Friday, August 26, 2016

Billy Mitchell: Legendary Musician & Community Leader

To say Billy Mitchell is a legendary musician would be an understatement. However, it's what he does separate from the black & white ivory keys that displays his true spirit. In these turbulent times of racial injustice, economic injustice & political corruption; it's no secret that budgets are being massively cut. Schools are disappearing. Music & arts programs have vanished into thin air. What has been priority & necessity to most human souls is being abolished in front of our very eyes. The people are looking for a leader to move the younger generation in the right direction. Look no further, than Billy Mitchell.

Billy Mitchell began his journey to leadership from 1960-1964 in college when he marched with SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) for Black rights in Atlanta
  As the Founder and Director of SAPPA (Scholarship Audition Performance Preparatory Academy) for 13 years, Mr. Mitchell has brought free music competition and scholarship tutoring to the Los Angeles community.  With over 10 locations, at-risk inner city children are given access to music,  arts scholarships, & creative services to all ages. This is vital for the youth to have access to artistic resources. Not only is it a possible career path, but the arts play an extremely fundamental role in every person's life. To see more of the impact SAPPA is having on Los Angeles communities, view their full website here.

"I don’t know if SAPPA would have developed to this point, had it not been for their professional input” Billy explained "Copymat is an example of how a business can help community organizations to develop." 
      on Bob Gerholdt: “I don’t even know how many years I’ve known Bob.. it’s been a long time; and he’s always been supportive of my music and the SAPPA program”


Billy Mitchell is also an incredible & accomplished jazz musician himself. He was born in Tarrytown, NY, eventually attending high school in Buffalo & higher education at Moorehouse College. In 1970, Mitchell found a home in Los Angeles to begin the next leg of his epic journey. To accompany his countless classic albums, he has performed live at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Heineken World Music Festival, International Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, Sedona Jazz on the Rocks among many other venues. To see his full biography, click here. 

We are proud to have Billy Mitchell as a loyal customer of Copymat. We expect many great things from him in the near future! 


Monday, August 22, 2016

Meet Trade-Works Foundation: 2016 Interview!

At Copymat Hollywood, we are more than just a printing establishment. We are a staple in our community. When we see brilliance within our customers, we don't hesitate to act. Needless to say, we knew we had to share the story of Trade-Works Foundation on our blog. We reached out & conducted this insightful interview! Enjoy.

What exactly is Trade-Works Foundation? 

Inspiring love through action, Trade-Works Foundation connects dreamers with do-ers to cultivate economic opportunity and personal stability for under resourced youth.
We build on current skills while sparking interest in the trade industry.  Utilizing volunteer teams of trade industry experts, we promote self-sustainability through hands-on motivational workshops as well as supplying each attendee with the tools necessary to begin a career in their chosen trade. 

What gave you the inspiration to start Trade-Works?
I have spent several years researching and applying ways to help those in need around the world.  Through my travels abroad and service locally, I came to the realization that I could help others with my career path.  Utilizing the work I have done as a celebrity hairdresser my passion grew for sharing those skills with undeserved people around the world. I figured, If I could do this than I can pave a way for others to give back in their industry as well, thus bringing forth Trade-Works Foundation.
What are your goals for the next few years?
We are taking a team of hairdressers/barbers to Jamaica in late January 2017.  In 2018 our first USA site will be Trenton, NJ and our first Africa site will be Kampala, Uganda.  To pick our chosen trade we study the needs of each community as well as each location is chosen by relationships built with partnering groups,and schools. Our long-term goal is to create a thriving internship and scholarship program at each community we serve, providing job opportunities and business relationships. 
What has been the most rewarding experience you have had so far?
The reward comes when you are in a community that has been torn apart by poverty and you see first hand how your hard work, sweat and tears all paid off.  In life we don't always see harvest from seeds we sow but there are those glimpses of hope where I have seen smiles on their faces and my teachings applied, right there it becomes all worth it! 

What's your advice to anyone that wants to make a difference in the world or in their community?

Do it! And do it when your fire is burning strong.  It is very easy to get caught up in the day to day, we all can fall victim to that pattern, so I say take risks, and get involved.  There are so many non profits to partner with or even just person to person service, when showing kindness to others, nothing is too small. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Trade Show Display Guide: Trade Show Booth Design, Table Covers & Beyond for Trade Conventions

Looking to present your company, business or product at a trade show this year? You've landed at the right spot. There will be many decisions made that will lead to success or failure. Attendance is only half the battle. The other half? Being prepared, of course! We'll let you in on the most important moves to make. Also, a few little secrets along the way.

Booth Design: Trade show booth design is extremely essential to trade show success! This is what draws in potential customers. Remember, there is a lot of competition at trade shows. You must stand out in order to bring out results. How can you do that? Quality printing. Start with a captivating table cover, retractable banner stands & any creative addition that will add to your presentation. You do not want to be a little, boring fish in the big trade show sea of companies. You want the most flavor! The coolest display! Attract people to your booth.

Exciting Staff: Whether it's you or any other employee at your company; make sure the customer service is excellent. Make people leave your booth saying "Wow, those are cool people!" not "Man, those guys (or girls) are boring!" Use your personality & energy to attract customers, not scare them away.

If you follow these simple suggestions & put your own twist on them, you will see an uptick in sales at your next trade show. Be prepared!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Los Angeles Population: Hollywood, East Hollywood, North Hollywood, West Hollywood & Larchmont

For the first time ever, the population of Los Angeles has topped 4 million! Oh, no. More traffic! All jokes aside, let's check out the neighborhoods surrounding Copymat Hollywood.

Hollywood Population

Welcome to the wild world of Hollywood! How crowded is it? According to the LA Times it has 22,193 people per square mile.

East Hollywood Population 

Moving a few steps east, lets check out East Hollywood! It seems like there are approximately 31,095 people per square mile. It's surprising to see that it is even more dense then central Hollywood! From the looks of Hollywood Boulevard, one would think that it's the most crowded Hollywood. You learn something new everyday.

North Hollywood Population

Let's check out our friend up north (by up north I mean 10 minutes up the 101!). Not surprising to see it the least crowded of the Hollywoods at 13,264 people per square mile. North Hollywood may eventually eclipse the others due to the quick rate that it's growing. It's a popular destination for music studios, musicians & actors who want a little space from the hustle & bustle of the mid-city.

West Hollywood Population

West Hollywood. A very unique area of Los Angeles that is a favorite to many. It has 18,924 population per square mile. Good food. Good culture. Nice neighborhood!

Larchmont Population

Last but not least is the growing community of Larchmont. It has 17,747 people per square mile. Home to many coffee shops & organic eateries, this is a great area to check out if you've never been!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Headshots Los Angeles | Headshots in Hollywood for Actress & Actor

If you live in the Los Angeles area (especially Hollywood), you are accustomed to the film & television industry. Everywhere you turn you see studio lots, red carpet events & industry professionals. It seems like everyone is involved in music or film! With that being said, if you want to be taken seriously at auditions, you need a professional head shot. Everybody knows the photographer is an important part of the equation. However, most people undervalue another important part. The printing! The right material & size for your head shot can make or break you.
 At Copymat Hollywood, we will champion your headshots wherever the photographer left off! We will print them on the finest, cleanest gloss card-weight stock & retouch them to make you look amazing. We can provide you with bulk deals to save money & enough clean shots to hand out to industry professionals, agents and to have on hand. Come in to our store or give us a call at 323-461-1222 to speak to someone that will explore options to take your career to the next level!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Bill Pullman: 2016 Independence Day Movie + Interview

2016 has been another incredible year for our friend, Bill Pullman. His return to the Independence Day franchise was a great treat to his fans worldwide. Independence Day: Resurgence hit theaters this year for another adventure alongside the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger. I can't wait to see how this one turns out!

Bill Pullman also has a role in "LBJ" a 2016 political drama about the life of Vice President Johnson. He'll also be featured in Brother Nature, a comedy. It's great to see Bill doing so many different roles this year. He is versatile, a true Hollywood icon.

We were fortunate to have Bill Pullman stop by our store to print out some head shots back in our early years. He made this funny video with us. How many Hollywood legends are fun enough to film a one-take video in the neighborhood? Great guy.

Moving forward into 2017, Bill Pullman will most likely be involved in multiple big films. With an iconic role in the Independence Day sequel, many doors should be open for Pullman to continue moving his legacy forward.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Pediatric Brain Tumor Network

This week, the Copymat Hollywood spotlight turns to our long time client and good friend, Colleen Gates, with the we can Pediatric Brain Tumor Network.

We Can is an inspiring and uplifting organization that has created a resource community for families with children who have been diagnosed with brain tumors. It is We Can’s mission to “nurture and empower one another to face treatment, recovery, survival, and end-of-life issues or bereavement.”

Family Services include:
•Parent-to-Parent Mentoring •Family Camps •Hospital and Clinic Visits •KidShops for Patients and their Siblings •Adult Group Activities
•Parent Education •Support Meetings

“A family’s emotional lifeline when a child is diagnosed”

We Can’s Development Director, Colleen Gates, began her relationship with We Can in 2007 as a terrified mother who’s 10 month old son was just diagnosed with Ependymoma, a rare type of brain tumor. It was during a hospital visit where We Can Co-Founder Kathy Riley welcomed Colleens family, and introduced all the free resources We Can has to offer.

Colleen chose to join the We Can family as Development Director to give back the support and guidance she received, and with this employment transition, came her longtime printer and designer friend Bob Gerholdt of Copymat Hollywood.
Colleen first began coming to Copymat Hollywood for printing and design work many years ago while she worked in the creative services department of a large catalogue retail company, so introducing Bob to the new material for We Can was an easy transition. Colleen recalls many times where deadlines were almost unimaginable with meticulous attention to detail needed, and how Collaboration was always available when needed to get the job done on time.

“Copymat Hollywood has always been extremely reliable and supportive with every project.. Even when deadlines were strict ”

“With Bob, it’s a creative collaboration. 
He really works with you, and understands the vision”

Sitting in a corner coffee shop, Colleen reflects on her long standing professional friendship with Bob at Copymat Hollywood. “It didn’t matter what the job was or how difficult it was ” Colleen confided “from signage, to flyers to promotional material: I never had to worry“. There’s a confidence in her voice when Colleen discusses 
introducing Copymat Services to her husband; a musician and composer who needed his music printed, and was so happy with his results he trusted Bob with printing a Music Theory classroom textbook for the school where he teaches. When Bob provided printing for the We Can Annual appeal program, and was more than happy to donate his time to sponsor the printing and invitations for this year’s annual benefit auction, it came as no surprise to her.

We Can is looking forward to more events in the coming months. Their annual cocktail party fundraiser ‘Evening With Friends’ is set to take place in March 2016, and in May, the annual ‘Walk for We Can’ at Balboa Park takes place, where families and friends within this community gather to walk in support of every child affected by this terrible disease, and to symbolize the long road each family travels every day for love and joy.

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