It's been a while….

October 7, 2010 § Leave a comment

Lots of things have happened the past 9 months. First, I am now working on my own CD , the first 3 songs being as an EP release on iTunes in November.  I have co-written these songs with Ruthie Merrell, a talented songwriter/schoolteacher.  I’m finally very happy with the songs as opposed to my first CD a long time ago – so stay tuned everyone. Secondly, I am now the creative director of a high end commercial and photography company. I feel so humbled about this whole ordeal. My childhood dream and vision of directing Giorgio Armani and Calvin Klein commercials are slowly coming to past – baby steps at a time, right? Projects that we currently have are so incredible and I’m learning a lot. The wonderful boss lady who is the financial backer of this wonderful studio has decided to approve the purchase of the coveted RED Camera. She is a dreammaker.  I feel inadequate….lucky…..motivated…..so blessed.

George of the Dungeon!

December 31, 2009 Comments Off on George of the Dungeon!

The past 5-6 days,  I’ve been immersing myself in writing and recording with my best friend,  Wendy.  During that time, we were able to create the skeleton of 10 original songs. This has been one of the most creative periods of my life.  I never thought that being locked in a Dungeon of a recording studio would be so fulfilling.

January will be spent mostly producing and finalizing these songs, after which I will be out of the country for a little while.

2010 = long overdue leap.  I feel good about the decision of leaving the corporate world behind.  I hope that everyone with big dreams will get the  opportunity to be able to do that.  It’s a freakin’ weird feeling.

I feel humbled, blessed…….lucky.

Model Photography

December 25, 2009 § 2 Comments

MODEL:

Kylie Smith

INFO:

I’ve had the honor of being Kylie’s official photographer and her as my main model.  Kylie’s one of the reasons why I have created a reputation as an exemplary photographer, mostly due to trial and error and practicing with her (and many other wonderful models and friends).  My biggest goal is to help her become a known model in Southeast Asia and Australia.  I believe she has the photogenic quality, genuine personality, and contagious smile that could sell a special niche product line.  Her face is already plastered all over the web and is one of the known faces in the collegiate  world.  She’s also part-Greek which translates very well photographically in the Oceania market 🙂

I figured it out….

November 30, 2009 § Leave a comment

After a serious trial by fire the past month or so, I think I finally figured my life out .  Hmmmm, strange it seems that I would say that.   As a very late bloomer, I definitely took the time, wandering aimlessly at times, until I found that little bitty dirt road leading to where I was supposed to be 20 years ago.

I’m talking about two things that mean the most to me – creative pursuit and…..love.   My childhood dream and goal is to become a music producer.  HECK, why not?  I have all the studio equipment and can play lots of instruments. I’ve been playing music most of my life and have  produced lots of stuff for other people.  And due to my film/photography background, I can also create their music videos and  photograph their promotional materials.  The all in one producer!!!!  WOOOHOOO – that’s me!!!   Now, I just need to find the most amazing artist that can match a Rihanna or Lady Gaga.  So far, I am working with a couple of good ones….one more would sum it all up completely.

In matters of the heart, that’s for another day 🙂  But what I learned  from this ephiphany month is the one thing that has eluded me my entire life until recently.  I just needed to learn to love myself.  I freely give that to the WHOLE PLANET anyway.  So why not myself, right?  Once that was accomplished, everything became super clear to me.  So is that the secret to life?  Hmmmmm…

Little successes..

November 12, 2009 § Leave a comment

I had to start from scratch with most of the things in my life.  It’s good to be able to have a chance like that…..at least that’s how I would like to look at things.  Here are stuff from fortune cookies lately 🙂

Nothing can keep you from reaching your goals.  Do it!

Do not wait for others to open the right doors for you.

Focus on your long-term goal  Don’t hesitate to act now.

The time is always right to do what is right.

You could prosper in the field of entertainment.

Nothing to say….except here's my new old Jeep YJ :-)

October 20, 2009 § 2 Comments

New Jeep

Delegation, Dots, Decisions…and DRIVING FORCE

October 2, 2009 § Leave a comment

The other night, it was impressed upon my mind the importance of delegation when it comes to huge projects and goals.  I pondered upon that word “delegation” for several hours, thinking that it was the lack of that particular skill that sometimes makes some projects fall short.  I reviewed all the things I’ve done in the past and I realized that I actually delegate things quite a bit.

I dug a little deeper and found one important factor that made the lightbulb above my head go bling (with my friend Aly’s help)!!!  What’s even more vital than delegation is DRIVING FORCE.  Each project, goal or anything that has to deal with ambition requires a driving force behind it to be accomplished properly.   Call it whatever you wish – leadership, passion, soul, hunger, motivating factor.

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Furthermore,  I realized that most people can successfully only be the driving force of one goal at a time….and when I mean goal, I mean something that is an absolutely incredible goal.  For instance – Steve Jobs = Apple.  Larry Ellison = Oracle.  Bill Gates = Microsoft….and at a much smaller scale, Joe Schmoe = Joe Schmoe’s very successful Craw Fish Diner. The magnitude of success is of course determined by that person’s vision, happiness , destiny and resources.  We can’t all be a Larry Page of Google.  I hope I didn’t contradict myself here…..the term success or incredible is relative.  Plus, if there is more than one person involved as the driving force, being united is critical.

I looked at the things I’m working on and was appalled….I mean downright SHOCKED to find out that I’m the driving force behind not one, but  5 major projects.  After vomiting for a few minutes…looks like I’m back to the drawing board.  I agonizingly and reluctantly let go of some things while assigning the “driving force” title away to others.  First, I needed someone with a solid knack of getting things done…a natural from birth, yet someone who is fresh, relatively unproven, very driven and who already believes in the project.  Task #1: I asked Dani to be the heart, mind, soul, and face / CEO of beginningfilmmaker.com.   If there is a person who can potentially turn coal into diamond, it would be her.  Now I need her more than ever to figure that all out.  How to make it work? ….. That’s to be determined!!!!  But she may have saved me from a potential heart attack.

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What I have on my wall is  Steve Jobs’ Commencement address given at Stanford University.  In essence, what he said is summarized as follows: “…the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it.”  He also mentioned that if one looks back at the past, that person can see certain events as dots in their lives.  Connect the dots and life becomes miraculous.  Everything makes sense.

I already know what I love to do, and that is creating music.  I need to give my full dedication and effort to make that work.  Me and my talented music partner in crime Wendy Girl are already the driving force(s) behind that goal.  We know it, we want it, we are passionate about it, and there’s no way it will not succeed.  It’s inevitable.   While others, such as Dani, may be at the beginning of the search for that holy grail of passion…..and I know someday significant events will clearly manifest themselves in a big way for talented people  like her.  And I can’t wait to find out how I’ll be privileged enough to be  part of  the  “dots” in another person’s life.