The Weddings of Walmart

Have you heard of the People of Walmart?

If you haven’t, it’s a site where people post pics

of ridiculous situations they’ve encountered

while at the store.

Then, the internet takes the pics and throws pies at them.

Mostly pies made out of poo.

Did you know that there is a wedding equivalent of this?

Where people post pictures of other people’s weddings

for the world to throw poop-pies at?

I do.

I know this because my wife and I’s wedding photos

ended up on one, several in fact.

Changes things. Everyone loves to laugh at the clown.

But what if you are the clown, what then?

Well, then you begin to realize that people

can be very mean, especially behind closed doors;

but that is part of life.

If you’re doing anything worth doing,

people will be ready with pies.

You will get covered, but KEEP GOING.

We’re married to this day, seven years in July.

Couldn’t be happier, or more grateful for such a wonderful partner.

You know what’s really funny?

We served pie at our wedding.

Cake just wouldn’t do.

 

 

Being Vague

Being vague is an ice cream cone,

appealing in appearance

but quick to melt away.

 

Being vague is a like naming a destination,

but not supplying a road map

on how to get there.

 

Being vague is like watching a movie

after reading a book,

and saying to yourself,

“that’s nothing like I actually had in mind.”

 

Being specific is awkward

and nerve-wracking.

It limits your audience.

It changes the conversation

from something generic

to something unique &

individualized.

 

Specific problems

have specific solutions.

Specific goals

have specific means to achieve them.

 

Yes, being vague will get you more “likes”

but being specific will get more results,

more ultimate satisfaction in life.

 

You are free to choose either,

just choose wisely =)

Divine (dis)Connect

we pray to our phones,

More than we pray to GOD.

head bowed, attentions scattered,

we “like” and “share,”

When we could be communing with the Divine.

people leave social media all the time,

finding that it fails to satisfy the desires of their heart.

But God always satisfies,

and you                                                                                       Can reach Him

RIGHT NOW!

Something to Talk About

I enjoy writing blogs. I hope you enjoy reading them. Even still, as much as I love this digital space we share, actual reality is better than anything the digital world has to offer either one of us.

Coffee houses across the country have been turned into mocha-flavored make-believe factories where people sit at their laptops and talk about how great they wish they were. But, really, what does any of that matter if the life lived doesn’t back it up? One kiss. One hug. One intimate conversation lasting hours on end is world a million ventures in the fantastical realms.

So, go! Explore. Take a walk. Visit a friend. Get your hands dirty. Then if you’re not too busy having fun (though I pray that will be the case) come back and tell me what you did.

The world needs men and women of action to make a difference in this world. I invite you now to be one of them.

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Financial Planning for the Creative Mind

Hello all,

On Saturday, Our Kind of Awesome will celebrate the one-year anniversary of “Polyphony“‘s release. For those who do not remember, “Polyphony” was the most well-received short film in the Project 12 Film Series, now F10 Films, line-up, having scored a “Best Write of Passage” Short Film Award nomination at the 168 Film Festival.

I am tremendously proud of “Polyphony,” as well as all the twelve films made last year (2014). Indeed, 2014 was a very productive year. However, with great productivity comes great costs.

True, we did not invest as much as some do on their short films. (Some shorts have been known to cost five grand, and beyond.) But we still needed to pay our actors, cover the submission costs for the film festivals we entered, invest in posters and other marketing materials, and feed cast, crew, premiere attendees, and beyond.

There is a certain glamour attached to filmmaking, as there is to a great number of artistic endeavors. But the reality is that art can also a great way to lose money, rather than gain it, if you are not careful. Through proper marketing and mobilization of your fan base, art can be a fun and lucrative endeavor, but it always begins, like a start-up business, as an investment, an out-of-pocket expense that may or may not be recuperated.

Of course, some people have gone the route of crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo to help defray the cost of production. The problem with these sites, although you’re free to try them, is that I have seen a lot of wonderful projects come out from them with little or nothing in return. The experience can be disheartening, so I advise you to approach the experience with caution. Note: If you already have a product ready, be it a film simply needing post-production or distribution funds, it will be a lot easier to succeed in this realm.

With that in mind, I recommend using the resources that you have available to you. Who do you know? What locations do you have access to? What moneys can you pool together? Carefully record those details and write out a plan of how you plan to use them. When everyone is on the same page on the resources available, you will save a lot of time and hassle when heading into production. Do not fret if you don’t have a lot to start off with, we all have to start somewhere. And don’t pretend to have more than you do, credit cards can be wonderful resources when in a bind, but if you rely on them, you can easily find yourself in deep doodoo when your art doesn’t have the financial feedback you were expecting. Personal example: I’m still paying off credit card debts from last year’s series.

When it all comes down to it, you will ultimately have to decide whether the art you are producing is done as a hobby or as a business. The deciding factor is not if you have a company name and/or a business card. The deciding factor is whether or not you are willing and able to make the steps to turn your passion project into a financially lucrative and sustainable entity. Nowadays, artists in various disciplines are finding it harder and harder to make a living in the advent digital age. So, if you are interested in going the distance, perhaps start your project off as a side business and let things grow or die from there. Know that there is no shame in either path. The only shame is doing something not meant for you. Let the haters hate and the mockers laugh. You just do you, and may God richly bless you on your journey.

Sincerely yours,

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