I am a New Zealander who has lived in five countries and share my journey through both music and performance. I come from a multi media background and this is apparent in my work. I perform both nationally and internationally, residing in New York.
My current project is called Alazon In The Quiet Room - Part 1 - a theatrical show that myself and fellow artists are building and performing - about 75 mins of songs and performance from my last three decades and from my new album combined with performance art by fellow American artists in New York city. My new album Alazon In The Quiet Room will be released mid 2016.
What visa are you on right now?
I am on a 0-1 Artist of Extraordinary Ability - this is my 5th 0-1, four renewals with the same sponsor and one change of sponsor after the first 0-1 in 2003.
Were there any difficulties you may have faced while applying for the visa?
There is a huge amount of material one must supply to support the evidence to attain an 0-1 visa. Proof of press reviewing your work is imperative and this requires a lot of work to make sure you have the right PR and the attention of the press. Also, traveling out of the USA continent to have your visa verified, even once it is a approved as the final interview is at a US Consulate in your homeland or a country where you have a work-relation or reason for being there, you cannot presume your visa will be issued in a timely manner and you sometimes have to wait it out. This is very costly if you are already based in the USA.
Do you have any advice for people who might want to apply for the same visa as you?
Applying for an 0-1 visa requires stamina and concentration, it is not an easy visa to obtain so be prepared to do the work and go the mile. The visa is usually for three years once you receive it, but time travels fast and you must always keep in mind the preparation for the renewal or time will creep up on you. This is a visa dedicated to academics or creatives with staying power - not for wimps! Choose a lawyer that will only submit once they are sure you have enough evidence - a refusal is a refusal, point blank. This is why I chose Marcus Yi, he is strict about what will or won't make the grade and you need this. He understands artists and their issues very well and is always there to help you find a way to reach your goal. At the same time he remains constant about what will push you forward. You need this. You need a lawyer that really cares about your future.
For more information about the O1 / Artist visa check out our O1 / Artist Visa Application Guide and O1 / Artist Visa Immigration FAQ.
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