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 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 a tv station doing everything but appear on camera (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 (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 rivaled print media in the sport. I was a professional sports mascot for one night. I have done a lot of video work for second-tier professional sports teams. I've shot photos for a magazine in the UK. I've had work featured in a German mag. 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 performed spoken word sets at music shows. I've been quoted in magazines. Interviews with me been published. I've got a nice lil stack of print coverage. 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 best interviewer in music. The ones I shot have a combined million plus YouTube views. I am the Music Manager/DJ for a monthly event that is like the gathering of the filmmaking, acting and comedy tribes here in Austin with a late night tv format. Recently joined and gigging with, oddly enough, a gothic industrial band. I've got some big things in the works. #LML
This is just the tip (of the tip) of the iceberg.
I don't sleep thru my dreams.
I'm the type of guy who makes things happen.
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).
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. 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'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.
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”- Kahlil Gibran
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 everyday 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 will 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. You don't get diamonds without pressure.
When the world gives me sh!t, I plant roses.