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My latest episode of Birdimus World!

One Night in L.A   1 comment

Hung out with my boy Jabari in L.A on the way to Hawaii. Check out the vlog here!

Monday Night in New York   Leave a comment

It’s been a crazy week. I’ve been all over New York trying to make connections and Thursday afternoon hopped on a bus to Boston to go to my cousin’s wedding. It is still insane that I got to meet Piper Kerman, see Simon Pegg in person, personally meet Kevin Smith and Malcom Gladwell, Dule Hill and a ton of cool people in the short time i’ve been here. I’ve taken so many pictures that for the first time in a long time, I have a backlog I haven’t been able to process or upload so i’m a week behind because going to my cousin’s wedding meant drinking copious amounts of liquor and getting on bad! So, these are some pictures from last week Monday, which got pretty insane. After seeing Simon Pegg’s new movie, “Hector and the search for happiness” I went to an art show by artist, Peace Simon, and then the entire group hit Stanton Social, had a raging time drinking (with me snapping photos) then the after after party we hit Le Souk NY, these are a few pictures from the night.

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Next Stop: Le Souk NYC

I haven’t been to Le Souk since 2011 and it was CRUNK or TURNT UP back then and this time was no dissappointment! We hit the club at about 2:30 A.M and there was barely space to move!

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Birdimus Presents: Fashionable Fridays   Leave a comment

I’m quite interested in street fashion photography, and Manhattan is the perfect place to find great subjects. This “fashionable fridays” post is a collection of what i’ve been snapping over the last few days. What’s interesting to me is how patterns emerge as you shoot, and sometimes, priceless moments are captured when someone looks up and you catch them in perfect focus.
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Good Business Film Shoot   Leave a comment

Got to work today on the set of “Good Business” a film produced by a few up and comers here in NYC, including Ramfis Myrthil and his company Beast of the East Productions along with Hayden 5 productions. The film was also pushed by the Co-Founder of a film non profit, Mythic Bridge whose organization helped this film come into reality. On set were talents like Oscar winner Mercedes Ruehl and Christian Campbell!

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First book reading!   Leave a comment

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Just did my first book reading and i must say it was quite interesting. I wasn’t nervous heading into it, and I mapped out the reading as a look into the minds of young men, and explained that in the book there are some darker more adult topics such as suicide and depression. It went really well and I can see how these things have a purpose. A few people there had read some of the book, some had not, but they all wanted to hear more, which is good for me! I will be chopping up a video at some point and uploading it here.

HAPPY ‘MURICA DAY!   Leave a comment

Had a blast ringing in “‘Murica” day with a few friends here! This is me showing people why i’m the “Beer Pong Maestro” 🙂

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Writing potion in a massive Ocean   Leave a comment

For what seemed like the hundredth time in a few days, a person called my name. I was hanging out at a local drinking hole, my mind still a bit tired and fried from the sleepless two weeks leading up to my online book launch.

My friend looked at me in the eye and said, “So, how is it going?”

Unsure what he was talking about, I replied, “How’s what going?”

“The book thing,” he said.

“Oh that,” I answered.

I said “Oh that” not because I forgot I released a book recently, but i’m actually trying to figure out a plan. What is the next step after releasing a book if you aren’t a famous celebrity or selling a “how to do X thing” ebook? I’m not sure yet,  and i’m trying to figure out how relative brand equity works.

The internet is chock full of similar advice from authors who are reasonably successful, but they all repeat the same thing with no technical details but everyone basically says:

1. Write a good book –> I mean, really?

2. Have a good book cover –> I mean, really?

3. Use Social networks —> this is starting to feel repetitive.

i’m not being negative, but I find that this sort of information is topical. With all the talk of messing with Amazon sales rankings, using Google SEO and keywords, building author platforms and blogs, increasing web traffic and doing PR, being a writer is an entirely new ball game.

I’m not sure if I can sit back and simply say “Write a good book.” I’m sure there are tens of thousands of good books out there, but no one reading them. You need bodies behind you, people in the trenches with your book in their hand. These people need to love what they read, and be very willing to share this with other people.

I’ve already figured this all out, which is why i’m sort of in a mental grey area now. I’m pleased with how my online book launch went, and it was cool briefly popping up #75 on a small bestseller list. But how do I keep it consistent? How do I get to the envious 100 downloads (or more) per day? Is it blogging frequently? Getting an agent? Making a viral youtube book trailer video? I have no idea.

This, I think is the hardest part of being a creative, is that you can’t really “see” certain end results because you don’t know what will stick. There is so much data out there, that trying to process it all and make sense of it can be overwhelming.

At the very least, i’m going to experiment with a few things. I’ve never shot a book trailer, so I’m thinking of how to make an interesting one for my book. Possibly that can get me some sales.

Also, my brand equity is based on me being a sort of “cool dude who wanders around and makes videos”. I’ll have to figure out how to translate that into the book brand.

Shaping who you are in the public eye is one thing, but at the end of the day people need to sit down for six to eight hours and read your book, and then deliver the verdict. So i’m giving myself a week to get some reviews. I’ve received two on Amazon already. (one five star and one four star)

Hopefully if i hit five to six reviews and they are all positive then maybe i’ll start figuring out a bigger brand strategy.

so yeah, at this point in time I really cannot predict the future. I think my book has potential, but i feel like a little fish in an ocean trying to get the attention of a cruise ship passing by.

hopefully that vibe will change soon.

Neil Strauss Retweet!   Leave a comment

Wow, today had a really “epic” moment. I recently penned an article about personal fears and writing and I explained how two books by Neil Strauss (The Game) and Chuck Klosterman (Killing Yourself To Live) helped to give me some perspective on that whole thing. The article is here: http://bit.ly/17cN9xv Today I saw that Neil mentioned me on twitter! (Neil Strauss is a seven time, New York Times best selling author)

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First book review!   Leave a comment

Got my first review of Sex, Drugs and Jerk Chicken online and it is pretty swaggerific I must add. I’m starting to feel legit 🙂

 

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