Patricia Handshiegel

Digital Dish covers the ins and outs of an Internet executive moving into the television arena. Disher Patricia Handschiegel is the founder of Stylediary.net, which she sold to Stylehive.com in November 2007. She has a background in Internet infrastructure and technology business, was an advisor to Kaboodle.com (sold to Hearst in 2007), and has contributed as an entertainment/media business writer for Venturebeat.com. She’s also been an early visionary of professional Internet TV content since 2005 and is currently an advisor on several entertainment/Internet projects. Always an entrepreneur, she had a highly profitable babysitting monopoly at 11, lent her writing skill to students at 17 and landed her first published national article at 23.

She has also worked as a ghost writer for a national TV correspondent. At 22, she was recognized nationally for promoting the growth of women’s hockey and advised companies on creating hockey products for women. She’s been quoted and profiled in dozens of media outlets since and is currently developing two book concepts. A serial entrepreneur, she plans to continue to build Internet, entertainment and media companies, with the goal of promoting social change and charities. She is currently involved in the use of technology to help find missing and abused children, and has contributed financially to TheJoyfulChild.org and other organizations. She is the founder of Look|Shop|List.com (in development).


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Good Stuff for Online and Off

May 14, 2009 11:33 AM

Not long ago I spoke at the Writers Guild on a new-media panel, where we talked about how to launch various projects and how people can succeed in the multiplatform (Internet, media and entertainment) world.

Afterwards, nearly 30 people were waiting to meet with me to learn more about the various resources and whatnot for anyone launching Internet projects.

It just proves the Web’s not just an Internet business game anymore, but media and entertainment, too.

While most know where to get the latest news, and which are the main social networks, it can be hard to find other places to go to exercise your creative endeavors.

We hosted a shoot not long ago that showed at least one industry executive how freely (and cheaply) content can be created. Here are a few favorite things to use:

The Flip camera: You’ve more than likely seen this tiny digital video gadget in dozens of hands, from those of soccer moms to hipster types and even a few celebrities. But it also can be used to shoot your short Web series or other show. I’m not kidding. It may not produce the high quality you expect on regular television, but for the Web it can be great. We shot a series on it without sound or lighting that turned out just fine.

Braveheartwomen.com: There are a zillion blogs and social networking sites about fashion, gossip and other topics for women, but Braveheart is different. Influencer-stacked at its launch—Dr. Maya Angelou, Leeza Gibbons and Mariel Hemingway are among the site’s contributors/participants—the site is designed to bring women around the world together and give them a voice. You can blog, share, engage in community and all that good stuff. The power of empowerment!

iPhone: Yes, it’s cliché, but the iPhone is really great for taking pictures. Not only can you snap the shots of the things you’re into, but extend it to everywhere you engage online, like Twitter, your blog, etc. BlackBerry fans can get the same effect with the Curve (though iPhone’s photos are better). Imagine a great book or blog series of life from cell phone pictures. I’ve known some creators to work handhelds into larger picture stories.

Luxury settings: Any creator knows that it can be tough to work alone at home, especially when you’re seeking inspiration. Luxury hotels around the city are hot spots for co-working for this reason! I love Oceana in Santa Monica for its heart-shaped pool and quiet, oceanfront setting. Digital executives have flocked to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. I like the Westin off Market Street in San Francisco and London in New York for the same purpose.


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Comments (3)


Thank you for the hints about how to keep yourself alive on the internet. I'm a Work At Home Mom. I'm always looking for creative ideas to keep the buzz going about my entertainment events.

im a full time va in the Philippines. Glad to know about this thing...

So glad you mentioned BraveHeart Women's Global Community. It's an awesome place for inspiration in action online (and in READ life too!) Everything I've learned about self-development Ellie Drake has been a shining example of, and Love defines her and the women she attracts. Can't wait to see what's in store in the next shows...

Hope to meet lots of new BraveHeart Women!

Best for now,

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