Monthly Archives: November 2012

Is 50 Cent a Better Director than Jim Sheridan?

If I had to judge solely off of Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ and Before I Self Destruct, two films both starring Curtis Jackson, a.k.a. 50 Cent, I’d have to conclude that the rap-star is a better writer and director than Jim Sheridan and Terence Winter, the director/writer team of Get Rich Or Die Tryin’. […]

Double Sevens, Part I

I was born in the lucky year of 1977. I’m a gemini, so that’s double the luck. I grew up in California. I didn’t realize how cool California was when I was growing up. I did a report on Arkansas in 5th grade. I thought, wow, diamonds are mined in Arkansas. I wish I was […]

Secret To Everything: Believe In Yourself

[This is actually a journal entry that I decided to make public.] I think the secret to everything in life is first to believe in yourself, and then to never stop believing in yourself. I think all success can be traced back to one believing in oneself and all failure can be traced back to […]

Tips On Staying Motivated

As a young adult, I would often read motivational books as I tried to figure out what to do with my life and build a career. A problem with those type of books, however, is that they are far too general, and not personalized in the least. No two people are alike, and what motivates […]

Get Excited and Bang It Out (A Screenplay)

Have you ever wanted to write a screenplay? Here is a secret to writing one, from Robert Rodriguez’s book Rebel Without a Crew: “…if you really want to write [a screenplay], the best way is find an idea that excites you, no matter how small (mine was simply the guy with the guitar case full […]

Get Back to Work

“I talk to aspiring filmmakers who waste so much time asking people what kind of camera or format they should shoot on and blah blah blah. Grab the camera you can get your hands on fastest and start shooting with it. Everything else will fall into place.” – Robert Rodriguez ‘Nuff said. Now get back […]

Build Your Reputation By Doing What You Love – 27 Minute Video!

Below is a 27-and-a-half minute presentation that I gave earlier this year at the Photography Videography Summit in Salt Lake City. Although I was speaking to photographers and videographers, the message is equally applicable to any profession or dream career. Below that is even more thoughts on the subject (think of it as extra credit). […]