Archive for May, 2009

writing, acting, flying, and focus

May 22, 2009

Much to the chagrin of a couple of my closest friends, who are also heavily skewed fans (In my opinion), I have taken on yet another sporadic writing project. The first link follows.
EzineArticles.com: http://EzineArticles.com/?id=2346834
I simply decided to share a bit of the history and experience I’ve amassed in the entertainment industry, and it made me realize how critical focus is in our lives.
I mentioned in a previous blog / article the eagerness I have in getting my private (pilot’s license) and getting my ticket punched (another way of referring to the certificate for the specific certification) and have spent time working on the writing portion, prepping for the written FAA Airmen’s exam. I realize I need to get that out of the way before I can move on unfettered to the practical aspect.
Plus, I have taken on another business enterprise, as well as begun the outlay for something that may enter the realm of the physical down the road. Sounds cryptic, I know, but until I’ve got the necessary things in place for the latter it does little good to elaborate.
The first thing I refer to is simply a business enterprise I’ve entered with a colleague with the sole purpose of creating a self-sustaining vehicle. I’ve discovered as I talk to people who areinvestors, and with my own experience, the truly successful people have several projects going at once. It’s doesn’t dilute their efforts as much as as fuel the fire to grow and create. Every person with a measure of success has their focus on several things at once; whether those things are physical, emotional, business, spiritual, or religious, direction guides decision.
I once heard a good friend talk about how pursuits are like a ladder on a wall. A goal might be beyond reach because the ladder is on the wrong wall. I put forth another possibility: why not create more than one ladder?
I truly believe dreams become goals when you touch them with your mind.
My focus on writing, flying, and the cornucopia of other things that take my attention are simply ways of direction.
For all of us, guided direction should guide decision.

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Film work, Flying, Fine food, and other F’s

May 18, 2009

Been a while…
Been working in Louisiana (Donaldsonville) shooting a film and I found remarkable things in the middle of what is still by and large an area that looks war ravaged. The people are overwhelmingly kind and upbeat, and the food remarkable. Tuna steak and shrimp etoufee? I would never have thought of the two. And though not a big fan of fried food, I would love for someone to explain how chicken can be fried so lightly it not only doesn’t taste fried but doesn’t leave grease on one’s fingertips.
On the flying part, we had to drive up to bring equipment to the set, but it is yet another reason I am motivated to finish my private and get my ticket punched so I can continue to expand my aviator’s knowledge base and ability. Plus, there is a great deal to be said for flying somewhere in a couple to few hours versus twelve hours on the road.
I love flying. I admit it. I am one of those people who loves the smell of av gas and jet fuel. I am one of those people who likes to go to the airport even if I am not traveling somewhere, simply because it feels adventurous. There is something amazing about the orchestrated hustle, the unchoreographed dance of travellers as they move through the terminals and tarmacs.
And flying? Amazing. The sensation of the roll out and bank, and watching as the patchwork below becomes more geometric, that is a sort of magic that is best left to experience, as the description does more to tease.
I have to get my written exam out of the way and I can get back to the task of flying -which isn’t really a task.