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Have A Solar Passover!

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My Desk @ SolarCity

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Notice the two monitors: One is for when  designing virtual solar systems with Google Sketchup on maps and crafting proposals, the other is for contacting clients.

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Santa Goes Solar!

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Peter Pan In San Diego

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I spotted these two near the Star of India in San Diego. What is Tinkerbell doing in the same place as Jack Sparrow? Whatever happened to Captain Hook? And where’s Peter Pan when you need her/him?

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Snakes On The Beach

Taking a walk around Ocean Beach, CA in San Diego, an area that harkens back to the hippy era, with all kinds of funky Mom and Pop stores,can be a lot of fun.  People find a lot of creative ways to ask for money on the beach. This couple displaying their pet snakes is an example.

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Bikini Atoll Dream

 

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A SURREAL FANTASY ABOUT THE ISLAND OF BIKINI ATOLL

Dreamed a few nights ago that I was telemarketing again like I used to for the Welk Resort, and then they needed somebody to write articles.  I thought they picked me to do it but I was in a school like UCLA that had rabbis studying and I had my friend’s phone.  It rang so I tried to call her but she of course couldn’t answer cause I had her phone. I wanted her and her friends to know that I had gone and seen the beautiful blue waters of Bikini Atoll, with smoke coming out of its crater.  I called again and finally got ahold of them and asked them to meet me there. They agreed

This dream mirrors the phases in my life from telemarketer to reporter to student to relationships to explorer of a beautiful but deadly paradise, Bikini Atoll, where the first atomic bomb was tested, which made the whole island so radioactive, that all the natives had to be relocated. Yet, it is still reported to be a beautiful place for scuba diving and finding hidden sunken treasures.  It also reminds me of the cover of my book,” Naked Skydiving,” with its blue and green island on the front of the book. Maybe this dream explains the explosive improvement in sales of my “Naked Skydiving novel that I’m experiencing lately. Creating and living just from your writing or art can be dangerous but beautiful, and with God’s help and my friends, that’s what I’m experiencing now. The book’s price has also gone up, on Amazon. It originally sells for $18.95, yet I saw one Amazon retailer reselling an autograph copy I signed, for $50.00!  Pretty cool and exciting!  You can still order your copy for $18.95 on www.iuniverse.com or if you meet me somewhere in San Diego, I’ll be happy to autograph it for you in person and it’ll still be only $18.95.

 

 

 

 

Lazin’ On A Sunny Afternoon

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Summer Time In Ocean Beach,CA

Is this a worker taking a break or a homeless person napping in the middle of the day? You decide!

Cyber Monday @ YOUtopiamedia!

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My Naked Skydiving Novel

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Graphic Design Cyber Monday Sale

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35% Commission Rebate On Any San Diego Property Agreement Signed Today Only

People ask me sometimes what I do.  Since my talents are diverse, I figure cyber Monday is a chance to showcase them. There are 3 things I’m offering this cyber Monday.  As you can see on YOUtopiamedia.com, and on my LinkedIn profile, I am an Adobe certified graphic designer.  If you need graphic design for your company, or for your personal holiday needs for today only,  my prices will be 33% lower than your favorite competing designer online.

I also am a San Diego real estate agent, and today only I will give a 35% rebate on my commission at the close of escrow, whether you want to buy or sell residential property, as long as you sign a listing or a buyer broker agreement with me today.

For people on your list who still like to read books,  I also am offering,  a great special on my autobiographical novel, “Naked Skydiving,” which is about the personal life of a dream interpreter, travelling across the west coast, before 9-11.  The paperback normally sells for $18.95 plus tax, today only, I’m selling it for $15.95.  I would sell it for less, but I have to pay the publisher $12.00 a book.  If you want the ebook, it is a low $3.99 and you just need to buy it from my publisher, iuniverse.com.  So these are the deals.  Enjoy!  If you want further info, just call youtopiamedia, at 619-346-9433,  or email us @ youtopiamedia@gmail.com.

Should A Digital Artist Specialize Or Be A Jack Of All Trades?

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After completing several certificates in the Adobe Creative Cloud recently, a friend of mine told me in order to make a living, I needed to specialize since I enjoy writing, graphics, singing and making videos. Which do I like best? I have trouble deciding.   After growing up in LA, where the path to stardom was work for free, get coffee, learn how to do every task in the business as a jack of all trades, this is a new thought for me.  I started out as a writer, then a screenwriter, so my choice was clear at the time.  I wanted to deal just with the story and the human side of filmmaking not technology.

I decided that’s what I enjoyed most.   I wrote several screenplays, got an agent, and hoped for the best.  Yet it wasn’t enough.  I had to get the work out to a star or a studio, even though I had an agent.  Only then, would the agent would take notice and promote me.  And even if I did that, there was no guarantee that my material wouldn’t be lifted without credit or pay by a major studio in the process.  

Since I majored in it, I always enjoyed play writing so maybe the best thing was to produce my screenplays on stage.  I did that and started to get some recognition in the press.  But my cast quit on me to do high paying commercials.  So that got old.  Years later, as technology evolved, I realized that I can make my own videos for YouTube or other websites, and with AfterEffects and Premiere, I can even edit them myself.  So  I have been trained to use the Creative Cloud to do a little of everything digital.  

All I have to do is find parts of my scripts with emotional impact  that are affordable to record, get some actors that would work low budget or a star if I’m lucky, edit with Premiere and release it as a trailer myself on the internet or get distribution.  I could even do the titles with InDesign and use Audition to edit the soundtrack that I sang.  I can do all this with technology and even raise money for the rest of the production on IndyGoGo.  I can do all of this thanks to technology.   Yet none of it guarantees a paycheck.

So off I go submitting resumes, to get that “guaranteed” paycheck.  I found I had to write my resume targeted to each company, using the specialization they require, even though some of the skills they want may be  fairly new to me, so I have to do a lot quick research on any unknown parts in order to deal with the prospective interview.  But it’s hard to sound knowledgeable about something you just learned about on the internet, so I do practice a lot.  Essentially though, I think creative entrepreneurship requires the jack of all trades attitude and a job usually requires a specialization that I have mastered.  whichever dominates my focus and my budget is the one to pursue.  It’s funny though, people used to do a little bit of everything and machines specialized.

Since the invention of the computer, it seems that computers are the jacks of all trades and humans must specialize on the job.  What do you think?

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