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Architects: Artists, Scientists, or Both?

When one thinks of architecture, what comes to mind? It may be thoughts of old gothic steeples peering over a European hillside or maybe a sprawling modern metropolis reaching high into the sky. These thoughts reflect the meticulous and stylish design that architects utilize in the course of their work. Even so, many architects apply for work visas under the O-1A (extraordinary ability in science, business, education, etc.) instead of under the O-1B (extraordinary ability in the arts) prong.   So why is this? In some cases attorneys and architects may ignore or not realize the amount of creativity needed to design or create a…

The Art of Film Distribution

When one hears the term film distributor, one may think of all the work that goes into releasing a movie. Getting a film in theaters, marketing the film, and setting a strategic release date takes a sharp business sense. So how could this profession qualify for an O-1B artist visa?   Business Skill   There is no doubt that being a successful film distributor requires a high level of skill in business and negotiating. That being said, film distribution is not a one-dimensional field. Successful film distributors need to understand the film in its entirety; the message, the aesthetic, the style, and more. Film distributors…

Product Design, A Creative Venture?

Product designers are responsible for informative and visual consumer product design. Most of the time, product designers are filed under O1-A due to their technical design abilities but what if they were able to be filed under an O-1B?   Aesthetics When you see everyday products in a grocery store, you may analyze what you’re looking at and what you’re attracted to. Aesthetics are more important than you think when it comes to purchasing a product. Many tedious decisions are made when designing the shape of a bottle, the color scheme of packaging, the material used for packaging, the font sizes and even the font…

Are Digital Marketers Creative and Artistic?

Are digital marketers creative and artistic? Do they qualify for O-1B Visas?    Digital marketing is a fairly new field in the sense that it’s only been around since the advent of the Internet. When many people think about the internet, they may think about coding, computer programming, IT, or other professions. Although understanding and utilizing the internet is part of digital marketing, it is not the only relevant aspect of the field. Digital marketing focuses on bringing in new business and building brand awareness, however, most choose to ignore the creative process of digital marketing. Before we do that, we have to deconstruct what…

Should An Artist Trademark Her Name?

Should An Artist Trademark Her Name? Artists and Creatives are often focused with the creation of their work and the artistic process. And rightly so, they should be focused on their artistry and developing their work. However in the 21st Century, in order for an artist or creative to succeed within her craft, she must start to understand the business of the arts and how that affects the distribution and visibility of her work. The Business of the Arts The Business of the Arts refers to all marketing, transactional, promotional, social media management and business practices connected to the artist and her work. These activities…

Overview of the Artist/O-1 Visa

The O-1 visa is a work visa with a maximum validity period of 3 years. You cannot volunteer your time or work as you need to demonstrate to the government that you will be employed. You can either file for an employer-based petition or an agent-based petition. Filing with an employer-petitioner can be restrictive as you can only be employed by your employer r and can only have one job during the validity period of your O-1 visa, unless you file an amended petition. With an agent petitioner, you are allowed to work on behalf of multiple employers within your field of endeavor. This is…

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