I am also the most humble person in the world. No one is more humble than me, no one. ;^]
It's been a wild ride so far.
I have worked in television news as a video journalist. I've freelanced for Dateline NBC. I've worked in the sports department at a tv station doing everything but appear on camera (from shooting highlights to producing segments). I've worked in the news department of a country music radio station as a reporter (didn't 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 that took me to places like shooting on top of the halfpipe at the X-Games. I have done a lot of video work for second-tier professional sports teams (CFL football, AA baseball, NBA D-League and CHL hockey). I've shot photos for a European magazine. I've shared stages and opened up for national level music acts as a DJ. I am a performance poet. I've acted in a few films. I've performed spoken word sets at music shows. I've been quoted in magazines. Interviews with me been published. I've played SXSW as an official showcasing act in 2010 and 2011. March 2012 I played one of my dream gigs at a high profile event during SXSW. I went on my first tour in August 2012, gigging around Colorado for a couple weeks. Last SXSW I shot three interviews for a Canadian music journalist that combined have over a half million YouTube views. If any of the stuff I am working on now comes to fruition, 2013 will be HUGE.
This is just the tip of the tip of the iceberg.
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 damn myself.
I make things happen.
When hard work isn't enough, luck usually intercedes.
So, yeah, usually I'm the most interesting person in the room. I'm not quite the guy from the Dos Equis commercials (yet). 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.
I set highly improbable & slightly impossible goals and find ways to make them happen. Impossible is temporary.
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.
I believe in being genuine in all aspects of life. I think most of my successes have come from being genuine.
When I feared heights, I bungee-jumped from 150ft. Little did I know that event would be become a metaphor of how I handle fear, problems and adversity.
I've been through some horrible tragedies in my life and what has got me through it is being unflinchingly optimistic. You can be a victim or the victor. I choose the latter.
Anytime something really bad happens in my life, it is not long until something really incredibly good happens. Scion calls the day after my father's funeral to offer to fly me out to LA for a gig. I've got a lot of similar stories.
The deeper your valleys, the higher your peaks.
There was a time I didn't like how I was living. Micro-changes and nudges alter trajectories. After years of everyday trying to do better than the day before it, I live a better life than I could have imagined. I may not be rich, or will ever be rich, but I'm happier than every millionaire I've met.
You can't shine without friction. You don't get diamonds without pressure.
When the world gives me sh!t, I plant roses.