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You Can Do Anything You Set Your Mind To | Get Creative!

It’s interesting to me how doing something vs talking about it can make all the difference.

I am an Artist, Filmmaker and Graphic Designer… And that’s how I make my living. I’m not pulling in millions of dollars at the moment, but I do make enough to live comfortably, something I had always deemed impossible.

You see, a few years back I looked at myself through the eyes of a pessimist who believed that you had to be lucky in order to do what you love to do. When I look back I realize I just didn’t believe in myself and in my ability to make it through my own road blocks. There is one thing that all professional creative people have in common, they didn’t give up even when it seemed like they were going nowhere… Even when people added in their two cents and told them they should get a “real” job.

As far as I’m concerned working on a project (art, film or computer graphic design) finishing it and eventually selling it is the best job in the world.

The problem wasn’t what other people were telling me, it was what I was telling myself.

I had fantastic excuses on why I couldn’t start a career in a creative field. My resume showed 10 years of corporate management, I had no proper schooling, it was just a hobby, it’s hard to make it as an artist, There’s a reason why they call them starving artist, I don’t have enough time, I don’t know where to start, I need money to get this started, No one thinks I can do it, I’m not creative enough… Basically I would talk myself out of it before I even attempted to make it.

The fact is, you can do what ever you dream of. In fact I know that if anyone decides they want to do something, there is nothing that can stand in their way other than themselves.

I have free wristbands that I give out at my store that have my website on them, on the other side it reads “You Only Live Once” and on my business card it reads “If you knew you could not fail, what dream would you dare to dream.”

I know now, that failure is impossible unless you give up… If you don’t give up, no matter what the odds, there is no way you can fail… eventually, you would have to get it right.

I have met some amazing people who wish they could do what I’m doing… My answer to them and to you if you are reading this is “you can.” You can do anything!

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I HATE TAXES! or At Least Doing Them!

Doing my taxes was always a pain in the ass, but at least back then all I had to deal with was a w-2… I would plug in my numbers and watch my refund grow, submit it, run into a few issues here and there but it was relatively easy.

When you run your own business the game changes into one of tears and confusion. I’ve spent all day organizing spreadsheets, calculating cost, inventory and what ever else I THINK I’m supposed to be calculating… Unfortunately it’s all still a mystery.

Maybe it’s my foul disposition on doing these taxes that is messing me up.

Today was an absolutely beautiful day, yet I feel like I evoked Murphy’s Law from the moment I decided today would be a good day to finally do what I had been putting off for months.

When you run your own business as sole proprietor you are supposed to fill out a 1099-C… The only problem is that when you first look at the 1099-c, it looks like you need to be a genius at code breaking.

Like I said… Foul disposition. I’ll be continuing my battle with numbers tomorrow, but I think I’ll try to have fun and relax while I do it. We’ll see what happens.

Worse comes to worse the Local IRS office does offer to help you with your taxes for free if you make under a certain amount a year… If they can help figure it out, I’m their number one fan!

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Rafi’s Sketch Book Art

I’m very excited to say that I sold four paintings this weekend. I was not as productive as my usual self, I decided to work on some sketches instead. You can view all my sketches on the Rafi Was Here Facebook page. I do have some special designs that are a surprise for Gallery Night here in Pensacola on May 18, so those I left out. See you soon!

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Ok… Yes I’m a nerd, Do you even know what LARP is?

So as you know at one point I was going to make the tag line for Rafi Was Here Studios “Bringing Imagination To Life” which in my opinion was absolutely brilliant! Then I realized I didn’t make it up and it actually belonged to G.E. or something like that. Well, this last film wasn’t only imagination, but it was also just totally nerdy! You have no idea how cool it is too see yourself on film doing things that you hope you will never have to really do in real life.

Such as having an epic gun battle or over the top sword fight! reliving my childhood days of playing cops and robbers, or pirate battles. Of course now they call it LARP Live Action Role Playing… Back then it was just a battle with wooden sticks as swords and shields.

This video is proof that most of us never really want to grow up!

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Working on Some New Amazing Artwork in Gulf Breeze This Weekend

Klee and I had a wonderful day having a photo shoot in which we took several great pictures for some of the new paintings I’ll be working on at in Gulf Breeze. Some of the designs will be for a secret unveiling at Gallery Night in Pensacola on May 18th.

The pictures themselves were amazing and we loved how they came out. You can find some more on my facebook page.

"In Prayer" New Design for Rafi Was Here Studios

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Creedence Revived Ultimate CCR Tribute Band

Recently I’ve had the honor of filming a group of amazingly talented musicians who have come together in a musical project called Creedence Revived. Check them out, they are an awesome CCR Tribute band!

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New Things For Rafi Was Here Studios in The New Year

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This year we are getting a new look here at Rafi Was Here Studios. As you I already love to share entertaining videos on youtube… This year I will be adding a few new elements to my studio, including Art and Music. I will also be offering production services to consumers and opening a location in Gulf Breeze Florida. Coming Soon Rafi Was Here Studios at Gulf Breeze Flea Market.

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Special Effects and Filming on a Low Budget

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Don't Make Silly Faces and You'll Be Fine

So you are making some videos and sharing them with the world. You want to take it the next level and use special effects to enhance your viewers experience.

What do you do? What program do you use? How do you get it? How do you learn to use it?

I’ve been making videos for a while now and that counts for something but not too much when it comes to the advances in technology in video editing.

I use Sony Vegas for film and Video Sound Editing. I use Adobe After Effects for Special Effects and picture quality rendering (Due to the fact that I use a very cheap camera for the moment) I also use Sony Acid Pro and Audacity for music production and sound effects.

So on a low budget, how do you come across all these programs? Well, Audacity is a free sound and music editing program and you can find it at http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

The other program are a bit expensive, I reached out to a lot of people and was constantly on the look out for a bargain. I found the programs I was looking for at the Flea Market in a box of stuff that belonged to a kid who had gone off to college and his parents were cleaning out his room and converting it into an office. The interesting thing was that once I found the programs a bunch of people let me borrow their copies.

The next step was learning the programs, I can only speak for myself but the best way I found for me to learn something is to actually play with it. I spent a month filming and playing around with both programs, when ever I wanted to do something specific I looked it up on Youtube… In fact I still look it up when ever I think something up that I don’t know how to do. I think that is key, stretching your abilities by dreaming something up that might be a stretch for you and then making it happen, either way, it will be a learning experience.

To be honest with you, the key to filming something on a low budget is to just do it… Creative ways of doing it usually pop up in your mind once you’ve already started the process of filming. I spent a long time dreaming things up and not taking action on them because I didn’t have everything I needed. This will make your filming experience dull and you may not enjoy the process… In my opinion, why film unless you enjoy making films.

So, if you are a filmmaker and you have no budget, don’t think to yourself that someday you’ll be able to do it… Just do it. Borrow equipment, find good deals, be creative and stay optimistic… And have fun!

Some of the best films I have seen had virtually no budget but a lot of creativity… You can’t buy that, and sometimes necessity breads ideas  that are creative and brilliant simply because you were forced to think outside of the box.

Also, display your work… If you watched it more than once and you enjoyed it, put it out there, you’ve got nothing to lose. So, if you are a filmmaker, then make films, and stop using not having a budget as an excuse to not make films… Happy shooting!

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