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How To Overcome Creative Blocks

Creative block youtube? Ever been in a place for a day or more where you just can’t get past a creative block? I’ve been there too! In this creative block video I hope to share you with what i’ve done to help get past a creative blockage where client and commercial work have been so draining that I just needed an outlet to express my own creative desires.

Hope the video helps out a few of you out there! Like the video if you did and remember to subscribe to my channel for future content.

Thank you!

 

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Editing Software/Design:
Adobe Photoshop CC
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Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Edited on:
iMac Pro, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, 1TB Custom RAID 0, 500GB Samsung T3, Vega 56 8GB

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Monday Motivation – Words of Wisdom

 

Mondays are certainly not the easiest days to start the week off with. A few words to remind inspire yourself to the best possible version of you each and every day.

Keep the goal in sight friends.

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Not Getting Paid For Projects

Do It Anyway

Have you ever taken up a project for the sole means of growing your own creative experiences and knowledge? Probably not…

And that’s okay! Or is it?

Most people wouldn’t want to take up any more of their precious time by adding onto their workload — especially when you’re not going to be paid for it.

We already work 8–10 hours a day, 5–7 days a week so why do any more if there is no compensation involved? Well, you might want to reconsider that notion based upon the belief that,

“Do good things and good things will come your way”

That principle has supported me throughout my entire life. From martial arts training, to helping out friends, staying late to close up shop, working an additional 10 hours so my direct reports could get extra time with their family and so on.

That’s simply how i’m wired, not everyone is and this post isn’t designed to make anyone feel they need to change their life around. No…what I hope to share with this post is that not everything you do in life has to have the prerequisite of monetization.

Show me the money

As a content creator, my focus has shifted from managing people in I.T to sharing experiences through imagery and video. I’ve been doing it since 2006 creating highlight reels and demo reels for the martial arts school I used to manage, but that’s besides the point.

At every turn of my career there has always been opportunity. I will say that 90% never turned out to bring an immediate ROI

BUT

The long term economics of being selfless and supporting others gradually opened up doors that I would have never been presented before.

It’s drawing the line between doing the right thing and making a buck. If you’re good enough and work hard every single day the bucks do come — not everyone is willing to deploy enough #patience is the problem.

We have bills to pay, families to support, vacations to pre-plan and on and on. The logical thing then is to ensure we have the financial backing and support to live the lifestyle we wish to have.

It’s obvious how accepting projects for free would run counter-intuitive to your plans, but doing something for free with the mindset of new opportunities and personal growth as the reward can be one of the sweetest things in life friends.

Life is sweet, it really is

A Recent Example

On April 1st, 2017 I received an email from Adobe sharing a contest to create a music video for the new Imagine Dragons single “Believer” with prizes and all that good stuff. All of the footage, audio and accessory media was supplied by Adobe, all you have to do is…

CREATE

I jumped on this opportunity even with the deadline being April 8th, packed with current projects and meetings I finished everything up this past Tuesday, April 4th and went to work.

Creating in Adobe Premiere Pro

Did I do any of this because I 100% believed the $25,000 grand prize would be mine?

NOT EVEN CLOSE

I did it because it was an opportunity to test my creative skills and push my current knowledge to the limits, forcing a sense of expansion and internal growth to create something unique.

NOTE: Lots of coffee, breathing exercises and focus was involved

I’m not sure if anyone reading this has ever worked with a video editor doing post production but it’s not as “Easy” as slapping together a few clips and calling it a day.

Perfect frame. Okay we are done

After 72 hours of arduous work, I exported the project and uploaded it to Adobe’s servers for the judges to review. I’ll still have to wait of course for the results to come but i’m more excited at seeing everyone else’s projects!

It’s the pure rush and excitement to learn from other creative professional’s work, to see what I could do better and take note of what people like about my own work.

To me, even if 72 hours of blistering work for a project means not even 5% of the viewers watch my video

THAT’S OKAY

I know that it’s not about the end, it’s not about the destination.

It’s about the process, the journey, the love for the challenge and seeing where it takes you regardless of how you will be compensated. The only compensation I look for is the pure notion that my personal growth will create a genuine, honest and hard working aura that will bring success in its own way.


How could anyone think this way and not be broke or starving? Well, i’m sure you know of many people who are broke and starving pursuing their creative endeavors to the fullest. Sometimes you have to be humble and sacrifice MUCH in order to fully live the life you wish you have drawn out for yourself.

It’s about finding the right balance of working 14+ hours a day, 7 days a week to make ends meet while you work on your craft…

EVERY

SINGLE

DAY

It takes strong habits to get things done

Take Away

With all of my heart and altruistic being — I invite anyone reading this to re-evaluate your motives when it comes to taking on new projects or ventures.

It doesn’t always have to be about the immediate ROI, that sure is nice and if that’s what you’re looking for then keep doing what it is you’re doing.

What I share today is to be OKAY with not having something in direct return when putting forth effort and energy towards a new project. You will be rewarded IF your intentions are true and you give 100% of your creative talents to new opportunities.

I understand it’s hard, trust me i’m there with you, but you can’t give up your thirst for becoming better — a stronger version of you.

Keep Aspiring, Keep Creating, Keep Going

David Lee


30 Years — What Film and TV Taught Me

From Fox to Film

As a videographer and content creator, films and television have played a huge role in my life. From movie classics (at least for me) such as the Newsies, Forrest Gump, Terminator 2 to television series like Married With Children, Family Matters and 24 i’ve been drawn to the imaginary and endless possibilities of,

Story Telling

It’s about conveying emotion that can be connected to real life experiences. Creating a sense of hope, stress, fight and a visceral feeling that only the viewer can experience.

A part of you can extract faith that the hero will end up victorious, or the guy will end up with the girl — it’s the art behind structuring narrative, lighting, audio and words that create our viewing experiences.

Much of what we see today in film and TV has migrated to the internet. The content, more or less, is still the same. Except now we have YouTubers such as Casey Neistat and attention crafters like Gary Vaynerchuk who have pushed the boundaries of tradition and social norms.

A Much Needed Push

Belief + Action = Change

We all are living in the digital era, like it or not, you will consume ungodly amounts of internet bandwidth streaming HBO GO and Netflix. You’ll be sitting in front of your computer looking for a how-to on draining your toilet and YouTube will suggest a recommended video half way through that continues your viewing time.

Keep Watching From Anywhere

Beyond the marketing and advertising, the internet has opened up gateways to viewing experiences that we never had before. Through VR and unique creative filters, anyone,

Repeat…ANYONE

Can bring to life their own creations through our video screens. That is the beauty behind our current age of digital nomads and tribes. Platform such as YouTube have brought people from all walks of life together for entertainment, education and informational value. Instagram stories and Snapchat have created an innocently humorous way to share opinions, glimpses and moment with anyone.

Sharing Moments

Point of View

There was a time 3 years ago where I believed we had too much to view, too many distractions and were becoming “disconnected” to each other and the world as a whole.

I couldn’t have been more wrong

This is the point of view of a millennial who grew up around engineers and computer systems all the while found and studied martial arts, yoga, holistic health and powerlifting over the course of 20 years. I saw a lot of disconnection, but I wasn’t looking at the good technology was bringing.

Today it’s even more crucial that we found small ways to communicate, enrich and enliven the experiences for everyone on this planet.

Bringing life and joy back

We’re all looking for hope and light, that’s why there’s so much consumption of digital entertainment and resources. I don’t believe it’s because people are becoming lazy, to an extent, i’d like to think it’s that people have lost faith and hope in the goodness in our world. That’s what videos and season series offer us, a way to keep hope alive.


Take Away

In the end, there’s still much to witness as current technology matures and future technology is tested and deployed, but it’s happening. The wheels of motion have already began to spin and they are spinning faster each day.

How we choose to respond to it is our prerogative, but video is here to stay. Theaters will continue to rush in viewers for the new blockbuster film. Social platforms will endlessly battle the wave of slowing trends with new filters, new UI tweaks and more efficient and UX based ways for us to communicate with our friends, followers and the entire world.

The art of story telling will always have a place, I urge and invite all of my fellow content creators to continue their legacy of excellence. We owe it to our viewers and subscribers to bring them value.

That in turn creates a little more happiness and joy in a world that has much fog of anger and hate.

Keep Creating, Keep Aspiring, Keep Going

David Lee


I hope you enjoyed reading this rant, philosophical expression, psycho-something or other post!

If you have 1 second (just one!) please comment or ❤ the post if you liked it! I believe in communication and community which is why i’m here.

Don’t forget to follow me on my journey as a Powerlifter, Yoga Teacher, Holistic Health Advisor and Film Maker.

Namaste!

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Digital Creators – Creating Community

Why Digital Creators Should Unite

We all want a bit, or all, of our creative and unique endeavors to blossom to the greatest of heights. Arduous hours are spent creating graphics, filming vlogs, multicam shots for product reviews, short sound bites and iTunes music singles all with the hopes that our content will reach the masses and for our creativity to be appreciated.

Yet many creators are afraid to share their techniques and secrets with others with the fear their time, energy and efforts will be copied with no remorse.

There is some truth in that, but what happens when you aren’t focused on that. When you truthfully believe that what you present to the world will shine through all of the fake copy cats out there and TRUST ME, there are a lot of them out there!

So what has changed? What can creators do to fight against the wave of lies and laziness?

Honestly, they don’t need to do anything

Hours spent creating, can I keep it to myself?

With the tidal waves of fake news, CNN bashing and full transparency of the internet through forums such as reddit, there is no hiding. There are even people who make it their business to snuff out keyboard warriors, photoshopped celebrities and apparently copied melodies on Soundcloud.

It may be slightly different depending on what you create. The value I wish to share with you is to not be so bullish with your techniques and best kept secrets for adding your style and flair.


For me, it comes in the form of filming and editing. YouTube has been a blessing with various creators offering free tutorials and How-To videos on a wide range of applications. From color correction/grading, picture profiles, ergonomics and more — it’s literally free education.

If it weren’t for their willingness and compassionate gestures, i’m sure many of us out there wouldn’t be able to push the boundaries of digital creativity and presentations to our audiences. They weren’t worried about monetizing, they simply wanted to help.

That’s what it’s about friends, helping people without the requirement to “get paid” first.

Support each other, no one left behind

YouTubers Support

I recently had the privilege and honor to attend a digital creators workshop in Downtown Los Angeles, hosted by Matt Pearce of SunSquaredMedia with presentations and hands on feedback from Jonathan Morrison and Austin Evans, two YouTube creators with over 3 million subscribers combined.

The workshop was free…i’ll say it again FREE. There was no charge but limited availability as it was their first workshop. I had an incredible time as they were able combine education, experience and practicality into a full day workshop. They also provided us with free breakfast and lunch, like…what?!?!

Not only we were taken care of, what we all learned from them was invaluable. They shared with us their experiences, failures, successes and best tips when it comes to creating, uniqueness, pleasing your audience and pushing the limits with filming and editing.

Top level youtubers giving us their time and feedback

This is what it’s about — those who have been through the trenches and after 5–7 years of consistent efforts are now in a place where they want to share their experiences with others. Not to be monetized but to help promote the platform for other creators.

They understand and realize that by supporting others, they support themselves.

“You can have whatever it is you want, as long as you help enough other people get what they want” — Zig Ziglar

In my humble and personal experience, this statement holds very true. The more you give, the more you genuinely want to help people without the necessity or greed of receiving first. The universe will conspire to create a space that is genuine for you to organically reap the seeds you sow.

Start with quality, end up with quality

The Experience

After around 7 hours of info-jection and hands on time, I can honestly and graciously express that it was one of the best times of my life! Not only from an educational and highly practical side, but from a real world down to earth feeling. To be able to meet a few of the best on YouTube and to see how real and genuine they are, that in itself goes a long way.

Both Austin and John were incredibly humble, supportive and easy to talk to. The presentations from all speakers gave creators more to think about it. I certainly left with tips and feedback to implement with my own channel and videos but not to the point where I felt defeated in any way.

It’s not everyday when the best and brightest on a content viewing platform get together for donuts, coffee and speaking about their passions face-to-face with other aspiring creators.

John shooting the breeze with an aspiring YouTuber

Take Away

If we all do our small, but important, job of uplifting other content creators instead of keeping everything hidden like a leprechaun, I believe there will be even more room for growth.

Channels will receive more subscribers, blog posts and short films that we spend days and hours every week on will see the light of day, selling $1.00 tracks on iTunes will create rhythm. Most of all, it’s about supporting each other.

There’s no need to divide and conquer. Do what you’re passionate about, work hard every day for it and when you see a fellow creator struggling even a simple,

“Keep going bro!”

Helps out a lot.

Special thanks to:

Matt Pearce
John Morrison
Austin Evans

and the rest of the gang that drives SunSquareMedia.

Keep Aspiring, Keep Creating, Keep Going

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David Lee

Saying Thank You

Appreciating Your Followers

In the world of blogs, video logs, inspirational videos, ad space, digital news and negative rants — when was the last time any of us (content creators) actually thanked the people who spend their time on the internet browsing through our feeds?

We have become so infatuated with giving and expecting something in return that the level of fake and down right absurd content being uploaded through the internet pipes is astonishing! Now, given I haven’t been doing this long but i’ve been consuming for years reading BBS posts at local university intranets.

I’m not advocating for,

“Things to go back to how they used to”

No…there’s no need for that. What I wish to share in this post is for each and every content writer out there to give thanks for their loyal and new followers.

NOT, to sell you through your sales funnel — what you choose to do is your ambition and I get that, but could you leave a simple thank you at the end? Perhaps even sending out your “newsletters” or posting public in your Facebook Group, Instagram Stories, Snapchat Feed, Tweet etc with simply this,

“Hey guys…thanks for everything”

A simple thank you goes a long way

A Little Goes A Long Way

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Creators know that for every post or video they make there will always be trolls, haters, doubters and envious people in the world. I can understand that it makes you want to modify your content to speak to not offend certain demos, but the truth behind being a “creator” is you create, not copy.

Copying is fine when you need that, but creation is something unique and special friends.

See when you create something uniquely your own AND can offer thanks for other people watching or reading your creation, then positive light and energy is returned your way. Use that to continue to create and grow with your craft — that keeps your followers happy knowing that you are genuine to you and builds trust.

Trust in others

I know we’re all seeking the metrics for length posts, 60 second IG and FB impact videos, filing away our IG stories and Snapchat stories until there’s 100+ clips long (which BTW, STOP DOING THAT), but friends the more you put out the more I invite you to say thanks.

Give thanks for you having the ability to do what you do. Find gratitude for your cell phone, laptop, audio mixer, internet service provider, car, bus and every other medium you use to display and express content for the entire world to view!

The internet is excited for you!

Take Away

I sole heartedly wish that anyone reading this (viewer or creator) take to heart what i’ve shared. In a world of full transparency you can’t hide any longer, there’s too many ways for people to sift through the sand and find out what’s behind it all.

Your fans will believe in you, trust you and support you — much of that starts with acknowledging them and letting them know how much you appreciate and are thankful for having them with you on your journey.

Always remember where you came from and your intentions for being a content creator. It’s in the process, the journey and the people you connect with along the way.

Keep Creating, Keep Aspiring, Keep Going

David Lee


I hope you enjoyed reading this rant, philosophical expression, psycho-something or other post!

If you have 1 second (just one!) please comment or ❤ the post if you liked it! I believe in communication and community which is why i’m here.

Thanks a bunch and follow me around on my journey as a Powerlifter, Yoga Teacher, Holistic Lifestyle Coach and Techie.

Namaste!

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Moments of Feeling Lost

Moving Past The Uncomfortable

There are times in everyone’s life where we feel a little lost, confused, abandoned, alone. We have all been there at least once in our lives, even for a short moment. How you respond to the emotion is of upmost importance as I believe that is what allows us as human beings to evolve and move forward in life.

Whether you’ve lost your job, a loved one, or took a hard loss with your team — the fact of the matter is that feeling lost is okay. It’s what you do after that makes the difference.

As I write this blog post I am going through a bit of feeling lost. There are so many ventures I have attempted since leaving the corp realm of job security last September, some of proven quite fruitful and others were hard learning experiences. What I chose to do after the fact was critical in my own ability to overcome and continue on.

Always finding myself employed and with opportunity to grow in my past career, being on your own is completely different. At least once a day I doubt myself, not necessarily with my ability or skill but with how I will be able to provide a simple living for myself.

In this moment I believe two things will keep me going:

#1 — Being stubborn with my dream

#2 — Not wanting to go back to live another person’s dream

I remind myself time and time again of what my life was like before and I cringe at going back. It wasn’t the companies I worked for or the industries. No it wasn’t frustration at org chart disfunction or lack of transparency, it was awakening to the fact that I need to do what is right in my heart no matter how hard it is or however long it takes.

Follow your heart

Circling Back

I spent the past 7 years of life growing into a career in Information Technology — yearly budget reviews, disaster recovery schemes, software licensing woes, customer satisfaction priority, merger and acquisition involvement and a host of other systems and management tasks. I thought that was the life I wanted, but little did I know there is a big difference between making a living and making a life.

Along the way I spent time educating and receiving certification through teaching Yoga, Holistic Lifestyle Coaching and becoming a certified powerlifting coach. All which culminate into a big paraphrase of who I am. Since then I have started two YouTube channels, maintaining 4 individually branded websites, content strategy and creative deployment through Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat.

I don’t have a success record, heck I don’t even have a track record. All I have is intuition, self-awareness, work ethic and love.

Work hard because you have love

Closing Out

For the longest time i’ve always been one who was attempting to control everything. To rewrite my story each and every. I no longer am trying to control what I can’t change, rather I do what I can each and everyday while infused with drive and determination to make it happen for me, my family, friends and my girlfriend.

They are the ones who support me and keep me going when I doubt myself. It’s certainly not easy leaving comfort and security for looking at the monthly check balance and taking a deep hard look at myself.

I could go back to the corporate realm and return to steady income and equity, but a huge part of me is telling me to never go back.

You’ve had a taste of that for years, don’t torture heart

To me, i’d rather be poor and make ends meet for a few years in order to manifest my dream than to quit on myself. Quitting on my dream and me would be the biggest regret of my life and i’m not willing or able to wait until i’m 75 to have regretted the last 30–40 years of my life.

For anyone reading this, it’s not a call to action. It’s only what you make of it. That is what I represent in a nutshell.

To create experiences and provide you with insight and perspective.

Keep creating, keep aspiring, keep working

David Lee


I hope you enjoyed reading this rant, philosophical expression, psycho-something or other post!

If you have 1 second (just one!) please comment or ❤ the post if you liked it! I believe in communication and community which is why i’m here.

Thanks a bunch and follow me around on my journey as a Powerlifter, Yoga Teacher, Holistic Lifestyle Coach and Techie.

Namaste!

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What Being An Asian American Is Like

Do What You’re Told, That’s Happiness

For all my life I was told what to do. What grades I needed to get, what type of occupation I should have and what schools to apply to. Both of my parents, whom I love with all my heart, immigrated to the United States in the 1960’s. For them, the only thing that mattered was education. That was their ticket out of a hectic turbulent political climate between China and Taiwan.

They were looking for a better future as we all are.

You can already guess that for my parents, raising my sister and I through the sole means of creating a better life for us was education. It was,

“know what you want to do by age 16”

(although that came down to being a doctor, lawyer, or engineer)

Everything else were lofty thoughts for broke entrepreneurs with no money, living pay check to pay check or filing for bankruptcy.

So what was my dream at an early age? Well funny enough I remember vividly that my first dream was to become a pilot (I was really into Top Gun). My parents both thought that was okay, which I found confusing because I thought I was supposed to argue in a room, write prescriptions or develop hardware…

Be an engineer, that’s your destiny

I believe that sort of dichotomy allowed me to bring a certain value with me as I grew up. Not always being tied to one way of thinking or doing, however it wasn’t all sun shines and rainbows. As I went through grade school and into high school I was terrible academically. Math was my worst subject so being an engineer wasn’t panning out well. I had a joy for science mostly biology, which would explain my affinity to powerlifting and yoga, and I did well in English.

The real problem was, I knew deep down inside my parents weren’t approving of how my academic level was pairing up to the children of their friends.

See that’s what asian parents default to, comparison.

They get invited to dinner and the first thing they do is look at the fridge door for Grace’s report card and look at all of the straight A’s. Well I was lucky if I ever got a B in any class, minus band and PE but do those count?

Music brings out emotions

What To Do Next

Fast forward to the end of high school, I was a C student and was accepted into Cal Poly Pomona as “undeclared”. For anyone who remembers that it means you had no idea in hell what you wanted to do for the next 3–5 years of your life, I sure as heck didn’t!

I had plans to declare computer engineering after my first year. Cal Poly Pomona is known for their engineering department and collaborations with N.A.S.A. My dad was an engineer, two of my uncles were engineers, I had two cousins that were engineers so…

Nail it into your head, don’t go against the status quo

At first I thought it was a great idea! I already showed interest in computers and technology at an early age receiving my CompTIA A+ certification for computer hardware at 17 and my Network+ certification at age 19. You would find me in the summer time at the Pomona Fairplex Computer Show scouring for the best deals on hardware so I could put together another awesome build for my friends in school. It was a hobby, still is but it doesn’t pay the bills.

Going to college and becoming someone you’re not gives you financial security right?

Who cares about happiness…

Right…???

Grow up, you’re not a child any longer. Find a job.

After Math

Year one of college was complete and I declared engineering as intended. During my second year I took upper division classes to get ahead and after fall quarter ended I was already doubting my decision. Math was never my strong suit, I was okay at Algebra and Stats but…

It wasn’t even the point of studying 100x harder so I could be an engineer. No, the take away here is I didn’t want to be an engineer.

That wasn’t my dream, it never was. I did it to make my parents proud…

Yet, a huge part of me knew at age 20 that taking advanced math and physics classes would make me not happy. The pain and headaches it brought me attempting to understand the principles behind it.

So what am I supposed to do now? Thankfully during my second year I took a GE class on critical thinking, Philosophy 202. It was there that my professor said these words,

“Engineers are BORN philosophers”

Vision boards, which path to take

I didn’t know what that meant at the time, but it provided me hope and a little assurance that perhaps Philosophy was my calling. At the end of spring semester and speaking to various professors in the philosophy department, I told my parents that I would be switching majors to philosophy with an emphasis on law and society (if I wasn’t an engineer it’s either lawyer or doctor right?).

The education I was provided through philosophy was more of a spiritual and mental journey. I had to so many questions…

Why did my parents always compare me to other kids

Why was it impossible to ever speak to my parents about my feelings

Does money truly bring you happiness

Who am I

Finding yourself through the waves of external projection

What RX and Seniors Taught Me

In the end it set me back another two years from the standard 4 year track many high school kids are familiar with. During college I worked part time delivering prescriptions for a chain of pharmacies and acting as their local “computer tech” traveling between sites daily. It was during these pivotal years that I understood two things quickly:

#1 — Health is the most important factor in life

#2 — Don’t live with regret

I saw too many people in their teens and early 20s addicted to pain RX for old injuries, men and women who had 10–20 different pills to take just to feel “normal” — whatever that means.

I vowed to never get to that point, and right now at age 33 i’ve done a pretty darn good job of it.

The true take away though is what I learned from visiting retirement and convalescent homes. That is,

REGRET

Don’t have any…I can’t begin to tell you how many conversations i’ve had with elderly folks desperately wanting to have someone listen to them. To be recognized as a human being and not a client. Out of the daily visits, it was a constant reminder that when you’re 90 years old and looking back at your life the worst thing to have are regrets…

Of not taking a chance on you

Leap of faith, failure or succeed

I.T, Career Path, Self Discovery

After finishing college, I was set on moving forward with law school — at least that’s what I thought. I quickly learned after engaging with a few lawyers and listening to their stories and lives unfold that perhaps being a lawyer wasn’t really for me.

Now I could go on and on about the rest of my life but that’s neither here nor there. Instead what I wish to share with you is this.

What someone else wants you to become is not who YOU want to become. It’s not your dream it’s theirs, regardless of the good willed intention.

What is your dream?

Blossoming of the soul doesn’t happen when you’re born, it’s only through living life and experiencing ups and downs when you truly start to form your own growth path. I spent the past 7 years of my life growing through a prosperous career in information technology and the semiconductor world. I left all of that last year because that’s not what made me happy.

It was still some part of me attempting to make my parents proud. The thing is, they are proud of me regardless of what i’m doing. They know that i’ve worked my butt off for years, it didn’t show until later on but they got it.

As an Asian American the one word that is absent from our vocabulary is

L.O.V.E (Living Organic Value Expressed)

I wished and hoped that one day I would know what those words would feel like, not from a significant other (whom I love with all my heart) but from the two who gave birth to me.

I waited for years and in the last 3 years they’ve finally grown accustomed and naturally use the words,

“I love you”

It was at that time when I learned and accepted to die to my old self, the person I was trying to become for them.

My parent’s will always be there for me, I know this. It’s with that gratitude that I can slowly begin to nurture my decision to leave the corporate realm of 5am-11pm, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. I still work those hours, but it’s doing what I love to make an impact on the world and not for a pay check.


Has it been hard?

YES

Do I often doubt myself?

YES

Am I scared?

YES

What are you going to do?

KEEP

GOING

With Love and Strength,

David Lee


Why I Love Video

A major part of why I fell in love with video and editing was watching movies as a child. Forrest Gump, Rocky, Terminator, The Land Before Time – all were classic movies that ignited a visceral emotion.

It was a mixture of excitement, anxiousness, failure, success, heart break and perseverance. There’s so much you can capture through videos that sings to the hearts of people.

That is why I love creating experiences for others to watch. Whether that be showcasing how a product touches lives to how business innovate the industry, my role as a content creator is to bring my unique flavor of simplicity and capturing words to invigorate and inspire action.

Keep growing, keep learning, live each moment.

David Lee