3 Benefits Of Being A Film Major

So, I recently graduated college. With an so called “useless” degree.

Yup, I’m freaking film major.

Now, film degrees get a bad rap.

“It’s a dumb degree.”

“It’s useless.”

“What job are you gonna get with that?”

People say these things all the time. And I’m surprised people don’t see the connection — that it baffles me. How can you not see it? It’s right in your face!

Wild.

Benefit Number One

Anyway, first and foremost, if you’re in film, writing, psychology, philosophy, public speaker, actor or humanities lover (like me!) — you’re an communicator.

Putting Pen to Paper is your strength.

Dealing with or influencing people is your strength.

Public Speaking is your strength.

Soft skills are your strength.

And these are the skills you need to obtain any job you want.

What’s the first thing you need to do to get a job?

Write a resume and interview.

Writing and public speaking.

This is the edge you have over other people. You’re an master at these 2 things.

Tech geeks have engineering.

Finance gurus have numbers.

Designers have pencils.

You have communication skills — use them — any and everywhere.

Story time — I remember I took a public speaking class two years ago where we did one speech per class. 10 in total for the whole semester. This was my favorite class, btw.

I aced this class with flying colors. Every speech I hit it out the park.

BOOM – BOOM – BOOM!

And you know who struggled?

The Tech and Finance folks (no disrespect to them).

They were scared. And barely made it through the speeches.

They weren’t built like me — whose had over 10 years of customer service exp, whose been blogging since 2016, whose been acting for more than 4 years).

These are strengths you hone when you’re a film major.

Benefit Number Two 

The most important people in the world, specially in Hollywood, politics, and business are communicators.

Donald Trump goes viral on Twitter – everyday.  140 characters of writing!

Aalexandria Ocasio-Cortez goes viral as well. She’s heating up.

Denzel Washington, Steve Harvey, Tom Cruise, Kevin Hart, Will Smith — you name it, any A list Actor is a super good communicator.

In business, salespeople and marketers drive the growth of the company. Without sales, the company dies, period.  Steve Jobs was probably the most influential people in business in the last two decades and he was a gifted marketer and storyteller.

All these people can communicate extremely, extremely well.

The top people with the most $$$ and influence are the best communicators, period.

Benefit Number Three

Studying acting really helped my mental health.

Before I took improv classes, I was pretty shy (not introverted) but I couldn’t communicate my thoughts and feelings as well as I wanted.

Then, I solved my problem — I found something I was extremely passionate about — improv comedy. I was to communicate clearly and think clearly. To any one.

Which – I think – is extremely underrated today — where we’re living an a fast paced world. And the best, clearest thinkers would be able to stand out from the bunch.

I personally journal my thoughts every day. I even do a video journal as well. And it makes me feel awesome. And I don’t think I would get that feeling if I wasn’t a communicator.

Okay – that’s enough writing for me.

Thanks for reading,

Jamual

P.S. You can follow on Twitter because you love communicating too!

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My Favorite Book Of The Year – Gorilla Mindset!

I love books a lot. I read a whole bunch to many to even count, honestly.

I don’t have a set number. I just go to barnes and noble. And read, read, read.

Why?

Cause I love it. I can spend hours in the bookstore. Bouncin’ around from the business section to the humor section to the fiction to the military section. It doesn’t matter I read whatever.

Now, the fact that I read a lot of books causes me to whiz by some. And end up forgettin’ what I read. There’s only a couple authors that sick with me.

Like Elmore Leonard, James Patterson, Raymond, James Cain, Quentin Tarantino, Hemingway, Cormac, or the Coen Brothers. But this year – I’ve found a writer that is super unique…

… And his name is Mike Cernovich.

Now, Mike, to me is cool guy. But to others, he’s a wild Trump supporter on Twitter. He’s also a expert on other things other than politics. Like mindset, juicin’, fitness, travelin’, podcasts, marketin’, making documentaries. The man does everything, pretty much.

I started followin’ Mike earlier this year when Trump was catchin’ heat. And he’s has been super Trump supporter forever. Especially after the hot mic thing happened in October. Mike is a ride or die Trump guy til the end – it seems.

Mike even dropped a book called MAGA MINDSET. Which is awesome! Explains Trump’s rise. And why he has so many supporters – especially in the Rust Belt. Somethin’ I didn’t know what was happenin’.

For example, one reason is the bad trade deals that our government signed. Which pretty much killed factory jobs in the Rust Belt. And shipped them off elsewhere.

That book is quick. And breezy. A+++

I actually bought that one first. Liked that then bought his other book – Danger Play. And then, Gorilla Mindset. Which is the best, to me!

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Buildin’ Up My Kindle!

What – So Why Is It The Best?

So, imagine, you’re a young kid. Just graduated H.S. Or College. And confused ’bout what you wanna do in life.

You’re lost. Don’t know what to focus on? Money, finances?

Or even in your mid 20s (like me) and you’re just tryin’ stuff out seein’ if anything will stick. And your self esteem needs a tune – up?

Then… you need to…

…. BUY THIS BOOK! Now!

Why?

Cause this book is awesome.

Wanna get your nutrition, right?

There’s something on that.

Your moolah not lookin’ so good?

Check! Mike’s got it covered!

Mindset techniques that actually work?

Yup, they do. They really do.

And honestly, I’m was like you – totally suspicious. He talks bout mantras and affirmations… And you’re thinkin’…

Is this gonna work? 

Is this dumb?

Answer: Nope, not at all. Works like a charm. Works for everyone. You just gotta do what Mike tells you.

So, how do I use it?

I use mindset exercises at work mostly. I work with drunk people all night, so I need my mindset strong to make it through the night. The exercises really came in handy.  I use it in real time. Real time. Which makes the exercises super actionable.

I just use my simple mantra of – I’m the best!

And then I go to work.

Hell, I even used the techniques on my mom. She had a negative setback recently. And I used reframing techniques to try my best to cheer her up. It actually helped too. And I only read the book twice when that happened. Powerful, powerful stuff.

Overall, Gorilla Mindset greatly, greatly exceeded my expectations. With it I’ve already become healthier. And my mindset skill is bein’ honed. And with a good mindset you can get what you want outta life. Whatever it is that you want.

Hell, look at the the guy that just got elected President. His mindset is strong, strong, strong.

Anyway, so grateful for this book. It has huge chunks of value. Oozes it, actually. It’s amazin’.

You can get it  here.

Bought this right after buyin’ the book. The most actionable self – help book ever, period.

Two BIG Lessons in Leadership From General George Patton – Ole Blood And Guts

I love leadership. I love studying it.

Watching inspiring videos on Youtube. And I love seeing how it can apply to my life. In some way shape or form.

I usually take what I learn and run with it for a couple days, months, or even years. Using a quote, or tactic as a good way to deal with something in my life. Such as the quote, “Don’t Think.”

This is a quote from my improv days. Which helps you stop thinkin’. Stop bein’ perfect. And helps you make split second decisions when a crisis happens. Excellent for problem solving.

I, especially, need this skill when workin’ at the bars I work at. Cause everything moves uber – uber fast. And problems arise quickly. And I gotta fix ’em just as quickly.

I’m really grateful for this skill cause before improv, I would over think every little thing I would do. From liftin’ weights, making food, or setting up plans to meet a friend.

Nowadays, I’m different – I overthink a lot less. Do stuff without hesitating. And this makes me overall more happy. And takes away a great deal of stress.

So, the latest legendary leader that I’ve been studying is George Patton. I’ve read two quick books on him, seen a documentary, and watched, Patton, the movie. Which you should see. It’s an amazin’ performance by George C Scott. Which gets you into his leadership style.

Here’s what I learned –

Number One – Be Bold

Patton was a tough, tough, tough guy. Probably as tough as they come. When he first appears in the movie to meet a new round of soldiers – they were shakin’ in their boots.

Why?

He’s blunt, crass, cusses and treats every person like a soldier (even if their not one). In one scene in Patton, the super blunt general told a guy (who’s not a solider) that he will fight when the time is right. The poor guy look super scared! And he should be cause in Patton’s world, everybody fights!

That’s the big thing I like ’bout Patton – he’s not afraid to be bold. Make statements. Take charge and go.

Really reminds me of Trump vs media this year. Actually, in the 2nd debate, Trump cited Patton as a reference. I geeked out when I heard him mention Patton. Kinda explains why he’s so wild, right?

There’s also another cool scene – where enemies are attacking from the sky. And Patton was with his troops inside. And instead of staying inside, Patton takes out his pistol, climbs to the roof, jumps on top of a truck and blasts back!

Crazy, right?

Super bold, huh?

What a leader.

To me, that’s a real leader. Has no fear.

Just super bold, bold, bold.

Number Two – Attack, Attack, Attack!

Patton was a offensive player.

He was famous for the blitzkrieg – a style of military strategy. Where you focus all your attacks on one area. Which lessens the amount lives lost. And puts your enemy on the defense.

Patton was a master of this. And was called upon to help defeat the Germans with his techniques. And experience.

So, now, I’m not fightin’ Germans. But I do use this method in my daily life.

How – you ask?

Well, I just do what Patton does – I stay on the offense.

Meaning with my writing – I write daily. Everyday. Why? Cause this is my # 1 passion. And it’s all I think ’bout. All I wanna get better at. It’s an obsession.

Hell, even if I don’t post on my blog, I still have a journal I write on daily. Or I type wonderful Tweets on Twitter. I still write daily. It’s my first attack. I’m still on the offensive.

My second attack is my health. I usually grab a kombucha, carrot juice, or coffy to start my day. Since that’s very important to me – I keep on top of it. These two things are my American Blitzkrieg. These two these things have helped me attack life as much as humanly possible.

Cause if you don’t attack, attack, attack – you’ll get super stale, rusty. And you don’t wanna get rusty, do ya?

So, overall, I really love Patton. He, like Trump, turned himself into a blunt, fearless character. And super good general of war. With a butt ton of courage.

That anyone can learn from. Even if they aren’t fightin’ Germans! He was THE best!

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer – Ole Blood & Guts (Aka Patton)
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The openin’ scene of Patton!

Watch It! Good Movie!