Saturday, February 18, 2017

Connect with Your Most Profitable Audience

“Think Jaws…in space.”
That’s how Ridley Scott’s Alien was pitched to 20th Century Fox (…with the unfortunate working title of Star Beast).
“Think Pocahontas…in space.”
That’s definitely NOT how James Cameron pitched Avatar to Fox studios, though it would have been an apt summary of the plot. Likewise, Fern Gully, The Last Samurai, and Dances with Wolves (all in space) would have worked too.
Perhaps surprisingly, Fox initially rejected Cameron’s proposal on the grounds of his overly-ambitious vision (and astronomical production budget of $237 million).
Critics were likewise skeptical, predicting the film would be a major box office disappointment.
Cameron, however, was undeterred by the naysayers.
His sentiment is that pressure is good for filmmakers, that pressure…
“Makes us think about our audience and what they want.”
And clearly Cameron succeeded.
Avatar became the highest grossing film in history on January 26th, 2010, at $2,779,404,183 USD worldwide.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Stop Worrying About Failing

    FAILURE. We've all experienced it, in one way or another. Maybe you didn't get that job you worked hard for, or maybe your romantic conquests didn't end with you having a guy/gal. The reality is, we, as imperfect human beings, have experienced some form of failure at some point in our lives. It really isn't fun, but it's something we put up with, sometimes on a daily basis. Failure is a neverending part of being alive. However, failing doesn't mean that you have lost completely. In fact, it's quite the opposite. For each and every time you fail in accomplishing something, you take one more conceptual step to realizing your dreams. Failure can and will take its toll on you, and you may feel like giving up hope and throwing in the towel, but I promise you, it is not the end of the world, and you are not alone.

Sometimes, when we have failed, or keep failing,  we can feel like the world is against us. Let me tell you a little secret: that's completley false! Everybody in the entire world has had to experience failure, no matter how good or bad of a person they are/were. Heck, even well known historical figures and celebrities have failed, no matter how perfect they

Before becoming a billonairess with her own show, Oprah Winfrey was fired from her previous job as a TV anchor. Steven Spielberg? He's definitely failed. Before becoming a cinematic god, he was rejected twice from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. Thomas Edison, whom you may or may not know as the inventor of the lightbulb (depending on where you stand on the Tesla - Edison war) has failed. He was told by his teachers that he was too stupid, and then went on to become a genius inventor. Walt Disney, the creator of the gigantic corporation we all know and love, has failed. When he worked for a newspaper, his editor told him that he lacked imagination and had no good ideas. He then went on to create, you guessed it, Mickey Mouse and his pals. J.K. Rowling, the writer of a book that would start a huge cult following and a film franchise, is a fantastic example of perseverance. Before she wrote Harry potter, Rowling was a broke, single mother suffering from depression. Now she is one of the richest women in the entire world, and she's still writing to this day. So, as you can clearly see, failure does not rule out the chance of success in the slightest, so long as you keep trying!

Persevere and tear down your walls. Your goals, no matter how big or small, can and will be achieved, as long as you never give up on them. If you want that job you've worked so very hard to get, you go get it. If you truly want to be with that guy/girl you love, you go get them. No matter what you want in life, don't give up on it, no matter how long it takes, and no matter how difficult it is. You think all of these rich and famous celebrities were just handed their success on a silver platter? Absolutley not!They worked long and hard to achieve their dreams, and so can you! I believe it was Albert Einstein who said, "You never fail until you stop trying.".... Adam Mahan

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Don't believe. Essential Oils Can Work For You?

Adam's Story

 For the past year or so, I have been dealing with pounding headaches on a daily basis. Not just normal headaches either, I'm talking hit in the head with a hammer levels of pain. Just a couple of months ago, I (reluctantly) decided it was time for a visit to my doctor, in hopes we could put an end to this pain, once and for all. I was then diagnosed with cluster headaches. For those that don't know, cluster headaches are like regular migraines. Now, imagine those migraines are all on steroids and having an endless frat party in one part of your head. That basically sums it up. Anyway, I got diagnosed and was prescribed all sorts of meds that, ultimately, didn't help whatsoever. I just wanted the pain to go away! My Dad told me to try using alternatives to Western medicine, such as essential oils, but I never thought they would actually be useful. I mean, what medical benefits could you actually get from rubbing some weird liquid on yourself, right? Wrong! So wrong! After not being able to get rid of the pain completely with whatever the doc decided to prescribe, I took it upon myself to try these oils out for myself. The effects were...unbelievable, to say the least. After simply rubbing some oils on wherever the pain was that day for just a couple of weeks, the pain somehow dropped quite a few levels. They did way more than my expensive medications possibly could. After a month, I could barely notice when my headaches were there. They were basically non-existant. Since then, I've used multiple different oils for many different ailments, and couldn't be happier!