“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”- Benjamin Franklin

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race” -  Calvin Coolidge

"Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist." -Pablo Picasso

"One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star." -Nietzsche

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -Dr. Suess

"And what is marvelous to us, what fills us with wonder and admiration, we must emulate, or we die...We must cross deserts alone and often perish along the way, we must move to where we can start our lives over, and when we get there we must keep knocking at the gate, shouting and pounding with our fist until those who happen to keepers of the gate are also moved to admiration and open the gate."  - Russell Banks (from CONTINENTAL DRIFT)

"If you grow up in the suburbs of anywhere, a dream like this seems kind of vaguely ludicrous and completely unattainable. But this moment is directly connected to those imaginings. And for anybody who's on the downside of advantage, and relying purely on courage, it's possible." - Russell Crowe

"I find that harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." -Thomas Jefferson

"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing." - Muhammad Ali

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." -Teddy Roosevelt

"Fall down, make a mess, break something occasionally. And remember, that the story is Never Over" - Conan O'Brien

(Conan O’Brien 's commencement speech to the Harvard University graduating class of 2000 was, of course, hysterical, but it was also uplifting and encouraging. I share this with you in the hopes that you might find it as inspirational as I did. If not you might at least get a good laugh.)

"Is Making a film an art or a craft? The artist often doesnt know what he is creating until it's finished. The craftsmen, on the other hand, usually does know - otherwise he wouldn't begin to work. The artist is thus the more daring of the two because he has to plunge into ambiguity, uncertainty, and darkness. It is, in fact, the quality of daring that distinguishes all artists, whatever their medium. This does not mean the artist need not be a skilled craftsman - most of them are - it means that art goes beyond craft." - Howard Suber, author of THE POWER OF FILM

"In Life, people tend to wait for things to come to them. And by waiting, they miss out. Usually, what you wish for doesn't fall in your lap; It falls somewhere nearby, and you have to recognize it, stand up, and put in the time and work it takes to get it. This isn't because the Universe is cruel. It's because the Universe is smart. It has it's own cat-string theory and knows we don't appreciate things that fall in our lap." - Neil Strauss 


Friends, Fam, Green Eggs & Ham.

VANITY FAIR 2004: "Living on talent and odd jobs in 60s New York, Gene Hackman. Dustin Hoffman and Robert Duvall knew what mattered: getting the break (and the girls). The stars talk to Richard Meryman about the friendship that kept them going." 


Formerly at Getty, now on staff at Shutterstock, ANDREW WALKER is a f%%%% fantastic photographer (Good friend of mine)-


My first web series started out as a sit com pilot and then became a web series. I lost a bunch of footage while working on this project. Tragic. I shot it all in New York. Then moved to Los Angeles soon after. I decided to piece what I had together and make a little sit com stew.


My SECOND web series, CATCH, is a dark comedy. it's a little bit DEXTER, a little bit SERENDIPITY. ALIEN VS PREDATOR. FREDDY VS JASON. MR BROOKS playing golf with MR & MRS SMITH.

CATCH, The Web Series


"Joshua Conkel is a writer of plays, graphic novels and TV pilots. He is also a Navy brat from rural Washington State. He lives in Brooklyn, New York." I was in a play with Josh back in NY in 2006. He is a great actor and a super-talented writer. You should check out some of his work. He is always doing something cool...

"If music be the food of love, play on" - William Shakespeare (Twelfth Night, Act 1. Scene 1.) A collection of personal playlists.....


Operation Peace and Serenity: One woman's search for balance in a chaotic world.

Jen Crews promises to keep it interesting



The official website for playwright/director/actor/weirdo Joshua Conkel.

Dennis Hurley, actor, writer, film maker:



Girl With A Gun is a film and theater production company dedicated to producing challenging non-traditional story driven works—stories that won’t get produced elsewhere—created in collaboration with unique and passionate creative voices—a process we like to call collaborative dreaming.


Michael Koleman, Funniest Stand-up comedian in America...seriously



"Victor Verhaeghe (Cast mate from FISH BOWL) is a multi-talented actor with lots of experience. Victor will make you laugh and cry and he looks good in a t-shirt. Hire Victor today. You won’t regret it." - Victor Verhaeghe


Reality Television: An Actor's Career Boost or Bust?

Article by Simi Horwitz


Here are two websites that have free downloadable Sound Effects for film editing, theatre, etc. You get what you pay for, so you have to dig a lot through this free stuff to find good FX, but there are definitely some gems in there.

Artist/musician/celebrity tea brewer Moby writes "hi, i'll keep this brief: this portion of, 'film music', is for independent and non-profit filmmakers, film students, and anyone in need of free music for their independent, non-profit film, video, or short.... the music is free as long as it's being used in a non-commercial or non-profit film, video, or short. if you want to use it in a commercial film or short then you can apply for an easy license, with any money that's generated being given to the humane society. i hope that you find what you're looking for."

Film Music / - Comprehensive Human-Edited Web Directory


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