So I fell behind a bit….

I started this blog / vlog with a goal of one video a week on the hustle.  Then I changed the focus…to more than just the hustle.  Now I see I have fallen behind on my original goal.  It has been one heck of a summer.  I am actually enjoying the summer, not just working.  I guess my goal this summer was to fill my memory bank and not my financial bank.  To that end I have been successful.  I had 3 family trips; Niagara Falls, Family Week in PTown, and a short trip to New Hampshire.  I still haven’t gotten through all the pictures or video on those trips, but before I left I was a subject of someone else’s video.

It is strange to be in front of the camera, and I usually don’t put myself there.  I had to when I got a call from Nick Marcoux.  I can’t say no to Nick.  I feel like Nick is the father to my first child….that child being the film we made together.  Happy Endings? a feature length documentary about Korean Massage Parlors in Rhode Island while prostitution was decriminalized.

Nick is a freelance videographer and a teacher as Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts (TAPA)  He came across an opportunity to do a demo with a Panasonic Varicam LT.  Nick put the opportunity to work, filming sun up to sun down.  I was one of the short features he did.  It blogged about the day back when it happened in Blessed

The first edited footage has been released and here it is.



The profile on me will be finished in a few weeks. What a great opportunity to be part of this demo. When it is done I will link it here.

Blessed….

Some days, actually most days, I think about how blessed I am.  I may not be rich, but I am living my dream.

I just had a film crew at my shop, headed by Nick Marcoux.  I made a film almost 10 years ago with Nick, called Happy Endings? (A documentary where we followed women who worked in Massage Parlors when Prostitution was legal in Rhode Island)  He is still doing filming full time.  He is a teacher at TAPA   (Trinity Academy for Preforming Arts)  He just got access to a SUPER EXTREMELY DOPE TOP O THE LINE CAMERA!  The camera is on loan from Panasonic as a demo.

He has one day to shoot, so he is filming a BBQ show, and he asked to do a profile on my shop and me.

The crew came in and I got to tell some stories on the shop, the youtube channel, and podcast Miseducation & Malarkey.

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When the crew was leaving, the young woman who was part of the crew came up to me and said “I just want you to know you are living my dream”.

(What is funny is I was thinking Nick was living my dream! I would love to film more and make a living at it)

I said, thanks and it struck me how much of a dream I am living.  Sometimes when you hear someone else say it, it really cements how lucky you are into reality.

I never though I would have this life, and everyday I think how lucky I am to have my own shop, and work for my self.  I am not making a ton of money, but I do have a ton of stories, and I make enough to get by.   I am happy.