We had the good fortune of connecting with Spencer Martinez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Spencer, how does your business help the community?
LimeLight’s main goal is to eliminate the starving artist. That might mean starving for opportunity, for education, or financially. The LimeLight app is a marketplace for people who are in the performing arts looking to either take or give sessions. A session could be singing, acting, dance lessons or an audition prep, headshots, etc. anything to help the performer land their next role. The app is starting out small with linking teachers, photographers, coaches, and performers. This will help the Lights (our term for teachers, photographers, coaches) business grow and let them focus on the important things like teaching or helping the performer (Limes) instead of having to work on content, payments, and getting the word out about their session.
We want to eliminate that barrier to entry into the performing arts world and make it more accessible to the masses. I felt like in our industry we were so behind on technology, so why not use it for good? If someone wants to become a performer or doesn’t have the opportunity to move to NYC, they can just download the app and take a virtual session. This helps with networking as well. Say you’re moving to Atlanta to check out the film scene; when you move down there do you know anyone there? Possibly not, and you have to start all over again networking and just jumping into the deep end. But with the opportunity to take a virtual class, you can gain insight from anyone from NYC, to LA, Chicago, and Atlanta.
No matter how you work, performers pay a lot of money for things such as audition fees, coaching’s, etc. Another great aspect of our app is rewards, with every class taken, performers can earn rewards to their future classes. Coming from my performer perspective, there’s so much unknown. There isn’t really a place to find reviews on teachers/classes/photographers, so we decided to have reviews on the app so that performers can feel at ease knowing they’re taking a session from someone that is reputable, and the money that they are spending will be worth it.
We aren’t like other companies that make you pay a subscription fee, and as a performer myself, I am proud to make decisions that help performers, rather than try to nickel and dime them. Doing what we do is hard and it’s time performers get what they deserve, and LimeLight is here to facilitate that.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Since the 4th grade, I was taken out of classrooms because I had an IEP. Coming from a small town in South Jersey, school was hard, and I felt out of place. The only thing that made me feel some normality was when I could watch “Singin’ in the Rain”. I knew I wasn’t great at school no matter how hard I tried, but I always shined on stage.
After graduating from FDU I spent a month backpacking throughout Europe enjoying the people, culture and art. After returning from Europe I was cast in an off off Broadway production signed with an agency. I never did background work but being apart of In the Height’s was something I could never forget. I’ve never been around so many other Latinos that were artists in my life, it was truly beautiful. After that I did small things and Limelight came into my mind a bit. But then Covid hit and the industry shut down, which led to me moving back to Jersey. That’s when I had time to think about the future of the performing artist and LimeLight was started shortly after.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This city is amazing but all I have to say if you like food go to SugarFish. You can always drive around and enjoy the big houses and experience all of the different cultures. But If you have a car and want to see some amazing things you have to go to Sequoia National Park. Its a little far but It’s one of my favorite places to go to. It makes you realize what’s really important.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My team is composed of Jake Potoczak and Gabrielle Piskorz, who have worked nonstop to help this app come to life. But also the performing arts community for being so open and willing to share their stories with me on how we can help change the industry.
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