Are we RECording?

png;base64acb6472e27927644“Are we RECording?” is what is commonly considered the HitRecord motto, but what is HitRecord and why is it worth your time?  It’s a brand new show based on the HitRecord Internet site that brings art from every type of artist, from writers to film makers, or sketch artists to animators-all bringing together their art and creating a collaboration of it. This allows art to become even more than what it is today. What’s even better is that it’s on the World Wide Web, allowing people worldwide to submit their art into something absolutely amazing. Say someone sketches something and submits it. If an animator who uses thinks it’s a awesome drawing, he would put it into a animation, possibly with even more sketches from different artists. This is the same for actors and musicians as well. Now think of a show that brings all of these artists onto one theme, all of them submitting their work in hopes of it being awesome enough to be on a real TV show. That is what HitRecord on TV is.

This wouldn’t be at all possible if not for the people who created it, and who other would it be than people who are artists themselves. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a famous actor known for his roles in movies such as Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, and his brother Dan launched their site in January 2010 at the Sundance Film Festival. The site steadily grew as the years went past, with more and more artists starting to use their site. With 80,000+ artists, Joseph Gordon-Levitt launched the show’s premiere on January 18, 2014.

When you see the number of artists who actively contribute to this site on a regular basis, another question arises- Why? What gives them incentive to do this? Now it would be nice to hear that artists get together to make cool art just for the fun of it. This is true in a lot of aspects, but for some, if not most, it doesn’t drive them to take large amounts of time out of their lives, which could possibly be directed towards their actual career. The answer to that question is money. Although it isn’t much, there is potential-especially with the new television show. If it’s good or complete enough to become a published book or song, 50% of the profits go the company, and the other 50% goes to all the contributors who helped create the piece of art. In 2010 almost $40,000 was made, 2011 $100,000, and 2012 $400,000. The TV show brings even more money on the table. For every contributor that gets their art chosen to be aired on an episode, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has $50,000 to split between them.

Want to get involved? Check out the show for yourself on YouTube, or go to the site to browse, contribute, and give feedback to the artists.