@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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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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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…”