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Artist Profile – Macha Suzuki

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Macha Suzuki is an incredible artist and I was able to spend some time with him in December.

Macha’s latest show “THIS IS THE END” will be at the Vincent Price Art Museum February 8th – April 25th. See info on the show at http://portnoy.co/1gyKNAX

Visit his website – http://www.machasuzuki.com

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Last week we were in the East Bay for the first At Sea Event with Songwriter Mike Busbee. Busbee is the guy behind a lot of hit songs and has worked with Katy Perry, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts & a lot more. Here’s some shots from the event, more to come.

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Back in 2007, the idea of a web series was pretty foreign. 4 guys, a car and a fair amount of expectation brought us together for the most sweltering 2 days of my entire life.  Drama and intrigue combined with a lack of planning that would make Honey Boo Boo proud.

I recently added the 5 episode series to YouTube for kicks.  Give it a viewing and Subscribe to my channel to not miss a thing.

The more time that passes the more I can’t thank Abandon Films enough for their incredible commitment to the project. Also big thanks to Tim Grahl for being my man crush.

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Story Road Radio!

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After a 2 year hiatus Dan is back at the podcast desk to bring you a solid story and a laugh or two.

Each episode explores behind the scenes on movers and shakers in media, marketing and non-profits. Hear from experts on what they’re learning and discover how it can help you and your business. Creating branding campaigns and promotions that are scalable, cultivating relationships and acquiring new people to your tribe using new media and social media (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, etc.) and building community to help solve issues. Plus, we’ll have a laugh or two.

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Stories Aren’t Life. They’re Better!

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What is it that we love so much in the hero, the heroine or the monster?

A well told story inspires. It hurdles the fences of our segmented thinking. A well told story knows no boundaries in setting, genre, characters or structure. The entire process dances and bends to the delight of the audience – showing triumph and tragedy in an orchestra of life change. Tension and suspense, driving us to the unknown.
And we want to know what happens next. Does he vanquish the villain? Does he get the girl?

Story is what drives people to town meetings and public squares. Story has the power to ignite revolution and drive change.

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Golden Globes Nominees and Picks

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2013 has been a year of box office records and the year finished very strong. Here’s a list of nominees and who I’d pick to win.

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Best Drama
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Philomena
Rush

Best Musical/Comedy
American Hustle
Her
Inside Lleweyn Davis
Nebraska
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity (A close second)
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle

Best Actress in a Drama
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day

Best Actor in a Drama
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyer’s Club
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo Di Caprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix, Her

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Best Supporting Actress
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruhl, Rush
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyer’s Club

Best Screenplay
Spike Jonze, Her
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Jeff Pope/Steve Coogan, Philomena
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell, American Hustle

Best Foreign Language Film
Blue is the Warmest Color
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Past
The Wind Rises

Best Animated Feature
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Frozen

Best Original Song
“Atlas,” The Hunger Games, Catching Fire
“Let It Go,” Frozen
“Ordinary Love,” Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
“Please Mr. Kennedy,” Inside Llewyn Davis
“Sweeter Than Fiction,” One Chance

Best Score
Alex Ebert, All Is Lost
Alex Heffes, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Steven Price, Gravity
John Williams, The Book Thief
Hans Zimmer, 12 Years a Slave

TELEVISION

Best TV Comedy or Musical
Girls
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation
The Big Bang Theory
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Best TV Drama (So Tough)
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
The Good Wife
House of Cards (close second)
Masters of Sex

Best Actress in a TV Drama
Julianna Marguiles, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Actress in a TV Comedy
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Actor in a TV Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist

Best Actor in a TV Comedy
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Best Miniseries or TV Movie
American Horror Story: Coven
Behind the Candelabra
Dancing on the Edge
Top of the Lake
White Queen

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Rebecca Ferguson, White Queen
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie
Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge
Janet McTeer, White Queen
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Monica Potter, Parenthood
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Rob Lowe, Behind the Candelabra
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Corey Stoll, House of Cards
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan`(so close)

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What’s Wrong With TED Talks?

 

Watched this TED talk and it’s got me thinking today. Is it cynicism, skepticism or a healthy dose of not playing nice with others? What do you think?

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Last Call!

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10 Days ago we announced the first course in Non-Profit Story Training Series. This first class will be at a discounted rate of $247. (Regular price will be close to $500). Several organizations have signed up – from small to large in annual fundraising. All seeking to tell a great story, engage their audience and change the world.

In the Non-Profit Story System you’ll find:

  • How the Narrative Story Framework applies to your non-profit.
  • How to acquire and cultivate an audience while telling a compelling story.
  • Strategy to determine Your Best Audiences
  • The Top 3 Storytelling Principals
  • The Step-by-Step guide to Audit and Assess Your Social Media Presence – Turn the Social “Me” to a Social “We”.
  • How to Execute Your “Why” in Your Communications – The “Why” is the most important piece and will inspire your audience to action and support.
  • Ideas to help your team know what needs to be adjusted to transform your current site into a cultivation and acquisition tool.
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First Look: Artist Profile – Macha Suzuki

This past week, I spent some time with Macha Suzuki. He’s an artist based here in Los Angeles and pretty swell guy for an upcoming project. Here’s a few stills from our time together.

Check out his website

 

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