@TheReelSweetT’s Five Years

Having a plan is good.

Knowing and sticking with it and seeing it unfold everyday is bliss.

I had the very thing happen to me.

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Tanner Mitchell Keeping It Reel | In The Film World w/ Sweet T

Introverts are taking over the film world, and in the world in general.  That’s not to say that Extroverts can’t or don’t rule filmmaking, but a lot of scenarios are in favor of the introvert.  Tanner Mitchell of The Introverts Voice helps in this episode to differentiate between the shy and quiet people and who is considered Introverts.

We also discuss why might Introverts be more equipped to rule in the film world and in general.

1:45 – Just launched his podcast The Introvert’s Voice.

2:26 – What Tanner is most excited about.

5:20 – Where inspiration comes from.

“You can be the biggest help for yourself, or you can be your worst enemy.”

7:45 – Discuss the difference between being shy and an introvert.

9:42 – from INC.com – the 7 Reasons why Introverts now rule the world

https://www.inc.com/larry-kim/why-introverts-now-rule-the-world.html

1. Introverts are superior storytellers.

“Story telling requires attention to details.”

“When you’re not trying to get attention, you give your attention to other things.”

2. Introverts are better listeners.

“When you want to be understood, go to your introvert friend.”

3. Introverts feel at home online.

4. They aren’t ball hogs.

“Doesn’t want to be the center of attention.”

5. Introverts make better bosses.

6. They’re more social than you think.

“Introverts crave 1-on-1 personal relationships.”

“Recharging the introvert’s batter (energy).”

7. A lonely heart makes for more creativity.

  • No distractions
  • Meditation
  • Alone time in your head
    • “More creativity blossoms.”

25:00 – Ideas, creativity; a numbers game

“Setting your true north for the day.”

28:00 – His achievements over his life and career.

30:36 – Harder to get started or going?

“Being consistent, showing up everyday, that’s what really,really matters.”

33:00 – Challenges – Resolutions and habits

35:30 – “Introverts are in their minds a lot.” 

“They have a lot of Ideas. They’re Idea Machines.”

37:50 – Actor’s Actresses and Being Shy

44:00 – Introverts and Extroverts

46:17 Bonus Round

“If I have a good idea, I’m going to put on my marathon shoes and I’m going to make It happen and you’ll see me in 15-20 years doing the same thing and making it work.”

 

www.theintrovertsvoice.com – The Introverts Voice website

https://www.facebook.com/The-Introverts-Voice-2059216301024307/ Facebook Fan Page

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Rob Choe Keeping It Reel | In The Film World w/ Sweet T

As we all know IN THE FILM WORLD, having a purpose for writing a script for a feature or a tv show could MAKE or break your whole storyline. In this episode I called upon someone who is helping people to discover, rediscover their purpose of themselves.

And that is why I invited Robin Choe In The Film World. He is someone I HAD connected with through another popular podcaster and life entrepreneur Lewis Howes of the School of Greatness. We were both a part of his online mastermind school of Greatness, 10.0 back in June/July 2017.

We talk on the 5 key reasons why purpose is lost as well as how to find it again. Now please let me introduce the one the only Robin Choe!

Breaking down the show:

:40 – Having a purpose

2:00 – How we got connected – Through the School of Greatness with Lewis Howes.

3:30 – What excites Rob!

5:00 – What gifts does Rob see of himself.

6:00 – Finding a purpose for what you are trying to do.  What does it really mean?
“Having the End game in mind.” and “Knowing where you will finish.”

7:55 – Why purpose is important?

9:25 – Why / When Rob Started DOD – Dads overcoming Divorce group, how he got into podcasting as well.
“Why am I here?” The question that most people ask themselves.

13:00 – Benefits of writing, journaling, creating content, idea generation.

14:25 – DOD – A little more about the group Rob started.

19:53 – Most influence leading to DOD.

21:00 – SOGA = School of Greatness Academy (w/ Lewis Howes)

26:00 – “Embrace your failure.  Celebrate your wins.”
“Train your mind into thinking I want to do more of that.”

Touch on Benefits of positive Self talk.

Talk to yourself as a mother or grandmother would talk to you.

“Coaching our brain into celebrating our wins.”  “Success will eventually come.”

28:15 – Celebrating Failures and Why we should totally do this.

  • Rob talks about a huge failure that he has come to like celebrating – Divorce Parties.

Find the lesson behind your failures.

33:15 – Transition to a more positive lighted topic

5 Reasons People NEVER discover their purpose – The first reason

39:00 – The second reason

“I had to stop caring what other people thought.”

“Stopping to try to impress everybody.”

-Stumping the idea of equating going to college as successful.

“I started to unlock the power that I knew I had.”

42:00 – the third reason why people never discover their purpose.

“I love silence, I really enjoy it.”

46:26 – the fourth reason

“Write those thoughts out so you can see them.”

“Knowing your weaknesses is not a bad thing.”

49:00 – The fifth reason why people never discover their purpose.

And how you can VALUE the Unconscious mind.

56:00 – bonus round

“A story is what people will remember.”

“The Story reverts back to the lesson.”

 

 

www.robinchoe.com/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/therobinchoe
Twitter: www.twitter.com/therobinchoe
Facebook: www.facebook.com/therobinchoe/

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Evan George Vourazeris Keeping It Reel | In The Film World w/ Sweet T

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 You can catch Evan on a few episodes of the Netflix series Ozark. We talk about that as well as the challenges that he has had on his journey towards his dream of acting.

3:00 – We go into his start of his Ozark role “Tuck” in Season 1 and Season 2 on Netflix.

How Evan was part of the Night of Superstars in Downtown Houston, for people with disabilities. And What Evan is excited about in his life at the moment.

9:44 – What is Evan Grateful for?

11:35 – How did Evan get to where he is?

“I never stopped.”

“It’s in my heart.”

“I’m going to reach for all my stars.”

“And that’s never going to change.”

“Because I love what I do.”

“I love acting. Acting is my life.”

13:40 – How he ran into a networking / connection at a Movie premier. Talks about something that is not ideal that happened in a car wreck on the way to the premier.

“It takes the moments to change a life a lot of the time.”

16:00 – Some other work Evan has been apart of.

A Collab project with Norman Fitts in Houston, Texas. Titled: Joy Comes in the Morning, can be seen on Amazon Prime.

32:00 – Anything else considered by Evan that he likes to do besides acting.
Help others as acting coach, volunteering. Evan is a advocate for the Anti Bullying event called I AM BULLY FREE.

34:25 – What does Evan love most about acting?

39:00 – How to get started with a talent agency?

42:30 – Evan’s work can be found on youtube. and he is always up posting stories on Instagram, about his journey as an actor in this world.

43:00 – Final Bonus Questions:

“Always be nice to people.”

1) 3 Movies that Evan thinks best represent his life.
2) Why film industry is important?
3) What do you want to learn from someone with success?

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Brooke Lewis Keeping It Reel | In The Film World w/ Sweet T

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Brooke Lewis is an actress that has been going strong for 20 years with many great roles that she has had to rememeber.   I talk about her best memories as well as her main motivation for pursuing an acting career.
2:55 – We get right into what Brooke is most excited about!
4:20 – Brooke is Keeping It Reel.
5:10 – Brooke has done some networking and knows a few people in the state of Texas. Parrish Randall is one of the people she mentions.
5:50 – What Brooke is most grateful for.
“We just need to be grateful for the little things.”
8:15 – How did Brooke know she wanted to be an actress?
“I knew very early on that I was not normal.”
10:07 – My Brooke has done so much.  She has become known as the Scream Queen as well as Ms. Vampy.
Some pieces she has produced and acted in can be viewed and watched on 13horror.com.
14:55 – What is a memorable moment that you have to look back on?
“When you create incredible projects from a high up, it trickles down.”
17:00 – Brooke had the opportunity to be apart of a FOX sitcom.  She explains the incredible story of her being casted all in the same day of her arrival on the lot.
“It was like done in a day.”
Who has influenced Brooked the most?
“Me.”
17:35 – “We as individual people want to be the greatest influence on our lives.”
because…
“We want to be the ones in control of our lives.”
19:15 – We go into talking about visionaries who are women in the industry.
“It’s really about what inspires me.”
“Because if I’m inspired as an actress and a filmmaker, I can then inspire others, and that’s the true bold.”
21:00 – Talk about getting over rejection.  About gaining / losing confidence.
“I’m the least confident person I know.”
22:15 – Lesson from Brooke: All about staying positive, even if there are limited roles during a given time. She can just produce her own content.
Producing to create a role to star in herself
“I get to call the shots.”
24:00 – Advice from Brooke: 
“You have to put in the work.”
“I would watch and learn from experience.” When it comes to being on sets.
“Be a sponge.”
“Learn on sets.”
Volunteer on sets early on, but not always. You gotta get paid too.
27:15 – Brooke’s dream role:
She talks about roles of her character having the power and being in control of the scene.
Bonus – 
32:00 – 
1 – What 3 movies or shows you think most describe your life?
2 – Who does Brooke want to learn from?
“People look more normal.” Referring to OTT’s like Netflix and HULU.
– Talks about the ROCK YOUR HOT MESS Clothing line brand —
Brooke Gives Sweet T Props for the due diligence on coming up with great questions.
3 – Why is film important?
She says that filmmakers should sustain.  Commit to their work.  The True artists need to make quality content.
“Keep it quality.”
You can find Brooke on Social Media on:
Twitter – @BrookeLewisLA
Facebook – Brooke Lewis
Instagram – Brooke Lewis
Her Personal Website:
IMDB:
Work she is known for:
Other work:
Pictures:
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Rey Laredo Keeping It Reel | In The Film World w/ Sweet T

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For the first podcast of 2018 I catch up with a Houston based actor, Rey Laredo.  He discusses what thinking outside the box means to him and we go over the recovery efforts after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.
2:05 – What Rey is Excited about.
2:55 – What he is grateful for… and we talk Hurricane Harvey.
6:00 – We get into Houston Strong and the Astros.
7:00 – The other common connection between us is our college Alma Mater, SHSU.
8:45 – How he knew he wanted to act.
What wearing a Guerrilla costume means to Rey – How the costume changed his life.
All about being creative – being in the moment.
“To have those (butterflies).  If you don’t have that, you don’t have the enjoyment to be happy, why are you doing it in the first place?”
12:40 – What attracted Rey to become an actor?
“I don’t think about anything else.”
“I’d rather not be doing anything else.”
“Nothing else makes me happy than to be in front of the camera.”
14:30 – A big achievement of Rey’s.
“I got it.”
“I am my biggest motivation.”
“I find my own motivation.”
17:05 – Most memorable  – To be patient
“As an actor, people want to give up all the time.”
“This is only going to make me stronger.”
18:31 – Who has the most influence on your life?
He has his support system consisting of his parents and family.
20:33 – Who has been you r “supporting actor” as you begin your career?
22:08 –  Any one that you have influenced?
24:38 – How many connections have you made – leading to a role on a project?
“I make sure that I network.”
“Opportunities in this industry are endless.”
“It’s up to you to take on the action.”
26:16 – Was there a connection to the lead role in True Crime?
“It was fun to play the role.”
28:20 – Is it harder to get started, or keep going?
30:50 – Rey’s most important lesson is…
The Difference is he likes reading; He lives in the moment.
34:00 – Give some advice to people out of college.
“Everyday is another opportunity to grow.”
36:50 – Do you feel you have to make it to LA or NY?
“Do not limit yourself.”
40:15 – What do you do to stay fresh?
– Watch other actors reactions on the screen.
42:30 – What is one mistake that you have noticed from others?
44:10 – Bonus Questions
What do you want to learn from someone that has seen multiple successes?
Why is filmmaking important?
What are three movies that you feel best represent your life?
You can follow, tweet and share what you thought with Rey on twitter, @rey_laredo.
Projects Rey is known for:
True Crime with Aphrodite Jones 2015
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6554055/

@rey_laredo Twitter

 

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@TheReelSweetT’s Two Cents

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Here is my thoughts for the day after writing them down.
:35 – What does the world need?
1:10 – “Someone has that solution.”
2:15 – The Internet is a (physical) place.”
3:00 – “People get into safe mode.”
3:20 – “No one is really protected against (all) harm.”
3:45 – How to live a good live is….

 

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Vincent Rapisardi Keeping It Reel | In The Film World w/ Sweet T

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We talk about a very important in not just Film but everywhere in general.
Being Authentic is extremely important in what we do in our lives. Vincent Rapisardi is an online reporter for www.bigblueunbiased.com, a site that he built and developed.

2:18 – Inspiration: Where does it come from?

3:55 – Getting Creative – What does it mean to be creative?

6:00 – Vincent says what needs to be said.

9:00 – Can Vincent pick out the authentic movies/tv shows vs. the non-authentics?

12:03 – Vincent’s key things to dtermine authenticity.

13:30 – Told a lie to help people feel good?

“I would rather someone be honest with me..”

14:40 – Why people are politically correct? 

“Save yourself from getting backlash.”

16:00 – Would you do anything as a do over or to make it better than before?

17:10 – Be yourself

“Easier said than done.”

18:20 – Living in the moment – Why is it so hard?

20:50 – Why do people lie? 

“People want to shove [their] problems away.”

22:00 – Why people tell the truth?

23:30 – Most important thing in being authentic is…

24:10 – Steps Vincent Recommends in being authentic.

“…at the end of the day, you gotta live with yourself.”

“It’s tough for people to do… because they’re afraid of the consequences.”

27:56 – Three truths.

“Authenticity matters.”

“Important to be aware. Book smarts can be a little bit overrated.”

“Be a good decision maker.”

“Be real with people.”

 

Find him here:
www.facebook.com/vinny.rapisardi

or

www.facebook.com/RapisardiVincent/

or on Twitter

twitter.com/vincerapisardi.

 

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Diego Bieberach Keeping It Reel | In The Film World w/ Sweet T

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In the second episode here, I talk with a friend and collegue who I have collaborated with in Houston as a member of the CINE Film Group. We have worked on the short film project Mundane Mysteries together.

2:15 – What is happening in Atlanta?

Opportunities?

 

6:40 – What attracted Diego To Acting?

How do you get into Acting?

What are Castings (Casting Calls)?

 

8:00 – The Amazing Spiderman

“What does that man have that I don’t.”

“What do I need to do to get there?”

 

9:00 – ” I got into my first commercial.”

 

9:30 – Why is this the right career for Diego? 

“There was something missing.”

 

12:00 – We talk about Diego’s first memory of being on a shoot.

 

14:15 – Connections. “Networking’s always hugs.”

 

17:15 – Rituals – Habits – Routines

Diego has a written statement: “Visualizing where I want to be.”

“It brings you joy and .. ”

“If you really want something, it will come to you.”

“The universe will open those doors for you.”

 

WRAP UP

21:20 – Where will you recognize Diego from?

23:37 – Why film is important?

25:00 – We get into Diego’s Business he has got up off the ground. Rolling Tapes, LLC.

“A studio on wheels.”

  • Not just a studio in a box.

30:22 – Three truths.

“Sometimes the journey is better.”

“Always be grateful for what you have.”

“Take risks.” … “You’ll get out there.”

 

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www.imdb.com/name/nm7235921/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Short films – Spin the bottle,
Collaborated on Mundane Mysteries with me, Turning Tables
Murder made me famous
Cast – Murder calls

Rolling Tapes FB page / Business
www.facebook.com/RollingTapesLLC/

 

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I Saw Myself Here 5 Years Ago

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There are success stories everywhere you look. Whether the story is downloaded on the web and social media or heard by interacting with people. Everyone is different and people tend to have a different approach when living their life. My story is kind of cool…. Five years ago, I myself had made the first step towards what I want in a career.

A couple months after I started working for FOX Sports one night, one of the bosses took the lead in the nightly meeting. We touched on the news of the day, and what the night crew should be looking out for as far as content for the websites.

As we were getting ready to break loose to get started on our tasks, we were introduced to an eye-opener. She asked us, rhetorically, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” I knew the answer to that right away. My answer to myself was, “I saw myself working with a production crew.” That was roughly October of 2010.

“Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”

That talk happened at the beginning of my 5 years with FOX. Today, 2015, I remain working for FOX Sports. During this stretch of time I recognized a progression from the first to the current year.

THE FIRST YEAR – AWARE OF WHAT YOU WANT

You have to start somewhere right?   After the question was posed to us, from there on the whole year for me was about being aware of what I wanted. One of the things also mentioned, to not just see yourself where you want to be, but act as if you are there already. Treat your current role as if you were in your dream career.

Keep in mind that the first year in a new career everything is new. You’re learning a new way to be. It’s all about being aware of what you want, because without that awareness of your goals, you have no clear path.

“…without that awareness of your goals, you have no clear path.”

THE SECOND YEAR – LEARN SOMETHING NEW

I have the awareness; I know what I want to do, where I want to be. But there is a bit of an obstacle that I run into. Obstacles are all over the place, that’s a guarantee. It is time to start thinking about change so I can clear obstacles. It just so happens the crew was starting to learn a new task that was quite huge.

“…change so I can clear obstacles.”

We not only had our initial task of publishing clips, now the department started to live stream events over the web. There was a learning curve that came with this task because live streaming hasn’t been done on a large scale like we did it before then.

THE THIRD YEAR – THE CHANGE IN ME

You know how in the military one of the first things a new recruit goes through is boot camp or basic training? The purpose of that training is rebooting your mind leading to a change of how it controls your body’s reactions. There is a change that takes place. The same thing happened to me in this third year. This was the year of rejection for me. I needed to change. It wasn’t enough that I knew what I wanted to do and that I had began to embrace change.

I needed to change.”

The department was being disintegrated and transferred while the staff was looking for their next role. I did so too. I reached out to a couple of postings and job roles that were made available. I ended up going for three different interviews, and getting rejected every step of the way. The third rejection really sunk in. For about a day it was the lowest point emotionally of this five-year progression. The good news, the progression started rising back up ever since that day, and I still had a job to keep me going.

The important thing to take from this was that this was the moment I needed to realize that where I was in my career didn’t jive right. And to this day I am thankful that I didn’t land any of those positions I interviewed for. At the time of the interviews, if offered any of the positions, I would have accepted one I really wasn’t looking for.

“…this was the moment I needed…”

THE FOURTH YEAR – EFFECTS OF CHANGE CREATE MORE CHANGE

That third interview and rejection came in July 2013. A year or so back I had actually been introduced to a non-profit organization, you may have heard about Toastmasters International. Right after my third interview and rejection, the following month I started to look at Toastmasters clubs in the area. I found one and joined up after visiting as a guest.

Most people who look to join a Toastmasters club usually have the fear. The fear of public speaking, the fear of locking up while giving a public presentation, the fear of what people think of you. And there are other (hidden) benefits of joining Toastmasters too.

Let’s just say, I took advantage of all of the above benefits. The one thing that I lacked was the confidence to be myself. I reached out for help, and here came Toastmasters to the rescue. Today, I am overflowing with confidence.

“Today, I am overflowing with confidence.”

THE FIFTH YEAR – A BETTER VERSION OF ME

Just over two years with Toastmasters and five years working for FOX, the last four years up to this point (in the 5th year) have been a hell of a journey. I started right out of college on an emotional high. I had been broken down and had my heart pretty much ripped from my body for a little while. But as I complete the fifth year, remembering everything I have gone through in the last four, I notice a better version of myself that even I didn’t think possible.

I am getting ready to start the next phase of my journey. By the way, in this next role I just accepted, I will be working with a studio production team at a regional sports network.   Is that where I saw myself back in 2010? It’s pretty damn close!

“I will be working with a studio production team”

I have gained an incredible amount of knowledge of myself as well as the process of development. Things don’t usually develop overnight; just like in my case, it takes several years. The key is not to rush it but to enjoy it as it’s happening, learn from it.

In today’s world, people are in a hurry so much to get where they’re going they forget to stop and enjoy the journey. You have no control over the timing, so don’t try and adjust it. Let progress take its natural course.

“Things don’t usually develop overnight…”