Confused And Close To Giving Up

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us  to a new path – Walt Disney

Don’t, just don’t. If you started with a good idea, push forward. It might be that “good” turned in to impossible, time consuming, challenging, or it’s just not for me. Well, if you’ve realize that it’s not for you, then congrats on taking the initiative of figuring that out at least. So now you won’t regret it the rest of you life asking “what ifs…”

But what if it is for you and your just putting excuses again? Hmm.  Continue reading

Simply Simplicity

If you can’t explain it simply, then you don’t know it well enough. — Albert Einstein

As a creative entrepreneur, being in the early stages of my first online business venture, I’ve come to a decision to service a larger target audience who embraces simplicity — the consumer.

As a filmmaker, musician, and tech enthusiast I would love to brag about what I can do with pro-apps, gear, and other flashy stuff. But being such a strong advocate for great storytelling, I’m convinced that we don’t need that noise.  Continue reading

Ken Burns On Story

The common story is 1 + 1 = 2,  the real genuine stories is the 1 + 1 = 3 … where the whole is greater the sum of the parts.” – Ken Burns

Ken Burns is one of those giants I mentioned before. What a great filmmaker and storyteller.  After reading Brian McDonald’s article, Yes, Documentaries Also Use Story Structure, I took a real hard look at myself and said, “Hey, this is another option to make films. To  tell real stories. To speak truth.” Since then, I’ve been exploring the field.

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Hidden Stories Through Your Human Experience

A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have. — Steve Jobs (Wired, February 1996)

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Palo Verde

The Big Confusion

“There’s a big confusion in this country over what we want versus what we need,” Morrie said. “You need food, you want a chocolate sundae. You have to be honest with yourself. You don’t need the latest sports car, you don’t need the biggest house. The truth is, you don’t get satisfaction from those things. You know what really gives you satisfaction?…Offering others what you have to give…I don’t mean money, Mitch. I mean your time. Your concern. Your storytelling. It’s not so hard.” _ Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

In the movie Jaws, the main character wants to get rid of a shark, but what he needs is to overcome fear of the water.  Him overcoming fear gave people hope to go back to the beach again.  Continue reading


It’s About The People

“I think the best stories always end up being about the people rather than the event, which is to say character-driven.” Stephen King

We can’t build a great story with out building relationships. If life was all about events and thrills that you and I have only experienced alone — that will be pretty miserable. A boring story, I’ll say.

I need you, you need me. If not me, then somebody out there does. People matter. Our life must be character-driven.