Just watch. I have nothing to add that Brother David Steindl-Rast does not already say. 😀
One comment I frequently hear is … “Wow. It takes a lot to get you mad. Don’t you have a temper?”
I do. If you really know me, you have probably seen it. That has not always been the case. In my early teens, my temper was pretty out of control. There was a year where I could have gone down a very dark path.
Then, I got involved in martial arts, which further enhanced the groundwork of anger management and other coping skills my parents had already established, but I had been ignoring. The discipline of the martial arts gave me control of my body which gave me more control of my mind.
In the years since, I’ve seen some pretty dark stuff, particularly in my early career. To be clear, nothing as dark as what is seen by combat veterans and many street cops, but far more dark and ugly than the vast majority of my friends and neighbors. More than once, I know life, mine or someone else’s, hung in the balance of the moment.
I am alive today and proud of my work back in the day because I learned to manage my passion and not allow it to be expressed as rage. Note, I did not say “anger”. Anger, properly expressed, is healthy. Rage, unchecked, is pure destruction.
Recently, I was asked for a quick way to explain my philosophy and immediately thought of the scene above from “Roadhouse“, one of the most gloriously cheesy action movies of all time. The film remains a guilty pleasure of mine, but this scene is a nugget of genuine wisdom which sums up the budo ethos very nicely.
Today, I relaunch my website with a new focus. I am a storyteller. It has taken a while for me to really own that title. Lots of twists, turns and blind alleys, but I am finally there. Have I arrived? Am I finished?
No. Far from it.
My training … in school, in martial arts, in business and in media production … has taught me that no person of skill is every really finished. They are always looking for ways to do things better, which generally means simpler, with less steps and more refinement. It means saying “no” to distractions and saying “yes” to real opportunities. It means embracing craft, and not just work.
The speech above, Steve Jobs addressing the 2005 graduates of Stanford, speaks to all of this and so much more. Like many storytellers, Jobs was an inspiration to me and remains so. Don’t think of him as a storyteller? Watch any of his Apple keynotes. He is telling stories.
For now, my website primarily contains my blog, which is full of stories. Some stories are by others, mostly in the form of curated reviews, how-tos and best practices for both those behind and in front of the camera. Over time, more and more of the stories will be mine, as I begin producing original content for this site and others.
Eventually, the blog will move from the home page; replaced by my photo portfolio, video reel and bibliography. As the “story” of my craft, each is undergoing a thorough review/update. I plan to have them up in early 2014.
The blog will remain, as will the stories. And, with perseverance, the craft.
A powerful, well-crafted short film about a disturbing subject.
Beautiful in it’s stripped down simplicity. Disturbing it’s realistic movement.