Keep Pushing Forward: Dealing with Struggles

Before I begin I want to say I received a wonderful comment from my last post. Here it is:

keeppushing

I really needed this comment (thank you Kirsten) because the video she is talking about, the current video I posted this morning, was one of the hardest shoots I’ve ever done in my entire life: it took over 2.5 months to conceptualize the idea, 4 weeks to shoot (4 days of shooting), spent over $500 to make it happen, had audio issues on two days, camera issues on the next, got kicked out of a campus on the last day of shooting (unusable UCSD footage), and it took over 35 hours of editing because I had four different ways of telling the video’s story.

I persisted because the idea is NOT just about one video. It’s about two. But, we’ll get to that at the end of this post.

Let’s begin…

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The Decision: A Risk for Creative Art

“Jonathan, working full-time here means you cannot work on any of your side projects. You can no longer uber, you can no longer do YouTube, you can no longer work on anything else but PlayTable.”

I sat there listening to my friend’s words and my heart sank. I’ve known him since 2009, been working with him on many projects since 2011, and since late 2014, started the journey of working on this new project that led me from LA to the Bay Area. This current project is called, PlayTable.xyz. It’s an all-in-one board game console, which can play every single board & card game in the world: we’re creating the soul for board & card games everywhere.

“As a friend, I understand your situation. But, as the CEO of this company I need you here all the time.” I replied asking if I could get one day off to work on my side projects. “No. Jonathan, we’re crowdsourcing in 5 months. I need you here.”

He gave me a weekend to think about my decision. I sent him an e-mail last Monday and apologized. Yes, I decided to not work with PlayTable in the capacity expected of me, and I’ll tell you why I made the decision…

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Smiles

It’s 5:37 am in the morning and I’m rushing this post because I’m headed out to help a friend with her commercial shoot. She needs someone to reserve a public tennis court & I answered her call! I believe Karen (friend) is an amazing individual who produces magnificent works and I will always support her endeavors.

Helping Karen, is in reality, helping myself because I learn so much when I work with her. In addition, I’m in need for some tennis. Anyway, where was I going with this post? Oh. Smiles.

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Thoughts

It’s strange. I haven’t written in any of my work spaces, nor have I read anything in the last month. This has led my mind to feel mushy. I’m an idiot. I’m having trouble writing. I’m lost.  I’m literally just staring at a nearby pen, which is silently whispering “f*ck you!”

I’ve been sick for the past few days and it’s been messing up with my work cycle. I haven’t been able to film, write, or talk. I feel pathetic. Last night I was finally able to get up and start being mobile again.

I’m energized. I’m ready. I’m awake!

I hope.

There are so many things I want to talk about: i) the kindness of strangers (people love giving me free things), ii) Guacamole Party, iii) Growth Hacking, iv) Berkeley Applicants, and v) Facebook Growth (hit a million likes on a page).

Let’s just get started by publishing this post first.

Aw. It feels so good to be back.

Everyone Has Their Own Path

“Everyone has their own path. Their own time.”

This was Grant’s response to my complaint about how my 16 year old brother was moving faster than I was in his film career. “Jonathan, your brother is lucky to have you and also lucky to have the resources he does to move faster.”

He then continued… “It was like when I helped my friend with his business school applications and now telling him what to expect when he starts.” He explained how it would’ve been nice to have someone guide him as it would have made the entire process easier. “I felt like Daniel Boone cutting through the forest.”

This is something I used to always say to myself. However, having someone who I respect, someone who I deem as successful as well, and someone who is one of the hardest working individuals I know say it to my face, brought a different perspective altogether.

It humbled me.

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Her

Her.

She’s in my head right now. I’ve written about her before, but this doesn’t mean I can’t write about her again. I want to be able to be at a point where I can honestly laugh about our breakup. I want to be able to write humorous things again. I want to be able to be at a point where I no longer think of her, where I no longer love her, where I no longer care about her, where I no longer have any feelings for her.

I want to feel and care in the same way she feels about me: nothing.

Why am I think about her right now? I’ll tell you why…

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Ex-Girlfriend: I want to be a good ex

This will be a bit personal.

I recently wrote a post about how I was newly single and new to the game. I haven’t really given much thought about the post or about “the game” since… until last night. What happened? Last night I went to an event where there just happened to be attractive people of the opposite sex and I was talking with them? I added the question mark because it was a casual-business event so my intention came from a place of business and nothing else.

However, one of my friends kept insisting: “she was into you man… she wants you man… she is cute.” First, I think my friend was over-exaggerating. Being overly friendly, a bit flirty, touchy, and happy at a casual-business event means nothing. Everyone is there to network, to learn, and to give insight. Therefore, EVERYONE who is good at networking was friendly, a bit flirty, touchy, and happy to talk to each other.

Though this was the case, my friend’s comments did start a thought in my brain. I began to think of my ex-girlfriend. I realized, I’m not ready. I’m not ready to date, be in a relationship, ask for anyone’s number, actively search for someone else, kiss someone else, or even aggressively pursue anyone. Yes, I will still flirt when the opportunity presents itself. I’m not going to sit idle if an attractive person walks into my path. I’m just not going to try to do any further because… well… I’m not ready.

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The Benefits of Working with a Great Team

Before I begin writing this short blurb, I would like to say that writing (almost) every single day is one of the most therapeutic things I’ve implemented in my life. It gets my blood flowing and my heart pounding. Yes, I understand that there is, on average, only 55 unique people reading this blog… at least I’m establishing good habits.

Habits.

Discipline.

Habits.

Discipline.

The list goes on. In addition, I’m not “half-assing” my blog posts. This means I re-read them for grammatical errors. (Though I don’t really have the energy or the time to re-read through them twice, I will say that I do give my best effort).

Anyway, today I’ve been thinking about the team I’m working with at the moment. I’m not going to lie when I say, that for the first time in my life, I AM IN LOVE WITH MY TEAM. They make me smile in so many different ways that I cannot hold in my heart as it pops out of my chest. No, I’m not going to be writing how to work with a great team or what makes a great team: those are longer posts and will be written in later days. 

Today I’m writing about the benefits of working with a great team. Yes, today’s posts is short, simple, brief, and any other term which relates to “quick.”

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Quitting & Happiness

Today, for the first time in my life, I turned down a career changing opportunity. The money, the people, the company, the potential connections, and the overall position looked great. However, I couldn’t seem to convince myself to jump into the position. I know turning it down will definitely hurt my career in a big way because the company’s network affects every person in my industry: the world is very small.

But, it had to be done.

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