I am also the most humble person in the world.
No one is more humble than me, no one. ;^]
Even tho I joke about ego sometimes (I am a Leo), I am actually really humble. I'm grateful for everything. I take nothing for granted. Even on my worst days, I find things to be thankful for.
I'm proud of my wins, successes, and achievements. When I do fail, I don't fail in the same way twice. With a few different turns, my life would be vastly different. You can be a victim of circumstance or the victor over circumstance. Whatever is in my path, is my path.
It's been a wild ride so far professionally.
I have worked in television news as a video journalist. I've freelanced for Dateline NBC. I've worked in the sports department at tv stations where I did everything but appear on screen, from shooting highlights to writing copy to producing segments. I've worked in the news department of a country music radio station as a reporter (never quite fit in there). I took what I learned in the tv news biz and applied it to owning and operating an online bicycle magazine. I was a professional sports mascot for one night. I have done a lot of video work for second-tier professional sports teams in football, baseball and basketball. I've got photo credits in a magazine from the United Kingdom. I've had work featured in a German magazine. I've shared stages and opened up for national level music acts as a DJ. I am an accomplished performance poet. I've acted in a few films. I've had cameos in a few music videos. I've performed spoken word sets at music shows. In fact, I've opened for Wu-Tang guys both as a spoken word artist and nine months later as a DJ. I've been quoted in magazines. Interviews with me been published. I've been interviewed on podcasts. Been quoted in a print magazine ads. I've got a nice lil stack of print coverage over the years. I've played SXSW as an official showcasing act in 2010 and 2011. March 2012 I played one of my dream gigs at one of the highest profile events during SXSW (after having received a lifetime ban from said event). I went on my first tour in August 2012, gigging around Colorado for a couple weeks. Last two years at SXSW I shot interviews for the guy Buzzfeed and Salon call the best interviewer in music. The interviews I shot for him have a combined million.5 YouTube views. I am probably the happiest guy ever in an industrial band. I am the DJ for a film-centric talkshow. I'm taking what I learned about interviewing working in news, what I learned from getting thought provoking interviews from action sports athletes, what I've learned from shooting interviews for Nardwuar, what I've learned from being interviewed as talent, and applying all that to launching my own podcast just before SXSW 2015.
I've got some BIG things in the works.
You ever feel like the Universe/God/Life is preparing you for something?
I haven't lived thru nightmares to sleep thru dreams.
I've been through some horrible tragedies in my life and suffered great losses. What got me through it is being unflinchingly optimistic.
I am neither a 'glass half full' or 'glass half empty' type of guy. I'm am grateful I have a glass and I'll fill it up my damn myself.
When hard work isn't enough, luck usually intercedes.
So, yeah, usually I'm the most interesting man in the room. I'm not quite the guy from the Dos Equis commercials (yet), but I am the heir apparent for that role.
I set highly improbable & slightly impossible goals, and find ways to make them happen. Then I go after more highly improbable & slightly more impossible goals.
Life has been one hell of a ride so far.
I've got stories of trial and triumphs.
I've got stories for days.
Some of the best stories are happening now.
I believe my best days are ahead of me.
I believe in treating people like people. I don't care if the person is homeless or famous. You find the humanity in the person. Then you speak and interact with that.
I believe in being genuine in all aspects of life. I think most of my successes have come from being genuine. Why change now?
When I feared heights, I bungee-jumped from 150ft. Little did I know that event would be become a physical metaphor of how I handle fear, problems, and adversity.
I haven't always been the person I'm now. There was a time I didn't like how I was living. Micro-changes and nudges alter trajectories. After years of every day trying to do just a little better than the day before it, I live a better life than I could have imagined.
I may not be rich, or ever be rich, but the things I've done, seen, experienced, I doubt a billionaire could duplicate. I get to live an amazing life.
You can't shine without friction.
When the world gives me sh!t, I plant roses.