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Prim Perfect productions

Prim Perfect productions

This is a rare opportunity to work with one of the most highly regarded and fastest growing media groups within Second Life. Prim Perfect consists of three distinct productions: Prim Perfect magazine (Second Life’s premier home and gardens magazine), The Primgraph (Second Life vintage and steampunk magazine), and Meta Makeover (the SLCN TV show for Second Life homes and gardens).

We wish to hire an energetic, enthusiastic, and proactive individual who can successfully manage advertising and client relations for all three productions.

Job responsibilities include growing client bases, developing advertising revenues and other income streams; maintaining good relations with existing clients; managing client accounts; and handling client invoicing.

You will work both independently and with the various production teams, so good communication skills are a must.

The successful candidate will have attitude, aptitude, and appetite. A proven ability to meet deadlines is highly desirable.

Proven writing skills and a willingness to contribute periodically to a group blog will be an advantage.

Applicants should have at least six months experience in Second Life, which should include having held a Second Life employment position, preferably connected with sales or management or marketing.

Applicants should also understand something of the design process and key issues affecting designers. Experience in RL print, online or broadcast advertising sales may be an advantage.

Payment will be on a commission basis.

Applicants should apply in writing to primperfect@gmail.com, giving

Avatar Name:
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Employment experience in Second Life:
Any real life experience you believe may be relevant:
Why you believe you are a suitable candidate for this position:
The names and contact details of two SL referees:

CLOSING DATE: March 5th

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Remembering our Friends Memorial: the Gate

Remembering our Friends Memorial: the Gate

Today, Tuesday 23rd February, is a rather unusual Meta Makeover as we visit the Remembering Our Friends Memorial in the Sunset Arts II sim. This very special place was created by Mike Burleigh, and designed and developed by Marc Montague of the BDMM Design Group. It consists of three non-denominational chapels where people can remember people close to them who have died in real life, and also those that they have loved and lost in Second Life.

Visiting the memorial is avery moving experience – as the Meta makeover team discoovered when we paid our preliminary visits, and you will have a chance today to join us as we talk with Marc Montague, and some of the people who have plaques to commemmorate loved ones in the Memorial.

Remembering our Friends: The Annexes

Remembering our Friends: The Annexes

There’s a special area for concerts and events that’s a new part of the memorial, and our studio audience will be able to join us there.

The show starts at 2pm SLT, but you should be there by 1.30pm to make sure of getting a seat.

We’ll see you there!

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Would you like your home to feature on Meta Makeover? Send an email to us at metamakeover@gmail.com with three or four pictures of your home attached, and stating your reasons why you would like a makeover. Every two weeks, we shall select one lucky owner from our postbag and invite them to be our next Meta Makeover.

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Saffia in Aurelia at the Dresden Gallery

Saffia in Aurelia at the Dresden Gallery

It must be admitted that Saffia’s look last week was rather different!

“When Elrik and I knew we were doing the show in Dresden,” says Saffia, “we decided on a look that was a little different.  One of the most famous things to come from Dresden is the Dresden or Meissen porcelain, the first European hard plaster porcelain, which became famous in the eighteenth century.  So I decided to go for an eighteenth century look, just for a change!”

But although Saffia went for a radically different look, she didn’t have to go far to create it!

Saffia in Aurelia at the Dresden Gallery

Saffia in Aurelia at the Dresden Gallery

“The dress is by Ivalde, of course,” Saffia says.  “Although Neferai Abel (the owner/designer of Ivalde) focuses on retro clothes, she does make historical ones as well, such as the gorgeous Dorothea gown that I wore in the Christmas show!”

And, indeed, Ivalde have just launched a new range of Victorian gowns.

But for the Dresden shepherdess look, Saffia needed something a little more baroque.

“That was why I chose Aurelia,” Saffia says.  “I loved the sweep and flow of it – and I also loved the colour.  It’s pink, but very much a brownish-pink, which worked beautifully for me.  I also meant that I got a bargain, for over Valentine’s Day, Ivalde had one of her super sales, with everything pink of red reduced in honour of Valentines Day – and I was able to get this dress at half-price!”

Saffia in Aurelia at the Dresden Gallery

Saffia in Aurelia at the Dresden Gallery

But there is nothing cut-price about this sumptuous gown – or the hair that goes with it.

“The hair style is Melanie from Curl Up and Dye, ” says Saffia.  “I wanted something Baroque, but a lot of Baroque styles can look very stiff and sculpted.  I wanted something a little more free-flowing, in keeping with the Dresden shepherdess look.  Leetah Moxie hhas a range of historical styles (and film styles too) and I thought this one was perfect.”

And with her dress and hair to show off, Saffia saw an opportunity to point out one of her favourite paintings in the gallery.  “I love this Tower of Babel by Marten van Valckenborch,” she says, “but we didn’t have time in the programme to reach this particular gallery.  So I thought I’d show you now!”

Painted in 1595, this painting is an interpreation of the theme popular in Northern Renaissance art – the tale of the Tower of Babel.

For those interested in what Elrik was wearing, he decided to complement Saffia’s look with a Regency outfit from the House of RFyre, namely Marquess Men’s Noir; while the wig was the white model from the FDL Marquis range by Sanders Beaumont.

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Inside the Dresden Gallery

Inside the Dresden Gallery

The latest episode of Meta Makeover is now available on the Meta Makeover website at SLCN – and can also be downloaded free of charge from iTunes.

Dresden Gallery - entrance

Dresden Gallery - entrance

Saffia and Elrik  toured the Dresden Art Gallery, a fantastic re-creation of the world famous gallery in Dresden, in the eastern part of Germany. The gallery has been created in amazing detail, to give you the experience of not only seeing some world famous paintings, but also of experiencing them in context.

We set up a special Meta Makeover studio in the Gobelin Salon in the heart of the gallery where a studio audience joined us to meet two of the key people behind the project – Roy Philbin (in real life Michael Schumann of Second Interest, the group behind the project) and Goldie LeSuere (in real life Stephan Keisers, who has been project manager and team leader on the Gallery).

Dresden Gallery - The German Room

Dresden Gallery - The German Room

They told us the fascinating story of how the gallery was built – and shared some quite stunning statistics: the Dresden Gallery in Second Life already gets 60,000 visitors a year – which is over 10% of what the real gallery received (500,000 per annum).  But, even more significant is the length of time the average visitor spends there.  It’s forty minutes per visit – and that is on a par with the average museum and art gallery visit in the real world, which is 45 minutes.

In the second half of the programme, Saffia and Elrik looked at different parts of the gallery. While Saffia took in some of the highlights, and then visited the early Renaissance German gallery, Elrik visited the special Canaletto exhibition and explored the wonders of the camera obscura and the use of X-Rays in restoration.  With over 750 paintings all captured in high resolution in the gallery, we only had time to show you a small number of them.  But that was all right – because what we really wanted to do is to encourage you to come and see the paintings for yourselves – and maybe support the gallery by buying a few to take home!

Inside the Dresden Gallery

Inside the Dresden Gallery

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Would you like your home to feature on Meta Makeover? Send an email to us at metamakeover@gmail.com with three or four pictures of your home attached, and stating your reasons why you would like a makeover. We’ll select a lucky owner from our postbag and invite them to be our next Meta Makeover.

Inside the Dresden Gallery

Inside the Dresden Gallery

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Dresden Gallery - courtyard

Dresden Gallery - courtyard

Today we have a rather special show – and a way for you to buy some of the most stunning paintings you will find anywhere in Second Life, at the same time as having a wonderful immersive experience.

We’ll be filming today Meta Makeover is filming today at the new Dresden Art Gallery, a fantastic re-creation of the world famous gallery in Dresden, in the eastern part of Germany. As we’ll see, the gallery has been created in amazing detail, to give you the experience of not only seeing some world famous paintings, but also of experiencing them in context.

Dresden Gallery - entrance

Dresden Gallery - entrance

With over 750 paintings all captured in high resolution in the gallery, we’ll only have time to show you a small number of them.  But that’s all right – because what we really want to do is to encourage you to come and see the paintings for yourselves – and maybe support the gallery by buying a few to take home!

We’ve set up a special Meta Makeover studio in the Gobelin Salon in the heart of the gallery where you can join us to take part in the show and meet two of the key people behind the project – Roy Philbin (in real life Michael Schumann of Second Interest, the group behind the project) and Goldie LeSuere (in real life Stephan Keisers, who has been project manager and team leader on the Gallery).

Dresden Gallery - The German Room

Dresden Gallery - The German Room

And remember, there’s special gifts for everyone who comes to the studio!

The show starts at 2pm SLT, but you should be there by 1.30pm to make sure of getting a seat.

We’ll see you there!

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Would you like your home to feature on Meta Makeover? Send an email to us at metamakeover@gmail.com with three or four pictures of your home attached, and stating your reasons why you would like a makeover. Every two weeks, we shall select one lucky owner from our postbag and invite them to be our next Meta Makeover.

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Saffia in Silja

Saffia in Silja

Ask Saffia this, and she smiles.

“Nothing you’ll be able to buyin Ivalde – at least, not in the material I chose!” she says.

The reason for this is that Saffia is wearing one of Ivalde’s special gifts.

Neferia Abel, the owner and designer of Ivalde, is always very generous when it comes to high days and holidays.  For example, over the Valentine weekend, she offered 50% off all her pink and red dresses on the main floor of Ivalde, and last Halloween, there was a special deal on black dresses.  Last Easter, there were Easter eggs containing some lovely free outfits to find all over the store and sim – many of them popular outfits in new colour schemes.  And similarly, in the 24 days leading up to Christmas, Ivalde offered her “Advent Gifts” – of which this Silja dress was one.

“I also have a special Día de los Muertos dress in this style too,” says Saffia.  “But it didn’t seem right to be wearing a dress with little skeletons dancing all over it for lovely Waikiti – or to dance Maar’s new tango!”

Although the texture that Saffia is wearing on the show isn’t generally available, the Silja dress itself is – in a range of pretty patchworks styles – at the Ivalde store.

“It’s upstairs, in the ‘Casuals’ department,” says Saffia.  “You can’t miss it – and you won’t want to, either!”

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The most romantic place in Second Life is ... ?

The most romantic place in Second Life is ... ?

Meta Makeover is filming today – but we can’t tell you where!

That’s because today’s show will be seeing the announcement of the winner of our viewer’s competition to find the most romantic place in Second Life – and we will be exploring the … well, whatever the place to turns out to be!

What we can tell you is that you can join our viewing party to watch the show at the Meta Makeover studios on Northpoint – and remember, there’s special gifts for everyone who comes to the studio.

And also, during the show, Maar Auer will be showing us her fabulous new dance.  It will be launched for Valentine’s Day – but she’s letting Meta makeover viewers have a special peek at it first!

Looking for the Most Romantic Pace in Second Life

Looking for the Most Romantic Pace in Second Life

The show starts at 2pm SLT, but you should be there by 1.30pm to make sure of getting a seat.

We’ll see you there!

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Would you like your home to feature on Meta Makeover? Send an email to us at metamakeover@gmail.com with three or four pictures of your home attached, and stating your reasons why you would like a makeover. Every two weeks, we shall select one lucky owner from our postbag and invite them to be our next Meta Makeover.

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