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A Note for Creative Beginners…

16 Jul

I have been a “creative” all my life, remembering back to being  child and making up stories, using things around the house in unconventional ways, doing stupid things and claiming it as imagination…like jumping off the minivan with a umbrella hoping to fly like Mary Poppins. It didn’t work 😦 But, I’ve been a “professional” “creative” for 10 years now. I have recently taken a break from creating as much as I used to. Partly because of a job change and partly because I got burnt out.

I came across this quote on a friends blog the other day. Have you ever heard something that described you so well it freaks you out because you didn’t write yourself? Well that is what this is for me, I am defiantly stuck in this phase. Wish someone had told me this early on to give me a better perspective of what I would face. So maybe this will catch you early…

I Beat 360°…again

13 Jan

I Beat 360° again on December 29th, 2010. Here is the first time.

http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2010/12/29/beat-360%C2%B0-122910/

But this time the shirt was signed my Anderson Cooper 🙂 What happens when you win 3 times…not sure but I will find out!

Photos of 2010

8 Jan

In 2010, I had some amazing opportunities to travel, visiting Haiti, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, The Bahamas, Amsterdam, The Dominican Republic, and of course the United States. These are my favorite photos from the year:

1. Masai Mara, Kenya: The Masai women during their tribal dance. Love all the vibrant colors. See the men’s dance here and here.

2. Masai Mara, Kenya: We made a friend on safari

3. Lake Victoria, Uganda: This made me think of a Chick-fil-A commerical

4. At the border of Tanzania and Kenya

5. Memphis, TN: Program Directed The Rising www.liveloudmemphis.com

6. Pignon, Haiti: Taught Discipleship to 300 school children at College De La Grace.

7. Memphis, TN: Dressed up like a Grandma for Halloween…Mrs. Mabel

8. Jaquzi Island, Lake Victoria, Uganda

9. Memphis, TN: Fellowship Memphis Senior High Ladies…I mean Princesses! I LOVE these girls, and feel so blessed that God has let me watch them mature into Women of God over the last 4 years.

10. Massi Mara, Kenya: Watching Tom & Jerry with the little Massi…Can you find me? 🙂 Their favorite part was not something Tom & Jerry did, but it was the MGM Loin roaring at the start of each episode.

11. Key West, Florida: Music Boat Cruise…”I’m with the band.”

12. Nassau, Bahamas: Music Cruise stop, we tried to rent one of those boats for a shoot but they wanted a little more than we were wanting to spend.

13. Jaquzi Island, Lake Victoria, Uganda: “the tech booth” at the island church

14. Somewhere, Uganda: These little girls starting following me as I was exploring, they lead me here to there water well. They were so proud of it.

15. Jackson, Tennessee: Opening night of the Unashamed Tour…Trip Lee sharing the Gospel.

16. Port au Prince, Haiti: the crowded streets of downtown one month after the earthquake. Read more about my trip here.

17. Port au Prince, Haiti: How do 15 people tour Haiti you ask…in the back of a dump truck.

18. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: Fellowship Memphis’ amazing youth group in the off centered photo taken by a random guy on the beach.

19. Port au Prince, Haiti: Love this picture, this ladies face is burned in my memory, it is almost haunting.

20. Kibera, Kenya: the 2nd largest slum in Africa. 1 million people live in a 1.5 mile area. Read more here.

21. Jaquzi Island, Lake Victoria, Uganda: This little guy fell down while the kids were singing and dancing for us.

22. Memphis, Tennessee: We had to bury Massey this November, I miss her so much. It is crazy the connection you can have with a dog. This was her favorite place to be.

23. Jaquzi Island, Lake Victoria, Uganda: Soup Campbell teaching Discipleship.

24. Massi Mara, Kenya: Massi Jackson and Patrick worshiping at church service.

25. Memphis, Tennessee: This is Leonidas, named after the lead character in 300, because some people in our youth group spent $300 on a carnival game to win him. Actually we didn’t win him, the guy just gave him to us cause he felt bad. We took him to church and crowd surfed him when we returned from camp…just a fun memory.

26. Massi Mara, Kenya: Little Massi Men

27. Massi Mara, Kenya: My buddy Jackson with the iPod we left him with…full of Michael Jackson, his favorite. We also left them with a DVD/Projector to use at the school.

28: Massi Mara, Kenya: The oldest woman in her tribe. I bet she is a cool grandma.

29. Times Square, New York: First trip to New York to visit Jessica.

30. Pignon, Haiti: Playing Red light Green Light with the kiddos…they loved it!

31. Port au Prince, Haiti: snapped this from the back of a truck, lucky timing I guess

32. Port au Prince, Haiti: Public transportation in Haiti…and for those who didn’t notice it “Friend” isn’t spelled correctly 🙂

33. Pignon, Haiti: These sweet ladies sat here for over an hour picking out rocks from the beans they were cooking for us for dinner…just chatting.

Excited to see where life will take me this year…Headed to South Africa in March…:)

The Grace Card Movie

10 Dec

One of the funnest things I have ever been apart of, The Grace Card hits theaters February 25th, 2011.

See the trailer, Follow ’em on Twitter, Like ’em on Facebook.

On the set of The Grace Card

On the set of The Grace Card

Process Trailer used for driving scenes

Process Trailer used for driving scenes

The Memphis Police Dept. was FANTASTIC to work with through the whole production

The Memphis Police Dept. was FANTASTIC to work with through the whole production

Elizabeth Nouri and I checkin in volunteers

Elizabeth Nouri and I checkin in volunteers

Adam (husband of Actress Dawntoya Thomason) leading crew devotional

Adam (husband of Actress Dawntoya Thomason) leading crew devotional

Lighting for night time scene

Lighting for night time scene

I Beat 360°

10 Dec

Occasionally I will submit a comment to Anderson Cooper’s Beat 360° blog.  He posts a picture from the day and asks for captions. Who ever has the “best” caption, wins and is normally announced on his show. Well I finally won one, and the funny thing is I though it was one of my worst captions. Oh Well, I won on 11/4/2010.

What do you get? besides bragging rights, they send you a T-Shirt:

But what I was most excited about (lame alert) is that Anderson Cooper would have had to say my name. Well I watched the podcast from that night and NO they didn’t even show it this time, they should some video. I was upset 😦

Velvet Elvis with a Spin

9 Dec

So, I used to work for a Fair Trade Coffee Company called Ugly Mug (under new ownership). During my year there I taught myself how to use Adobe Illustrator by working backwards on some files by our graphic designer. Now, I still call myself a beginner, but got the opportunity to design a few coffee labels before I left on our Elvis Coffee line…yes I said Elvis Coffee. I was digging through some old photos and found this one from my one and only trip to Graceland (once is enough 🙂 Just walking around the gift shop…”Hey, wait a second.” Call me a kid but it was fun to see something of mine for sale. I used paintings by Rock-n-Roll artist Joe Petruccio, so there wasn’t much I could do wrong.

A few months before my debut, we hired an Advertising agency up in Indianapolis called Young & Laramore, recently they did that funny Stanley Steemer commerical. So, They starting thinking, took a trip down to Tijuana and came back with this…A Velvet Elvis with a Spin. I think they are AWESOME!

Coming Soon: Hope For Haiti

9 Dec

here is a little peak: