Arc of Onondaga Dunkin Run

Hi, folks!  I just finished up my latest video for Arc of Onondaga.

We filmed the recent event sponsored by Dunkin Donuts. Over 2,000 people attended, with nearly 1,000 people running to help raise money for programs to assist disabled people in our community. The highlight of the event was the partner runs, where runners pushed disabled people in 3 wheeled strollers to make them part of the race.

Two local radio personalities, Amy Robbins of 93Q and Dave Frisina of 105 FM – The Rebel, both provided their talents in doing the voice over for the video.  My boss Joanna Jewett will be using it as a fundraising tool for this wonderful organization.  Please check out the video, linked below, and make a donation to Arc of Onondaga.  Thank you!

 

Lemonade from Lemons!

So, I was working on a new project, and I discovered to my horror afterwards that my fancy boom microphone had failed on a recent shoot!  OMG, I was devastated, on the verge of tears.  There was no audio of four hours of footage!

Then, I talked to my client and a friend who helps me on my projects, and I realized, “Hey, I can do this with a voice over.”  My client said they’ve never had anyone shoot this event before, and listening to people talk can be pretty boring anyway.

So I’m going to work up a script and cut it shorter than I originally intended.  And now I found out that my client is approaching a couple local radio personalities who were at the event to lend a hand with the voice over!

And so suddenly, there’s lemonade!

(And, no, Beyonce, we weren’t talking about you ….)  LOL

It’s all about learning from your mistakes.  So next time, I will be sure to check the battery in my boom mic, and check the indicator light on the top to make sure that it’s working properly.  Lesson learned.  On to the next one!

Started My New Internship Today!

Today is my first day working at Arc of Onondaga, a wonderful not-for-profit organization that provides all sorts of programs and assistance to disabled people in Central New York.  I will be working for Joanna Jewett in the Public Relations Department, working on videos to promote their good work.  Here is a link to their web site:  https://www.arcon.org/

Also, to my entrepreneur friends:  I will still be working to help start-up businesses get off the ground and get recognition and visibility for their work.  I have shot four episodes of my new series of commercials for start-ups called “One Minute Start-Up”.   Here is a sample for you to check out.   This is Luka Negoita telling you about his company, HabitU.

In September, I will begin working Wednesdays at Syracuse Co-Works, located on Jefferson Street in Downtown Syracuse, about a block from the Tech Garden.  Once we get into September, feel free to stop by to chat about your business, and let me know if there is anything I can do to help tell your story.

http://www.syracuse.com/business-news/index.ssf/2015/03/syracuse_coworks_open_new_location.html

 

New Video Series “One Minute Start-Up” to Debut This Week!

Hi, guys! I am going to be introducing a new series of videos this week for the Blackstone Launchpad clients called “One Minute Start-Up”.  This is going to be a series of short introductory videos where entrepreneurs give you their best “elevator pitch” of their new business idea.  Keep your eyes on this space!

Success Takes Teamwork

Success Takes Teamwork!  One of the things I have learned so far in my career is that it takes good communication, patience and teamwork to have a successful creative project.

I learned this at internships at the Syracuse Tech Garden and the Blackstone Launchpad at Syracuse University, a university-wide business incubator for student start-ups.  I also learned this over the years watching one of my favorite shows, Faceoff, on the SyFy Channel.

For those of you who have never seen it, Face Off is a show where people from all walks of life participate in a movie special effects make-up competition.

The show teaches you how to take constructive criticism (i.e. “client feedback”).  It shows you the importance of effective time management, and listening closely to instructions. It’s the best kind of “reality show” – one that showcases people’s talents in a respectful setting, where people learn how to become professionals at their craft.

I have watched all 9 seasons of Face Off, and it has really influenced how I have grown in terms of working with my clients.  It’s all about good communications.

The other aspect of teamwork on creative projects is to understand that different people in a team may each have different areas of expertise, and different talents. I am a person with Asperger’s Syndrome – high functioning autism – and so I see things a little differently than other people.

But we each have our strengths and weaknesses, and we are stronger when we can work together respectfully and learn from one another.  That’s my definition of teamwork!

Hello world!

Today I am launching my new WordPress site, with my dad’s help. This will be quite an adventure!  Have patience while we add new features to my site in the coming weeks.

Here we go!