Beauty. Thylane Lena-Rose Blondeau.

French. 10-years old. Beautiful. Model.
Is she not adorable??  I just love her.

discovered via Knight Cat 

Good. Life. In a day.

I can’t wait to see this film. The first fully crowd-sourced movie. 
Check out the trailer. It’s quite inspiring.

Check out screening times in your city on their You Tube channel.

Stephanie Watanabe - 5 Things Every Film Producer Should Know

Ooooh.  Check me out. On deluxis.
I wrote a ‘lil guest post about film producing.  
Enjoy! 

xoS

No one knows more about the art of storytelling than those writing and producing stories for a living. The first in a continuing series, we’ll be picking the minds of talented storymakers around the world to collect some of the best practices and tips associated with creation. If you’d like to be featured in a future post, please send a hello email to keane(at)deluxis.com. And be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more exciting Deluxis news.

Who is Stephanie Watanabe?

I am an independent film producer. I teach film production at Berkeley Digital Film Institute and consult with and advise creative entrepreneurs on their projects from Development through Distribution. And yes, filmmakers are most definitely entrepreneurs!

My love of storytelling goes as far back as age six when I declared to my parents that I was going to “be in the movies.” Little did they know, I was actually serious. I attended many filmmaking workshops across the country throughout high school and majored in TV/Film during my undergraduate studies. From there, I got accepted into the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles for my M.F.A. in Producing. After that, everything else just fell into place.

What are five things you wish you knew when you first started working as a producer?

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Truth. Awesomeness. The 3 A’s 
by Neil Pasricha

a beautifully poignant TedxTalk. worth watching. for some heartfelt humor and inspiration.

"When a woman falls in love with something so much that she wants to wear it- it is at that point that it becomes fashion."

~Oscar de la Renta (via oscarprgirl)

Truth. Oscar knows best. :)
I adore these words.
So beautifully true. 

 
Truth. My note today. From the Universe.
Get yours. Here.


Laced throughout every day of your life, Stephanie, are hidden highways of opportunity, invisible crossroads of time, and golden avenues for personal transformation that if only traveled upon would reveal the extraordinary, the sublime, and the unexpected. Yet most slip by undetected until there’s first a childlike wonder at the ordinary, the routine, and the expected. Hot diggity-dog,    The Universe

Truth. My note today. From the Universe.

Get yours. Here.

Laced throughout every day of your life, Stephanie, are hidden highways of opportunity, invisible crossroads of time, and golden avenues for personal transformation that if only traveled upon would reveal the extraordinary, the sublime, and the unexpected. 

Yet most slip by undetected until there’s first a childlike wonder at the ordinary, the routine, and the expected. 

Hot diggity-dog,
    The Universe

Truth. Love. Everything.
via In Fiore

Truth. Love. Everything.

via In Fiore

Truth. Entrepreneur. Icon. Virgin. Branson.
A candid interview with the one and only Sir Richard Branson. 

Check out Virgin Unite ~ the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group. They unite people to tackle tough social and environmental problems in entrepreneurial ways. Super rad.

Also check out my mentor + rich, happy & hot entrepreneur Marie Forleo, along with Joe Polish (also at I Love Marketing) and Yanik Silver (also featured in the video).

Good. Opening TODAY. 
Yet another reason to visit Napa Valley. 

Beauty. More T.F.
tee hee. 

*unknown sources for most of the photos…sorry!  xo 

Beauty. I can’t get enough of him. Ever.

Tom Ford.

I love you.

Most Ordinary

Truth. Trust 30.

Day 24 prompt (past-due):

Most Ordinary by Patti Digh

Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my constitution, the only wrong what is against it. 
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are our most potent at our most ordinary. And yet most of us discount our “ordinary” because it is, well, ordinary. Or so we believe. But my ordinary is not yours.
Three things block us from putting down our clever and picking up our ordinary: false comparisons with others (I’m not as good a writer as _____), false expectations of ourselves (I should be on the NYTimes best seller list or not write at all), and false investments in a story (it’s all been written before, I shouldn’t bother).
What are your false comparisons? What are your false expectations? What are your false investments in a story? List them. Each keep you from that internal knowing about which Emerson writes. Each keeps you from making your strong offer to the world. Put down your clever, and pick up your ordinary.
(Author: Patti Digh) 
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My response:
My false comparisons (are endless): 
They go something like this…”I’m not as __________ as so-and-so
(insert words of adoration + praise that I envy in the blank) i.e.: beautiful, talented, “together”, spiritual, deep, focused, creative, inspiring, connected, soulful, FUN, etc.
As of lately, my main false comparison is that “I’m not as focused as all of the other women in my online biz school program. They are super diligent, focused and already know what they’re offering and I don’t.”
Lame. 

My false expectations (are almost hilarious):
I hold myself to unbearably high standards most of the time.  Right now I’m trying to fundraise for a documentary I’m Producing called Recovering Irma and I have had this crazy notion that I’m supposed to raise our budget (which is quite large), all by myself and immediately. Like yesterday.  Totally unrealistic and it ‘causes more pain than to just accept where we’re at, do the hard work and trust that it will happen when it happens.  Gotta go with the flow baby.

My false investments in a story (which story? there are many):
A few years ago a great social worker introduced me to the idea that we all have lots of “stories” that we tell ourselves. In the last 6 months my coach and I have been uncovering some of these stories together - and it’s terribly interesting (and scary) what I tell myself is true.
My favorite story is…that unless I get a degree in all of the things I’m interested in, that nobody will take me seriously or give a two shits about what I have to say.  As a multi-passionate person this would probably mean that I am perpetually in college. Which is not all that appealing.

What are your falsehoods that need a little examining?  It’s hard to shine the light on these dark places, but feels oh-so-good to get it out into the light. No?
 

Intuition

Truth. Trust 30.

Day 23 prompt (post-due):

Intuition by Susan Piver

The secret of fortune is joy in our hands. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you could picture your intuition as a person, what would he or she look like? If you sat down together for dinner, what is the first thing he or she would tell you?
(Author: Susan Piver)
—-

My response:
My intuition is a hot, fiery yet soulful and mysterious brunette.  She pretty much rocks.
Over a dinner of her fave meal (spicy carnitas tacos from the taco trucks on International Blvd. in Oakland), I think she’d  say…
GIRL, JUST DO IT.
FUCK THE FEAR.

DO IT.

Did I mention she drops f-bombs? Regularly.

What does your intuition tell you?  
Digame, por favor. 

Good. Bacon.

Torn between categorizing this post as Good. or Beauty. ’cause God knows in my world, bacon is both good AND beautiful.

Check out one of the most highly anticipated food trucks to hit the scene in recent memory. At least for me.  They hit the streets of the Bay Area in mid-July - not a moment too soon.
I SO can’t wait to try some of their fatty, bacon-y, yumminess.

Curious what they’re serving? Peep this recent article in the SF Examiner

Get your Bacon on ~ find + follow via Twitter (@BaconBaconSF) or Facebook

Good. Pixar. Brave.
Is that a Grace Coddington look-alike?