Monday, August 27, 2007
"Fame! I want to live forever!" The song "Fame" from the musical of the same name tapped into two things a lot of people want. And 24-year-old Allen Vartazarian recognized that sometimes the quest of the former is stronger than the latter.
Taltopia.com (formerly Famesource.com), a social networking portal that connects aspiring talent with fans and industry professionals to help them acquire the fame they so desire in areas such as music, acting and comedy. It's a "talent portal" that lets wannabes upload a free profile and the stuff that's going to make them a star. Then the Digg-like ranking system lets Taltopia users determine if it's "fame"-worthy or just a "shame."
Recognizing that not everyone can afford plane tickets to Hollywood or make it in front of Simon Cowell, Vartazarian and his partner want to bring those resources to them. "The goal is to give everyone the same shot at fame, no matter where they live or how much money they have," he says. Vartazarian just provides the source, actually getting "famed" by the discerning Taltopia community could be just as tough as trying to live forever.
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