I feel particularly wise tonight so here’s a small list of small things learned so far
Do what you love because it’s totally fun to enjoy your life
Everyone always suggests you to do what’s best for them 🙂
Listening to music will put you in the right mood
When you feel tired just sleep
Be gentle with everyone even if they don’t
Nurture only what makes you feel satisfied
This list is totally random
Surprise is the most efficient skill
Stay focussed on 1 goal till you believe it totally makes you happy, then change
Your limits are established by yourself
Laugh a lot
Let things and people go
Take care of your body everyday
You will get used to everything that you do for more than 21 days
Listen to your soul
Change your habits to obtain a different result
If you don’t do what you love it will become an obsession
Life is simple
Find the positive in everything
Choose the words that you use
The vocabulary is like a grocery shop and you can choose the best words free of charge
Every action is a choice, do it bearing in mind your goal
When it’s cold dress properly otherwise you will spend a few days trying to get better
When you are getting bored remember that even in that day you have had the first of something
I am probably trying to add more items to this list
If you don’t use something give it as a gift to someone who could benefit from having it
Giving will make you feel incredibly well
Rest when you are tired but then keep going
Sometimes 3 long and deep breaths could let you change your mind about making a decision
The use of a Chron while working makes you go faster
Less is totally more
Singing every day let’s you use and perfection your voice as well and will make you happy
When you go to sleep after 2pm you will be sleepy the day after
Hope you will find it useful! 🙂
Uh one more, I found out that everything that I learned was already understood by millions of other people. Anyway I wanted to write it so that’s it 🙂
I am certainly not here to bother you with my personal vision of life.
I would like instead to give you a practical guide on how to make the most of it from yours.
This is something that I have realised very recently (1 week ago) and it has been stuck inside my mind for the past, in fact, 7 days.
Now here is what to take awareness of:
- You can do anything you want to, so choose only what makes you satisfied.
- To achieve the 80% of anything you just need the 20% of your efforts (The Pareto principle, also known as the 80/20 rule)
Let’s Plan 🙂
Would that being said just think about which projects will make you say WOOW while performing them and list them in a simple table like the following one:
|Jan | Feb | Mar||Apr | May | June||July | Aug | Sep||Oct | Nov | Dec|
As you can see you will have to fill up the table with the projects you crave the most just for the next 5 years.
Just Think about 4 Projects for each year.
You can assign 1 Project to 1 or more cells in the timeline.
Or you could either assign Multiple Projects to the same period of time if you believe they might be completed in the 3-months that the cell represents.
Envision your Dreams Plan your Journey to your Happiness.
And Enjoy Everything that happen during the time that you are alive!
Live with Curiosity: I think the worst gift ever would be a Crystal Sphere to see what happens in the future. It would get away from you all the curiosity about living your life.
I will quote a famous quote then I am done I promise 🙂
Do not wait for the storm to pass learn to dance in the rain.
Now my quote:
Keep Learning and Keep Dreaming.
Love you all
Multitasking so the ability of performing more than 1 task at the same time
Not only cooking and whatsapping at the same time but also managing more than one project or different parts of a project simultaneously
Time Needed Per Task
If it is true that to make something working or to complete a task by the 80% you would need the 20% of the effort, if you manage multiple tasks than you would need to multiply the time needed to finish that task by the number of the assignments that you are performing at the same time.
E.G. let’s say that you have estimated the time to complete a ”pitch deck” for your project to be 7 days. If you will also conduct the ”profit and loss estimate”, which is a task that with the right research can easily take 7 days as well you have likely doubled both the times of completion and now you will finish your pitch deck and your profit and loss estimate in 14 days..if you don’t add any further task to your track list.
This could cause frustration and it might become an addiction to continuously add tasks to your ‘’uncompleted current tasks’’ leading towards missed deadlines/goals.
Plus every time that you switch between tasks you lose focus and the stream of ideas running through you mind related to that task.
What you want to do is to keep it simple. Small and Simple tasks with daily deadlines that will deliver you satisfaction and reward.
Of course if something urgent comes up you should consider to give priority to it but then remember: if it is urgent and you can solve it in few hours then do it, otherwise delegate it.
Because you need to be able to recognise something that is momentarily out of your possibilities and in order to proceed fast, you want to have it done by someone else.
I started to multitask at school when I was losing attention and I was starting to become bored with studying the same subject so that was a way for me to start fresh with something else.
I should have learnt how to take a break, recharge a bit and then start fresh again on the same subject till I had it done!
So keep your daily tasks short and easy.
And learn to recharge and take breaks.
Keep learning keep dreaming.
See you later
I am starting this diary to keep track of my emotions which have been so far going up to the sky and then down to the bottom of the deepest ocean on a daily basis.
Women will be probably thinking “welcome into our world! “ and they are right I suppose but for me has been a complete new way of living for these past 2 years and it’s not easy sometimes to control these feelings.
For some reasons I expect every book to be boring at the beginning so just for today I am going to introduce you a bit of what happened 2 years ago!
Sure of the fact that I was wasting my potential and my life into an office in London and with a strong passion for acting I decided to take action quitting that job and starting to work on a project that I had in mind even though I wasn’t really sure what the idea was.
I’ve started creating a mobile app for actors that I called Actors Contacts inspired by the fact that when once landed in the UK as an actor I had to buy a book to find out which agencies to call and to get some advice on this industry here in London. And because the book was heavy and uncomfortable to bring around I decided to give to this idea a go and my girlfriend decided to follow me (I am too lucky!).
Believe it or not the research of all the industry contacts required over 6 months of hard work we came out with the app which we were selling for 2 pound each and while we were expecting to become millionaires we underestimated the necessity of marketing it and instead we decided to move on and creating a website for the creative industry to let everyone to sell their skills locally because this is what I would have liked to do while developing our projects, being able to profit by offering local people my skills as service.
We send our business proposal to the Camden Collective incubator which loves the idea and call us for an interview! We above the clouds!
They love us and the idea and we are offered for the first time a office into this fabulous incubator full of other startups like us.
After developing the full website for all the categories of the creative industry (IT, Crafts, Fashion, Marketing, Film and TV, Design, Music, Art and Culture) we started the marketing development and realised that as startup we should have addressed only a few categories otherwise it was going to be impossible to address all of them and their subcategories which are endless!
In the meantime you constantly sense happiness and proudness for the project that you are developing but at the same time fear mixed with the first mistakes beat you down making you feel like you are on the wrong way.
So we decided to keep only the ones that we knew better (Actors, Models and Extras) and to cut down the others.
Now with a shrunken focus we were able to create marketing content for the website and thinking about “what we were solving” or “what service” we are going to provide to these categories.
So we were basically at the 7th month of development of the website and still understanding what service to provide! This all because we started with an idea in mind, created the website and then changed the customer type which put us in the position of evaluating again the real purpose of our main idea.
Tiredness, a bit of sadness and some inclination toward quitting to find a job like I had before cross our minds. We need to rest and recharge. The greatness about the startup is all the excitement of creating your own idea but it’s a 24/7 hard work and constant thinking. You go through all the processes of the business and product development and marketing, and this can be stressful if you don’t contain it. And at the beginning, along with all the mistakes already done this is one of them.
So for some reason we keep going, we brainstorm and now we have it! “Let’s make everyone be an extra!”
Good! Excitement again, we are all happy but now we need a more tailored website to address this niche properly and develop a useful product.
Which is what we start doing immediately but this time we are going to need the help of some interns. But we don’t have any money to offer because we are not trading and we are already struggling by ourselves to keep our head above the water. A bit of frustration. So let’s try to hear from universities.
We find out that they can send you interns for free and the universities will pay for them!
Fab! We get some developers, graphics and photographers and a marketer. We plan 2 months of development for the new website and 2 for the first mobile app!
The excitement puts us into a whole new creative world where we decide to start two new projects related to joboundu which are “the joboundu show” sitcom which is a fictional representation of our office and the “Joboundu On-Camera” where me and Mandarina act as presenters and interview talents making them cry and laugh on cue aside some self-promotional questions to sponsor their previous and future works.
Probably too many projects to handle all at the same time but when you are in love with what you do, the excitement mixed with the inexperience will make you do things like this!
So we immediately get writers and a director on board willing to make the sitcom happen!
And we start managing script/story development, casting for the main characters along with the website and mobile apps development and marketing. The 24/7 became 48/7.
We will sleep 5 hours a day for the next 5 months. If you don’t love it, it will be a nightmare.
Some days I was feeling like I was into a fish tank. I could hear people talking but not understanding a single word. I was simply replying “oh yeah, it happens!” and subtly sneaking away like a weirdo.
But a mistake was around the corner.
As ex-employee I was very deep into the idea of having the developers working in a very relaxed environment. So we decided to allow them to check on facebook, read newspapers and just chat if they felt the need to. And we felt like we were the “new style entrepreneurs”.
We were literally over the moon.
Let’s start to get some talents on the platform so that we can hear some feedback as well!
We open the signups on the website and we get 200 users in one month and 2 bookings from a jewelry company.
It’s paradise. Actual product is working, excellent new product in development and hopefully ready very soon with mobile apps as well, everybody’s happy till…
After 1 month of development I ask the developers to show some results of their work, even a homepage would have sufficed, and they couldn’t because they were still working on the structure. I felt that something wasn’t right so I start to constantly supervise them. The “main developer” was chatting on facebook with 4 people at time even in front of me (yes of course we allowed them to!!), then writing a couple of line of code and then back on facebook or a newspaper! Unbelievable!
I know that I have to fix this situation but still I don’t want to get rid of their “privacy” so I go gently “would you mind to reduce facebook a bit so that we could speed up the development since we are 3 weeks late already on a 4 weeks of development please?”
And he goes “oh yeah I would but my friend is doing an internship into another company and he doesn’t know anything about java, I need to help him!”
I feel for a moment that I am living in a dream and that this is not happening! Oh yeah it can’t be true. Really!? Everything crosses my mind (guns, bazookas, tanks)..but I rationalize, I cool down and I go again very gently “well this is something he should figure out himself maybe?” and he replies “yeah maybe I’ll help him later” and he continues to work but constantly bouncing on facebook and newspapers dramatically reducing the productivity time.
Only my mistake. I wanted to prove (stupid!) that productivity is higher if the environment is relaxed. Fine I get it! I deserved it!
It’s january 2017 now and after 4 months of development and my inability to manage people properly has led to an incomplete new website. Stress and frustration are all over now. It has been almost 2 years since we started with the Actor Contacts mobile app and we still don’t have a final product to use, show or market properly.
One good news arrives from “Film London”, the capital screen industries agency which replies our partnership request with a Yes but still we have long way to go.
We still get some bookings but we are late in the development so we cannot be competitive as we could have if we had all the products done. Plus the few things developed by the two developers are full of bugs and need to be reviewed (more development time to add).
If I could buy a time machine I would have but I know it doesn’t make sense even to think about it so I find the courage somewhere (Mandarina my soul mate is the “somewhere” I get sustain, courage and motivation from) and we decided to get another developer. This time just one but the right one to get things done.
We make the call and we select him. He is very nice but this time we are here only to work. Only one reward, if we finish the daily tasks earlier we can go (it never happens).
We regroup (me and Mandarina) to brainstorm the next step.
In the list of the potential partners the “The Department of Work and Pension” comes up and we decide to give it a go.
We study their plans for the next 20 years and we plan how we could be of service and we draft a custom email!
This email works like a charm! They are enthusiastic and we are asked to meet asap to discuss how to collaborate with them! Happiness all around again. Proud and satisfaction are walking with us now! The path is clear to us.
So today is Day1 and this is how I feel:
I have to say I feel better now that I have written everything that you have read above because it has made me realise all the awards achieved so far. But this morning has been slow and I felt like I was lost. You perfectly know what’s in development and all the steps are planned but now I am kind of expecting a mistake to come up and say “hello you forget I am here!”
it‘s not easy to stay focused when it has been a long time that you have started. For this purpose it’s good to see motivational videos and speeches from the best entrepreneurs and most successful people in the world.
It assures you that every success has always arrived after struggle, hard work and vision.
So the point you need to reach is where you know how to keep yourself in balance of controlling your emotions and being able to drive them in the direction to pursue your goals.
Mistakes are in the path. So it’s good to make them in the pathway you love.
Today we drafted an important business proposal for the government. A project that could put us and Joboundu in the position of helping thousands of struggling actors, models and photographers, directors and all the people in the film industry to make their projects become a reality.
We would like to get an unused building, refurbish it and make it use by people to create projects related to filming, photography and fashion.
Today we wanted and we needed to create the next step to put a dent in the universe!
Since we got an investor for our sitcom ”The Joboundu Show” 2 month ago I started to have a look at which camera to use for this production with the purpose of buying one that could also be used for future projects like feature films, commercials, vlogging and interviews.
I had then to approach a new market which I had no idea where to start.
Let’s check experts on Youtube
I went on youtube and I found tons of video that were comparing many different cameras and lenses, and after a while I realised that as long as you pick one of the bests you will be fine because Content is King.
Content is King
I watched ”How I met your mother” for 3 times (I know it’s too much..I am not proud of it!) and ”House of cards” for 2 (Proud of it!) and not because of the video quality but because of the content.
In ”How I met your mother” the video quality is quite poor but the story is extraordinary. It makes me laugh a lot and I think that the characters are perfectly designed as well. Many scenes are noisy or out of focus but still I can’t stop watching it!
While ”House of cards” instead has been shot with an absolute top video quality and attention to perfect shots. Almost all the scenes are symmetrical and the lighting technique is superb. Plus Kevin Spacey is a master of the acting techniques.
But even though the 2 different video qualities and formats what comes out is that Content is the Key to have a great product and to have people to watch it again and again.
Micro fours third VS Full frame sensor. Right about that…
The differences about these 2 sensors are only about lenses length and light.
So basically the full frame sensor or 35mm, is 4 times the size of a Micro four third or MFT, therefore every lens will have twice the light performances of a MFT camera.
This mean that if you need low light performances on a MFT you just need to buy a lens that has half the aperture of what you need, or simply using a Metabones Speed Booster Adapter XL 0.64x (for full frame lenses) or Ultra 0.71x (for both Full frame and APC-S lenses).
The Speed Booster crops both the focal length and the lens aperture of a lens by a factor of 0.64x or 0.71x depending on which model you will get.
Full Frame Lenses on a MFT camera
Let me make an example: a Full Frame 50mm f/1.4 lens on a MFT becomes a 100mm f/2.8, because you have to multiply both the focal length and the lens aperture by 2
now thanks to the speedbooster 0.64x it becomes a 64mm f/1.8 because you have to multiply both the focal length and the lens aperture obtained by 0.64
or if you get the 0.71x it becomes a 71mm f/2
Lenses Choice, Look at the future
Now to the camera GH5 or A7Sii?
The Panasonic GH5, because of the MFT sensor which again is a quarter of the size of the Sony A7Sii, needs a quarter of the iso to achieve the same light.
In fact it is true that the Sony A7Sii can shoot up to 25600 iso without any noise (depending on the lens) but it is also true that the equivalent on the GH5 is 6400 iso and if you use the right lens you will get the same results in terms of low light.
So because I needed a flip out screen, and be able to record in 6K 420 and 4K 422 10 bit I decided to go for the GH5.
Of course I took a Metabone Speedbooster Adapter XL 0.64x and I can say that low light is absolutely superb.
Exceeded my expectations
Plus now that it is so bright, I don’t even need so much light. Even late night in a street I can just shoot at 800 or 1600 iso and it is brilliant. Of course the same ISO in the Sony would have been multiplied by 4 so 3200 and 6400.
The quality of this camera and the battery life are unique.
I absolutely love it.
I hope this will help you make the right choice!
Keep Learning Keep Dreaming
As an Actor I must say that in the past has worked differently depending on the situation.
The film making rises with the desire and the burden to tell a story.
And the role of the actors is to deliver the emotion wanted by the director and the script writers on screen and sometimes I have found it more efficient to focus myself on the kiss to keep the tension and the moment on that to let the audience understand the passion and the grip that was keeping this couple together for some reasons. And in this situation you definitely feel everything because that is where your focus is in that very moment.
Other times instead I decided to focus on the feelings and movements in order to let them see what was going on in terms of ‘’situation’’.
A potential situation could be anything from a reconciliation, a cheat, a lack of money, desperation, and any place where the two are living a peculiar moment of the script necessary to introduce what’s next. And while filming this kind of scene you don’t feel the kiss but the feelings themselves.
There are many factors behind a kissing scene in a movie.
One is the director’s will or the emotion that the scene has to be delivered to the audience.
As an actor I kiss and have kissed many times on screen and every single time I have been given directions about what the scene was really about.
Sometimes we were told to just kiss romantically to let the audience understand that love was in the air so we were just sort of ‘’pretending’’ kissing gently on each others mouth even because the hole movie was more focused on other aspects of the story.
Other scenes like ‘’cheating with the lover’’ or adventurous moments we needed to transmit passion and intensity and maybe even some strength to the importance of that scene so the use of the tongue was explicitly asked by the director already at moment of the casting.
Also everything can happen on set.
Personally I filmed scenes where we were free to improvise so we decided to mix soft and hard moments. So a mixture of sensual soft kisses and more deep ones with the tongue.
Normally if you are an actor you get to know the actress you are going to kiss much more time before the kissing filming day so the director has also time to understand if there is chemistry between the two of you. And this is very important because the scene needs to seem real in order to deliver truth trough the screen.
You may also incur in diverse kind of actresses or actors. Some more passionate some less.
Ones It happened to me while filming a kissing scene in the bed that the actress went secretly to far but you will need to remain into the character and just keep going.
The only thing that matter while filming is the perception that the audience will have watching the scene and the impact that will have on the rest of the story.
I find acting to be the most true, emotionally speaking, job in the world.