The site has been transformed. Just a few housekeeping things.....this site is now fully devoted to my performing and booking of my act and keynote. It will consist of all things related to the Mentalism and Performance Speaking including related media, show info, the documentary Road to Pro: A Mind Journey, behind the scenes photos and video, and this blog. This blog will be used to share passing thoughts about what it takes to go pro in this field. So enjoy and come back soon for a more in depth journey through my mind.
2016 is quickly approaching. And with that new years resolutions are right along with it. Get in better shape. Eat better. Make more money. Travel more. The usual. They'll last about a month and then things are right back to normal. And then another year has passed and nothing has changed for you. I spoke to this topic before when we talked about people dying at 22 and making it official at 82. Your last day is inevitable. It is coming. Yes you are alive. But will you honestly say that you truly lived. I understand that holds different meaning for everyone. You have to figure out what that means for you. The thing is, what are you actually doing to make your life one that is lived?
For me, it means a lot of things. Of course I want to be healthy and successful and all that both those things entail. The thing I've realized though is that on my path to those things, I have to remember to live. I have to remember to enjoy the path. I have to remember to not get caught up in the day to day in and out activities. I need to instead truly take them in. Be mindful of every part of life that happens. I think we all get in this rut sometime of doing the same thing day in and day out and not realizing what a joy it can all be. Maybe the issue for some of you is it isn't a joy. The life you're living isn't one you'd be proud of at the end. Well what the heck are you doing to change that? I've said this before and I continue to say it because I truly believe it: Make a decision. That's right. It really is as simple as that. Instead of the normal bullshit that everyone makes a new years resolution to do, make a decision on how you can not just be alive, but live. Live fully. In every way it means for you.
Time. Past. Present. Future. The illusion of time. The lack of it. Moving slow. Moving fast. No time. No time like the present. But then it's the past. Time..........................and the idea of time has fascinated me for a long.........time. Contradictory statements such as "We shouldn't dwell on the past."<----------> "We must learn from our past. In it lies the predictor of the future." Time paradoxes such as when time seems to move.......so.......incredibly........slow. Deja vu, which some people believe deals directly with time in a jumbled fashion as opposed to a linear one like we all use everyday. I've done magic since I was 15 and when I was 20 I got into mentalism, i.e. mind reading. Yes it was all an illusion but could you really predict the future? Let's take the time to connect to the quote in my Instagram (@spcstudios) "The best way to predict your future is to create it." Maybe we can't see into the future of others, but you can see yours. At least in a sense.
There is no question, the decisions you make now directly relate to your future outcomes. Not in a blog post, but in a future book, I'll outline how crazy it is how my decisions have led to where I am today. Have you ever taken the time to think about that? Can you think back to a moment in time where you can say wow, if I'd made another choice my life would be so different now. What I want to add to that is, be mindful of your decisions. They literally make all the difference in how future moments are lived. So how do you want your moments to be lived? How do you want your time in the future to be spent? Once you answer that, take a long hard look at the decisions you're making currently and see if they'll get you to the moments you want to have down the road. Once that's done, continually be mindful of your moment to moment decisions.
So today is the live show at VCU for MrPreneurTV. I am so very excited about this. We've worked hard on it. It never would have happened though, if one year ago I didn't decide to make the jump and start doing photography as a business and not just a hobby. I use to think that the process to getting to where you want to go goes like this: 1. Identify your dream. 2. Plan how to get it done. 3. Go out and get it done. Well needless to say, that didn't work for me. At all. See I'm a details person. When it comes to anything I'm interested in I research like crazy on it before I make the jump. With regards to business, I plan like crazy to make sure that I'm doing it the "right" way before I take action. Maybe you're the same way. Problem is, most people that do this, myself included, never achieve anything because they spend too much time planning how they will achieve it. You plan and plan and plan until it gets to the point that you haven't accomplished anything and just give up. So how do you turn that around? The answer is simple. Flip steps 2 and 3.
The dream, i.e. the goal, is always first. You have to know where you're going in order to get there. But don't plan afterwards. Just do it. And more importantly, DO IT NOW. Don't wait. Do something. Anything to get started. Then figure out the rest as you go. I guarantee you that will make all the difference. I'll give you an example. One and a half years ago I developed an idea for a personal photo project called Dream Nation Project. I then spent the next 7 months figuring out how I was going to go about it. What the pictures were going to look like. How I was going to contact people. How many people I wanted involved. What I planned on doing with it. But I spent 7 months doing that! I wasted seven months! It finally got to the point where I just said, you know what, I'm just going to contact someone I want to photograph and go from there. I did. They said yes. I was excited. We set a shoot date. And it was at that point I figured out what the photo was going to look like. I also knew I wanted to interview them. In the beginning I started out by just recording the audio on my phone. Now it has progressed to documentary style video. See what I mean? Start and then figure the rest out as you go.
I cannot say that I have completely gotten over this. I still hesitate. I just found out this week, actually twice in the same day, that I lost jobs because I hesitated to act when I initially thought about it. Freaking sucked. I was so mad. But I only hesitated because I had these crazy thoughts in my head like "Your work isn't good enough for people to pay for it." "They won't go for this idea." "They won't want to work with me because of the way I look." Basically it all boils down to I just didn't value myself. Don't do that people. Your work is good enough. YOU are good enough. YOU are valuable and you matter.
Dream Nation Project: www.dreamnationproject.com
So I know you've all heard it before. "Do what you're passionate about!" "Follow your passion!" Well what the hell do you do if you have no idea what your passion is? That is the problem most people have starting out. That is where I'm sure you are at this point. You want to start a business or just simply have the possibility of something more but have no idea where to start. If you've already figured out your passion then great. Run with it. If you're anything like me though, it took me FOREVER to figure that out. I'm 34 years old and I didn't figure out what my passion was until one year ago. That's right. One year.
So how do you figure out what your passion is if you have no idea? Easy. What are you curious about? I call it hobby A.D.D.. Make a list of five things that interest you and starting pursuing those. One by one go down the list. I guarantee you you'll figure out your passion along the way. You might exhaust that list and have to come up with five more. One thing that happens in this whole process at the very least is you learn about new things. Maybe it's not your passion but it turns out to be something you enjoy doing. I'll give a brief rundown of my curiosity path to get to where I am now; which is with something I'm passionate about. When I was in my early teens I started singing. Thought that was what I wanted to do. Then I started playing guitar. Obvious progression right? You can see where that was leading. Obviously I was going to be a music star. Turns out I have a horrible time remembering the lyrics to songs without them in front of me. So no go on that career path. Then I really got into cars. Classic cars. Import cars. Racing cars. A lot of money goes into that. So that was shut down. Also around the same time I got into magic. I absolutely loved that. It is the only thing I consistently stuck with. It turned out to be a great way to make friends (I had a really hard time doing that. I wasn't one of the "cool" kids) and it has been something that I still do today. I'm just not passionate enough to make it a business. Yet I still incorporate it into my vlogs I put out every week and into my public speaking talks. When I went to college I majored in business and photography. My dad was a photographer so that's the reason for that. And I knew at that point I wanted to own my own business one day. Turns out I hated school. So I left when I was a junior.
Fast forward to three years ago when I became interested in photography again. I bought my first digital camera and I knew very quickly that this was what I was going to make my business. A year into my photography business I knew what my passion was. It was taking the stories of individuals and bringing them to the forefront so that everyone can see and hear them. And I do that with my photography and filmmaking. Those two things are the catalyst for my passion.
So there you have it. 33 years to find my passion. So don't think for a second that you need to quickly figure out what your passion is to begin to be successful. Hell some people work a job so they can simply fund their passion. Point is, figure out what your curious about. Let that lead you and your passion will follow.
So I gave you the hint on my Instagram (@spcstudios). And the answer is this: the majority of people enter the workforce at 22 years old. Get it now? The thing is most people absolutely hate their jobs. You hate getting up early to go there. You work for a boss you can't stand. With people you don't like. And ultimately for a job you don't feel rewarded in. Why do you do this? Why do you subject yourself to this?! Because someone told you as you were growing up that the "right" thing to do was to go to school, go to college, and get a good job? It simply does not work like that anymore. And then on top of that you get a job in a field you're not passionate about. You're only there because you thought you could make money doing it. Or it was what your family wanted you to do. Or possibly you like the field you're in, you just have a horrible boss. Do you know that you don't have to go that route? Do you know that you don't have to stay in that job? To stay in a job you hate is literally killing you. Day by day. The stress alone from it all is the biggest factor.
So how do you get out? What if you're saying "Well I don't know what to do. I don't know how to get out. I don't know what I'd do if I wasn't doing this." Start pursuing things you're interested in. See if there's a way to turn that into a side business. And then maybe that eventually turns into a full-time venture. You never know. But do you really want to be at the end of your life and wonder "What if?" For me at least, that is something that I absolutely will not be saying. I hope you can say the same thing.
whats up everyone! soooo....i have a new website. finally! check it out and let me know what you think. either write a comment on here or on my facebook page. i would love to hear from you. also, like i said in the first post, i have a very special project i'm working on that i will be debuting hopefully by the beginning of the year. so stay tuned for more info on that. looking forward to hearing from you!
I have had the website down for quite awhile. But now it's back! and better than before I hope. I definitely look forward to adding new images. I also have a project I'm working on that is a social/art project. Hopefully you guys will find out soon what that is. I am extremely excited about it. It is also a way to get many many people involved. So check back soon to see what that's about. I love you guys. Thanks for supporting me.