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change your life

§ February 9th, 2011 § Filed under #hownot2suck, blogcontent, moving pictures § No Comments

I recently stumbled into one of the many people I admire who give up their previous incarnation for a brave new one. Good food , too!

Surround Yourself With Talented People

§ January 4th, 2011 § Filed under #hownot2suck, moving pictures, performance § No Comments

Arpix wouldn’t be the same without the talented people involved. I”m blessed beyond belief to know such great and artistic folks.  And they brought me Maylee.  Very cool!  I know you’ll want to know, so here’s some info on the instrument she’s playing…the Tenori-on

And, here’s the chapter from hownot2suck.

Garfield Watson : personal trainer

§ December 20th, 2010 § Filed under #hownot2suck, blogcontent, moving pictures § No Comments

My friend Garfield was my boxing trainer for a time. He was an early inspiration for my decision to write hownot2suck, as he was looking at launching his own business at the time and I occasionally gave him my opinion on issues at hand.

In the meantime, he has done exactly that……was that 4 years ago now?  Wow, time flies!

I ran into Garfield on a recent trip to Toronto and decided to ask him about it.

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Live A Little : George Koller

§ November 25th, 2010 § Filed under #hownot2suck, blogcontent, moving pictures, performance § No Comments

Always the experimenter, in music styles and life itself, I consider myself fortunate to know talented musician George Koller. George brought a sitar to the ebook release. Very cool.

Inspirational of the chapter “Live A Little”, this performance is from the hownot2suck ebook release party of 9.13.10 in Toronto. The chapter itself follows.

And just in case you’d like to hear Spirit doing Zep before Zep did it…

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Learn From A Plumber

§ November 20th, 2010 § Filed under #hownot2suck, book content, moving pictures, performance § No Comments

My good friend Paul Neill let me record this short story set in the wonderful world of plumbing.

here’s the chapter to go with it.

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Timing Is Everything : Suzie Vinnick

§ November 14th, 2010 § Filed under #hownot2suck, moving pictures, performance § No Comments

Songwriter Suzie Vinnick wrote a song on spec for a film we were working on called Twist.  While we didn’t end up using the song in the film, she entered it into a songwriting contest and came away a winner.

Suzie was gracious enough to come out to the ebook release party and perform the song.  Here it is.  enjoy:

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Theme Song Redux

§ November 12th, 2010 § Filed under #hownot2suck, moving pictures § No Comments

I took another stab at both a theme song as well as some vid to go with it.  thoughts?

care to remix it?

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Nobody Does You Better Than You : Be Authentic

§ November 11th, 2010 § Filed under #hownot2suck, book content, moving pictures, performance § No Comments

Perhaps the most important thing you can be to somebody else is authentic. Being yourself gives everyone power…power for others to truly know who you are, and power to you to simply be…yourself.

Fergus Hambleton is a guy who does what he does.  You love it?  Fine.  Not for you?  Also fine.  I happen to think he’s heartfelt and talented.  Fergus was kind enough to shine some of his musical light on the hownot2suck ebook release party on September 13, 2010. Here it is, both the classic video, and a trippy remix.  Following that is the chapter “Be Authentic” from the ebook.

The Classic Mix

The Trippy Video Mix

The Chapter

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Free Is The New Paid

§ November 9th, 2010 § Filed under #hownot2suck, book content, moving pictures, performance § No Comments

It’s simply tougher and tougher to get noticed in the crowd.  The people who have come before you have contacts, experience, and at the moment a much bigger chance to succeed than you do.  But, there’s hope.  You have talent.  All you need is an opportunity for others to experience you. Trust me, if you’re great at what you do, the money will follow.  But for now?  You may have to work for free.

Read the chapter “Free Is The New Paid” below.

But first, take this is an example; Composer Rich Ragsdale describes how he caught a big break – it took him doing something on the cheap to get it – in this short film, premiered at the hownot2suck ebook release party in Toronto, on September 13, 2010.  It was shot in August, on the streets of Venice, California.



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Here Come The Rain

§ October 29th, 2010 § Filed under book content, chapter, moving pictures, performance § No Comments

Since spending time in Venice, California, I’ve had the good fortune to meet some interesting people. One such person is Venice boardwalk artist Arthure Moore.  Arthure has had it, lost it, gotten it back, let it go all over again.  The interesting thing about Arthure is that in many ways he is as happy or happier than many other people I know who would appear to “have” more.

Arthure and I have coffee (ok, I have coffee, and he has beer) several mornings per week when I’m in the ‘hood. He’s bright, talented, and…funny. We could all learn a few things from him, and he’s a great add to the world of hownot2suck.

There are two parts to this film, which premiered at the hownot2suck @ businessnbeing ebook launch in Toronto, on September 13, 2010.  And, I’m happy to report that the films floored the audience.

ps the chapter Here Comes The Rain is at the foot of this post.

Arthure Moore (part 1)

Arthure Moore (Part 2)

The Inspirational Chapter

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