People say that if you pursue what you’re passionate about, then you won’t work a day in your life. But how do you turn your hobby or favorite past time into a lucrative business? For this #WebsiteWednesday we interviewed a .xyz adopter with one of the coolest jobs we’ve ever heard of. Learn how music photographer and videographer William Zhang made his dream a reality and created the website he needed to prove his skills: wearehypothetical.xyz.
wearehypothetical.xyz is the online portfolio of Sydney-based arts and entertainment photographer and videographer William Zhang. He’s traveled the world capturing photos and videos at music festivals like Lollapalooza, Electric Daisy Carnival Japan, and Falls Festival. His portfolio features some of music’s biggest names, including Flume, Odesza, and Anderson Paak.
I’ve always been fond of band tour videos, short films, ads, and music videos. During high school, I would go down the rabbit hole on Vimeo and Reddit watching the aforementioned content trying to dissect how stuff was shot. Being that engaged in something, you obviously want to give it a go yourself. Film school being out of the question, I made an assumption photography would be a good place to start and that shooting live music would be the lowest barrier of entry to achieving the first goal of making tour content. I also love a wide variety of music genres so it was a natural fit. I transitioned into video about 2 years ago and have a long journey ahead.
EDC Japan. It started pouring during Alison Wonderland’s set to the point where the water on stage was about a centimetre or two tall. She continued playing to an enthusiastic Japanese crowd in ponchos and, of course, I kept shooting with a towel over my camera. It was one of those moments where the show goes on and you gotta think fast but the content was definitely unique compared to other shows thanks to the heavy rain.
Around mid-late 2015. [The process was] quite easy thanks to the rise of content management platforms that anyone can use. The initial set up process was easy and getting the site live with content was intuitive thanks to the well thought out UX design.
‘xyz’ has futuristic and abstract connotations. They’re typically letters used in product models or in popular culture to denote that something (usually a machine) is advanced or is categorised to do a cool thing to its other counterparts. It also matched with my brand name ‘hypothetical’ which ties to the similar connotations around possibilities and ideas.
For starters, it’s my portfolio so it’s typically someone’s first impression of the stuff I make. Thankfully it’s left a good impression to most people I’ve sent it to, so that’s maximised the opportunities I get. In my other job within marketing analytics and automation, it’s a cool thing to show people when I tell them I’m a photographer/videographer and that I’m actually serious about it in the age of everyone having a camera.
I’m still well in my early days despite the cool opportunities I’ve received. For advice, reach out to as many people as you can and shoot as much as you can. The more you do stuff the better you get, obviously. To overcome the catch 22 of how to get gigs when you don’t have a portfolio, shoot anything that’s accessible (landscapes, portraits of your friends) to show you have a good eye and can use a camera.
Will has turned his music photography and videography dreams into a reality and he has the .xyz website to prove it. Having a top-notch website professionally showcases his talent and expertise and enables him to easily share his work with clients. Follow Will on Instagram with @Will.Hypothetical to stay up-to-date on the latest shows he captures, or contact him by email. Do you need a place to showcase your work and turn your hobby into a reality? You can head to Squarespace to register your .xyz domain name and build your website today!
Busy parents and professionals know how tough it can be to find time for beauty and self-care. Between booking multiple appointments, driving to the salon, and finding parking, a simple manicure and facial could eat up hours out of their day. One female CEO and co-founder is solving this problem for Bangladesh residents in this week’s #WebsiteWednesday with Romoni.xyz.
Romoni.xyz is an online platform that allows customers to search, compare, book and review at-home beauty services in Bangladesh. Without the overhead cost from a traditional salon or spa, beauty and wellness artists are able to enjoy higher wages, and customers can conveniently get their beauty services at home. Romoni.xyz ensures that all of their artists are skilled and experienced through their partner application process and continuous training workshops.
Armin Zaman Khan came up with the idea for Romoni.xyz in 2015 when she was working as a government consultant and recognized the disparity between a beauty and wellness artist and salon owner. According to her research, the beauty industry is the second-largest source of employment for women in Bangladesh, yet the artist will receive only about 30% of the revenue, while the salon owner keeps the remaining 70%. Armin saw an opportunity to fill this gap using technology, initially starting the direct-to-consumer beauty services platform through a Facebook page called Book My Look.
Together with her mobile app-skilled co-founders, Tarique Ibn Haider and Abidur Rahman Mallik, Amin upgraded the page into a full-fledged website and app in 2017. There are two sides to the app: Romoni Customer and Romoni Partner. Customers can book services through Romoni Customer, while professionals track their appointments and manage their online profile through the Romoni Partner. Women professionals who provide beauty services on Romoni.xyz can earn as much as three times as much as they normally would. To date, they have on-boarded over 200 women professionals, making it the biggest beauty and wellness destination in Bangladesh.
To book a service on Romoni.xyz, head to their home page or download the Android app on Google Play. From there you can choose from salon services (manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing), spa services (massages and scrubs), and hair and makeup. For brides and bridal parties, there are even special wedding hair and makeup packages, as well as mehendi (designs made from the henna plant). You can book services from almost anywhere in Bangladesh, and Dhaka and Chittagong residents may expect an artist to arrive at their home in as little as two hours.
If you’re in Bangladesh, head to Romoni.xyz or download the Android app to book your appointment. You can also learn more about Amin’s journey to creating Romoni.xyz on their YouTube channel and connect with them on LinkedIn.
Avid #WebsiteWednesday readers will remember last month we introduced you to POAP.xyz, a decentralized app (or DApp) that uses blockchain tech to help event organizers better track attendance. This week we’re featuring another .xyz adopter who is harnessing the power of the DNS with their domain, this time to create a more secure email system: Mailchain.xyz
Mailchain.xyz is a DApp that encrypts email messages so that only the recipient can decrypt and view them. The service allows users to send and receive HTML messages, including messages with media. The potential uses of Mailchain.xyz‘s service range from sending strongly encrypted messages to managing payments, complete with receipts and invoices, to even setting automated reminders and handling internal support requests.
The advantages of using Mailchain.xyz are evident in its varied potential applications. The true power of their service, however, lies in its decentralized nature and enhanced record-keeping ability thanks to blockchain technology. Since Mailchain.xyz can use records logged in the blockchain to verify transactions and the parties involved without needing to know their identity, the privacy and security afforded by their service can be appealing to many businesses and individuals.
Plus, it’s easy to get started using Mailchain.xyz‘s service. They offer a comprehensive guide that walks new users through the installation process, gives detailed directions on setting up accounts, and provides guidance on how to use the Mailchain.xyz API to satisfy your needs. They offer documentation for advanced configuration as well, so users of any skill level can find the information they need to get the most out of Mailchain.xyz.
Decentralized services like Mailchain.xyz are trailblazers in the blockchain-based technology space, just as .xyz is helping to pave the way in new domain technology. That’s why, thanks to our partnership with blockchain platform Ethereum, you can use your .xyz domain as a custom identifier for your Ethereum wallet and make your own DApp, just like Mailchain.xyz did. All you have to do is register the .xyz domain you want to get started!