There are some big picture considerations; This is the presentation I shared at the Tizra Unity conference. Why podcasting can be a great avenue to reach busy audience, a realistic picture of potential audience size, and some of the holistic style and marketing questions you should be asking yourself.
6 days on Vermont's Long Trail, the "log" is just a list of distances and mishaps, but here's what it meant to me:
It was hard, but there were only a few moments where hard escalated to frustrating. I loved the feeling of climbing, drenched in sweat, heavy pack on my back, pushing up the mountain and covering ground. Hard yes, but gloriously so.
I loved living outdoors. Being outdoors 24 hours a day. Cooking, eating, working, resting, sleeping outdoors. I loved the mornings, waking up to the sun and coffee with the view the sound and the smell of the mountains.
I loved most of all the undistracted time with my sons. God, I'm proud of them! I loved the fits of uncontrolled giggling at slug handholds, and "toilet issues," and our lack of musical ability. I loved our call and response versions of "Winnie the Pooh," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "If I Had a Hammer" along with the "Rocky" theme. We were desperate enough to sing "My Country Tis of Thee" but drew the line at "the Alphabet Song" and "Happy Birthday." We studied the way of the slug (slimy but sticky) and harnessed our inner "Warrior Bear Spirit - Winnie the Pooh." They told me a lot about things they are more interested in than I am (Warhammer, D&D, remote control planes) but I had time to listen and I loved it!
I loved the pride we felt each time we reached a peak, and each time one of them took the lead when one or the other would have a surge of energy and propel us forward.
Even the very hard night when we were only "pretty sure" we'd make it to the shelter before dark, when we were all exhausted and the trail markings seemed sparse in the swampy dark section of the woods, when their spirits and energy were at their lowest I loved watching them keep moving, keep making good decisions, looking for blazes, measuring time and distance, weighing options and finally arriving. I love the reminder that hard times will happen, but they can be overcome and they do pass.
I loved the beauty and variety of terrain. The stunning views, mossy emerald walkways, dense forest, rocky climbs, dirt paths, swampy dark woods, ladders, and twisted trees. So many times we stopped to admire, observe and photograph. I loved the bird songs cutting through the woods or sparking on the rays of sunshine. I loved the fresh green smells.
I'm home now, I slept better in my own bed and with the rain falling outside I'm grateful for the roof over my head. But a part of me misses that feeling. Misses living outside. Misses the simplicity. I am SO grateful for the time with my sons without distraction I hope they feel a sense of strength, power, self-reliance, and pride.
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The "parade" is small. This year no band, just a rag tag color guard, kids in red white and blue on their bikes, and a good turnout of neighbors. Every year the historical society makes sure that the grave of each veteran is decorated with a flag and a poppy. Monday morning the town gathers on the green and walks the circle to lay a wreath on the monument. Next the neighbors fall in behind the color guard and bikes and file into the cemetery. Tributes are read, taps played, and that's it. A perfect thoughtful tribute. Simple. Straightforward. Today we honor those who sacrificed for us. Today we remember the importance of freedom and democracy and gratitude.
No marketing agenda, no client, no strategy. I shot these photos as a way to enjoy the beauty of the river, to watch closely, to participate, and to reignite the creative spark.
These 6 photos were shot in one morning and capture the unselfconsciousness of a dog exploring his environment, and imitate it with a visual exploration of the constantly changing landscape of the river in winter.
Interview lessons is a new project I've begun, to share what I've learned over 30 years of coaching, conducting, shooting and directing interviews for podcasts, marketing testimonials, oral histories and documentaries. I'm researching and sharing what it takes to be a great interviewer and sharing it with you. So far there are articles about top podcaster Tim Ferriss' interview strategies, the philosophy of documentary filmmaker Errol Morris toward interviewing, how to drop filler words like "ummm" and Like" from your interviews and a few others. As the library grows I will be inviting experienced interviewers to contribute directly, taking requests from readers, and adding audio and video media.
I'm excited about this new project. It's just a few months in the making so far but has helped me to become better at the art of interviewing, and at coaching others.
Part crazy, part inspiring,always thought-provoking - this year a Guinness World Record was set. Sometimes confusing, sometimes surprising, always enlightening - the Death Race is back.
What I love about photographing this event is that pretty quickly all pretense is gone. Self consciousness in gone. The athletes are focused on their challenges, their internal battles, and each other... and all that can be read on their faces. Extreme joy, exhaustion, pain, love and triumph.
This is one of the quick turn around social videos I cut for the Spartan during the race.
Sometimes attending an event is about taking photographs, capturing it, sometimes attending an event is about the event. This was about the event. The photos, I hope, tell the story in spite of that. A small town, remembering lives lost and honoring the greater principles that give those sacrifices meaning.
There really is nothing better than a sunny spring day on the trails photographing Ultra Runners! Especially when I get to bring my son as an assistant. here are a few of my favorites. There's a collection of about 200 on Peak's Facebook page.
Two great takeaways for me personally in this week’s Spartan Up Podcast with Yanik Silver . The first is a simple but brilliant way to understand what it is you truly love to do - ask yourself “what would I do even if I knew it would fail?” The second is to experiment with your life. Try something for 33 days. See how it feels, if it feels good then keep it. With that in mind, I am on day two of a morning journal. Thanks, Yanik. www.Spartan.com/194
I'm fortunate that my gig producing "Spartan Up," meeting our amazing guests then pouring over the interviews in post, gives me a weekly shot of motivation and insight. Here are a few recent examples:
Mindy Hamilton has a high power job, SVP of partnerships at Marvel, but you might be surprised by her simple advice: Don't live in shame, move on! It applies to the big and the small mistakes we make in our personal and our work lives. She also talks about her unique career path, one that could have appeared directionless to an observer, but in fact was like a foraging expedition in which she collected all the skills and experience she would need in her current role. Full interview on apple podcasts at https://apple.co/2GSmZL6 or search YouTube, Google Play, or Spotify.
How do you think about those around you whose skills are not the same as yours? A chain may only be as strong as its weakest link, but according to adventure racing success Ian Adamson a good team is FASTER than its slowest member. In fact a good team is faster than its fastest member. How do you work to bring up the level of the entire team?