A Step for Success.

I wasn’t confident at some point this week, and I started to doubt myself and my working with a great team, but alas, today showed that I’m going in the right direction.  I always found that I was my own worst enemy.  I doubt myself at times, but at least this time I over came it and presented my ideas for the project.  My clients liked what I had to present them, and I’m confident moving forward that my creative team can build something around the ideas presented.

I know the next thing I have to consider is how we want to structure the ideas and get a narration written for the project.  I’m also excited that they agreed to shooting on off hours so that I can have a bit more control over who appears on the camera.  That’s just another issue that I’m glad we can control.  I’ll have to assemble my team for this shoot, but I think that things will run smooth.

I’m loving the experience of trying something different than I’ve done, and I know that we’ll have to do a bit more research before finishing the treatment.  Just to make sure that we’ll have enough time before we decide to film.  I don’t think I can say that I’m excited enough times.

I’m trying to get my homework done before the weekend so that I can enjoy it fully, much like I did last weekend.  Father’s day is among us once again, and I can’t believe that I’ve had sixteen of these so far.  Time flies, and it’s incredible how much you realize this after parenthood.

I hope you have a good night, and find joy in the people around you.

Finding Experience

About five years ago, I was invited to a local writers club meeting by my father’s co-worker.  It was a day during December and the club was having a guess speaker, Ted Lange(imdb.com). Ted’s most known for his character on The Love Boat(1977), as the friendly bartender Issac Washington, and I really paid attention to what he said.  He was funny and personable, but his message was that he became a writer to give himself work.  He said that it was hard for a black man to break into the business and that’s why he became a writer.

I took that to heart, and as I write this tonight, I keep thinking that everything that I’ve been doing for the last several months, and more so now since my last months classes, is that I’m creating that experience.  I’m starting to grasp the concept of marketing myself on social media,  I’m learning programs that I will need to have experience in to get jobs in the field that I want to get work in.  So, that’s my advice to anybody frustrated in searching for work, or getting experience.  It might take time, but find a way to do it yourself.  We live in  world that doesn’t want to give most people a hand, and that’s why reading books, researching, and doing are the keys to getting the success that you want.

I remember not that long ago, that was my thought process, “how am I going to get another job without the experience they’re looking for?”  It’s a scary thought, but as I’ve grown in knowledge and determination,  I’ve discovered that there are ways too find a way to learn those skills.  A good start is looking online for classes, or workshops for gaining that knowledge.  Another thing is too look at the local employment agency.  They should be able to point you in the right direction.

I’m adventuring into the world of owning my own business, and I’m blessed with the people who are involved with the process. They will keep me grounded, and we work well together.  The scary part is that I know that there will be failure along the way, but that’s the other way to gain experience.  As I’ve seen stated in books, magazines, and various other places, failure is a teacher, and if you keep failing, you learn how to not fail as bad.  It’s also a great way to teach you what works and doesn’t work.

The best thing to do is be cautious, but don’t be afraid to succeed, and don’t let failure stop you either.  We as people tend to be our own harshest critics, and in general, we also get in the way of our own success.  I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I messed up something because I got into my own head, and had self doubts.  That’s why we tend to sabotage ourselves.

The other thing I have to say about this is do what makes you happy.  As cliche as it is, there is a reason for that.  I listened to everybody else for so long and I was miserable for doing what I was “supposed” to do and it almost cost me my life.  Wouldn’t you rather feel happy about chasing your dreams then be stuck in the same spot in life?  Yes, I won’t lie, it would be much easier to just do what I love and not be concerned about anything else, but I have a family to provide for, but I was given the motivation to prepare for a different life when opportunity came and gave me the chance to go for something I had want to do for most of my adult life, and most of my life in some way that, evolved into wanting to make movies.  Remember that survival is the most necessary part, but going for the dream is important too.  While it might seem crazy, the skills that I’m learning in film school, are things that I can apply to the “safe” jobs as well.  So there is a back up plan in place, and it would still involve what I want to do in life.

I will leave a final note before this thought train leaves the station:  Be kind to each other, there are too many negative energies out there wanting to bring you down.  they want people to be down on their levels and can’t stand other people’s success.  Don’t add to that problem.  Try to be positive, and keep that mentality.  If you wake up and look in the mirror in the morning, tell yourself that you’ll have a good day.  Positive affirmations work far better than I ever thought, and it generally keeps me going in a positive direction.

 

Collegium

I am an active member in the Society of Creative Anachronisms, and I’ve been “playing” with my family in the middle ages for the last three years.  Due to my situation in life at this time, I haven’t been as dedicated to certain aspects of it as I did in the beginning.  Being busy with school mostly, has put many aspects of my life on the back burner, but has I near graduation, I’m trying to add parts of those aspects back in little by little.

While I still do local events in our barony of Naevehjem,  I’ve always been one to help set up tents and assist where I can to get the day’s activities going.  Besides our March Melee, Baronial Barbecue, and our anniversary Frost Dragon,  our first out of town event was Great Western War of 2015.  I enjoyed seeing the various people in their garb, and going out to the fields to watch the mock battles that take place.  The best part is seeing the fellowship and great bonds that are formed over this little hobby.

When we joined, my wife ended up becoming the Youth Point officer and has done a tremendous job within the SCA.  I started out as a field herald, as I like to talk in front of people.  I enjoyed this for a while but wanted to turn my attention to other things.  One of those things was the baronial web right.  That means that I would be in charge of the online portion of running the barony for the kingdom of Caid(Ki-eed).  I took the position as something that I wanted to learn and add to my marketable skill set.  I’ve been slowly doing so, and I will hope to get the update completed soon.

My wife’s gained a reputation as youth officer, and last year she was asked to do Youth Point for our neighboring Barony Dun Or,  so that was the second official Kingdom out of town event we started going too.  She’s now done the job twice for them.  This year we took our travels and went to Collegium.  Yesterday was fun, with the classes we decided to take, and she had a class to teach as well.  We were introduced to the art of rapier, also known as fencing.  We enjoyed taking that class together, and then I had gone off with her to watch her teach her class about bringing special needs children to events.  While the class had just a few people from our barony,  I was proud that she went through the process of teaching a class.  This is a big step from when we first got married and she was shy around people.

After her class, we went to a youth class about a newer program to get youth and families to participate together.  She sat down with the teacher who had been our kingdom youth officer at one time, and I was looking over the program, and talking to the teacher’s wife.  They are good people, and the conversation was nice.  After looking at this program,  I want to help teach and learn with my own kids about this stuff, and I think we’ll get a good amount of bonding time with in our family and our SCA family while learning to better our hobby.

I want to go back and take more classes next year, and I was glad to be able to end the day with a good dinner with our friends from the barony and also have our baron and baroness partake in good food and conversation with us.

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Self Doubt and Contemplating

I felt in a funk today.  I’ve been there for a couple of days, and I wasn’t sure why.  I think it started with the fact that I as thinking about doing some major rewrites to Life Happens, I feel that I need to add some real substance to the lead character as he deals with the tragedy that has befallen his family.  Then I started my new class last night and I bombed my first quiz.  My biggest problem about last night was that I was tired and too much into my own head to let anything really sink in.  I know that I shouldn’t let this bother me the way it has, so I need to shake myself out of this funk, and I’m going to do that.  Unfortunately going through this mindset also sets up the ever dooming question,”am I good enough?”  I know that I shouldn’t feel that way, but sometimes it’s hard to think of the silver lining.

I do feel a bit better, thank you for thinking it, and I’ve decided that I’m not going to let these negative thoughts get in the way of partaking in a celebration of my wife’s birthday.  She has tolerated me far longer than I think I would’ve ever tolerated myself.  I’ve known her for nineteen years, and that’s over half of our lives, and most of that has been together.  She’s been my strength when I’ve been down, and she’s seen me at my lowest too.

Now back to the first subject at hand, I hate being stuck in my own mind because I realized that thoughts like that tend to sabotage my own success.  That’s where being my own worse critic comes in at as well.  When you get told that you’re not good enough, it tends to stick with you throughout your life.  That’s not saying that I feel that way anymore, but that self doubt crawls in every once in awhile.  I’m glad that I have the people in my life that I do because they’ve been the biggest support in my life.  I’ve got an amazing set of friends, and my chosen family are the glue to my backbone.

I don’t plan on letting any minor set back phase me, because life has been going so well for me.  I’ve got the production studio being prepared to start producing content, and I’m looking forward to getting the creative process flowing again.  I’ve got so many ideas that I can’t wait to share with everyone, and I’ve gotten a few characters in development that I think will get some laughs once the sketches start being written.  I just hope that with Luckey Bom Films  and the CK Project are successful, and I hope that I don’t overwhelm myself by doing a billion things at once.  I can’t forget to mention the things I’ve been developing for the Geeks of the IWV.  This group has been going fairly decent for a local group that is almost a year old, and I’m glad that I can be part of this group with wonderful and passionate geeks like myself.  It really has brought my relationship with people to a better place.

So, I have a pod cast in the works, actually about three of them, and so I’m wondering what people think about the content I’d like to get out.  We have a geek pod cast, would anyone like to hear reviews on the latest Comics, movies, and maybe video games? How about video’s demonstrating some of the boardgames that we play?  For my other pod casts, what type of content would you like to see?  Relationships? Local News?  Up coming plans on where the projects and companies are going?

Final words-  Let me know what you think?  I’m trying to get more marketable and I’d love any input that you might have?  Take care and good night.

Wonder Woman(2017)

As my wife puts this movie, ” It was everything I wanted.”  With that being said, Wonder Woman is a damn good movie.  It was surly the best thing DC and Warner Bros has done together in the last ten or so years.  The only thing that bothered me a little was the cliche slow motion fight scenes,  I felt that it was a tad bit over done.  The movie did also feel a bit familiar, like Captain America: The Fist Avenger(2011).  Which isn’t a bad thing, since that movie was great in its own right.

Gal Gadot is great, not to mention that she’s very attractive as well.  Chris Pine plays Steve Trevor and these two fine actors have chemistry.  I feel that is something that helps get the view invested emotionally with what happens with their individual character arcs. Lucy Davis plays Etta, Steve’s secretary, and she is a joy in every scene she’s in.  She almost stole the show.

The setting is WWI, and I think that was a great way to go, since WWII always seems just a bit played out.  The scenes are great, the costumes are stunning, and the Lasso of Truth glows.  Part of the fun is seeing all the Easter Eggs that are in there.  They tie the DCEU all together in a nice pretty package.  I’m trying not to spoil anything here, because this movie is truly a pleasure to experience, just say that DC seems to have Marvel’s problem with under developed villains.

Now that I’ve given a spoiler free review….I hope, I have something that I feel needs to be addressed about the importance of this movie.  For all things about equality, this is a female superhero movie, directed by a female director.  See studios? Women can do it too.  Had this been a disaster, everyone would be bad mouthing DC even more, and probably blame Zack Snyder for ruining the DC brand.  Wonder Woman did exceedingly well, and I think that all the companies either doing, or considering doing movies benefits from this.  I’ve seen and heard people complain about the lack of female heroes in the movies.  Well, Jessica Jones(2016) did very well on Netflix, and Wonder Woman being a success means that the movie watchers are ready for the female superhero movies.  I think that studios should pay attention to this.  We could have a successful Black Widow movie, or a Spider-Gwen.  We could even do with a Black Canary movie.  I think the possibilities are exciting.

The only disappointment I have about what I heard was that males complained about an all-women showing of Wonder Woman.  I mean really?  It seems that most things tend to be geared towards the male population as it is, and somebody doesn’t have enough chill to be cool with something not geared towards the male ego?  I think it was a great publicity stunt, and there is a female section that has grown up with Wonder Woman as the only role model that they’ve had.

Parting words:  If you’ve seen it, I hoped you like it. If you haven’t I recommend seeing it, because it is good.  Have a good night, and until next time.

Putting it All Together

This month has been an incredibly crazy month with my schooling.  From learning about contracts and licensing, to learning how to utilize new media distribution, this month has been  all about reading more words than I’ve had too in months.  So, now comes the interesting part, promoting my stuff to get more viewers.  So, this is where I have to come up with a plan to better be active on my various social medias.  I’m already getting prepared to start getting more content out there, and now that I have two separate YouTube pages, my personal one that everyone has scene is about to become part of my CK project which will be my personal page for motivation and my journey in life and the weight loss surgery.  My film page will be for my film projects, and I’m excited to get going on both sides of what I’ve had planned.

I know that I have people who read my blogs, follow my posts on Facebook, and Twitter.  I also have people who follow my YouTube, and I appreciate all the support, and I’m sure I’ve said that a couple of times, but I truly mean it.  Now, if you’re reading this, if you like my stuff, then please subscribe to my blog, and my YouTube, show that appreciation I would love it, and I’m always willing to interact with people in which ever form you decide to comment on.  You are most definitely part of the reason I do the things I do- that and the fact that I’ve had a creative bug my whole life that has needed to be satisfied.

So far, I’ve been getting ready for the big moment to actually start doing the work I’ve been planning on doing for the rest of my life.  I have about six months left of school.  My homework is almost completely done for this week, and my classes end on Sunday….all I can think about is the fact that I have six months left.  That light is just on the other side of the tunnel and I can finally say that I did something meaningful.  I’m not even sure how to process this,  I’m excited because it opens doors for me, but scared because this has been life for the last three years of my life.  I can’t wait to actually start training my second and third camera people, my friend and partner Ed, and my son Chris who’s got that excitement in his eyes.  I’m doing something meaningful and creating art.

Sorry I had a moment of reflection…anyway, just keep following and if you want to find out where to see the rest of my stuff, there are links, and I’ll make it easier to find all the links to follow me, or if you’re so inclined message me and I’ll gladly send you links to everything that I have.