Virtual worlds like Second Life are massive, interactive places that are as diverse as the Web itself. Is it possible to find real world creative talent in the metaverse? Of course! Here are six creative skills that exist in plain view -- and how to dig deeper.

Florence Chan (SL:Aki Shichiroji) is a Calgary-based illustrator, who evolved into a 3D artist over the past several years by learning the 3D toolset of Second Life. Like many real world artists, she started by bringing her artwork in-world to showcase and sell, which eventually led to contracts and assignments for high profile clients.

How to find artists like Florence: search for 'art galleries' or 'artists.'

Under the hood, the Second Life software is a streaming media client, capable of playing Quicktime movies and Internet radio streams. Independent musicians like Atlanta-based Grace Buford (SL: Cylindrian Rutabaga), ‘perform’ by broadcasting from their homes or studios, to regular audiences around the world. This exposure has led to artists like Grace performing in venues around the country in real life. Club DJs are also part of the mix, performing nightly to enthusiastic crowds of club-going avatars, like East Coast DJ Brad Reason, who performs full time—virtually—as a club DJ as DoubleDown Tandino for large and small venues alike.

How to find musicians: Log into Second Life, click the "Find" button, and under "Events" select the category "Live Music." Click the Search button and you'll see a list of upcoming Live Music events and venues.

Any time you see a high-res gang of heavily-armed, dystopian thugs coming toward you, the choices are simple: 1. RUN. 2. Find out what they want. If you chose the latter, you’d find NeoBokrug Elytis and team, who have developed one of the richest combat/scavenger/rpg gaming experiences in the massive post-apocalyptic community known as The Wastelands. Combat systems and casual games are in abundance on Second Life’s grid, and you never know if the avatar next to you might be creating the next big console franchise.

How to find game developers: Log in to Second Life and search for "games."

To make the world go round, a large number of left-brained minds tackle LSL, the programming language for Second Life. Searching in Second Life for your favorite operating system or open source initiative will yield a boggling array of like minds ready to tackle the challenges of code. Even larger corporate residents like Sun, IBM, and Microsoft engage developer communities, providing havens for collaboration and comprehensive libraries of resources.

How to find the programmers: Search for an operating system, open source initiative, or application.

Not everyone in Second Life has been raised on its proprietary 3D building tools. Many residents have experience with traditional modeling software like Maya or 3DStudio, and their work needs little explanation-- great design skills can transcend any software. As the Second Life software matures, limited support from third-party modeling applications is beginning to make an appearance.

How to find the 3D Modelers: Right-click on an object and see who is listed as the object's creator .

Since the breadth of topics and activities on the grid are so varied, the need to stay informed is imperative for residents or tourists. Fortunately, many newspapers, tabloids, and magazines, fill the growing landscape of media in Second Life. Niche publications may focus only on music, fashion, or culture, while others explore the artistic and creative side such as fiction or theater. Second Life's immersed media can provide an editor with a constant stream of writers, creative and journalistic alike.

How to find the writers: Search for a magazine and the topic of your choice, and you'll most likely find a 3D version in-world, or HTML and PDF versions on the Web.

How to Find Real World Talent in Second Life

Virtual worlds like Second Life are massive, interactive places that are as diverse as the Web itself. Is it possible to find real world creative talent in the metaverse? Of course! Here are six creative skills that exist in plain view — and how to dig deeper.

Virtual worlds like Second Life are massive, interactive places that are as diverse as the Web itself. Is it possible to find real world creative talent in the metaverse? Of course! Here are six creative skills that exist in plain view — and how to dig deeper.

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