.







CREATION


Do you need a collaborator to help you produce, develope, test, edit, pollish or review your artwork, product or project ?

  • YES

  • NO

  • I don't know



CREATION PHASES

Producing:

Do I need a collaborator to be able to generate or produce the content, materials, parts or components of this project?


Developing:

Do I need a collaborator to Implement and build this project based on the established framework and content?


Testing/Quality Assurance:

Do I need a collaborator to evaluate the functionality, performance, and adherence to requirements of this project?


Editing:

Do I need a collaborator to review and refine the project content, design, or code for accuracy, consistency, and quality?


Polishing:

Do I need a collaborator to apply finishing touches, refine design elements, formatting, or any final adjustments that this project needs?


Feedback/Iteration:

Do I need a collaborator to gather feedback, analyze responses, and iterate on this project to incorporate improvements?




This is the Music Video of the song Align (Energy), a collaboration I did with the Music Producer & Remixer Benjamin Frederick Vukelic, Hungarian producer and keyboardist Szabolcs Bognár a.k.a Ábasé, Nigerian born future soul artist, singer, songwriter, performer Wayne Snow, released by the Label HHV.







RELEASE


Do you need a collaborator to document, promote or distribute, do the accounting or monitor the results of your artwork, product or project?

  • YES

  • NO

  • I don't know



RELEASE PHASES

Documentation:

Do I need a collaborator to create user manuals, technical documentation, or other instructional materials, including registering the project on the correspondent Copyright society or Platform?


Promoting:

Do I need a collaborator to develop and execute marketing strategies, social media presence and all the promotional work including advertising campaigns etc... ?


Distributing:

Do I need a collaborator to deploy, release, publish or distribute this product, project or artwork on different or specific channels or platforms?


Accounting

Do I need a collaborator to collect and account the revenue or profit generated from the distribution of this product, project or artwork ?


Monitoring

Do I need a collaborator to track and monitor the data from this product, project or artwork's channels ?



This is the Music Video of my song Natural Jazz, the video is a collaboration with the Cuban American photographer, designer and art curator Frank Guiller, the voiceover actor Daniel Francis-Berenson and the writer, producer & curator Yannis Lobaina.








FUTURE ENHANCEMENTS


Do you need a collaborator to maintain, evaluate or enhance your artwork, product or project?

  • YES

  • NO

  • I don't know



FUTURE ENHANCEMENTS PHASES

Maintenance / Support:

Do I need a collaborator to provide ongoing maintenance, updates, and support to address user concerns or issues that my final product or project may have?


Evaluation / Reflection:

Do I need a collaborator to assess the project's success, identify lessons learned, and reflect on ways to improve future projects?



This is the Video I made for CODEOP  Meeting on January 2024. CODEOP is a Barcelona based Tech School Empowering Tech Diversity. Their Bootcamps include Full Stack Development, Data Analytics & Data Science.








SPLIT REVENUE


Do you know the best way to establish and manage a split revenue?

  • YES

  • NO

  • I don't know



THE SPLIT REVENUE


It's always good to achieve a quality collaborative outcome, that includes not only the released artwork, project or product, it also means that the future revenue, coming from that, should be fairly distributed among the team members.


  • Writing down the Split Revenue Agreement and making all the team sign it or answer back on email to agree, is a smart and a necessary move.

  • Always remember that there is only a 100% Revenue to be divided among all the team members.


  • With big responsibilities, there should be a larger revenue percentage for those collaborators that have been working more than the rest of the team.


  • If this is an ongoing collaborative project it may be good to keep part of the revenue as an investment for funding future projects together. Let's say that we should keep between 20% - 50% of the revenue for this use.

  • There should be one, max two people to manage the revenue.









AFFILIATES & REFERRALS TOOL


For Brands, Product Owners, Project creators, Artists... finding the right Partnership or Collaborator can be difficult, but if you have a tool that provides this information, then it all becomes easier.


For Brands or Product owners:

If you are trying to reach new audiences to promote your Brand or sell your Product, then you need to find Affiliates.


For Artists and Content Creators:

If you are looking to monetise your content or find Sponsors to support your craft or project, then you need the right Brands or Product owners to collaborate with through placements.







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  • Get special perks for you and your friends

  • Get a €3 discount for each friend you refer and places an order.

  • Give your friends 20 Points.

This is the Referral Program for my Funky Fashion Collection Check it out.





SUPPORT


If you still have some questions about COLLABORATIONS, or if you need a one to one meeting to find out more about the STEPS FOR A SPECIFIC CREATIVE PROCESS, you can send me a message:





GENERAL ADVICE To CREATE, TRANSFORM or INVENT we need the spark of INSPIRATION but we may also need the help of COLLABORATORS OR ADVISERS, efficient tools, work environments and inputs, that allow us to keep surprising ourselves and others with new ideas.



GIRL LISTENING TO MUSIC
THE CREATIVE PROCESS TIPS - AREMA AREGA - GIRL LISTENING TO MUSIC

Having a creative process guide that helps one go through every step always optimizes the results.



I'd like more guides and tips that provide me with the necessary resources to plan my upcoming project.

  • YES

  • NO




I'll be sharing Blog posts about the THE CREATIVE & DEVELOPMENT PROCESS, so follow my blog to read my next ones.


Thank you for reading & Sharing :)





A playlist TO INSPIRE:

INCLUDING COLLABORATIONS

because Music is always INSPIRING!

SAVE it if you like it :)






























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